The 2012 Concert Wish List

B.B. King and Neko Case
B.B. King and Neko Case

By Fred Rudofsky, Nippertown contributor

20. Alison Jacobs & Matt Mirabile / Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles – it’s time for either combo to reunite and play those deep blues for the people.

19. Carrie Rodriguez – it’s time to hear that sultry voice and astounding fiddle from Austin, Texas.

18. Cindy Blackman (with or without Carlos Santana) – it’s time to mess with time signatures in a groovy way.

17. Sam Phillips – it’s time to hear some wry, surreal Left Coast songs.

16. The Stone River Boys – it’s time to get down to some roots rock and country and do some crazy dancing.

15. Satan and Adam – it’s time for a long overdue reunion for some Harlem blues.

14. Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart – it’s always time to hear the best couple playing in music today.

13. Nicole Atkins – it’s time to return (regardless of Revolution Hall’s demise).

12. Charlie Musselwhite – it’s time to boogie to that blues harp.

11. Raphael Saadiq – it’s time to bring one of the best acts from the 2011 “Austin City Limits” television series to our area.

10. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – it’s time to give it up to the funk, y’all.

9. Candye Kane – it’s time to hear this blues survivor bring her joyous sound back to the area.

8. The Lonnie Brooks Blues Band – it’s time to bring a slice of authentic Chicago blues to a venue on a Saturday night.

7. Allen Toussaint – it’s time to hear a New Orleans legend playing some of the best music of his career.

6. Iggy & the Stooges – it’s time to restore street cred to the Times Union Center with some Detroit mayhem.

5. Imelda May – it’s time to bring some Irish rockabilly sass to the locals.

4. Mavis Staples – it’s time to soak up the songs of dignity and hope from The Voice herself.

3. Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – it’s time to hear this reunited band of genuises play us out before the Mayan calendar kicks in.

2. Neko Case – it’s time to hear the latest from the greatest singer-songwriter on the scene today.

1. B.B. King – it’s always, always time to hear the King of the Blues!!!!

1 Comment
  1. Sean Crall says

    What? No Radiohead? This is an outrage Fred.

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