WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL: ERIC BURDON AND THE ANIMALS & MORE
(Waterfront Park, SW Naito & Columbia) I'm not sure where the Animals rank in the pantheon of British rock, but I'll go so far as to say their interpretations of others' songs are some of the best. Vocalist Eric Burdon's stage performances and booming voice were a big part of that, as the band went on to own songs like Lead Belly's "House of the Rising Sun" and Nina Simone's "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." While this version of Eric Burdon and the Animals (the name "the Animals" is actually trademarked to original drummer John Steel) is certainly a watered-down excuse to crank out the hits to sexagenarians with money and Tommy Bahama shirts, Burdon's got real mojo, and this performance fits snugly in this year's newly vitalized Waterfront Blues Festival, which also includes Robert Plant and Mavis Staples. MARK LORE
SUMMER NIGHTS: GIRL GROUP EDITION
(White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th) Absolutely no one wants to be inside on a night like tonight. The White Owl's Summer Nights Series takes the dance party to the out of doors on their expansive patio, and they're celebrating the red, white, and booze with a girl-group edition, with DJ Beyondadoubt ladying the turntables. COURTNEY FERGUSON
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