The Baby Blue Badfinger Tribute

Jeff Dodge, Stan McMahon Band, Rick Bain, Nathan Jr., Lara Michell, Gregarious T. Cline, Justin Thorpe, Cronin Tierney, Matt Rotchford, Leah Hinchcliff, Dan East, Chet, Bobby Caesar, Paul Piche

When: Mon., May 6, 8 p.m. 2013


The Raspberries, Big Star, and Badfinger represent the holy trinity of classicist power-pop. Much of the Raspberries post-"Go All the Way" output was marred by Eric Carmen's desperate preoccupation with scoring another giant hit; Big Star (specifically, Alex Chilton) wrote music that was alien and distinctly Southern, with digressions into acoustic vulnerability. Badfinger, meanwhile, were the group every reputable critic of the day speculated would succeed the Beatles in terms of influence and commercial success, and they're the perfect synthesis of the Raspberries and Big Star. "No Matter What" remains the singular power-pop template and ranks up there with the best pre-Sgt. Pepper Lennon/McCartney compositions. "Without You" is the most poignant, twistingly fucked breakup song ever written; even Mariah Carey couldn't ruin it. Tragically, the group's principal songwriters, Pete Ham and Tom Evans, committed suicide (both by hanging themselves, eight years apart), therefore immortalizing the band's legacy. Tonight a host of local musicians pay tribute to Ham and Evans' immortal classics, while raising money for local sound engineer Scott Peterson. MORGAN TROPER

Price: $8

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