The world is toying with us. The same day Punxsutawney Phil told us Spring was coming early, the gods decided to spit on us all day leaving puddles the size of the groundhog’s beloved Pennsylvania at every turn. The day we hear the great news that Britney Spears released the title and artwork of her new album (it’s here by the way), The White Stripes break up (read about it here). But never fear, because Boston is serving up a pretty ludicrous lineup of great acts in the month of February, and The MUSE is here to highlight a few of them for you.
Feb. 11 – Tea Leaf Green with The Bridge @ The Paradise
Well if you haven’t heard of Tea Leaf Green by now then you haven’t been listening hard enough. The folk-tinged piano melodies of Trevor Garrod mixed with the funky guitar pyrotechnics of Josh Clark and the fluid backbone of bassist Reed Mathis and drummer Scott Rager combine to make them one of those bands whose genre can’t be defined fully and is constantly going to new places (check out some past reviews here or here). And The Bridge are no slouches either. It’s bluegrass and soul, Southern rock and funk, and their touring behind their newest album National Bohemian, which, if it’s anything like their hallmark first two albums, should be prepared to be on heavy rotation in the MUSE office (Check out coverage here). You can download the jukebox-y, Rolling Stones-esque track “Rosie” for free through the band’s web site too.
Feb. 17 – Robert Randolph and the Family Band @ The House of Blues
Robert Randolph, however you feel about his studio offerings, has always been a captivating live performer. Blending his gospel roots with his new-school soul-blues feel and the pure bliss of the performances of the Family Band, Randolph never fails to bring a positive and energetic element to each show. Their newest album, the T-Bone Burnett produced We Walk This Road, may showcase a band that has finally found its niche.
Feb. 25 – Galactic with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue @ The Paradise
It’s hard to not let overwhelming excitement for this show overtake daily life – just remember we still have three weeks to wait. It’ll be a New Orleans throwdown at the Paradise when Galactic takes the stage to lay down their instrumental madness, and they’ll be joined by the legendary Cyril Neville for the second straight year (here’s a reminder). But the groove party doesn’t start when Galactic emerges, because Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will be bumping their self-styled “supafunkrock” led by Shorty’s prowess on both trombone and trumpet as the opening band. And since New Orleans funk is always a family affair, you just KNOW there will be collaborations. Oh yes, funk collaborations. Somebody call the mothership.
– Dan Rys, MUSE Editor