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The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 15th anniversary Christmas Rocks! tour did just that

The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas show | photo by Andrzej Liguz | courtesy of the artist

Though regarded far-and-wide as the well-coiffed guitarist who ushered in the 1950s-stylized rockabilly revival (with Stray Cats), the big band swing thing (with his self-named Orchestra) and all of its sartorial and tonsorial splendor, Brian Setzer will always be adored by Philly’s old-head punks for his time in Bloodless Pharaohs. At the tail end of the 70s, a pre-Cats Setzer (with his brother Gary) held sway over the Pharaohs, a Talking Heads-y house band, at 21st & South’s Hot Club before turning to rockabilly, heading to the UK (with a crew of locals including then-tour manager-turned-DJ legend, Bobby Startup), and finding fortune and fame.

Knowing that, it was no surprise to see that Setzer’s 15th Anniversary Christmas showcase with a rich 19-piece ensemble at the grand Academy of Music found its crowd with as many families looking for a good, clean night out, as it did many a spikey, grey haired sort. And the fact is, those crowds — and anyone in-between — got a damned good, entertaining time. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bonnie Raitt at Grand Opera House, The World Is A Beautiful Place at First Unitarian Church, and Brian Setzer Orchestra at Strand Capitol

Bonnie Raitt | Photo via www.facebook.com/officialbonnieraitt
Bonnie Raitt | Photo via www.facebook.com/officialbonnieraitt

Wilmington’s Grand Opera House will welcome rock and roll / country icon Bonnie Raitt to its stage tonight. The ten-time Grammy Award winner released her 16th album Slipstream in April of last year, and American Songwriter called it “her best album in years”. During her 40-year career, Raitt has enjoyed remarkable success and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Get tickets to the event here and watch the video for her classic hit “I Can’t Make You Love Me” below.

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