Upcoming gigs in the area include Melvins, America, Dreamcatcher [Seven in Seven] – Reading eagle
Welcome to Seven in Seven, where each week in this space we’ll be looking at upcoming shows in the area over the next week. As always, whether your musical tastes are rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, heavy metal, R&B, singer-songwriter or indie, there will always be something to discover.
Here are seven of the best on the schedule for the week of July 1:
Melvins — Friday at the Musikfest Café
The Melvins remain one of the most influential bands in modern music, having been credited with merging the worlds of punk rock, sludge and heavy metal into what has become known as grunge. Formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington, the band founded by singer/guitarist Buzz Osborne has released over 30 original albums, numerous live albums and far too many singles and rarities to count. Last fall, they released “Five Legged Dog,” a newly recorded acoustic collection of 36 songs featuring a career-spanning collection of songs.
America – Friday at the Xcite Center
Classic rock’s perennial favorite, America, continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with powerful performances of timeless songs. Founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell – along with former bandmate, the late Dan Peek – met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized to rise to the top of the charts with their song flagship, “A Horse With No Name. America became a household name around the world and led the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first No. 1 single. Today, over 50 years later, these friends are still making music together, traveling the world and thrilling audiences.
Dreamcatcher – Friday at Santander Arena
Dreamcatcher is a bit like the South Korean version of Babymetal, a girl group from Toyko, Japan, who often eschews traditional pop trappings — or at least mixes them — with harder rock. It’s still firmly rooted in K-pop in the case of Dreamcatcher, but there’s a slight edge that, while definitely not metal, contains musical elements that stray from the lines of electropop and dance. The seven-member outfit are making their first proper tour of the United States during this run, one where Reading is only the second date.
Matthew Fowler — Friday at MilkBoy
Florida-based Matthew Fowler is the perfect storm of singer-songwriter essentials with a raw yet organic voice, intricate melodies, compelling musicianship, and an immensely rich, grounded sound. In 2014, he released his first local album, “Beginning”, consisting of songs written between the ages of 14 and 19. Fowler has grown a lot since then, as evidenced by his latest album, “The Grief We Gave Our Mother,” which was released last September.
Jake Clemons Band — Sunday at City Winery
When it comes to Jake Clemons, there’s the hair, then there’s the glasses, but ultimately there’s a person who attracts positive energy, emotion and storytelling. While he feels a deep connection to his past, he continues to connect to the present through his musical journey. If you take the mysterious, rugged side of Johnny Cash and mix it with the down-to-earth love child of Bruce Springsteen and Clarence Clemons — his uncle, no less — you end up with the uniquely talented Jake Clemons. He plays guitar, sax, piano and drums, writes music, sings and above all loves rock ‘n’ roll.
Keke Wyatt — Tuesday at City Winery
Music has always been R&B artist Keke Wyatt’s first love. Not only did she love to sing as a child, but also tried herself as a drummer and percussionist, keyboardist, guitarist and bass player. Under the tutelage of producer Steve Huff, she recorded demos for record labels and developed her songwriting skills and, at age 18, embarked on her first world tour with the album “Soul Sista”, marking a platinum album and a hit duet with Avant titled “Nothing in This World.” Wyatt will perform back-to-back concerts at City Winery, at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
H2O — July 7 at Underground Arts
Punk rockers H2O were staples from 1996 to 2003 with four albums on Blackout!, Epitaph and MCA Records selling over 300,000 copies, constant world tours with artists like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Rancid, AFI, Pennywise, Sick of It All and the Misfits, plus races on the Warped Tour. They established themselves as a household name and inspired countless others in their wake. In the pre-internet world of hardcore and punk, H2O were the band that combined the heavily tattooed, unbridled rage of New York bands like the Cro-Mags and Agnostic Front with the punk melodies of bands like the Descendents and Token Entry that would change the face of independent music forever.
• Melvins: “night goat”
• America: “A horse without a name”
• Dreamcatcher: “Cry”
• Matthew Fowler: “I always try”
• Jake Clemons: “We the people”
• Keke Wyatt: “Nothing in this world”
• H2O: “One life, one chance”