TidTunes: Alabama Shakes

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Soul music is having a revival – Halleluiah! Finally, finally we are starting to hear more of the tunes that make us shiver, that tear at our hearts and souls. New ones, so we don’t have to always rely on our old school playlists. The late night talk crews have gotten on board; most recently with Stephen Colberts opening of The Late Show featuring the likes of Paul Janeway of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, to name a few. His house band is Jon Batiste and Stay Human. Enough said.

This past weekend, I went over to Forest Hills Stadium to see Alabama Shakes live, and along with craft beer, delicious wine, and lobster rolls, was treated to goose bump inducing, tear jearking tunes that make one oh so happy.

The downsides were enough to make the experience not quite as fantastic as the band (and their warm-up crew of Drive-By Truckers) deserved. A few hours before the show, I received an email that they would be starting early. What? Then, I arrived and Ticketfly had failed to mention, at purchase or on the tickets, that our seats were right behind a big ole’ sound pole blocking view of the stage. We tried to move – 3x. Then people kept coming and claiming their seats even an hour into the concert. Eventually, we gave ourselves over to our lesser seeing fate. A complaint has been filed. The band also played a very short set it seemed. It barely clocked in at an hour and a half. Not a huge bang for the buck, compared to other recent concerts.

This last angst is probably their fault, as they are so damn good. You just keep wanting more, and for them to just come home with you and be your life playlist. Luckily for everyone else, they have a couple more stops in the U.S. and Canada, before heading over to Europe in November. If you want your insides rocked, go get some soul.

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