I haven’t received any feedback on last week’s column, which is kind of discouraging. I hope somebody out there cares about live music, because if nobody does, pretty soon, there ain’t gonna be anywhere to hear music in a live setting. The weather’s warming up soon, so show your love by getting out of the house and catch some music live. You know you’ve got cabin fever anyway, so it’s a win-win situation.
We’ve got a pretty good week coming up and March promises to be very exciting, with shows by Dave Mason, Doctor John, Loretta Lynn, and quite a few other world class, top shelf musicians visiting our area. Here’s this week’s picks:
Thursday, Feb. 24 – This is a little different than what I usually recommend. It’s unusual, but a ton of fun. Make that 2 tons of fun. It’s MISS ANGIE’S KARAOKE NIGHT at The Bearsville Theater. This happens almost every Thursday at the theater, unless a band is booked, and it’s not your parent’s karaoke night. It’s really cool and a lot of fun, and there’s usually quite a few actual really good singers who show up. It’s a great way to loosen up and blow off a little steam before the weekend starts. It starts at 9 and admission is FREE!
Friday, Feb. 25 – Also at The Bearsville Theater, local favorites, “3”. These guys have had a major label deal and toured nationally, so this is a great opportunity to catch them up close and personal at home in an intimate setting.
Friday, Feb. 25 – For those of you that don’t mind a little drive, JIM WEIDER, one of the guitarists from The Levon Helm Band, will be bringing his own band to The Turning Point in Piermont, NY. Jim is considered a master of the Telecaster, and this tiny room is reknowned for bringing national acts to it’s stage.
Saturday, Feb. 26 – THE KANE BROTHERS BLUES BAND at The Bearsville Theater is this week’s PICK of the WEEK, even though Taj Mahal and Robert Cray are in town, which is really sayin’ something, but with their track record, the low $15 ticket price, and factoring in the drive time, well, this show can’t be beat! Plus, local youngster, CONNOR KENNEDY is the opening act, and I’ve been hearing lots of good things about him as well. Rather than go into detail about where these boys have been in their careers, I’m just going to direct you to www.bearsvilletheater.com, where all their accomplishments are detailed, and where you can also find out more about all of the shows at The Bearsville Theater.
Saturday, Feb. 26 – The ROBERT CRAY BAND pulls into The Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, NY for the night. Robert is one of Eric Clapton’s favorite modern guitarists, and is worthy of the distinction. This show will not disappoint even the most critical music fan.
Sunday, Feb. 27 – Rounding out the weekend, and the month, is the immortal TAJ MAHAL at UPAC in Kingston. Word is that Taj will have an actual band with him at this show, which, I think, is pretty unusual for him. Taj’s early work with Jesse Ed Davis and Chuck Blackwell is on my all-time favorites list, and his more recent work, while not having the edginess and uptempo energy of those days, is still fantastic, so this is a rare opportunity to catch him locally.
Have a great week everybody!