Shows at Reno's Knitting Factory, make it September to remember
September is a great month for shows at the Knitting Factory. Not only will there be some familiar favorites such as Brandi Carlile, but you'll be able to discover some potential new favorites such at the Lucent Dossier Experience. Tickets can be bought at http://www.ticketweb.com.
When: Saturday, Sept. 5, 8 p.m.
Kick off September with country artist Wade Bowen who sings a brand of country known as Texas Country/Red Dirt. Bowen's been making music since 2003, when he released his first live album, but his biggest success to date was 2008's "If We Ever Make It Home." He's also known for co-writing the song "Don't Break My Heart Again" with Pat Green. His most recent album is "Hold My Beer, Volume 1," which he collaborated on with Randy Rogers, who will be touring with him.
Bowen will be joined by Sam Outlaw, and Jones & Fischer. Outlaw was inspired by George Jones to get more serious about his musical interests, borrowing his mother's maiden name to use as a stage moniker. Outlaw released his first EP in 2014 and signed a major record deal earlier this year, which lead to a feature in Rolling Stone as a top country music artist to check out at SXSW.
Jones & Fischer hail from Washington state and got their start playing at open mic nights in their hometown of Everett. Although they've traveled to Nashville, they said they prefer to work in Seattle, partly because of the coffee, but also because of the creativity and inspiration they've found there.
The Lucent Dossier Experience
When: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 8:30 p.m.
Lucent Dossier Experience roughly means a collection of glowing light. The Los Angeles-based cirque-style group is a combination of music, yoga, acrobatics, vaudeville, and more. Its original show is unlike anything the Knitting Factory has ever hosted before. The costumes and makeup are a blend of items purchased and items found via animals and nature. The show includes belly dancers, fire walkers, contortionists, a sword swallower and a bearded lady.
When: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m.
Alternative rock singer Brandi Carlile has a folksy sound that may remind you of a young Joni Mitchell. Her songs are just as catchy and easy to sing along with. Her new album is "The Firewatcher's Daughter."
Opening the show is Baskery. It's a group of three sisters who have a natural bent for performing, getting their education in the music world by performing in the rowdiest pubs and bars their manager dad can find for them to play in. They have their own genre that isn't to be confused with typical bluegrass or Americana, but they'll fit right in with Carlile.
When: Thursday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m.
Born and raised a country music fan in Nashville, Craig Morgan knew there probably wasn't anything else he really wanted to do with his life. He spent time serving in the Army before making his country music dreams a reality. However, he had plenty of guitar playing practice during his downtime, and he has released four albums since returning stateside. Morgan will be joined by Devon Wade. From a small town in Idaho, Wade prides himself on good, old-fashioned country tunes, inspired by great artists such as Clint Black and George Strait.
When: Thursday, Sept. 24, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $13 to $27
Reggae band the Green's recent album Hawai'i '13 opens with a traditional Hawaiian chant that showcases its roots, reflecting Hawaiian life and music. What started as something for fun turned into a serious gig, leading to being iTunes Best Reggae Album of the Year in 2010. Despite spending most of its time on the road, the band never fails to meet folks from the Big Island (or other Hawaiian islands), giving them a taste of home wherever they go. The Green will be joined on its tour by Mike Love (not to be confused with Mike Love of Beach Boys fame) and Hirie.