Dai Bando talks tunesmiths and live music

I love lists. Make them all the time. I will even keep on file other people’s lists if there’s something about them that resonates. One of my favorites is a handwritten list of book titles Ernest Hemingway wrote for Arnold Samuelson, who once hitchhiked from Minnesota to Key West, to ask the writer how he too might become a writer. Hemingway gave him a list of sixteen classic books to read, including novels by Leo Tolstoy and E.E. Cummings.

I still haven’t read War and Peace or The Enormous Room, Mr. Hemingway, but I intend to.

The list below is special, not the least because it signifies a debut, the first voice other than my own to appear here on the Mischief Time Blog. Welcome, raconteur, bon vivant and all around good sport, Dai Bando!

Number two, the piece is in the tradition of those end-of-the-year lists that music fans like myself used to devour in such publications as the New York Times, Village Voice, Newsweek and Rolling Stone.

Lastly, as an artifact, it references an experience which, sadly, is not available to us in the current setting of late 2020 and the COVID-19 Pandemic: listening to live music in concert halls, nightclubs, arts centers, bars, cafes and festivals. May all of it return by the end of 2021.

– Wayne Cresser | Between You and Me

Dai Bando’s TOP 10 LIVE MUSIC EVENTS of 2015

1.Pokey LaFarge / The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA

– A Pokey LaFarge show is like watching Cab Calloway and Jimmie Rogers together onstage, only they’re both Pokey. Add a little Ernest Tubb, and maybe a little Ernest T. Bass, as well. Early in his set of western swing, Storyville jazz, and country blues, Pokey jumped off the stage at The Sinclair and offered me and my pal a communal swig from his bottle of whiskey. Later, he silenced an unfortunate group of local yokels who were shouting “USA, USA!” using only a smirk and a raised eyebrow from under the brim of his fedora. Song of the night? “Cairo, Illinois,” which is the best country song I’ve heard in some time.

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London Music Festival Guide 2019

Brilliant music without leaving the capital.

Every summer London is awash with music festivals. There are so many that it can be hard to differentiate them and know which is right for you. That’s why we’ve decided to make things a bit easier on you, and sum up each event in a few pithy sentences. Enjoy:

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Glastonbury 2019 line-up

Here is our first Glastonbury Festival 2019 line-up poster (by Stanley Donwood). Following the previously announced Friday night headliner Stormzy, and the Sunday teatime legend Kylie, we can confirm this year’s final two Pyramid Stage headliners, alongside a first list of acts playing the Pyramid, Other, West Holts, John Peel and Park stages.

The Killers headline Saturday night, with their first return to the Pyramid Stage since topping the bill in 2007, and following on from their rapturously-received surprise set in the John Peel tent in 2017. For Sunday night, The Cure return to headline the Pyramid for the first time since 1995, in what marks a record-equalling fourth Glastonbury headline set (Coldplay being the only other act to have occupied the closing slot four times). The Cure previously also headlined in 1986 and 1990.

Many more acts and attractions still to be announced! More at https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/glastonbury-festival-2019-line-up-so-far/