The Sundogs’ Family Affair- Saturday, 3/25, Vista Room
We don’t always do a Spring Tom Petty Show, but when we’ve got an opportunity to break in a new room, play with two of our “family” bands AND celebrate two birthdays, we’re in.
The evening, at the lovely new Vista Room in Toco Hills/Decatur, will start at 8 PM sharp with Kevin Thomas–on his birthday no less– leading his great organ trio, Dyn-o-mite!, featuring the lovely Mimi Thomas on vocals. Next you’ll catch our resident superstar Jon Harris with his Band doing songs from their upcoming album “Scorpio,” followed by The Tom Petty Show at 9:30, with Lee, Will, Jon, KT, Benji and Will celebrating all the hits and b-sides.
In addition to Mimi, we’ll be joined by Bradley Cole Smith, Nelson Nolen and David Fisch and hell, probably a few more. Along with Kevin, we’ll be celebrating the birthday of UK Bob, our great supporter and the host of “Good Morning Blues” on WRFG 89.3 (we’ll be guests on Friday morning between 8-10 AM, btw.)
So yeah, come have a good time with us and all your friends– our tickets are $10 (get them here in advance), and even if you’re already throwing down $200-350 for the man himself next month, we’ll get you amped and ready.
View from Stage Left
– March has been yet another great month for releases, including The Shins’ “Heartworms” (they’re giving away their very cool van as album promo) and Real Estate’s “In Mind.”
And then this Friday, Spoon released “Hot Thoughts,” yet another great album in a string of, oh–six in a row. They’re so good that you take them for granted. As my favorite rock writer Steven Hyden said last week, they should announce a fake breakup. So funky, so groovy, so weird.
On the same day, the fantastic Tedeschi Trucks Band released “Live from The Fox
Oakland” and it is one of the best live albums you will ever fucking hear. I’d say it’s a document of a band at their peak, except they don’t really have a ceiling– they just keep getting better and better. Not just Susan and Derek, but Decatur’s Kebbi Williams and Atlanta’s Mike Mattison and Kofi Burbridge and JJ and Tyler and the rest all have huge individual moments. We’ve listened to it every single day since it came out, our personal favorite being a cover of Taj Mahal’s “Leaving Trunk,” which– to bring this letter full circle–our own Jon Harris has been killing for years as well. Tedeschi Trucks is playing The Fox ATLANTA on July 15. We’ll be in the Loge, come find us.