Leo Kottke: Jazz for the Inauguration?

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Leo Kottke (photo by Anthony Pepitone)

Though I’m sure this isn’t how jazz-guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke intended it, you could look at his performance coming up at Delray’s City Limits as your own inaugural ball.

Kottke has been performing since 1968 and has seen his career fly all over the place, as well as his style, which has gone from true picking to a classical hybrid.

He’s a heck of a guy to let yourself kick back and enjoy.

Please enjoy a live performance of “Little Martha”:

J.J. Grey & Mofro: Pure Florida

jjgrey2To me, there’s no band out there that epitomizes what old-school Florida’s all about better than J.J. Grey & Mofro.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they perform a song entitled “Florida”, a wistful remembrance of all that’s good about the old days of this state.

Nor does it hurt that they have a lead singer like Grey, whose raspy voice and songwriting style makes fans feel like they’re hanging out on his front porch, rather than a nightclub.

Enjoy this Florida treasure at City Limits this weekend and have a great holiday!

Choice concerts: The legacy

A few weeks ago, I espoused the virtues of Ivan Neville, the son of Aaron Neville and one member of the second generation of Nevilles in music.

This week, meet Devon Allman.

The son of Gregg Allman, nephew of the late Duane Allman and outstanding Southern rocker in his own right, Devon and his band Honeytribe head to Delray Beach’s City Limits on Saturday night.

Devon’s also got a truly bluesy side, as you can see in this video:

Hope you don’t think I’m cheating, but I think it’s the best show anywhere this weekend. Although if you’d like an alternative, maybe a look at David Byrne at the Fillmore Miami Beach could work — that’s on Saturday too.

Choice concerts: A dancehall pioneer

Yellowman, City Limits, Sept. 6

Dancehall pioneer Yellowman plays New Haven, Conn., in 2003 (Courtesy reggaephotos.com)
Dancehall pioneer Yellowman plays New Haven, Conn., in 2003 (Courtesy reggaephotos.com)

It’s always a good idea to try and see one of the pioneers of a certain music style, and if you like the branch of reggae called dancehall, go to Delray Beach’s City Limits and see Yellowman.

Born Winston Foster in Jamaica, Yellowman became the first dancehall artist to be signed to a major American label when he signed with CBS in 1981. He’s considered to be an artist who’s bridged the reggae and hip-hop communities, and his style — though it’s been called lyrically sexist — is undeniably danceable.

Yellowman has survived jaw cancer — he was given six months to live — and has continued a long, consistent career.

Check out his classic “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng”:

Also appearing: Actually, not appearing — the Music Builds Tour (Third Day, Switchfoot, Robert Randolph, Jars of Clay) date scheduled for this weekend at Cruzan Amphitheatre has been canceled. I’m sure refunds are available at point of purchase.