Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Music & Theater Previews with Video Love: Sept. 23-26

Okay all you tweens, it's the week we've all been waiting for. The Jonas Brothers are paying a show at Skate Plaza! Just kidding. Here are some real happenings coming up this weekend...

Wednesday 9/23

Bob Nelson (Folk) – 7 p.m., Community Room, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E, Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene, (208) 769-2315.

The Everett Herald has a very interesting article about 72 year old folk singer Bob Nelson, who will be treating Coeur d'Alene to his musical charms in a free concert this evening down at the library. It reads in part:
"Traditional folk music is alive in his heart, and it's a big part of his history. In the 1950s and '60s, Nelson was caught up in the spirited folk scene in Seattle's University District. He performed around the region at hootenannies -- he calls them "hoots" -- jam sessions, coffeehouses and college concerts. I'm having a lot of fun," said Nelson. "I had basically hung it up for about 40 years while I was making a living and being a father," Nelson said of singing and performing. He's been happy to reconnect with artists he knew years ago. Today's folk scene "is very active," he said.
Show up tonight at 7 p.m. to catch some of that folk scene activity and watch a performance by a man steeped in Northwest music history.

Thursday 9/24

Doseywallips (Indie/Rock) – 7 p.m., The Grail, 4720 W. Seltice Way, Coeur d'Alene, (208) 665-5882. Xx

Silly name alert! Seattle's Doseywallips sound a little like a rougher version of Vampire Weekend with perhaps a touch of early R.E.M. with some raw garage-ness thrown in for good measure. They're certainly quite a bit different than the usual metal and hard rock served up by the Grail. Hopefully metalheads will keep an open mind and play nice with the indie kids and punk rockers that might show up. Sleep Waves and The Salamanders open the show.

Goodnight Sunrise (Rock/Pop) – 7 p.m., Calypso's Coffee, 116 E. Lakeside Ave. (208) 665-0591.

Goodnight Sunrise have to be the biggest emo-pop act to emerge from Helena, Montana. The somehow popular quartet bring their "Pop, Rock & Drop It" tour to the tiny Calypso's stage tonight. I'm willing to forgive them for covering a Jessica Simpson song on their MySpace, but just barely. They're kind of a Fall Out Boy lite.If you like glossy, generic pop-rock with whiny "emotional" vocals that's high on faux teen spirit and but low on personality or originality, these guys should be right up your alley.

Friday 9/25

“I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change” (Musical/Comedy) – 7:30 p.m., Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave., (208) 667-1323.

Descrption from Wikipedia: "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change is a musical comedy with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts. It is the second-longest running Off Broadway musical. [1] The musical was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Off-Broadway musical in 1997."

The Lake City Playhouse presentation of this hip little production is directed by Maria Caprile. Please consider attending, the Playhouse desperately needs funds right now to stay afloat and it is such a longtime asset to our community, I would be tragic to see it go under.

Kristi Nelson (Folk/Blues) – 5 p.m., Pend Oreille Winery, 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint, (208) 265-8545. xx

Hailing originally from Sandpoint but now based in Seattle, Singer-Songwriter Kristi Nelson's music can be a little on the dark and foreboding side despite her humor and radiant glow in person. Her sings and voice are haunting and effecting in a way that reminds me of one of my favorite out-there singer-songwriters Kristin Hersh. Like most talented and creative minds, she tends to fall slightly and delightfully on the eccentric side. Example #1: an excerpt from her MySpace profile: "I probably was a mermaid in some other life I can’t remember. Do you believe in fish-people? It feels more natural to look and spin to the left. The ocean tumbling me head over feet looks and feels fun. I like to play dress up and talk in funny voices."

Rex James (Rock/Americana) – 8 p.m., Connie's Cafe, 323 W. Cedar, Sandpoint, 255-2227. xx

Americana and Alternative Country have been growing popularity since the mid-90's. Ryan Adams, Wilco and Iron and Wine are just a few acts that have succeeded in blending old-fashioned country-western with elements of college rock. Sandpoint's Rex James mined this musical vein to much hullabaloo and local press earlier this decade, eventually going their separate ways. In 2008, they decided to reconvene and the big buzz remains. They said it best on their website: "If you haven't heard them in the past, then you don't know what you've missed as these boys will probably transcend from a local band to a regional act in the not too distant future."

Saturday 9/26

“La Cenerentola (Cinderella)” (Opera) – 7:30 p.m., Schuler Performing Arts Center, Boswell Hall, North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, (208) 769-7780. xx

CharacterFlaw (Rock) – 8 p.m., The Grail, 4720 W. Seltice Way, Coeur d'Alene, (208) 665-5882. Xx

Live review of CharacterFlaw from Check it Out Music: "Band three has a following in Spokane and by far brought the biggest crowd in! They are Character Flaw - dun dun dun (I added that part in). Their set was complete with 4 lighters, chicks fighting over t-shirts like they were a bride’s bouquet, and hell yeahs. Matt thought they only did that at rap shows, I thought we were at a metal show? I will say Character Flaw threw out CD's and T-Shirts to the crow during their set which was very cool and something I have never seen done before. He even got a metal crowd to giggle by beat boxing and saying that was for the kids they like rap but came anyways. It was a fun set and they were a cool metal band - you can buy their shirts in different colors too so you do not completely match other fans."

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