Sam Roberts Band
Sam Roberts Band
Australia’s Tigertown are currently supporting St. Lucia on their North American tour, hot on the heels of a great new EP “Lonely Cities” (Neon Gold, Atlantic).
Much like their hit single “Dancing on Glass” St. Lucia‘s live performance at The Phoenix was a constant barrage of high-energy, infectious hooks and genuine fun. St. Lucia are currently touring the latest record “Matter” (Columbia).
Cruising into his sixteenth straight sell out at the legendary Madison Square Garden, the one and only Billy Joel causally strolled on stage to thunderous applause, drowning out “What a Wonderful World” on the PA.
Joel didn’t convey a hint of well-deserved arrogance as he made MSG his home not-very-far-away from home. It only seemed appropriate to kick off the night with one of the numerous hometown anthems. As the lights went down and as the band scrambled to take their places, Billy went into the beautiful piano intro of “Miami 2017. ”
Released in 1976, “Miami 2017” was a love letter, written about the former city of New York and its people standing tall in the face of its eventual destruction. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks it has become both eerie and awe-inspiring to hear. I don’t get sentimental over patriotism or nationalism, but it takes a cold, cold heart to not get a chill when you hear 18,000 strong:
“I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway/I’ve watched the mighty skyline fall”
Billy Joel continues his MSG residency, one show a month, right into the end of 2015. Judging by the sold out crowd at Sweet Sixteen, there’s no sign of slowing down.
The incredibly enchanting Maya Solovey captivated a crowd at the newly re-located Living Room in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Accompanied on stage by the talented multi-instrumentalist Vitor Goncalves (accordion, piano). Visit Maya online and sign up for her email newsletter and keep an eye out for new videos and tour dates.