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Road Woes: Much to our collective chagrin, last Friday's Chuck Prophet show at the Arizona Roadhouse was canceled, as the guitarist and his band came down with an unexpected case of the Econoline virus (read: van trouble) somewhere outside of Chicago. Opener Marlee McLeod stepped into the headlining slot playing a fine two-hour set, augmented by an acoustic warm-up from the aforementioned Diesel Dawgs.
Prophet's management company says the Arizona show will be made up. While no specific date has been given, the rescheduled concert will likely happen in mid-September.
Prophet's is the latest in a rash of Valley no-shows that includes Frank Black, Shelby Lynne and The The. Of slightly bigger note is the cancellation of a Phoenix stop for the Musicmaker.com tour, featuring back-to-back performances from the Black Crowes with Jimmy Page, and the Who.
The concerts were originally set for August 13 and 14, and according to local promoter Evening Star, the shows will not be rescheduled. However, those who were anticipating Levi's First Stage gigs from Philly rock quartet Marah during the Musicmaker double bill are in luck, as the band plans to honor an August 12 engagement at Long Wong's on Mill.
Movin' On: Singer/songwriter Jim Beach (who, along with his backing combo -- pianist Matt Mahr, bassist Will Lovell, drummer Jamal Ruhe and pedal steeler Jon Rauhouse -- was featured in this column a couple of weeks ago) is leaving town. The lifelong Valley resident and music-scene stalwart is heading to San Antonio with his fiancée. His departure brings an end to a local career that saw him front the Hucklebones and Dialectrics, among others. Beach and company played their final shows last week opening for the Revenants and Los Guys.
Mix work on Beach's recently recorded solo album has just been completed by Ruhe. There's no word on when the disc will see the light of day, but expect it to surface late this year or early next on an out-of-town imprint.