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  • Live Review: Billy Joel Has Fenway Feelin' All Right by Paul Robicheau

    “There’s a pretty good crowd in Fenway,” Billy Joel sang in our old ballpark during his set-closing standard “Piano Man” on Thursday, winding to the realization, “It’s me they’ve been coming to see, to forget about life for a while.” But a concert that could have simply amounted to a stadium-sized, nostalgia-by-the-numbers jukebox proved more spontaneous to the setting – and of embracing life in that moment… More>

  • June 26, 2014

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    Will the Zac Brown Band pull out its satellite-stage version of “Piano Man” at Fenway Park right after Billy Joel does it at the same venue? We’ll see this weekend, along with shows by Lucinda Williams and Neko Case in Lowell, Jamey Johnson at Indian Ranch, and Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion at the Wilbur Theatre… More>

  • June 19, 2014

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    Summer officially begins with one of those weekends where there’s way too much going on (which is a good thing). So I’ll waste little time in getting to the point – and some representative videos of concert options. They include a blues-rock guitar pairing of Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Robert Randolph, a BBQ festival split between headliners Salt-N-Pepa and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and scattered shows with Buffalo Tom, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Jon Butler Trio, Delta Rae, Amos Lee, Patty Griffin and Art Garfunkel… More>

  • June 18, 2014

    Expanded Family

    Expanded Family by Paul Robicheau

    Few things seem more predictable than concerts by American icon Willie Nelson. Now 81, yet looking and sounding as sturdy as always, the Texas troubadour charmed at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Tuesday. However, he shifted from stock chestnuts to surprise changeups -- and guests including actor Johnny Depp and local hero Peter Wolf. Along with Alison Krauss & Union Station and opener Kasey Musgraves, it all made for a special night… More>

  • June 12, 2014

    Weekend Ideas

    Weekend Ideas by Paul Robicheau

    Widespread Panic never reached the popularity of Phish in the Northeast, but the Georgia sextet has churned its earthy, percolating blues-rock grooves since the late '80s as well. The group, which hits town Friday, has been particularly strong in recent years with guitarist Jimmy Herring adding his quicksilver flights. Other weekend options include Melissa Etheridge (with the Boston Pops), Diane Schuur, Duke Robillard and sleeper pick House of Hats… More>

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