This February is truly a month of legendary performers. From the swing era to the present, we highlight four of the biggest shows this month. Things get going on the 2nd with Robyn Hitchcock at Gasa Gasa. This is a big show in a small location. Since his work with The Soft Boys in the 70s, Hitchcock has been quietly making some of the best music around. Last year, he released a remarkable eponymous record of psychedelic rock. With a catalog this deep, Hitchcock could take this show in any number of directions and you’ll want to be there when he does.
If you’re interested in looking back a little further, the incomparable Glen Miller Orchestra will perform at the Orpheum Theater on the 12th. This organization has kept the music of Glen Miller in constant rotation since it was established in 1956. I love the idea of seeing this group in the Orpheum, as the style of the space will match the charm of the music perfectly.
In what is arguably one of the biggest shows to come through town in a while, Fleetwood Mac will play the Smoothie King Center on the 16th. It is amazing to me that Fleetwood Mac retains both their remarkable musical prowess as well as their penchant for soap opera-like drama. For this tour, Lindsey Buckingham is out and Neil Finn (from Crowded House) and Mike Campbell (from Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers) are in. While it is a shame that Buckingham won’t be with them this time around, I’m excited to see how Finn and Campbell bring new life to these songs. And, of course, Stevie Nicks, who is now the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. This is going to be a huge night of music.
Finally on the 22nd, KISS will bring their “End of the Road” Farewell Tour to the Smoothie King Center. If this is truly the end of touring (they have had farewell tours before) for the legends, they leave a legacy that stretches across 45 years and 20 studio albums. Don’t miss this one, just in case it really is the end. It’s also a great way to start the first weekend of Carnival parades.
Playlist of mentioned bands available at: http://bit.ly/InTine2-19
Robyn Hitchcock experiments at Gasa Gasa.
The Suffers rock Gasa Gasa.
Panic! At The Disco rock Smoothie King Center.
Jmsn brings the soul to Gasa Gasa.
Glen Miller Orchestra swings the Orpheum.
Slothrust rock at Gasa Gasa.
Fleetwood Mac holds court at the Smoothie King Center.
Arlo Guthrie brings the folk to Tipitinas.
Blood Orange bring indie rock to the Joy Theater.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise psyches out the Joy Theater.
KISS rock all night at Smoothie King Center.
Car Seat Headrest tell stories at Tipitinas.
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