Your Maine man
Singer-songwriter Howie Day's intelligent songs about love and Australia uplift audiences of all nations and persuasions. (And, no, we're not related.)
Over the years, Day has opened for everyone from The Wallflowers to Shawn Mullins to Remy Zero to David Gray, and he's proven to be a hard act to follow -- not because he's rude, but because he's pure on-stage perfection, ably putting his bluesy heart on his sleeve or mixing things up with trippy electronics in the same set.
Off-stage, I can't say for sure, but I'm thinking the 22-year-old Sony recording artist who began performing at bars when he was 15 is a very polite young man who meets all his commitments without complaint. For one thing, he's from Maine, and most people from Maineland are very polite, like Stephen King.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m., The Quest, 110 N. 5th St., $15, 338-3383.
Nice music for nice people
For my 22nd birthday, my sister persuaded me to come to a Big Head Todd and the Monsters concert with her. I have to admit, I was impressed.
Not only did the band have nice hair (a prerequisite for my sister's allegiance), their music was pretty darned good -- all laid-back and jammy, blues-based pop with just the slightest hint of jazz.
The band is known for their live performances, with over 2,500 of them in their 18 years together. And they draw a very friendly, relaxed crowd.
Friday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m., First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., $20 advance, $25 at the door, 332-1775.
The "Suicide Girls Burlesque Tour with Bloom" features topless girls and rock 'n' roll -- and statistics prove that naked girls equal big ticket sales.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Suicide Girls, it's a Web site dedicated to nude and seminude girls with pink hair, tattoos and piercings -- all the stuff that's supposed to equal punk rock these days.
Anyway, some of the girls from the site have been putting together concerts across the country and touring with up-and-coming bands such as Bloom for the past year. Bloom's good, too, but the real show, of course, is the cabaret act accompanying the show.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m., First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., $10 in advance, $12 at the door, 332-1775.