Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.
Here are seven of the best for the week beginning July 1:
Devon Gilfillian – July 1 at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
Mixing equal parts Southern soul, gospel grooves and a powerful voice, Devon Gilfillian comes to SteelStacks for a free show Sunday. The Nashville-based singer/songwriter took up the electric guitar at 14 years old, kickstarting a fascination with classic rock and other sounds from an older generation. By the time college rolled around, Gilfillian was playing three-hour shows in a local cover band, performing songs by the Meters one minute and the Beatles the next. With one foot in the classic sound of his influences and the other pointing somewhere new and uncharted he released his eponymous debut EP in 2016 and earlier this year a new single in “Troublemaker.”
Ry Cooder + Emmylou Harris – July 3 at Mann Center for the Performing Arts
One the finest guitarists of his generation, Ry Cooder attracts a following that cuts across most known boundaries. Earning his early blues dues with Taj Mahal and his rock credentials with Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, Cooder has, over the past couple of decades, made superlative rock, jazz and movie soundtrack albums, and crossed effortlessly into world music fusions with artists as diverse as Malian bluesman Ali Farka Toure, Okinawan group Nenes, and the Indian guitarist V. M. Bhatt. A steadfast supporter of roots music and a skilled interpreter of compelling songs, Emmylou Harris has a career that has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, garnered a dozen Grammy Awards and stirred music lovers for more than thirty years and counting.
Barry Manilow – July 5 at Sands Bethlehem Event Center
As one of the most recognizable singers in the world, Barry Manilow has gone from being a bit of an easy listening punchline to cool by simple virtue of sticking around and staying true to his craft. The Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winner made news earlier this year when he announced “Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home” at Westgate Las Vegas, eight years after doing a residency at Westgate’s International Theater for five years beginning in 2005. While he’s doing that show for three-days at a pop here and there until October, he’s also made time to sprinkle in a few dates along the East Coast.
Jimmy Buffett – July 5 at BB&T Pavilion
Jimmy Buffett coming around during the summer is seasonal as sunburn, sand between your toes and the droning song of the local ice cream man a few streets away. He and his Parrotheads will be out in full force, hopefully not having indulged in too many cheeseburgers and margaritas for a night full of hits, Hawaiian shirts and musical paradise.
Forever in Your Mind – July 7 at The Foundry
Forever in Your Mind, or FIYM for short, were put together by Simon Cowell on the United States edition of the X-Factor. The boy band is made up of Emery Kelly, Liam Attridge from Long Island and Ricky Garcia from San Antonio and come at the ready with a blend of fresh pop harmonies. Following the success of 2016’s FIYM EP, this past January the trio released their debut LP titled Euphoric.
Puddle of Mudd + Sponge – July 7 at The Block Harrah’s Philadelphia
It’s a throwback to simpler times when early aughts sensation Puddle of Mudd team up with 90s hitmakers Sponge at Harrah’s. The former is best known for the hits “Blurry” and “She Hates Me” as much as frontman Wes Scantlin’s battles to stay sober. The singer seems to be on the right path and shows by the band have been garnering positive reviews as of late. Sponge, they of “Molly” and “Plowed” fame, have been trucking onward over the past couple decades under the radar but still rocking as ever. For this show, Southern rock outfit Saving Abel will also be on the bill.
Foo Fighters – July 7 at BB&T Pavilion
The Foo Fighters are arguably the biggest rock and roll band going today. Their live shows are epic journeys that take the audience into consideration at every step, mainly because of the positive and easygoing attitude of frontman Dave Grohl. Their latest album, Concrete and Gold, was praised as one of their best efforts to date when it came out in September of last year. The band are coming off of a two-night stand in England at London Stadium in what local press were calling “epic” and arguably the best of their shows ever in the UK.
Listen to these tunes:
Devon Gilfillian – “Troublemaker”
Ry Cooder – “This Train is Bound for Glory”
Emmylou Harris – “Same Old Train”
Barry Manilow – “Can’t Smile Without You”
Jimmy Buffett – “Son of a Son of a Sailor”
Forever in Your Mind – “Compass”
Puddle of Mudd – “Blurry”Sponge – “Wax Ecstatic”
Foo Fighters – “Run”