30 Days Out, Sept. 2023 #1: Train, Jon Auer, Judy Collins, Old 97s

Mainstream pop rock, a leading light of alternative rock, an acclaimed and esteemed folk legend and a critical favorite from Texas: those are the highest of highlights in the next 30 days – musicwise – here in Western North Carolina. Details below.

Artist: Train
Venue: Harrah’s Casino
Date: Friday, Sept. 1, 8 p.m.
Door: $90+
Train has been making accessible pop rock for nearly three decades, landing more than a dozen of its singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts. Their wide appeal is undeniable, and the group has won GRAMMY awards and other honors. I recently interviewed founding member and leader Pat Monahan; that feature will be on Musoscribe soon, but since the show is tonight, here’s a link to the article where it first ran. Parmalee opens.

Artist: Jon Auer
Venue: House Concert (location TBA)
Date: Friday, Sept. 8, 8 p.m.
Door: $25
The Posies made some of the best melodic alternarock of the ‘90s and beyond. The creative duo at the core of the band would go on to become part of Big Star, and in recent years they’ve split, with singer-songwriter-guitarist Jon Auer continuing his association with an impressive list of associates. He’s also, of course, a solo artist, with much going on. I’ve interviewed him before – years ago – and will be doing so again the day after this special house concert. Don’t be dissuaded by the lack of venue details; I’ve been there, and it’s lovely. Keeping those details hidden until tickets are purchased is standard procedure for house concerts. And this one will be special: Do. Not. Miss.

Artist: Judy Collins
Venue: Wortham Center
Date: Thursday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Door: $65.50
You don’t sustain a career as a singer-songwriter for seven decades if you’re not something truly special. Multiple GRAMMY Award winner, Library of Congress inductee and prolific recording artist (more than 36 albums), Judy Collins is a musical treasure. Ari Hest opens.

Artist: Old 97s
Venue: The Orange Peel
Date: Sunday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m.
Door: $25
Rock energy meets Texas twang. If there’s one group that has been successful combining the best qualities of country and rock while steering clear of both Americana and Eagles-lite, it’s Old 97s. The group combines power pop aesthetic with classic country values, and the result is superb. I took a deep dive into the band’s story with Ken Bethea earlier this year, and am beyond thrilled at the prospect of seeing them live – my very first time – when they return here to Asheville. John Hollier opens.

See you at the shows!