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By Andy Argyrakis
Dan Navarro Weekend Report: Songwriter's night at Schubas, A solo Staple Singer
Friday, February 5, 2010


Songwriting duo Eric Lowen & Dan Navarro have penned tons of tunes for a diverse list of hitmakers spanning the likes of Dave Edmunds, The Bangles, Pat Benatar and Dionne Warwick. Though Lowen's spent the last few years off the road due to Lou Gehrig's Disease, Navarro is keeping the pair's legacy alive with a solo tour. Fellow troubadour and Chicago native Michael McDermott opens the show. (Worth a shot - Friday at Schubas- Chicago: www.schubas.com).

Since the Civil Rights Movement, Mavis Staples has been blazing a revolutionary trail in the soul scene. Back then, she was a member of The Staples Singers, though since then, the boisterous singer has certainly established a highly acclaimed solo career. Mavis StaplesExpect to hear cuts from 2008's empowering Live: Hope at the Hideout (Anti-), which features everything from "I'll Take You There" to newer tunes off 2007's We'll Never Turn Back. (Bet your life - Saturday at Old Town School of Folk Music- Chicago, IL: www.oldtownschool.org).

The Grateful Dead have a place in history as an influential band, but for those who don't appreciate its hippie stylings, a concert by the actual act is often deemed interminable. In the case of cover band Dark Star Orchestra, expect pretty much more of the same jam sessions and instrumental noodling, which may be as accurate as any tribute act can get to the original band, but an acquired taste nonetheless. (Fan club only - Thursday at The Pabst Theatre- Milwaukee, WI: www.pabsttheater.org).
Joe Satriani Street Week: Satriani live, Indie rockers populate soundtrack
Monday, February 1, 2010


He may still be a member of Chickenfoot and currently a main attraction on the Experience Hendrix Tour, but that doesn't mean Joe Satriani can't take time out for a solo sidestep on the road every now and again. The guitar slinger turns in the double disc set Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock (Sony) mixing up the set list throughout his 15 time Grammy-nominated career. In addition to the audio installment, a DVD is sold separately.

The soundtrack for the new film Dear John (Relativity Music Group) may be even more worthwhile than the movie thanks to an all-star cast of indie rockers. Catch Rachael Yamagata and Dan Wilson dueting throughoutThe Swell Season "You Take My Troubles Away," The Swell Season turning in "The Moon," Joshua Radin and Schuyler Fisk teaming up for "Paperweight," plus tunes from 311, The Donkeys and Waiting Soul.

Jazz/new age giant George Winston turns into a highly anticipated new batch of piano tunes. Love Will Come-The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Volume 2 (RCA) traces the famed Peanuts' composer in his signature style. Expect to hear plenty of television tunes from various Charlie Brown specials, both familiar to casual fans and die-hards alike, plus a few obscure tracks sure to keep both types of fans on their toes.

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