Preview: Low Cut Connie at U Street Music Hall
Autumn has finally found its way to Washington, D.C., bringing temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. Whether you long for last week’s 80-degree weather or you’re psyched to get your hygge on, we think your plans to keep warm should include Low Cut Connie. On Sunday, October 21, the Philly natives pop into U Street Music Hall with support acts Ruby Boots and &More (Chill Moody and Donn T). You’ll boogie all night long in this unforgettable genre spanning night. There aren’t many nights out for less than a $20 these days, so get your tickets before they are all gone.
Everyone’s dancing to Low Cut Connie.
Headlining Sunday night is Low Cut Connie, the modern indie rock band that blends in classic elements of rock and soul. Their ferocious live shows are high energy and exuberant events that will bring out your two-step, so bring your boogie shoes. You may start the night dancing by yourself, but you won’t end up that way. “I would describe our music as sex-positive and also not exclusively heterosexual,” Weiner recently told Rolling Stone. The magazine describes the band as “Old-school rock with Missionary zeal.” Front man Adam Weiner’s piano style is often compared to Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis – as often as he sits on the bench, he is kneeling on it, standing on it, or has abandoned it altogether in favor of performing from atop the piano. The band recently expanded to include former Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings back-up singer Saundra Williams.
Low Cut Connie’s latest album, “Dirty Pictures (Part 2),” the follow up to, yes, “Dirty Pictures (Part 1),” has a Springsteen or Mellencamp flavor to it. These are songs about people on the edge, those among us who grind away all week and play even harder on the weekend to escape the mundane. The album is a rollicking testament to telling their stories with compassion and honesty. The set is also likely to include fan favorites like the gender bending “Shake it Little Tina,” and former President Obama’s favorite “Boozophilia.”
Ruby Boots’ Nashville roots started down under. Born Rebecca Louise Chilcott in Perth, Australia the singer left home at 16 and ended up on pearl farm on the country’s northwest coast. While on a boat, a friend taught her guitar and within a few months she was writing songs. Despite coming of age in the heyday of grunge - and loving it - she attributes her musical influences to the likes of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.
Her debut album, “Solitude” was received with critical acclaim in her native Australia. But, that didn’t stop her from packing up and moving to Nashville, a move she describes as a desire to be around other musically minded people. Her sound is too rocking to be strictly categorized as country, but her brand of twang fits right in in Tennessee’s music epicenter. Ruby Boots’ second album, “Don’t Talk About It” was recorded in Dallas with the help of Texas Gentleman’s Beau Bedford and Nikki Lane. This latest album conveys the attitude that she’s not backing down, despite disappointing lovers or unfavorable elections.
Chill Moody, the famed Philly lyricist and performer (and entrepreneur and craft brewer) has officially teamed up with the soulful sound innovator Donn T and formed the band &More. This dream pair will kick the night off in style. This kind of pairing is why the term “Super Group” exists. Don’t dawdle at dinner. You won’t want to miss a single beat.