3 weeks in the US, need some music (live)

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3 weeks in the US, need some music (live)

Postby Klary » Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:26 am

Hi guys,

This spring, I'll be in the US for 3 weeks. 1 week in Chicago, 1 week in New Orleans, and 1 week in San Fransisco / Bay Area and LA.
We always love to go and see some live shows when we are abroad. One of my greatest travel memories is seeing the Indigo Girls play in Asheville, North Carolina a couple of years ago.
BUT, it can be hard to figure out where to go and when to buy tickets. So I'm asking your advice: is there something like a website, or online publication that lists shows and concerts in venues of different sizes all over the US? Or maybe just for specific cities? Wheren you can select dates and see what's on?

if not, could you recommend some venues in the cities I've mentioned that are worth checking out (they can be really small venues where unknown singer-songwriters are playing, don't have to be arenas where major acts perform).

P.S. New Orleans is the least of my worries, we'll be staying with friends there and I'm sure they'll be able to point us to where the good music is (which seems to be easy to find there anyway!)

Thanks in advance.

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Postby Rob » Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:51 am

Pollstar has pretty comprehensive listings. Just search by city.
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Postby elcorazon » Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:54 am

good venues in Chicago include Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, Schuba's, Lincoln Hall and Space in Evanston. Park West is good but somewhat larger and more up and down in terms of quality of acts. 93xrt.com has pretty decent listings available. You may also be interested in shows at the Old Town School of Folk Music, if they have any notable stuff when you're in town. A google search should help you find their schedule.
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Postby saturdayboy » Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:33 pm

the chicago reader has the best listings of upcoming shows:

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/Ev ... s%20(Music)&eventSection=807941

also, i highly recommend the green mill a jazz club from the '20's:

http://www.greenmilljazz.com/

and if you check out the green mill, thai pastry is just up the street and has yummy thai cuisine.
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Postby sfboy » Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:18 pm

Venues that I usually go to shows at in the SF Bay Area are...

in SF...
The Fillmore
The Warfield
The Independent
The Great American Music Hall
The Palace of Fine Arts
Cafe du Nord
Yoshi's

in Berkeley...
Berkeley High School Auditorium
the Greek Theater

in Saratoga...
The Mountain Winery (though they don't have shows in the spring )

in Oakland...
The Paramount Theater




The Band of Joy is playing in Berkeley at the Greek Theater on April 22. If you are going to be here then and want to go, let me know :) I think Karen and I are going.

Hope you find some shows to go to :)

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Postby Klary » Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:20 am

thanks guys, that's exactly the kind of info I was looking for.

sfboy wrote:
The Band of Joy is playing in Berkeley at the Greek Theater on April 22. If you are going to be here then and want to go, let me know :) I think Karen and I are going.

Hope you find some shows to go to :)

Kevin


yes, that's really too bad, would have LOVED to go there, but I'll be in Chicago that day (travelling to New Orleans the next day.. )
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Postby Turk » Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:24 pm

Klary -
Someone on the Lucinda Williams board was taking a trip to New Orleans and wanted to know from her the best places to visit. This is what she wrote and her husband posted on that board:

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Postby Klary » Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:10 am

Turk, do you mean that that is actually Lucinda Williams´ handwriting and those are her New Orleans recs? How cool is that?
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Postby Turk » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:35 pm

Klary wrote:Turk, do you mean that that is actually Lucinda Williams´ handwriting and those are her New Orleans recs? How cool is that?

Yes. Lucinda posts her own stuff on her Facebook page but not on her website, but her husband posts there quite frequently. Lucinda wrote out those notes and her husband scanned them and posted them....because a fan asked to know from her some of her favorite places to visit in NO.

I hope you enjoyed your jaunt through the US!
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