Radio Moscow 7-3-12 Gabes, Iowa City


Radio Moscow, Parker Griggs, (Vocals/Guitar) Lonnie Blanton (Drums) and Billy Ellsworth (Bass) played Gabes in Iowa City, Iowa July 3, 2012.

I had a chance to visit with Parker and  Billy prior to the show. I asked Parker if the rumored power trio with Dan Auerbach on guitar and Parker on drums was actually on the radar. Parker said that this was something he and Dan had discussed a long time ago…but no. As far as power trios are concerned, Parker, Billie and Lonnie are high on the list. All the comparisons of Hendrix, Blue Cheer and all those that carved out “power trios” of the late 60’s/70’s apply to Radio Moscow.  Gabes being a very intimate, basement like feel was home to RM. They mingled with the small, but enthusiastic crowd, as if everyone were close friends. During Dirty Streets set, Parker helped run the “Fillmore” liquid light 60’s psychedelic light show. I was amazed at how laid back the road weary trio handled even an annoying technical glitch that was present through most of their show. Parker would just move on and play with it, making the unwanted noise part of their music. Even though the the rhythm section of Lonnie and Billy are only a few months old, they gelled seamlessly, as if they had been together for years. I count myself fortunate to have been a part of their pre 4th of July celebration at Gabes, because as Parker said,  ” …I am not sure when we will make it back to Iowa…”


Radio Moscow tour dates:

7/05 Rock Island Brewing Company, Rock Island IL –
7/06 Grand Bar, Chicago IL
7/07 Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids MI –
7/08 The Brass Rail, Fort Wayne IN
7/09 Now That’s Class, Cleveland OH
7/10 31st Street Pub, Pittsburg PA
7/11 Bug Jar, Rochester NY –
7/12 Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ONT *
7/15 Webster Hall Studio, New York NY –
7/16 Brighton Bar, Long Branch NJ
7/17 Golden West, Baltimore MD –
7/18 Strange Matter, Richmond VA –
7/20 Casbah Durham, Durham NC –
7/21 Asheville Music Hall, Asheville NC –
7/22 Masquerade, Atlanta GA –
7/23 Caledonia, Athens GA
7/24 Bottletree Cafe, Birmingham AL –
7/25 Siberia, New Orleans LA –
7/26 Fitzgerald’s, Houston TX –
7/28 29th Street Ballroom, Austin TX –
7/30 Conservatory, Oklahoma City OK –
7/31 The Czar Bar, Kansas City MO –
8/01 Marquis Theatre, Denver CO –
8/02 Launchpad, Albuquerque NM –
8/03 Yucca Tap Room, Tempe AZ
8/04 The Satellite, Los Angeles CA –
8/05 Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco CA –

Dirty Streets opened for Radio Moscow.


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