In other news, The Rolling Stones released their new “Some Girls” boxed set this week. It includes the original album, most likely remixed and remastered, with a slew of tunes from those sessions that didn’t make it onto the original album. Now, my regular readers may know that IMHO, “Exile on Main Street” is the best album ever made by anyone, but “Some Girls” is pretty far up in The Stones pantheon. I sometimes think of it as Exile, part 2. All the songs were great and it is the album that brought the band back to life! I have a feeling that this will be better than the Exile re-release from last year, so check it out!
I got to see and hear some great music this week, starting with The Supersuckers and Nashville Pussy at The Chance in Poughkeepsie. Nashville Pussy were better than I remembered them, which was pretty good to begin with, but they got better. Might’ve had something to do with the fact that Eddie Spaghetti, head honcho from The Supersuckers, was on bass. And then came The Supersuckers, who were, as always, inspirational! They did a shorter set than usual, but still managed to fit some of their best songs in, so, a splendid time was had by all! My thanks to promoter Jeff Menig for hookin’ me up for this one.
Then, three days later, I got to catch up with my old friend, Todd Wolfe, who rocked the Roundout Music Lounge Friday night! RML is a great new venue that deserves support. They’re new, and still getting their sea legs, but it’s a great room, so if you can, find something you like that’s coming up there, and support the place so they can survive and continue to enliven the live music in the Hudson Valley!
Okay! I gotta get ready to truck up to Albany to see Hank 3 tonight, so let’s get to this week’s live picks.
Thursday, November 24 – THANKSGIVING! Family day, turkey day, you’ll be too stuffed too jump anyway, but if you eat early and feel like getting out, there is one show tonight, and it’s ALEXIS P. SUTER BAND at the Falcon in Marlboro. Falcon’s a great venue, Alexis has a great band, she’s an awesome singer, and she’s opened something like a hundred Midnight Rambles.
Friday, November 25 – Third night of a four night stand for ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND at The Brooklyn Bowl. This converted bowling alley has been presenting a ton of great music lately, and tonight is no exception. Randolph is the master of the sacred steel, his band kicks ass, and they will be back here Saturday night for the final night of their run.
Tonight is also the first night of A THANKSGIVING AFFAIR at The ROCK AND ROLL RESORT in Kerhonkson. Featured bands are the RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND, IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK, NEW MOON REVUE featuring ex-Grateful Dead keyboardist, TOM CONSTANTEN, DEEP BANANA BLACKOUT, and many others. The event runs all weekend. It’s in a nice hotel, rooms are available for a reasonable rate, it’s a well run affair, and should be a lot of fun. More info at www.rocknrollresort.com/v1-5.
Saturday, November 26 – The great JACK GRACE BAND is at Club Helsinki in Hudson tonight. Rockin’ old school country, which means drinkin’, dyin’, unfaithfulness, humour, and trucks. Should be great.
Sunday, November 27 – Well, for you Deadheads out there, DARK STAR ORCHESTRA is at The Bearsville Theater tonight. This band never impressed me that much, but a lot of people (read Deadheads) love ‘em, so if that’s what you like, go!
Wednesday, November 30 - And we wrap up the week with CHRIS CORNELL of Soundgarden at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. This place has the greatest sound system I’ve heard anywhere in the Hudson Valley. It’s a great place to hear live music, as I found out when I saw John Hiatt there last week. This will be a good ‘un!
I know you might need some time to make plans when it involves a trip to the city, or a big holiday like New Year’s Eve, so here’s a little advance warning for a few shows coming up next week and New Year’s Eve.
Thursday, December 1 – BOB SEGER pulls into Madison Square Garden for one night. Even if you think he’s over the hill, he’s got so many great songs that you’ve gotta like some of them.
Friday, December 2 – Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and world class rocker, PATTI SMITH and band are doing a very special show at The Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan.
New Year’s Eve – The immortal CHUCK BERRY will be ringing in the new year at BB KING’s in Manhattan.
Plan accordingly. Have a great week!