When: Fri., May 18, 7 p.m. 2012
I’m not a fan of anything Steve Winwood has recorded in the last 35 years or so, but that doesn’t diminish my love for Traffic. John Barleycorn Must Die, The Low Spark of the High Heeled Boys and even Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory feature some of the most adventurous and original rock ’n’ roll ever, and still hold up to this day. Barleycorn’s “Freedom Rider” and Low Spark’s title track are two of the most beautiful and haunting songs ever recorded, and 40 years after hearing them for the first time, I still have no friggin’ clue what the lyrics mean. Throw in Winwood’s work with The Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Lovin’ ”) and supergroup Blind Faith (“Can’t Find My Way Home”), and you’ve got the potential for a terrific concert, even if you have to sit through “Higher Love” and “Arc of a Diver.” (And rest assured, Winwood typically digs deep into the catalog when he performs.) Best of all, it’s a benefit for Radnor Lake, one of the area’s greatest parks. Funky reggae-rockers Michael Franti & Spearhead open. There’s a VIP package, including a Winwood meet-and-greet; visit fontanelmansion[dot]com for details.