In 2004, Amy Helm helped her father, Levon Helm, launch a series of concerts at the family home in Woodstock. Known as “Midnight Rambles,” over the years, the concerts became the stuff of legend with musicians from a broad array of idioms coming together to celebrate the deepest roots of American music before a more than grateful public. Helm ran these “Rambles” with her father right up until his death in 2012.
Helm learned an awful lot from her father, who as drummer and singer with the Band, had a hand in the creation of some of the greatest American music of the last century. Her mother is singer and songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, so it’s clear that her musical education, both genetic and experiential, was a thorough one.
As a founding member of the band Olabelle, and a vocalist and instrumentalist who has worked with the likes of Warren Haynes, Donald Fagen, Mercury Rev and Marc Cohn, Helm has primed the pump for her upcoming solo debut.
In the meantime, she’s on the road with her band, and will perform at 8 tonight in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). Ten Cent Howl will share the bill. Tickets are $25 (Iron Works, Ticketfly.com).
– Jeff Miers