Ken Davis

Ken Davis’ 2020 In Review

By Ken Davis | December 27, 2020

no sign of slowing down

Dawes’ “Good Luck With Whatever” Reviewed

By Ken Davis | October 4, 2020

great songwriting and harmony singing

Willie Nile And James Maddock At the Blue Grotto, Saturday, August 15th, 2020, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | August 17, 2020

a comfortable, civilized way to see a show

rock nyc Watches the Pandemic Era Southside Johnny Concert From A Car, Saturday, July 11th, 2020

By Ken Davis | July 12, 2020

yesterday I saw one way live music might return

The Best Rock And Country Of 2019

By Ken Davis | January 2, 2020

rock is not dead

Bob Dylan And His Band At Beacon Theatre, Tuesday, December 3rd, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | December 4, 2019

on top of his game

Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul At Beacon Theatre, Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | November 7, 2019

more like a benevolent ringmaster

Art Garfunkel At Kean College, Saturday, September 21st, 2019, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | September 26, 2019

retained its sweetness but not its power

Gurinda Chadha’s “Blinded By The Light” Reviewed

By Ken Davis | August 21, 2019

inspiring and satisfying

Jackson Browne And Lucius At the Beacon Theatre, Monday, June 24th, 2019

By Ken Davis | June 26, 2019

Two blonde Valkyries

Nils Lofgren (5/20/19) and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (5/23/19) City Winery, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | May 25, 2019

he’s fine but not that charismatic

The Who At Madison Square Garden, Monday, May 13th, 2019, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | May 16, 2019

Would this be another example of an aging band trying gin up interest with a gimmick?

John Hiatt On April 30th, 2019, Graham Parker On May 7th, 2019, At City Winery Reviewed

By Ken Davis | May 8, 2019

singing terse well-written songs with wit and skill

Joe Jackson At City Center, Saturday, February 16th, 2019, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | February 19, 2019

a very satisfying evening.

Dawes At The Beacon Theatre, Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | February 7, 2019

A perfect match of band, audience and venue.

2018 in Music

By Ken Davis | December 29, 2018

2018 was not a great year for music, at least for the kind of music I love.

Joan Jett And The Blackhearts At Union County PAC, Rahway NJ, Friday, October 26th, 2018, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | October 28, 2018

The band was as tight as the pants as they performed just about all the songs you’d want to hear

Paul Simon, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Saturday June 16th, 2018, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | June 18, 2018

We were treated a 26 song show by a true American master

On Broadway

By Ken Davis | December 9, 2017

the name isn’t the thing – it’s the play.

In Praise of Working Musicians

By Ken Davis | November 26, 2017

There is a special pleasure in seeing a great performer in a smaller venue

Springsteen On Broadway, Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | November 9, 2017

It was special to see him in a 1000 seat venue

Paul McCartney At Prudential Center Reviewed, Monday, September 11th. 2017

By Ken Davis | September 14, 2017

3 hours of music in the original keys

James Taylor And Bonnie Raitt At Prudential Center, Thursday, July 6th, 2017, Reviewed, Take Two

By Ken Davis | July 8, 2017

comfort food

U2 At MetLife, Wednesday, June 28th, 2017, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | June 29, 2017

Stark Western landscapes

Dead and Company, Citi Field, Saturday, June 24th. 2017, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | June 26, 2017

An uneven performance

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers At the Prudential Center, Friday, June 17th, 2017, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | June 17, 2017

passion, gusto, and a tremendous sense of fun

Ryan Adams At The Beacon Theatre, Wednesday, May 3rd 2017, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | May 7, 2017

“I cant’ talk to you now, I’ll get in trouble”.

Roger McGuinn At the South Orange Performing Arts Center , Thursday, May 4th, 2017, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | May 6, 2017

He is still a master of the guitar

Eric Clapton At Madison Square Garden, Sunday, March 19th, 2017, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | March 20, 2017

an enjoyable evening but not quite what it used to be

Dawes At Beacon Theatre, March 10th, 2017, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | March 12, 2017

Fits the formula of great

City Vineyard: None Better

By Ken Davis | March 10, 2017

comfortable and civilized setting

Tedeschi Trucks Band At Beacon Theatre, Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | October 9, 2016

the next best thing

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band, Tuesday, August 23rd And Thursday, August 25th, 2016 At Metlife, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | August 27, 2016

These were my 30th and 31st Bruce shows, and two I will never forget.

Willie Nile At City Winery, Friday, April 30th, 2016, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | May 2, 2016

Warm and friendly

Lucinda Williams At City Winery, Wednesday, March 16th. 2016, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | March 19, 2016

The love she gave which equalled by the love she received from the audience.

Bonnie Raitt’s “Dig In Deep” Reviewed

By Ken Davis | March 3, 2016

Still love you, Bonnie!

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band, Prudential Center, January 31st, 2016, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | February 7, 2016

Bucket List: Get Married, Get Pregnant, Dance with Bruce

Steve Earle At City Winery, Wednesday, January 27th, 2016, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | January 30, 2016

He performed solo, and showcased his talent with one song from each of his albums in chronological order

Steely Dan At Beacon Theatre, Tuesday, October 7th, 2015, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | October 10, 2015

Fagen’s voice was never great, and the years haven’t been kind to it. Fortunately it is augmented by three slinkily clad background singers including Cindy Mizelle who is also an E Street Choir member. With their great voices Fagen didn’t really have to sing much. Becker contributed some fine lead guitar and some amusing stage patter.

U2 At Madison Square Garden, Saturday, July 18th, 2015, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | July 20, 2015

The set combined a fair number of songs from the new album, Song s of Innocence, with a nice mix of hits and obscurities. Among the latter were the first live version of “October” in about 25 years, played on the small stage with only Edge on keyboards.

John Fogerty At Radio City Music Hall, Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, Review

By Ken Davis | July 2, 2015

I wish he would talk less, especially since I’ve heard most of these stories before. A few times he brought out his guitar rack and started talking about the different individual instruments and what sounded good on each one. Interesting for a guitar nerd like me but probably not so much for most of the crowd.

The Decemberists At Beacon Theatre, Monday, April 6th, 2015, Reviewed

By Ken Davis | April 9, 2015

The band features the songs and lead vocals of Colin Meloy. He has a unique point of view and a unique voice. The songs are richly textured, with little soloing. Lead guitarist Chris Funk and keyboardist Jenny Conlee play in a way that reminds of Peter Buck’s guitar in REM