Peter Frampton is a lovely human being.
His set at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts was billed as part of his “Raw” concert series. The raw, I assume, is due to the venerated artist stripping out all the electrics and relying solely on an acoustic guitar to translate a lifetime of music. Does he succeed?
The answer is an unqualified yes. Frampton has a created a unique experience wherein it doesn’t feel so much as though you’re attending a concert as visiting the man at his home. The set is dressed as a living room replete with an old Philco style radio. The addition of his son, Julian, opening the bill completes the familial, homey sense of drawing room music where the old shredder casually flips through an impressive catalog. The Sandler Center is, of course, an excellent venue for this type of event. The acoustics are excellent — the sound was crystal clear, and the size lends much to the coziness Frampton intends.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and if you have the opportunity to catch his Raw series in another town, I highly recommend it.
This Weekend’s Shows
Friday, Oct 14th
Feral Conservatives, Herschel Hoover, Black Book
The Norfolk Taphouse. 9PM. 21+. $5. More info.
The Feral Conservatives are always a draw for me, and I honestly believe it’s just a matter of time before they’re tapped to open for someone big. The immediate interest, in particular — for this specific show, is the appearance of Herschel Hoover on the bill. A veteran noise-rocker who never fails to please. I’m not up on Black Book, but they’re in good company, so I’m looking forward to hitting this up.
Saturday, Oct 15th
Earthworm Von Doom / Clary Sage / Values666
Sludge. Electronica. Goth.
Charlies American Cafe (Riverside). 9PM. $5. More info.
I don’t know any of these groups, but I owe Clary Sage a review so I’m gonna try to make it out to this. My personal favorite local spot to catch a show.
Sunday, Oct 16th
Soilwork / Unearth / Battlecross / Wovenwar / Darkness Divided / Of Tyrants
Shakas Live (VA Beach). 5:30PM. $20ADV/$25DOS. More info.
I’ve heard some buzz on Of Tyrants. If you love Metal this is likely the spot for you this weekend.
Squirrel Nut Zippers
The NorVa. 6:30PM. $19.50ADV/$23DOS. More info.
Hugely popular in certain circles. Probably the most famous Swing band playing today. You’ve heard ’em on the radio. This will probably be insanely fun.
Jucifer / Wandcarver / Hexist
Hardcore. Psychadelic Punk Rock. Noise Rock/Hardcore.
The Norfolk Taphouse. $10. More info.
I’ve heard much about Jucifer but haven’t seen em live yet. Bring ear protection for their set, or so I’m advised. Wandcarver is a good time, and Hexist is the one project of James Wagner I’ve not heard yet.
Shadow Age // Unmaker // True Body // Pain In The Yeahs // Steve Jansen
Post Punk. New Wave. Post-Modern.
Thank You Gallery. $5. More info.
I only know one of these groups, but if you haven’t seen Pain in the Yeahs yet you’re missing out.
That it kids. Keep your peepers peeled for the one eyed man. It’s a land of the blind out there.