It pays to be proactive in your Internet wanderings. Just this morning, I thought that maybe it was time to take a glimpse at the concert calendar for The Grey Eagle; the local club that seems to get the bulk of my patronage. What should I see in October but an appearance by the iconic Nick Lowe! His appearance there will be part of a quick tour with the endearing title of “Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock And Roll Revue.” Thusly named because he is taking to the road for a series of tour dates linked up with the instro-tastic guitar combo of the gods, Los Straitjackets playing with him.
Apparently, Nick became attuned to the splendor of Los Straitjackets when coming to Chapel Hill five years ago for YR15, 15th Anniversary festival that YepRoc Records staged to bring its many fine artists together in one spot, and was happy to tour with them last year for his “Quality Holiday Revue” Christmas tour. Of course, this year’s event is another fine package tour courtesy of the YepRoc label in nearby Chapel Hill. Lowe and Los Straitjackets have been happily signed with the label for years now, so it must be a good fit for all concerned. Of course, I had recently seen the album above in record emporiums, and surely, the best brains at YepRoc understand all about synergy? Amigos, it doesn’t often get better than this.
Well then, yes sir! Sign me up! I have mightily enjoyed all of the Los Straitjackets shows I’ve been lucky enough to catch over the years. I remember the heady days of the Great 90s Surf Rock Boom (before the Great Surf Rock Crash of ’97) in which the veterans of The Raybeats, who were among the scant few hip enough to cover Link Wray in the early 80s, linked up with Webb Wilder’s amazing drummer James Lester [since replaced with Jason Smay] for this supergroup of sorts. Naturally, I was there in ’94 with bells on! Their instro mastery is undisputed, and their Lucha Libre presentation [all of their stage patter is en Español] coupled with their fantastic stage choreography, takes their entertainment value way over the top. It’s impossible to se these guys without a huge smile on your face. In fact, the last time I saw them was on another YepRoc package extravaganza that saw The Fleshtones, Los Straitjackets, and Southern Culture On The Skids touring behind their astonishing, conceptual Halloween split LP, “Mondo Zombie Boogaloo,” back in 2013.
As for Mr. Lowe, I’m positively thrilled that I did not have to wait another 30+ years to catch this superlative artist again in concert. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed his last show at The Grey Eagle and goodness knows that I had spent the better part of 20 years until then pining for another Nick Lowe concert after listening to my shamefully scant Nick Lowe collection and reflecting on the superlative caliber of his work. As Nick has entered his golden years, I have seen his recent work reflect his maturity in a most
For the most part, Lowe is tag teamed with Los Straitjackets for about half of his current tour dates, but Greenvale, New York sees Lowe opening up for Blondie and dates in Sellersville, Pennysyvania and St. Louis, Missourihas Lowe all by himself. If you are lucky enough to live within earshot of these dates, then by all means avail yourselves to the splendor of it all.
Nick Lowe | World Tour/Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock + Roll Revue | 2017
Jul 28 | Southern Fried Festival | Perth, United Kingdom
Jul 29 | Port Eliot Festival | St. Germans, United Kingdom
Aug 05 | Damsrosch Park [w/ Los Straitjackets] | New York, NY
Aug 10 | Kelvingrove Bandstand [w/ Paul Carrack] | Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 13 | Tiles Center [w/ Blondie] | Greenvale, NY
Oct 16 | Sellersville Theater 1894 | Sellersville, PA
Oct 18 | Birchmere [w/ Los Straitjackets] | Alexandria, VA
Oct 21 | The Grey Eagle [w/ Los Straitjackets] | Asheville, NC
Oct 24 | Delmar Hall | St. Louis, MO
Oct 27 | Turf Club [w/ Los Straitjackets] | St Paul, MN
Oct 28 | Turf Club [w/ Los Straitjackets] | St Paul, MN
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