If any musicians are reading this, please allow me to take a moment for some undisguised self promotion. In case anybody reading this doesn’t know, I am the owner of the best, most complete, full service music store in the Hudson Valley, Reservoir Music Center. If anybody’s looking for something unusual that they can’t find at their local cookie cutter music store, please do yourself a favor and stop by Reservoir Music on Route 28 in Shokan. We have a very unusual selection of inventory that you won’t find many other places, from vintage tube amps and vintage Martins, Gibsons, Fenders, and Gretsch’s, to exotic Chinese instruments, Hammond organs, Leslie speakers, vintage Ludwig drums, Deering banjos, Seagull, Blue Ridge, and Taylor guitars, one of a kind prototypes, and rock and roll and movie memorabilia. Plus a large selection of vinyl records. If you can’t find something you like here, you’ll at least have a good time not finding what you’re looking for.
Here’s this week’s recommended musical events.
Friday, Feb. 4 – TODD SNIDER, one of our brightest Americana singer/songwriters, brings his many talents into CLUB HELSINKI in Hudson for what promises to be a great show.
Saturday, Feb. 5 – It must be birthday day, because tonight you can celebrate the birthday of two musical luminaries. At the BEARSVILLE THEATER, 5 reggae bands and assorted revelers will be celebrating the birthday of reggae’s brightest star, BOB MARLEY, and at KEEGAN ALE in Kingston, we have the SECOND ANNUAL JERRY MAROTTA BIRTHDAY BASH. Last year was rockin’, and this year will follow suit. With an all-star band featuring Jimmy Eppard, Pete Levin, Charlie Knicely, Nicole Hart, and of course, Jerry, I think I’m gonna have to call this my PICK of the WEEK. Jerry’s played and recorded with Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Hall and Oates, Stevie Nicks, John Mayer, Robbie Robertson, and many more, and the other folks in this band have resumes almost as impressive. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!
Sunday, Feb. 6 – Rounding out the weekend is another great show at CLUB HELSINKI in Hudson. Once local, now internationally famous, 5 time Grammy winning lap steel and dobro player, CINDY CASHDOLLAR, takes the stage with RORY BLOCK, for an astounding evening of musical virtuosity. Cindy’s licks have graced the recordings of Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Jorma Kaukonen, The Band, Ryan Adams, and countless others. Most recently, she’s toured with Dave Alvin of The Blasters in his Guilty Women. Rory Block is no slouch either. The winner of 5 W. C. Handy awards and numerous other honors, she has recorded and performed with everyone from Jorma, Bob Weir, and Mark Knopfler, to Keb Mo, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Stevie Wonder, and more. The Blues Foundation calls her “The top female interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide”, The New York Blues and Jazz Society calls her “A national treasure”, and Robert Johnson’s grandchildren say that she should be awarded “A doctorate in their grandfather’s music” and that when she plays, “It is as if their grandfather is here all over again”. You know what, this week we’re gonna have to have two PICK’s of the WEEK! This is too good to not be the pick, but so’s Jerry’s party, so, two picks this week.
Have a great week, and we’ll see you next week in The Townsman.