Posted in music | tour dates on April 15, 2010

The Old 97's

Most importantly, [The Old 97's] have fun while they're performing. [Frontman Rhett] Miller brings an almost hyper energy to the stage, especially with renditions of "Great Barrier Reef," "Roller Skate Skinny," and "Big Brown Eyes." He intermittently turns the stage over to bassist Murry Hammond, whose softer vocals, typified by "West Texas Teardrops," provide a welcome contrast. The faster songs brought a contagious energy that caused us to jump around, singing along at the top our lungs. Meanwhile the slower, heartfelt ones gave us moments to pause, hold each other, and reflect on the music's evocative powers. I don't think it's possible to hear Miller sing "Question" and not want to hold your partner's hand. [InbetweenBlog]
The above review is from The Old 97's show at Stubb's in Austin last night (4/14).

The band has more shows coming up this summer. Those include three free shows in July: one in New York, one in Chicago, and in San Francisco. That NYC date takes place on Sunday, July 4th at South Street Seaport. The show is free, but it isn't one of the Seaport Music Series shows that happen on Fridays in July and August. Still no word on who will play the 4th of July show in Battery Park, also in lower Manhattan.

Recent videos of Rhett and crew and all tour dates are below...

Rhett Miller solo - Old 97's "Doreen" 4/8/10 - Cowboy Chow: Roanoke, TX

The Old 97's "West Texas Tear Drops" Dallas, TX on April 9, 2010

Old 97's - 2010 Tour Dates
Sat 05/08/10 Tyler, TX Texas Rose Horse Park
Sat 07/03/10 Silverado, CA Oak Canyon Park
Sun 07/04/10 New York, NY South Street Seaport (free)
Fri 07/16/10 Chicago, IL Navy Pier (free)
Sat 07/24/10 MAHA Music Festival - Omaha, NB
Thu 08/05/10 San Francisco, CA Justin Herman Plaza (free)

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Comments (10)

what is one of the baldwin brothers doing in this pic, the one on the right yea. and someone should tell this other guy to find a bathroom if hes gonna squat and drop, have some respect for your bandmates. jeez

Posted by john ratzinger | April 15, 2010 4:46 PM

i heard it's wilco..

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 4:53 PM

John Ratzinger: Tool.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 4:55 PM

July 4th w/ Old 97s will be the show -- I bet the Battery Park show is gonna suck this year.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 5:05 PM

Fantastic.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 5:10 PM

I heard the Battery Park July 4th show will be Daft Punk!

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 5:33 PM

july 4th battery park lineups have been good every year. expecting the same this time around. wish they would announce it already though, it's usually announced by now.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 5:59 PM

oh yeah 5:59 is right, battery park july 4th line up is indie rock legend Dan Zanes!!!! wait....

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/around-town/events/Ninth-Annual-River-To-River-Fest-to-Start-June-22-90971344.html

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 6:02 PM

john ratzinger is a piker

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2010 9:11 AM

Old 97's are one of the most fun live bands I have ever seen. They have mellowed a bit with age, but still great. The first time I saw them was with Whiskeytown at Irving Plaza on the No Depression tour. When the 97's got going, I thought the floor at Irving was going to collapse from everyone pogoing. It was killer.

Posted by Kurt C. | April 19, 2010 3:39 PM

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