Dan Auerbach Chicago Concert Review and Tour Dates

img00795(Video included) Dan Auerbach, front man for The Black Keys, is touring to promote his first solo album, Keep it Hid. On Friday, March 6 he made a stop at The Metro in Chicago to play in front of a sold-out crowd. Simply put, the show rocked. By far, it’s one of the best shows around of the early 2009 season.

He led off with “Trouble Weighs a Ton,” a slow, back-country sounding tune that immediately signals a sound departure from the heavy blues of The Black Keys. But from there, Auerbach led the crowd into the meat of Keep it Hid, playing the ska-inspired but blues-based “I Want Some More.” It’s heavy but clean, scratching the surface of what’s to follow. The set included the aptly-named “The Prowl” with its stalking rhythm, “Mean Monsoon” and its quirky beat, the heartfelt “Goin’ Home,” “My Last Mistake,” “Heartbroken, In Disrepair” and just about every other song from the new record. There’s a sound emerging from Keep it Hid that I haven’t heard before. It’s blues, it’s rock and there’s some reggae thrown into some of the underlying beats. It all comes together seamlessly, and it sounds very good.

Seeing Auerbach on stage with a full supporting band – Hacienda, including My Morning Jacket percussionist Patrick Hallahan – I can’t help but be reminded of Jack White’s transition from The White Stripes to The Raconteurs. It’s clear that while The Black Keys showcases Auerbach’s unique style, his solo effort is a glimpse of what he’s really capable of as a musician. He stays true to his blues roots and his style, but it’s a richer, more complex sound. He has said that The Black Keys aren’t going to quit making music, and that’s a good thing. That said, go out and see this show if at all possible. I’d see him again tomorrow if I could. I want some more.

Below is video from the show, of “Heartbroken, In Disrepair.” It’s a little shaky at times, because I was having trouble staying still. Click “HQ” for best quality. Enjoy. Upcoming tour dates are below the video. And you can visit Dan Auerbach’s MySpace page to hear the entire new album.


Nov 5 2009 8:00P Newport Music Hall Columbus, Ohio
Nov 6 2009 8:00P The Majestic Theatre Detroit, Michigan
Nov 7 2009 8:00P Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto
Nov 8 2009 8:00P Le National Montreal
Nov 9 2009 8:00P The Paradise Boston
Nov 11 2009 8:00P Webster Hall New York, New York
Nov 12 2009 8:00P Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 13 2009 8:00P Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 14 2009 8:00P Cat’s Cradle Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Nov 16 2009 8:00P The Orange Peel Asheville, North Carolina
Nov 17 2009 8:00P Variety Playhouse Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 18 2009 8:00P House of Blues New Orleans, Louisiana
Nov 20 2009 8:00P Minglewood Hall Memphis, Tennessee
Nov 21 2009 8:00P Cannery Ballroom Nashville, Tennessee
Dec 3 2009 8:00P Turner Hall Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Dec 4 2009 8:00P First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dec 5 2009 8:00P The Vic Theatre Chicago, Illinois
Dec 6 2009 8:00P The Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana
Dec 8 2009 8:00P Southgate House Newport, Kentucky
Dec 9 2009 8:00P House of Blues Cleveland, Ohio

3 Replies to “Dan Auerbach Chicago Concert Review and Tour Dates”

  1. Love the review. I hadn’t thought of the Jack White=>Raconteurs parallel. It must be nice to have a little support for those guys. I had the chance to catch D.A. in NY. Dare I say I enjoyed the show more than that of the Black Keys. A little bass goes a long way.

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