and The First National Band
Date/TimeWednesday, October 2 at 8 PM
Singer – songwriter – pioneer: all words best describing Michael Nesmith. Starting in the Texas folk scene in 1963, he quickly blossomed into a brilliant tunesmith during his time on the Emmy award-winning The Monkees. His melodic, country-tinged songs were regularly featured on the band’s multi-million selling albums and singles, but he heard a greater creative calling to find his own voice as a record maker.
In the late 60’s, he brought his craft to new levels. During 1968, Michael Nesmith ventured to Nashville to record a series of groundbreaking sessions with local musicians. “I could just feel this happening, that there was this ‘thing,’” recalled Nez. “So, I headed off to Nashville to see if I couldn’t get some of the Nashville country thing into the rock’n’roll or vice versa.”
The recordings that resulted are now recognized as foundational in the country-rock and alt-country movements. His exploratory work caught the ear of legendary RCA A&R man, Felton Jarvis, who signed Nesmith and a new ensemble, the First National Band (pedal steel virtuoso Red Rhodes, bassist John London, and drummer John Ware) to wax the groundbreaking Magnetic South (1970). The album was the first part of an Americana trilogy, followed by Loose Salute (1970) and Nevada Fighter (1971), which spun off the chart hits “Joanne,” “Silver Moon,” “Nevada Fighter,” and “I’ve Just Begun To Care (Propinquity).”
Despite stellar reviews – Rolling Stone called Loose Salute, “one of the hippest country rock albums – commercial success was harder to come by and the First National Band soon scattered. Nez played out his remaining RCA albums with Red Rhodes and toured with him throughout the ‘70s, but the full-blown sounds of the First National Band were never to be heard on the concert stage again.
In January 2018, Michael Nesmith sold out The Troubadour in West Hollywood, performing his First National Music for the first time in four decades, backed by a stellar ten-piece band. Songs like “Different Drum” (a Top 20 hit for Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys), “Some of Shelly’s Blues” (covered by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), and The Monkees’ classic, “Papa Gene’s Blues” filled the room with warmth and splendor. Back by popular demand, Nez will once again perform this cherished music onstage in October 2019. This further series of shows will revisit and renew the music of the First National Band, along with such classics as “Rio” (a hit that led to his creation of MTV). He will also share stories from his recent autobiography, Infinite Tuesday.
Tickets on sale Friday, July 26th at 10 AM!
$63 - Section A
$48 - Section B
$156 - VIP Meet & Greet upgrade (separate purchase)
The Aftershow Meet & Greet Pass allows you to meet Michael Nesmith! Shortly after each concert, you will meet Nez, have your photo taken with him with your own camera, and be allowed one item signed by him. During the Meet & Greet, Nez can only sign CDs, albums, books, and photographs; no collectibles or musical instruments. With your Aftershow Meet & Greet Pass you will also receive a signed 8x10!
To attend Meet & Greet, you must have a ticket to the concert associated with the Meet & Greet to be allowed access to the venue. All Meet & Greet Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable. Each pass is attached to one fan's name. Please ensure that the name on the attending fan's ID matches the name on the pass purchased, otherwise they will be denied entry.