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Check It Out!: August 29, 2013

Tedeschi Trucks Band —

Made Up Mind

(Sony Masterworks)

At a time when bands are looking to go smaller as a means of making a larger profit, the Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB) has been flying in the face of that. Eleven members strong, the united bands of Susan Tedeschi and hubby Derek Trucks are reminiscent of traveling caravans of yore like Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen. With its second studio outing in three years, TTB has nailed down a vintage rhythm and blues sound, (heavy on the blues), that still manages to sound contemporary. All the more impressive is that it’s done with nary a cover song to speak of. Instead, these solid originals include contributions from one or both of the band’s namesakes along with familiar names like the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris, singer-songwriter Sonya Kitchell and John Leventhal, Rosanne Cash’s producer husband.

It’s a joyful noise that can heard across these 11 songs. While the band is getting you to shimmy via the slinky grooves, subtle horns and Trucks’ wah-wah guitar in the funky “Misunderstood,” Tedeschi falls somewhere between Bettye LaVette and Etta James giving off plenty of sass and swagger as she compliments the Muscle Shoals vibe of “Do I Look Worried.” Elsewhere, “Part of Me” has a more distinct Motown feel to it as Tedeschi and Saunders Sermons make like a grittier Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. And while the ballsy “Whiskey Leg” has a measured forcefulness that comes across in the swampy tone of Trucks’ riffs and the snappy clavinent/Hammond B-3 playing of Kofi Burbridge, the ballads are equally effective. Mournful horn arrangements, Trucks’ crying guitar and Tedeschi’s remorseful vocals make “Sweet and Low” ache while her vocals are considerably gruffer but no less compelling on “It’s So Heavy.” Made Up Mind winds up being the exception to the rule of less being more.

September 1


Marc Anthony @ Nassau Coliseum, Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., 8 p.m.

$150, $130, $90, $80, $50, $35.


Far more than just a musician, Marc Anthony is a multi-pronged threat — songwriter, producer, actor, talent show impresario (Q’Viva!, The Chosen) and minority owner of the Miami Dolphins. And while TMZ has been known to flog Anthony’s multiple marriages (Jennifer Lopez, Miss Universe Dayanara Torres), he’s reaped plenty of international acclaim. Musically, he’s stayed busy most recently releasing 3.0 last month, the Puerto Rican native’s first album of original salsa music in more than a decade.

September 1


Amy Helm @ Stephen Talkhouse, 61 Main St. 7 p.m. $45, $30.


Amy Helm is best known for her role as a founding member of Ollabelle, a New York City outfit known for its exploration of American roots music with a sound that veers between The Band and a less-edgy Fairport Convention. That said, it makes sense seeing as Helm’s parents are singer-songwriter Libby Titus Fage and Levon Helm, the late drummer for The Band and a well-respected solo artist in his own right. With the passing of her father last year, his progeny is back out on the road carrying on the legacy of Amy Helm’s dad by making the kind of rootsy Americana-flavored fare his old outfit was known for.

September 5


The Mission UK @ Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, 8 p.m.

$32.50 adv. $38 DOS.212-307-7171

Made up of half of UK goths the Sisters of Mercy, (Wayne Hussey, Craig Adams), the Mission UK has been at it since 1986. While Hussey has dropped out and rejoined the band numerous times, as of last year, he was back in the fold as the band will be out in support of next month’s forthcoming The Brightest Light. With Light Asylum.

September 6

Bay Shore

Paula Cole @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St. 8 p.m.

$45, $40. 631-969-1101

Emerging as a part of the Lilith Fair generation, Paula Cole got her first break when Peter Gabriel invited her to open for him on his 1992-93 tour. Since then, she’s released six albums, getting a taste of mainstream success via 1996’s This Fire and the leadoff smash single “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” Most recently, Cole took to Kickstarter to raise $75,000, which allowed her to release Raven, her sixth studio album, earlier this year.

September 6


Sara Evans @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd.,

8 p.m. $52. 877-598-8497

Even though she’s won awards from Billboard Magazine, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Country Music Association (CMA), Sara Evans may best be known for the sordid divorce she went through with former husband Craig Schelske in 2008. Since then, she has toured with Rascal Flatts, sang during the 2010 MLB All Star Game and Game 2 of the 2012 NBA Finals and got back on the matrimonial horse in 2008 by wedding former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker. Oh, and her last studio effort was 2011’s Stronger.

September 6


John Prine/Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal @ the Beacon Theatre, 74th Street & Broadway.

8 p.m. $79.50, $65, $50, $45. 866-858-0008

One of many ’70s singer-songwriters hung with the dreaded “next Dylan” tag, John Prine fared the best since earning those early accolades due to the humor and intelligence of lyrics that have led the likes of Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt and The Everly Brothers to cover his songs. (And inspired younger artists Bon Iver, The Avett Brothers, Lambchop and My Morning Jacket to participate in the 2010 tribute album, Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: The Songs of John Prine.) Fully recovered from a 1998 neck cancer scare, the Illinois native’s most studio recording is 2011’s Singing Mailman Delivers (a nod to an earlier career choice). Sweetening the bill is opening act Rosanne Cash and hubby John Leventhal, who’ll undoubtedly be previewing material from The River and The Thread, Cash’s first album since 2009’s The List that is slated to drop in January 2014.