‘Monday night my ass. It’s always Friday night, the 4th of July and Mother’s Day (When we play a show)…Don’t forget that last one, very important.’
Last night, Jason Isbell rolled into town, to rock a sold out show at The Sinclair. The man and his band (The 400 Unit) were preceded by a solo sets from local favorite Joe Fletcher and Isbell’s absolute sweetheart of a wife, Amanda Shires.
Shires took to the stage, with just a 4-string ukulele, to sing a “sad (song) one or one about murder”. Either way, her tone and her charming June Carter-Cashish wit, powered her through tracks off her upcoming album, which included a funny story of how she received a bag of tiger claws and whiskers, from a fan, that would make her ‘Bulletproof’.
Jason came out for a couple of the last songs, but didn’t contribute much singing, as he looked like he wanted to keep the spotlight on his beautiful wife and let her shine. Needless to say, I’d love to be invited to one of happy couple’s BBQs in Alabama.
My only disappointment in song choice for their set was skipping this song, given the track title.
Heartless Bastards circled back into town last Thursday night on 7/11 (anyone get a Free Slurpee?), to rock The Sinclair. The band walked out to a classic 1920s recording, which lead singer Erika Wennerstrom would let us know was her Grandmother, whom she’d never met, but connected through her musical recordings. The very close, if not totally sold out crowd were treated to a lot of favorites off their most recent 2012 release, Arrow.
Every time I see this band I’m reminded of how an absolutely tight rock ‘n’ roll band can blow me away. I still feel like I owe them for their spirit boosting performance down at Hangout Fest in 2012. Sometimes the sun, drunk college kids and the smell of patchouli wears on you and it gets to be a bit too much, but seeing these guys rock out put a smile on my face. It was good to see everyone in Cambridge that walk out with the same feeling.
Looking forward to a new record the next time they come back around, and from the looks of it, their gonna need a bigger room.
Thinking about exploring the theatrical side of Beantown? We’ll help you make a night of it! Everything from transportation, to dinner, to ticket purchase, to after-show-drinks is all planned out for you in this step-by-step guide.
This week – find out why fans of American Horror Story, devotees of 24, and collectors of Swarovski figurines will all enjoy the A.R.T.’s The Glass Menagerie. Also, discover the best Cambridge restaurant you’ve never been to, and cap off your night with a villain of Old English poetry fame.