Cross Canadian Ragweed and Micky
and the Motorcars at Joe’s In Chicago
Nightingale, CSO Staff Journalist
Southern rock and a little
bit of country walked through the door of Joe’s Bar the
other night. It came in the form of two all-male bands
who rocked their hearts out for hours.
Micky and the Motorcars
opened for Cross Canadian Ragweed, showing their true talent
on stage with a little help from their guitars, drums,
vocals of course, and even a harmonica, which was played by
the lead singer’s brother.
I had never heard of Micky
and the Motorcars until I saw them live in Chicago that
night, but I quickly became a fan when I heard
“Careless” and “Carolina Morning,” both from their
2006 album, Careless.
My cousin and good friend,
Cheryl, attended the concert with me.
“They have good energy and
stage presence; I also like the genre of music and how it
isn’t quite rock and it isn’t quite country either,”
she said. “I also really like that they use a
The lyrics in the songs they
played were very original; not the same as songs you usually
“They seem like a unique
and creative band, which is a nice change from the same old
music you hear everyday on the radio,” Cheryl said.
After about an hour on stage,
Micky and the Motorcars ended their set and the members of
Cross Canadian Ragweed began theirs.
The first thing I always hear
when mentioning this band is a question, somehow asking
about their name. The band’s name comes from a
combination of all four original band members’ names,
which are Cross, Canada, Ragsdale and Wiedemann.
Although their music sounds
great on a disc, it’s even better when it’s coming
through the big speakers on a stage. Many people,
including a morning radio DJ from US99, say Cross Canadian
Ragweed is one of the best bands to see live.
They rocked out on stage to
songs such as “Late Last Night,” “Fightin’ For,”
“Constantly” and “Alabama.”
The crowd participated in
many songs; sometimes they were louder than the ones with
microphones on stage.
“Dimebag” and my
favorite, “17,” were also part of the long set. Although
they didn’t get on stage until after 9:00 pm, Cross
Canadian Ragweed played for about three hours; the fans
loved every minute.
The energy which these
musicians have is unbelievable. Micky and the Motorcars
as well as Cross Canadian Ragweed are two great bands that
obviously love what they do and they are surely good at it. There
did not appear to be even one unhappy soul in the audience