Hard to believe there was a time when the Lovin' Spoonful ruled the airwaves with their jug-band goofiness. Known primarily for inoffensive folk-rock ditties about flowers and magic, the Spoonful have been steadily rolling despite the departure of main songwriter John Sebastian 40 years ago. The Grass Roots, on the other hand, are a little meatier. Exchanging slide whistles for electric guitars, they had a host of pop hits in the '60s and '70s ("Let's Live for Today," "Midnight Confessions") leading to a record number of appearances on American Bandstand . And in one of their formations, they counted on Dunder/Mifflin space case Creed Bratton to provide a little fretwork. How's that for street cred? This pairing of post-Invasion, American pop sensations is sure to be a boomer trip ripe for pledge week. Think they'll do any new material?
Sat., April 19, 8 p.m., 2008