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Boston House of Blues in July

Posted by Ace Staff on July 8th, 2010

This coming week the House of Blues is host to a variety of rock groups that ought to provide a loud, cool alternative to the unbearable summer heat. The lineup includes One Republic, BB King, Bad Rabbits, Epic Saturdays, Wolf Parade and the Dead Weather. The all-male band from Colorado Springs, One Republic, was one of the first bands to go viral with the help of MySpace. While releasing hits for others, front man Ryan Tedder made his name in the music industry by writing hits for Natasha Bedingfield and Leona Lewis, before gaining with his own band’s debut, Dreaming Out Loud (2008). “Apologize” and “Stop and Stare” made it to the radio before the album was even finalized. The band remained true to their rock roots despite their hip-hop record label and continued to do so with Waking Up (2009). One Republic usually receives musical comparisons to The Fray and Coldplay. In June, One Republic appeared on the Today Show’s Summer Concert Series in promotion of their upcoming headlining world tour, which comes to Boston tonight. Next the King of Blues, BB King, age 84, is set to appear at the House of Blues tomorrow night. One of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, King began recording in 1949 and his first hit, “Three O’Clock Blues,” was on the R&B chart for 17 weeks. The legendary King’s increasingly sophisticated and eclectic approach found him pushing the blues in new direction and bringing blues music to the mainstream. He has been an inspiration to Eric Clapton, Steve Ray, Mike Bloomfield and many more. King was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album nine times since 1984. (more)