When: Wed., Dec. 31 2014
David Bowie covers, 9 p.m.
Josh Roberts is usually fronting the Americana rock group Josh Roberts and the Hinges, but this New Year’s Eve he’ll be taking on the ST*RMAN songs that have heavily inspired him. “David Bowie has been a huge influence on me. His songwriting is sometimes simple and direct, sometimes complex and deep,” says Roberts. “It’s really something to aspire to.” Roberts will be joined by his wife Leslie, plus Dennis Ware from The Hinges and Jeff Kozelski and Alan Brisendine from The Outervention. Despite Bowie’s massive repertoire, Roberts plans to only bring the Thin White Duke’s hits to the New Year’s bash. “The setlist will range from the late ’60s to the mid ’80s — from ‘Life on Mars’ to ‘Let’s Dance,’ from ‘Rebel Rebel’ to ‘Ashes to Ashes,’” says Roberts. Josh Roberts and the Hinges have just finished recording in Nashville with Ryan Monroe of Band of Horses, and the record is tentatively set for a spring release. “We’re very excited about this record,” Roberts says. “Ryan has pushed and challenged us. We feel strongly that it represents a new phase for The Hinges.” —J. Chapa WEDNESDAY