Friday, February 22, 2008

Bass Hall and Gruene Hall - That's Texas.

There is a lot of good music coming to Fort Worth in the next few months. I'll be commenting on my favorites as they get close.

If you like choral music. If you like male choral music, it doesn't get any better than Chanticleer. That's not hyperbole. The New Yorker calls them "America's favorite choral ensemble", and the Los Angeles Times describes their sound as "luxurious perfection." From Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. These guys are good.

My son, training in voice for opera, has a couple of their CD's and we listen to them often.

Seats at Bass Hall range from $5 - 100. March 3 at 8pm.

Take a bit of a musical 180 degree turn and on March 5 at Bass Hall you can hear Joe Ely and band. About 10 years ago my wife and I saw him perform at Gruene Hall, south of Austin in Gruene, Texas. His music is Texas country, with a strong guitar, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and even a little Mexican influence thrown in. Ely has been around the block a few times and it shows in his lyrics. He puts a lot of energy into his performances, at least he did in Gruene, and the audience responded. Of course, beer consumption and response kind of trend together, making Bass Hall and Gruene Hall a slightly different evening -- plus Bass Hall doesn't have tables to stand on.

March 5 / Bass Hall / Seats $20 - 100.

This recent album cover from 2007 shows a Joe Ely of many years ago.

No comments: