The weirdest thing about performers such as Jonny Lang, who start out so young, is that they change so much physically throughout their careers that it seems like much more time has passed between in-town shows than actually has gone by. Doesn't it seem like it was just yesterday that Kid Jonny Lang was 16, sporting peachfuzz and the occasional pimple, wowing people with that scratchy, mature-sounding voice that seemed so out-of-character with the whole physical package?
But now the voice is starting to fit the 25-year-old Lang, and a tasteful layer of blonde stubble along the jaw line has replaced the acne. Next tour, who knows? He might be married and singing songs about his children. The tour after that, he'll be swinging a sporty-looking walking stick and bitching about his arthritis.
Of course, I'll be way old or dead by then, but it's still pretty crazy to think about.
- M March 28, 7:30
Guthrie Theater, 725 Vineland Place
$39. 377-2224. www.guthrietheater.org.
Just a legend
The funny thing about the alt country Flatlanders is that it seems as if they've spent more time recording and touring together since their break-up than they ever did as a band. However, that one year (1972) that the Flatlanders first officially existed was an incredibly brilliant one; enough to set off the successive careers of the band's individual members: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely.
These guys were destined to become famous musicians with or without the Flatlanders, since all three are amazing musicians. The Flatlanders could be a supergroup in reverse, starting out made up of unknowns but breaking up into a group of stars.
Anyway, here's your chance to see the affable Gilmore in an incredibly intimate setting. Catching him in concert is almost like being invited into his living room to listen to him work out a new tune - he involves his audiences in great conversation and personal storytelling. And he even takes requests.
- Th March 31, 7 p.m.
Lee's Liquor Lounge, 101 Glenwood Ave.
$15. 338-9491. www.leesliquorlounge.com.