Adrian Belew w/ Special Guest Saul Zonana 4/19/19

An Electric Full-Band Performance!

Adrian Belew is a legendary guitarist well-known for his diverse travels around the musical map. He is a multiinstrumentalistwhose solo records are critically acclaimed. His moving singing voice and prolific songwriting has endeared a loyal fan base of music lovers. His music is being discovered everyday by more and more listeners thirsty for great music with a creative standard not often pushed by the commercial music industry. Continue reading

Eric Lindell 3/23/19

With his raspy, soulful voice and instantly memorable original songs, roots-rocking multi-instrumentalist Eric Lindell is a true one-of-a-kind talent. Mixing West Coast rock and swampy Gulf Coast R&B with honky tonk country and Memphis soul, Lindell creates American roots music that is both surprisingly fresh and sweetly familiar. Since his first self-release over two decades ago, Lindell has earned critical and popular acclaim, first in his dual home bases of Louisiana and Northern California and then across the country. Although influenced by American roots music from blues to country to rock, Lindell’s style is all his own. He has performed thousands of gigs in roadhouses, clubs, concert halls and festivals and has appeared on national radio and television. His live shows overflow with happy, dancing people singing the words to every song. Continue reading

James McMurtry 2/27/19

James McMurtry spins stories with a poet’s pen (“Long Island Sound”) and a painter’s precision (“She Loves Me”). Proof: The acclaimed songwriter’s newComplicated Game. McMurtry’s first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal (“These Things I’ve Come to Know,” “You Got to Me”). “The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” McMurtry says. “It’s also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman. I never make a conscious decision about what to write about.”

Complicated Game delivers McMurtry’s trademark story songs time and again (“Copper Canteen,” “Deaver’s Crossing”), but the record brings a new (and certainly no less energetic) sonic approach. First, recall blistering beats and gnashing guitars from his magnum opus Just Us Kids (2008). Now, unplug. “The label head wanted more acoustic,” McMurtry explains. “We built everything as we went so we ended up with more acoustic guitar as we went. We just played whatever sounded right for a given song, but we weren’t necessarily saying this is an acoustic record.”

Exhibit A: “How’m I Gonna Find You Now.” The record’s lead single boasts buoyant banjos and driving drums as endlessly energetic as anything electrified. Whiplash vocals further frenzy the beat. “I’ve got a cup of black coffee so I don’t get lazy/I’ve got a rattle in the dashboard driving me crazy,” McMurtry effectively raps. “If I hit it with my fist, it’ll quit for a little while/Gonna have to stop to smoke in another mile/Headed into town gonna meet you at the mercantile/Take you to the Sonic get you grinning like a crocodile.”

Such vibrant vignettes consistently turn heads. They have for a quarter century now. Clearly, he’s only improving with time. “James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he’s working at the top of his game,” says Americana all-star Jason Isbell. “He has that rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don’t think anybody writes better lyrics.” “James writes like he’s lived a lifetime,” echoes iconic roots rocker John Mellencamp. Yes. Spin “South Dakota.” You’ll hear.

About the opener, Bonnie Whitmore:

Bonnie Whitmore may have a heart of gold, an outsize personality and a roof-raising laugh, but don’t be fooled: her debut album has a body count. No fewer than two men die by Bonnie’s own hand over the course of the record: one of them is burned alive, one the victim of a knife that, in Whitmore’ s own words, “just slipped.” Take a look at that album cover and consider what secrets she’s trying to get you to keep quiet. And then think twice before you spill ’em.

It’s all part of a grand plan – one methodically designed by Whitmore – from album cover, to album content. The songs concerns themselves with the slow disintegration of a relationship, and the album’s title – Embers to Ashes – is meant to represent that story’s painful arc – from the first fires of young passion to the scorched ruin of heartbreak. As a killer, Whitmore’s the last you’d suspect: Embers to Ashes is full of sly, spry country music, whiskey-soaked songs that recall prime Loretta Lynn and early Neko Case and, in their more uptempo moments, Miranda Lambert at her rowdiest. But be warned: those revelers carry daggers, and there’s a bit of arsenic in that glass of cherry wine. As Whitmore herself puts it, “Nothing says ‘go to hell’ better than a uptempo, catchy song!”

Melvin Seals and JGB 3/14/19

Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. Continue reading

*SOLD OUT* Colby James Band 3/2/19

Colby James and his band members are excited to return to the Narrows Center for 2019. Accomplished singer-songwriter Colby James has earned an outstanding reputation as one of the area’s most recognized and truly gifted vocalists/guitarists to appear on the live stage. At an early age, Colby James fell in love with the guitar after he heard his father playing. Confident that he had a unique voice, he set out to hone his skills until he was ready to share his talents with anyone who would listen. Today, and for the past 15 years, as both a soloist and headliner of his own band, Colby James has been delivering powerful performances to packed venues throughout the region. In his own words, “I have written my own music, made a couple of records, played at some of the best dive bars and best listening rooms, and I have been fortunate to have shared the stage with some of my favorite artists”…As are his words, his genuine style and brand of music are all his own. Continue reading

Neal & The Vipers 2/8/19

NEAL & THE VIPERS are a Rhode Island based band, playing American Roots Music encompassing blues, rock & roll, rockabilly, and surf, entertaining their fans for over 30 years!  You can feel the chemistry between all of them as they play original hits songs from their multiple CD’s as well as covering classic songs.  The Vipers add their unique arrangement on these classic songs, always making them their own. You can see NEAL & THE VIPERS at music festivals and clubs dates.  Continue reading

Zoink Zulag and The Galactic Shag 2/7/19

The Galactic Shag are a rogue band of troubadour aliens from universes outside of our own who have attempted to assimilate with Earth culture by combining their unfamiliar alien themes with our familiar, Earthly music stylings. When Earthlings have been asked what they think The Galactic Shag sounds like they always reply, “It’s as if David Bowie and Frank Zappa had an alien love child, but Bruno Mars had to raise it coincidentally off of the music of The Talking Heads and various 80s hair metal.” In other words, expect an intergalactic theatrical rock experience that will transport you to a whole new galaxy of music and fun that anyone young, old, or alien can enjoy. Continue reading