Well, on a sad note, we lost Amy Winehouse this week. By now you’ve all heard about it, so I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know, but I could not let an artist of her stature move on from this world without some sort of tribute. Now, I know some of you think that she was nothing but a drug addict, and she was asking for it and she got what she deserved, and she deserves no sympathy, and it’s the same old boring story of drug addiction ruining a talented persons life, BUT, I have to say that Amy was a lot more than that! She had a unique voice, knew how to deliver a song, and was a major talent! She had it all! She was the complete package! Unfortunately, the package also included uncontrollable use of some pretty dangerous drugs! But that does not take away from her talents! Tony Bennett said that Amy was “an artist of immense proportions… an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist… an exceptional talent.” Well said, Mister Bennett. R.I.P. Amy Winehouse. She will be missed.
This is gonna be a pretty darn rockin’ week, lemme tell ya! Starting tonight, Thursday, July 28, at the Bearsville Theater, with DWEEZIL ZAPPA performing his dad, Frank Zappa’s, material. Dweezil ain’t resting on his neither. The acorn… as they say. Frank’s formidable talent as a guitarist was sometimes dwarfed by his even more formidable talents as a composer and bandleader, and Dweezil can wail too! This should be an awesome show, so why not make it one of my Picks of the Week.
Also tonight at The Falcon in Marlboro, PROFESSOR LOUIE AND THE CHROMATICS. Always good, I’ve heard these folks are peaking right now, so if ya can’t afford $50 for Dweezil, make your way over to the cozy confines of The Falcon, where there’s never a cover charge.
Friday night, July 29, your choices are between MIKE AND RUTHIE at The Kleinert Center in Woodstock and THE ALEXIS P. SUTER BAND at, once again, The Falcon. Mike and Ruthie are well known as members of The Mammals and Alexis is a veteran of more than a hundred opening slots at Levon’s Rambles. They’re both great, so I suppose it depends what you’re in the mood for. Alexis is rockin’ blues with a big voice, and Mike and Ruthy are more like virtuoso but accessible acoustic folk-rock, if that makes any sense.
There is also another show on Friday that could be great, but it’s kind of quirky and you’ll have to travel for it. The show is in Norfolk, Connecticut and the musician is LES DUDEK. Les who, you might say. Well, I guarantee you’ve heard this guy play guitar. If you’ve heard The Allman Brothers’ “Ramblin’ Man” or “Jessica”, then you’ve heard Les. If you’ve heard Steve Miller’s “Fly Like an Eagle” or the “Book of Dreams” album, you’ve heard Les. And if you remember Boz Scagg’s “Lowdown” or “Lido Shuffle”, well, then you’ve heard Les Dudek. So, you see what I mean? This could be worth the drive, and I know he tours, but I don’t remember seeing a Les Dudek show advertised for about 30 years, so this is definitely a rare opportunity, so rare that it’s another Pick of the week!
You can take the night off to recuperate on Saturday, July 30, or you can go to LEVON’S RAMBLE. The guest this week is RAY WYLIE HUBBARD, who is also playing Sunday night at The Bearsville Theater. Ray is a really great and funny guy who wrote “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mothers”, and is part of the Jerry Jeff Walker/Billie Joe Shaver/ Guy Clark/ Gary P. Nunn school of Texas songwriting. I’ve seen him live and he’s great. Nuff said!
And finally, we end the week on a high note with LITTLE FEAT at The Bearsville Theater. Hopefully, this band needs no introduction. If they do, you’re gonna have to look ‘em up, cause I gotta get some sleep. Suffice to say, this is my third Pick of the Week.
Have a great one!