Ann Wilson has been known for years as having one of the best voices in pop and rock. I challenge that notion. I say that she has one of the best voices in music full stop. Front woman for the band Heart for more than 40 years, Ann has rocked some of the most iconic songs with some of the most legendary musicians in the business.
Ann Wilson performing at the Moore could not be more Seattle if they tried. She and her band performed a very cool variety of music. She started with The Who, she trekked her way through Pink Floyd, past Heart, all the way to Renton’s Own, Jimi Hendrix. This was a musical odyssey that I loved. She didn’t just cover these Rock Gods, she made each song her own in a way that only a true artist can.
Ms. Wilson was incredibly generous with us photographers. She gave us an open door to be as creative as we wanted to be, for as long as we wanted. That is so rare for such established artists, and for this photographer, it is much appreciated. A pleasant surprise from a true professional and someone I have been a fan of since the 1970s.
Show Preview: SXSW 2017 – Monday, Day 1 w/ Christian Löffler & Muncie Girls
SXSW attendees: I hope you get some ideas from checking out my recommendations for SXSW Music Festival. You’ll be thinking and dreaming music for I hope, all days; it should be impossible not to. Wherever you go, I am certain you will find great stuff. This is a gigantic festival, so I’d also recommend very serious viewing schedules. On the other hand, wander and be surprised.
Show Preview:Ann Wilson @ the Moore – Wednesday, March 8th
Rock royalty Ann Wilson headlines the Moore Theatre tomorrow night, Wednesday March 8th. The show kicks off Wilson’s solo tour, which will travel much of the States. However, be warned: this date is Wilson’s only Pacific Northwest appearance. If you are in the Seattle area and want to see her, it’s an event you cannot miss.
Wilson, who earned everyone’s love as the singer and songwriter of ROCK BAND Heart, also has a solo career. Although Wilson has released 16 albums with Heart, sometimes you’ve got to do your own thing. In Wilson’s case, this means she has chosen special songs to embrace with her rad vocals. In her own words, the show is “A beautiful, classy set with an elegant, artistic production…The music will be a mix of songs that have powered my life; iconic soul stirring covers, songs from my years of solo work and the unforgettable songs of Heart.” Set lists on the Internet are being shared, and I see several covers, including the Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” and Neil Young’s “War of Man,” both of which appeared on her debut album, Hope & Glory, and newer tracks off recent works, The Ann Wilson Thing! – #1 and The Ann Wilson Thing! – #2. Before I might ruin the whole set list, I need to share that this is a perfect event to make part of your International Women’s Day! Wilson’s a super example of a woman who shows the world that women can make achievements in male-dominated fields.
Seattle was the last stop of Tash Sultana’s US tour. The Aussie brought her one-woman sold-out show to the Tractor Tavern last week. She produced a very full sound via looping while playing numerous instruments including guitar, trumpet, synthesizer, mandolin and beatbox. It was interesting to watch as she frequently adjusted the footswitches with her hands and bare feet. The most memorable quote from Tash during the show was when a man from the of the side handed her a guitar … “Do you know who this old motherf*cker is? It’s my dad!” He then entertained the audience by doing the splits on stage. Catch Tash when she’s back in town at the Neptune Theatre on October 24.