There is a lot to do this week, starting with Foxygen, who we're pleased to present on Monday. But the week also includes a subdudes reunion in honor of the late Johnny Ray Allen, soul singer Lee Fields, power pop hero Paul Collins, and the first Beard and Mustache Competition.
It would be easier to be suspicious of cratedigger soul if Gabriel Roth and the musicians in his orbit weren’t so good at it. Before Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Roth and French record collector Philip Lehman formed a band, The Soul Providers, and on a whim, they sought out soul singer Lee Fields, who plays One Eyed Jacks tonight.
My Spilt Milk picks the week's favorites, including Stooges Brass Band, Drake, Lee Fields, Flux Pavillion, The Head and the Heart, Bonobo, big laughs at Hell Yes Fest, the release party for "Roll With It," and a festival for the ladies.
Lee Fields has been singing classic R&B for more than 40 years, though he has never been hotter than he is now. With a younger, cratedigger band, he has found players like The Dap-Kings who believe in the power of soul and old school R&B and work to recreate it with passion, style, and a worthy singer.
This year, Hogs for the Cause has expanded its musical lineup. The pork cook-off to benefit those suffering with pediatric brain cancer will this year have two musical stages and out-of-town bands Robert Randolph and the Family Band (with guest Anders Osborne), soul singer Lee Fields and the Expressions, and The Apache Relay joining Rebirth Brass Band, The Revivalists, Eric Lindell, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and Mississippi Rail Company.