Here it is – the New Year. Almost, anyway. So how is the Vancouver concert scene looking? Pretty healthy, actually.
January 2014 has at least one big name act, some up-and-comers, plenty of below-the-radar acts and at least one reality-TV star. Not to mention the return of a few perennial Vancouver favourites, like Zappa Plays Zappa and the Reverend Horton Heat.
Reverend Horton Heat (Jan. 8 at the Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.) – Avuncular guitarist/vocalist Jim Heath leads his merry rockabilly trio through a set drawing on the group’s 11 studio albums, including the upcoming Rev (scheduled for a Jan. 24 2014 release). The new album features the song “Let Me Teach You How to Eat.” Tickets $23.00 at ticketmaster.ca. Doors 8 p.m./show 9:30 p.m. General admission.
Rupaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons Tour (Jan. 10 at the Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.) – Stars of the reality TV show Rupaul’s Drag Race kick off a West Coast tour in Vancouver. Expect plenty of hi-jinks from series stars Michelle, Kinkx, Carmen, Pandora, Manila, Willam and Ivy. Tickets: $40/VIP $75 at ticketmaster.ca. Doors 8 p.m./show 9:30 p.m. General admission.
Justin Timberlake (Jan 16 at Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way) – You know him, you love him, you can see him in the new Coen brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis and he’s touring in support of his 2013 double release, The 20/20 Experience. Doors 6:30 p.m./show 7:30. Tickets: $49.50, $90, $175 at ticketmaster.ca. Reserved seating/all ages.
Jake Bugg (Jan. 21 at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.) – The young British folk/rock singer-songwriter is rising fast, thanks to engaging live performances and songs like “Lightning Bolt.” He’s on tour for his second album, Shangri La, which features the songs “Slumville Sunrise” and “What Doesn’t Kill You.” With Albert Hammond Jr and The Skins. Tickets: $31.50-39.50 at ticketweb.ca. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8. All-ages/reserved seating.
North Mississippi Allstars (Jan 24 at the Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway) – Brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson on tour with their modern blues band the North Mississippi Allstars. The tour is in support of World Boogie is Coming, the group’s seventh album, which features harmonica by Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant. With Lightnin Malcolm. Tickets: $25 at ticketweb.ca. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9. 19+ show/no minors.
Zappa Plays Zappa (Jan 29 at the Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.) – On this latest tour, Frank’s son Dweezil celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of the live Frank Zappa & The Mothers album The Roxy & Elsewhere. Tickets $45 at ticketmaster.ca. Doors 7 p.m./show 8. General admission.