ON SALE: Jefferson Starship, Renaissance, Jonathan Edwards, The Sounds of Frank Sinatra, Open Mic Winners Concert

jeffersonstarshipwebcalendar2013Jefferson Starship

Thursday, March 13th • 8:00 pm

Jefferson Starship, the name created by Paul for his 1971 solo debut “Blows Against The Empire” recording has endured 37 years as rock music’s premier “political science fiction” themed band.  Welcome them and their classic rock style music back to Infinity Hall!

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Friday, April 4th • 8:00 pm

English symphonic rock band Renaissance rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock group, the Yardbirds, at the dawn of the 1970’s to define their work with folk rock and classical fusions.  After extensively touring and popularity in the UK, the most influential progressive rock stations in the US picked up on the band’s unique musical sound and introduced them to fans in America.

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jonathanedwardswebcalendar2013Jonathan Edwards

Saturday, March 22nd • 8:00 pm

Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert.  Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

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soundsoffranksinatra2013The Sounds of Frank Sinatra

Sunday, March 2nd • 2:00 pm

Take a nostalgic walk down memory lane listening to all your favorites of Frank Sinatra.  “The Summer Wind”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Fly Me To The Moon”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “My Way”, and of course “New York, New York”.  These are just some of the signature Frank Sinatra songs you will hear during this enthusiastic program.

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openmicwinnersweb2013Infinity Hall Open Mic Winners Concert

Sunday, December 29th • 7:30 pm

The three Open Mic winners will take to the main stage to show off their skills in a concert right before the New Year!  Sarah Barrios, Jason Tindall and a third winner TBA on 12/4 will all perform in 35 minute sets on the Infinity Hall Main Stage.

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Roots Rock With a Personal Twist: Enter the Haggis

enterthehaggiswebcalendar2013By Emily Edelman

Amid the landscape of the rapidly changing music industry, artists are realizing more than ever the importance of their relationships with their fans. Many bands are making use of crowd-funding websites and other means of engagement to produce records, which are great ways to allow fans to become involved with musical projects. And sometimes, as is the case with Canadian roots rock outfit Enter the Haggis, an extra and even more personal step is taken.

Throughout its almost 20 years in existence, Enter the Haggis has maintained a vibrant and enthusiastic group of supporters. The band’s latest record, The Modest Revolution, was released just eight months ago, but the members are already at work on a follow-up. The new endeavor is being called The Penny Black Project and it’s an interesting model for an album: the band is asking fans to send handwritten letters describing memories or true life stories, which the members will read and choose their favorites to then turn into songs.

This is a unique and sweet idea, and is a great way for the band to recognize the efforts of its avid community of fans. If you’re curious as to what it is about Enter the Haggis that inspires such devotion from its fan base, you can find out when the band performs at Infinity Hall on November 29.  Tickets are still available!

Smash Mouth

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By Emily Edelman

I have an affection for Smash Mouth for two reasons, the first of which is its ska-influenced sound. I was listening to a lot of ska anyway when the band came to light for me (having just discovered the late-1970s/early-1980s 2 Tone ska revival movement via such bands as the Specials, the English Beat, and Madness) and was rapidly immersing myself in the mid-1990s ska punk genre. Smash Mouth was a part of this and fit right in with what I was already into.

The second reason for my fondness for Smash Mouth has to do with my love of good cover songs. Smash Mouth’s most popular tunes are original ones but the band is known for releasing some very fun versions of other artists’ hits, including the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer,” Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” which can be found on the recent album Magic, and Question Mark and the Mysterians’ “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby,” which is the one I like most.

Over the summer Smash Mouth participated in the 1990s nostalgia Under the Sun tour, traveling the country and sharing a bill with Fastball, Vertical Horizon, the Gin Blossoms, and Sugar Ray. Most of us tend to be predisposed toward the music of our formative years, and I imagine that being an audience member at one of those shows was great fun. Though the 1990s might be considered the band’s heyday, Smash Mouth continues to move forward with the 2012 release of the aforementioned Magic album, and you will be able to hear your favorite tunes and a smattering of new ones when Smash Mouth visits Infinity Hall on November 24.  Tickets are still available!

ON SALE: Leo Kottke, Asleep At The Wheel, Roomful of Blues, Bruce In The USA

leokottkewebcalendar2013Leo Kottke

Friday, March 14th • 8:00 pm

This acoustic guitarist has absorbed a variety of musical influences throughout his lifetime.  Known for a finger picking style that draws on influences from blues, jazz, and folk music, Leo will light up the Infinity Hall Stage!

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asleepweb2103Asleep At The Wheel

Thursday, March 6th • 8:00 pm

Asleep At The Wheel is one of the most energetic and fun bands to ever grace the Infinity Hall stage. Among the group’s many accolades are 9 Grammy’s, a slew of top 20 radio hits, and Rolling Stone’s “Best Country Western Band”.

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roomfulofbluesweb2013Roomful of Blues

Saturday, March 8th • 8:00 pm

With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues and R&B, it’s no wonder why the great Count Basie called them “the hottest blues band I’ve ever heard.”  With a non-stop performance schedule for over 40 years, Roomful of Blues has earned critical, popular and radio success and a legion of fans around the globe.  Welcome them to the Infinity stage!

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BITUSAwebcalendar2013Bruce In The USA (The World’s #1 rated tribute to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band)

Friday, February 14th • 8:00 pm

Bruce In The USA is much more than just another tribute.  This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band show.  If you’re a Bruce Springsteen fan we’re quite sure this is an experience you won’t want to miss on the evening of Valentine’s Day.  Bring your sweet-heart and rock the night away!

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Female-Driven Bluegrass: Della Mae

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By Emily Edelman

There’s something about the changing of the seasons and the colder weather beginning to set in that causes me to seek out comforting music. Although I am a big alternative rock fan, what soothes me most is acoustic roots music. I woke up early on Tuesday morning and was delighted to look out of my window and see a light dusting of snow on the ground. I put the tea kettle on the stove and sat down at my computer to search for some fiddle music and keep my good mood going and what I came up with was the beautiful harmonies and Americana artistry of Della Mae.

The band started several years ago almost as a joke when its fiddler brought several skilled female musicians together to put their own spin on the more-or-less male-dominated genre of bluegrass. After playing a few shows wearing power suits to emphasize where they were coming from, the musicians realized they had hit on something fun and unique and went about exploring where they could go with it. In the band’s short history, its members have toured incessantly, performed in everything from major bluegrass festivals to small rock clubs, and recently participated in the State Department’s American Music Abroad program. I’m a big advocate of the musical roots revival movement, and I think and hope that Della Mae’s influence will help to put more of a spotlight on the many talented female musicians within the bluegrass genre.

It’s not certain what the weather will be like when Della Mae perform at Infinity Hall on November 20, but cold and raw are probably both fairly safe bets, and I’m planning on warming myself with Della Mae’s inviting and welcome brand of roots music.  Tickets are still available for their show!

ON SALE: Shawn Colvin, Tab Benoit w/ Tommy Malone, The Spirit of Johnny Cash, Irish Comedy Tour

Shawn Colvin

Sunday, February 23rd • 7:30 pm

In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners.  Do not miss her performance at Infinity Hall!

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Tab Benoit with special guest Tommy Malone of the Subdudes

Sunday, March 2nd • 7:30 pm

Tab and Tommy on one stage in one night?  Awesome!  Come see Louisiana’s #1 roots export as he lights up the Infinity Hall stage with Tommy Malone of the Subdudes.

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The Spirit of Johnny Cash

Saturday, January 11th • 8:00 pm

A concert dedicated to the extraordinary music of Johnny Cash, Harold Ford, Laura Lucy & The Cash Band pay tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter.  Mr. Ford’s performance as a Johnny Cash Tribute Artist is exceptional.  His striking resemblance to Mr. Cash elevates him to a class of his own.  Watch them rock the Infinity Hall stage!

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Irish Comedy Tour

Thursday, December 5th • 8:00 pm

The Irish Comedy Tour takes the party atmosphere of a Dublin pub and combines it with a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans.  Don’t miss these hilarious Irish American comedians as they tear apart as well as validate all of the Irish myths and stereotypes.

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Ani DiFranco

anidifrancowebcalendar2013 By Emily Edelman

I was recently combing the music in my computer looking for tracks by Ani Difranco and was rather dismayed by the lack thereof. I started going through my physical media and quickly found what I was looking for but, unfortunately, almost all of my collection of Ani DiFranco tunes exists on audio cassette and I no longer own a working tape player (note to self: remedy this as soon as possible).

The reason for this is quite simple: I was a teenager when I was most interested in Ani DiFranco’s music and, back then, the majority of my albums were on tape. As music and media distribution has evolved, the cassette has been replaced by other methods of collecting songs but it took me slightly longer perhaps than most people to get on board with that; until just a few years ago, I always had a tape deck in my car, and I always had an Ani tape close at hand.

Ani DiFranco’s music made my adolescence much easier to bear. She wrote about life and relationships and sexual politics in a way I hadn’t heard before and her staccato playing style and use of many different tunings were also things I was not familiar with. Several of my friends liked her, too, and for the same reasons I did: she spoke to our anger and frustration, gave us an outlet for our feelings and, therefore, hope that we would overcome our problems and express our lives as eloquently as she did.

I regret that have not listened to as much of Ani’s music in recent years as I did when I was a teenager, but her music was quite a comfort to me then and I will always be grateful for that. I was not able to see her play live at the height of my interest in her though I had tried to several times, so I am thrilled that she will be appearing at Infinity Hall on November 11.