Concerts Coming to a Venue Near…me

After a summer of nothing special in Atlanta, get ready for a fall filled with the latest greats. Definite appearances by Moxie are marked in red.

Arcade Fire + Spoon at Verizon Amphitheater 8/13 (that’s tomorrow!):

ALSO tomorrow, Tom Petty at Phillips!

(Too bad it’s a school night!)

O.A.R. at Verizon on August 15th (Brings back memories of watching people play beer pong at Beta)

Ray LaMontagne and David Gray 8/23 at Chastain

Natalie Merchant 8/26 at the Cobb Energy Center (much cooler venue than it sounds)

Kings of Leon 9/15 Lakewood Amphitheater

Widespread 9/23 at Center Stage and again 9/24 and 9/25 at Verizon Wireless

The National 10/5 at the Fabulous Fox

Drive By Truckers 10/9 at Buckhead Theatre

INDIGO GIRLS 10/15 Buckhead Theatre

Caroline Herring 10/29 Eddies Attic

Band of Horses 10/30 The Fabulous Fox

311 (really?) 10/31 The Fabulous Fox

SUFJAN STEVENS 11/06 The Tabernacle

Moxie’s favorite…

big venue: Cobb Energy Center

midsized venue: Tie between The Variety Playhouse and the Tabernacle.

small venue: Eddies Attic

Music in the A

Some up coming concerts to save for…

2-18 Keller Williams (Variety Playhouse)

2-19 North Mississippi All Stars (Variety Playhouse)

3-12/13 Moe (Tabernacle)

3-12/13 Drive By Truckers (Variety Playhouse)

3-16 David Ford (Eddies Attic)

3-20 Spoon (Tabernacle)

3-26 Wilco (The Fabulous Fox)

3-26 Caroline Herring (Eddies Attic)

4-10 Amos Lee (Variety Playhouse)

Halcyon Tuesday Nights

On a rare Tuesday night outing, some dear friends and I trekked to Decatur for the only thing that could get me from the Westside to Decatur on a Tuesday: Caroline Herring at Eddies Attic.

Accompanying Caroline was Jim White and Otis Gibbs. It truly was a holiday show spectacular. They each took turns playing songs (apparently this is called “in the round”), and each was equally entertaining with their (sometimes rather long) stories and melodies. However, it was Caroline who made the show. Promoting her new album Golden Apples of the Sun, she started off with a bang playing “Tales of the Islander”. Although she hasn’t mastered lip synching yet, this video is worth a look.

I love a lot of things about Caroline’s music, but one of her finest qualities is certainly her precision in language. In discussing her fabulous word choices on the way home with two of Atlanta’s finest English teachers, I learned a new word. “Halcyon” days.

Here’s a little bit about what it means…

Halcyon means calm and tranquil, or ‘happy or carefree’. It is rarely used now apart from in the expression halcyon days. The name of the legendary bird was actually alcyon, the ‘h’ was added in regard to the supposed association with the sea (‘hals’ in Greek).

Halcyon is a name for a bird of Greek legend which is commonly associated with the kingfisher. The phrase comes from the ancient belief that fourteen days of calm weather were to be expected around the winter solstice – usually 21st or 22nd of December in the Northern Hemisphere. as that was when the halcyon calmed the surface of the sea in order to brood her eggs on a floating nest. The Halcyon days are generally regarded as beginning on the 14th or 15th of December.

The source of the belief in the bird’s power to calm the sea originated in a myth recorded by Ovid. The story goes that Aeolus, the ruler of the winds, had a daughter named Alcyone, who was married to Ceyx, the king of Thessaly. Ceyx was drowned at sea and Alcyone threw herself into the sea in grief. Instead of drowning, she was carried to her husband by the wind. The rest of the story is, in a translation of Ovid:

The Gods their shapes to winter-birds translate,
But both obnoxious to their former fate.
Their conjugal affection still is ty’d,
And still the mournful race is multiply’d:
They bill, they tread; Alcyone compress’d,
Sev’n days sits brooding on her floating nest:
A wintry queen: her sire at length is kind,
Calms ev’ry storm, and hushes ev’ry wind;
Prepares his empire for his daughter’s ease,
And for his hatching nephews smooths the seas.

Our current use of halcyon days tends to be nostalgic and recalling of the seemingly endless sunny days of youth.

(information from http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/168000.html)

It got me thinking…are these Halcyon days? It’s hard not to think in our preparation for the King we should be calm in our expectation, assured in our hope, confident in God’s power to save us from drowning.

Caroline Herring at Eddies

On Friday night at Eddie’s Attic Caroline Herring will have her new record “Golden Apples” release show.

golden_apples

My favorite description of her music:

“There’s an inherent sadness in her voice that conveys pain and regret with a sharpness that cuts to the bone,”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Come out and see her! If nothing else, the sweet potato fries at Eddie’s are indescribable…