Summer is here. It’s time to figure out who to see and where to see them. Here are some notes that may help, along with a bit of news: Justin Bieber sold out two Madison Square Garden Shows in 30 seconds…Concerts in DC this summer…Jack White, Jane’s Addiction and Slipknot will play Omaha this summer…Rock the Dock will be held at Dobbins Landing in Erie, PA. M-80s will kick off the series…The Kenosha (WI) Pops Concert Band starts its 90th season on June 13…Twitter and Pepsi will jointly promote concerts, downloads and more…Here’s the music that is happening in Atlantic City this summer…Wilco, Glen Campbell and Niki Minaj will play southern California this summer…They may be old, but Crosby, Stills and Nash are not too old for a 60 date tour this summer. Or they think they aren’t, which is half the battle…Al Jarreau canceled concerts in France due to pneumonia.
The great news is that Wanda Jackson still is going strong. Her current tour lasts into September.
The Queen of Rockabilly often performed with Elvis (here is a nice candid shot of the two). Her reemergence was engineered by Jack White. He produced her wonderfully titled album, The Party Ain’t Over, which was released early last year. Here he backs her on Shakin’ All Over on Letterman. Other clips include Sparklin‘ Brown Eyes, Rock Your Baby, Fujiyama Mama and Rockabilly Fever.
The last song was written by Carl Perkins, and suggests the pride they have in the music — along with a touch of sour grapes:
Lord, it came rollin’ out of Memphis Like a hurricane or Texas tornado Yeah, It came rollin’ out of Memphis Like a hurricane or a Texas tornado (Yeah, it did…) And they called it rockabilly Long before they called it rock ‘n’ roll
We took a little country music Put some pop in and dressed it up in soul We took a little country music Put some pop in and dressed it up in soul (That’s all we did…) And we called it rockabilly Long before they called it rock ‘n’ roll
Hopefully, Jackson will go on forever. Here, by way, is an extremely interesting clip of Perkins with George Harrison.
One side note that doesn’t fit anywhere else in that post: I can’t get over the double neck guitar that guy is using in the embedded clip above.