By HAP MANSFIELD
June is a big month for the Cheatham Street Warehouse, which is celebrating its 34th anniversary.
Tonight, Cheatham Street features the talents of James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards (winner of the 2005 Americana Album of the Year for “Childish Things”), Gus Morlix (his “Diamonds To Dust” was one of the most spun albums on Americana stations), Jason Eady (his latest album, “Wild Eyed Serenade,” has been much lauded), Robyn Ludwig (whose musical ambience has been described as “sharp, drenched in hardscrabble Southwestern country… beautifully impure, covered in blood, bone and marrow”) and the inimitable Steve Poltz who, in addition to being an accomplished songwriter (he wrote Jewel’s hit, “You Were Meant For Me,”) also spent time recently as the Polish Sausage at Miller Park during the infamous sausage races at the bottom of the sixth inning during Milwaukee Brewers home games. Make sure you ask him about it tonight.
On Saturday, the Cheatham Street is having a big throw-down with the Lucky Tomblin Band and, on Monday, Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers will be there with songs, stories and acoustic magic.
If you think live rock music has gotten a bit dull over the past few years, or if you just long for the Velvet Goldmine-T-Rex experience you more than likely missed the first time around, you will be pleasantly surprised by Kimberly Freeman’s band One Eyed Doll, appearing Saturday at Lucy’s. Incorporating glam and punk, One Eyed Doll is supercharged with energy and eccentricity. They are an experience. Appearing on the same bill are Bloodshot Pyramid and Full Stride.
On the opposite end of the musical spectrum are psychobillly posterboys The Beaumonts, appearing Saturday at the Triple Crown. If you really want to give yourself the bends, try to catch both the Beaumonts and One Eyed Doll. The experience is cheaper and healthier than drugs, but will contain all the head trips you can handle.Email | Print