The Second Annual “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies” will take place at Augusta Exchange 20 Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19. This never-before-seen 1989 concert from Alpine Valley, Wis., features Jerry, Phil, Mickey, Bill, Brent and Bobby performing many fan faves including Sugar Magnolia, Dear. Mr. Fantasy, and even Hey Jude!
Deadheads should remember that this showing is a one-night-only affair. I’m sure that the concession stands will be full of munchies to satisfy those cravings for all things yummy during the show. Popcorn and Milk Duds, anyone?
ANOTHER NEW ATHENS BAND DEPT. It shouldn’t be too surprising that Athens has given us a group yet again that has the biggest buzz in the country. The only variable is that the Alabama Shakes are from Athens, Ala., and their fab debut Boys and Girls is chock full o’soul. If your tastes run from Wilson Pickett to Otis Redding then this funky group will undoubtedly please your musical palate.
The Alabama Shakes are on tour in Europe but will return to the States on May 19 for a show at Asheville, N.C.’s legendary Orange Peel. The band is much better in a live setting as their numerous videos on YouTube can readily attest. ROAD TRIP!
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY DEPT. April 19 will be more explosive than a North Korean rocket! Van Halen’s tour in support of their Different Kind of Truth reunion disc has received rave reviews everywhere. The return of David Lee Roth has proved the chemistry among the singer and Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang is just as strong as in the old days.
The hit-filled set list is long and as strong as tugboat rope so be ready for a long night of rambunctious revelry. Tix are still available for the show at Philip’s Arena in Atlanta and range from $29-$149.
• Several choice concerts have just been added to Chastain Park’s Summer Series. Diana Krall (July 11), The Temptations and the Four Tops (July 21), Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis (July 25), and Train (Sept. 7) round out the latest offerings from one of the best venues anywhere.
• New albums this week include the Counting Crows new collection of cover tunes Underwater Sunshine, Bonnie Raitt’s Slipstream (her 19th album and first new disc in seven years), and the aforementioned Train, whose Cali 57 is said by many critics to be their best album yet.
LAST WEEK’S CONTEST Winner is Francie Klopotic, the lucky recipient of a $50 gift certificate from Emilio’s Italian Restaurant on Washington Road. The pasta is always a’plenty at Emilio’s!
TURNER’S QUICK NOTES: Madonna’s latest MDNA (gee, is it a designer album?) claimed the top spot on its first week of release, selling more than 359,000 copies. It’s also available on vinyl … A 40th anniversary edition of Janis Joplin’s final album, Pearl, has just been issued. It contains the original album along with outtakes of such choice gems as Cry Baby, Move Over, and a demo of Me and Bobby McGee … Sorry to hear of the passing last week of Ernie Pearson, the former co-owner of the Red Lion Pub and the Post Office Nightclub. Ernie was a great, one-of-a-kind guy who will be missed by many.