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Spring’s just about blooming all over, the space heater is mothballed, and my leather jacket is just about off for good, while the tshirts get their first proper laundering. Yeah, it’s warm out. Last night I was at The Legendary Dobbs to see Song Dogs & The Nightjar along with a few other bands on both floors. Read about the whole experience at my latest posting to https://radiocrystalblue.net/2012/03/23/legendary-dobbs-32212/
I might attend the Cape May Songwriters Festival next weekend. I don’t exactly know how to get there, being that I’m of the non-driver sort. Any ideas?
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On RCB Novus Ordo: The Dirty Names have swagger for days. If you like The Rolling Stones (of course you do), you will like this band that I debuted this week. Sons Of The Never Wrong return with more originals, all in a gospel flavor, while they celebrate 20 years of existence. Kirsten Opstad’s intricate songwriting also delights in this show; she’s performing here in Philly next week.

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Segment 1 contains new music by a band I’ve known close to 10 years called Yarn. I vaguely recall spinning music of theirs early in that time frame; now they are breaking big within the Americana rock genre. Spun a couple of tunes referencing the season (Joy Kills Sorrow, Hungrytown; the latter referencing a natural disaster from the 1800’s causing extremely long winters). Segment 2 saw me debut a new one from one of my fave UK acts, MJ Hibbett & The Validators. If twee-pop is your thing, and you crave comic book fiction, you will like their tale of space dinosaurs and apocalyptic matters. Hard to segue out of that one for sure, but segue I did with more songs with violins…leading into a jazz/blues thing (BD Lenz, Tom Principato for original instrumentals). Segment 3: Sharon Goldman is opening act for Sloan Wainwright at First Acoustics in downtown Brooklyn on 3/24. Cary Cooper and Tom Prasada Rao peform some house concert and at a Unity church in the next few days. Debuted the new CD by Peter Buzzelle. Segment 4 brought reflections on hard times and with war as the backdrop (Manisha Shahane, Vance Gilbert, Mare Wakefield), leading to songs about old lands and dreams (Jean Mann, Dan & Faith, Fred Gillen Jr.)

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@ Legendary Dobbs 3/22/12


It was my first time to see acts play the 2nd floor of the Legendary Dobbs. It’s a modest room, new brick, a series of soft chairs lining one half of the room. A nice wide stage to hold maybe 7 comfortably. Opening act was Derrick, who performed solo acoustic. He has an insistent fingerpicking style, looking very much an artist of confidence and ease.  “I hadn’t picked up a guitar in a while, so I won’t be doing all the fancy stuff I normally do”.  Derrick fronts a local ‘suburban hip-hop’ act, akin to the Beastie Boys. Tonight there was no hip-hop; more like choice covers of standards along with a few originals, a handful of vocals.  He did a medley of songs with some easy guitar chords.  “All you need is the right chord progression…there’s the G, the D, the C…then you can take over the world” before he launched into some Beatles songs.    Derrick’s band I couldn’t find reference of on the Web…he wrote it on one of my business cards but I might have actually given that card out already. It happens.
 

I ordered a Stone IPA at the upstairs.  6.9% alcohol, quite woody, definitely not a lightweight.  I looked at the monitor displaying the main-stage action. It looked like a hard rock band, a 5-piece, including an electric violin. I stole away to check the band out in person.
The band is Just A Memory, from Syracuse.  They definitely have a symphonic-rock sort of sound, and truly alternative in sound and appearance. Lead singer is Joey DiMaggio, and the violinist is Leila Dean. She is the  wife of the frontman, Kevin Dean in Brand New Sin; the band was borrowing Brand New Sin‘s large van for the drive down from Syracuse.  This was their debut gig in the Illadelph. They’ll certainly be back, probably in 8-10 weeks, according to Leila. Also, timewise, they had about 20 minutes to load in, plug in and start their set. They play a two-night stand at one of the hotels in Atlantic City this weekend before heading back north.
   

Back up north I went to the 2nd floor, in time to see Song Dogs and The Nightjar .Tonight they were a 4-piece; Miriama O’Brien, their percussionist had given  birth to 8-lb. Uma Theresa O’Brien on Wednesday.  The band showed off great guitar chops and shared vocal duties in the 90-minute set. One song referenced lead singer Ryan McCloskey’s hometown school in “Buffalo Crossroads”. Another song told a rather dark story called “Holy Ghost And Run”.   This was one of the first gigs with a new drummer, Dan Cooper.  The band keeps their on-stage stance simple for the most part, leaving the majority of the flashy stuff to lead guitarist/harmonica Michael Southerton (he was on harmonica for one song as well).  One of their staples is the Neil Young/Crazy Horse cover “Cortez The Killer”.  They also covered “When The Levee Breaks” (Led Zep, of course). Their sound can be filed as being faithful to classic rock as well as a modern spin on roots rock. I’d love to see them on a bigger stage, with more room to rock and roll to. They had played such a place, North Star Bar, earlier in March.  Upcoming shows for them include NYC’s Trash Bar, along with local shows at The Grape Room and Kung Fu Necktie.
      
Among those in the audience were Janet Bressler, lead vocalist for ‘psycho-Celtic’ rock band Sylvia Platypus. They will be at The Grape Room on 4/19.

Lots more photos at the latest Facebook gallery:

VIDEO of Song Dogs & The Nightjar

@ The Grape Room 2/10/12


Midwinter’s chill didn’t hold back many folks from attending The Grape Room on Friday night.  There was a decent breeze in the night air with rain just changing over to snow. Lovely if you’re a driver. Me, I take the bus.  The bus I get goes from Center City down Ridge Avenue, about 30 minutes to beautiful downtown upper-class Manayunk.  Train is quicker but also more expensive.  I risked some time in getting to the first stop at the bus and missed it…and had to endure a 45 minute wait. Basically one bus totally blew off the schedule and didn’t arrive while the 2nd one did very shortly after.  I got in around 845pm and had just missed seeing local folk-rocker Matt Spitko.
Tonight included bands that I had seen earlier in 2011.  Andrew Jude, who opened for Song Dogs & The Nightjar in December, was second up.  Andrew has some solid guitar-oriented pop songs…think Del Amitri or the more accessible of Luna’s music. I had chatted with their drummer, Don Brown, who has a powerful technique and great fills. He mentioned that, on Thursday, the band played at his alma mater of Philadelphia University for a Relay for Life benefit. Andrew and band was a trio tonight; Alicia, their violinist was out of town. I recall Andrew saying that she’s with the band on some regional dates depending on the locale.  Andrew received debut airplay from me on Radio Crystal Blue earlier in the week.
 
The Tressels did their thing all over the Grape Room stage….a 5 piece band that I covered for you in a prior post when they played at Legendary Dobbs. Pretty much the same script as before, some of the same songs, and much of the same kinetic energy . One guy handles maracas and tambos, another stands tall and quiet on guitar, another handles flashy lead guitar, and a drummer tucked in the back who keeps an understated but steady hand with the backbeat.  Exciting band to see; that is, if you like to see bands that make like The Who with all their craftiness on stage. Possibly the best local band I’ve seen since beginning my coverage of local showcases last summer.  Before the last song, lead vox Butch Tressels asks a hardcore Sinatra trivia question “What was the last song that Sinatra sang in his final concert?” I did know the answer was “The Best Is Yet To Come” but waited for a response from the audience. No response came. Instead there was the constant chatter of hipsters and folks just standing around gawking or gabbing with each other. No matter. They did launch into that final song, climaxing with  Mickey Reds (percussion, 2nd vocalist) delivering a mighty roar that would do whatshisname in the Who proud.    Outside while I caught my breath from the slowly packing venue (where did all those young ladies come from), I had met most of the band in post-show smoke. A doe-eyed brunette was waxing eloquent about the band’s set and how they’ll make The Grape Room a place they’ll attend time and again. I love when that magic happens. The Tressels didn’t really have much of a challenge with the stage doing all their shtick.  One bandmember (I believe it was Bruce) was mentioning have to do “the Bruce thing” (Springsteen, perhaps?), crouching low on guitar and maintaining rhythm and control while the others cavorted. They were to play on 2/11 at The Alphabet Lounge in the East Village section of NYC, then another date with Dobbs in March.
   
The Tressels shared stages several times before with another local act, Johnny Action Figure, and did likewise on Friday. This regional 4-piece sing out loud and enjoy being in the moment on stage.  No stage antics beyond the norm for them; they have 2 keyboards to work plus guitar and drums, plus a great original pop aesthethic that will continue to attract fans in PA.
  
By midway through the set, yours truly was having the worst time getting good camera angles thanks to the teeming dozens that decide to populate every square inch of the room.  I hightailed out of there just as Johnny Action Figure wrapped up.  Apparently the headline band, Kalob Griffin Band by name (State College by place), brought in a huge amount there.
Waiting for the last bus out of Manayunk (again, forgoing the nearby train and extra expense), I glanced in admiration at the folks walking up and down Main Street, underdressed to the eights and nines. Same time every night, from what I’ve seen, seems to present this scene.   The cold rain was a bonus of sorts.
More pics at my latest Facebook gallery

@ Legendary Dobbs, January 6, 2012


Armed with Stash peppermint tea, going to a Reiki share today, getting multidimensional in the process.  Before lifting off out of here, some musings for you re Friday’s shows.
I’m in the habit of attending 3 shows a month, doing very select interviews with great artists like the ones you hear on my show, plus add some photos, audio and video. Not a bad gig right? It’s about time I got paid for this sort of work. I am exploring that now, while leaving some other ideas off the table for now.

Red Abbey, a band from Hoboken, NJ, now firmly centered in Las Vegas, were the reason for my attending The Legendary Dobbs.  I hung with Thien-nga and Trey Ordaz in the performers lounge upstairs…a tired old room with graffiti galore), a loveseat and singular comfy chair, and an HD screen airing constant music videos. Plus a great view below to the intersection of 3rd and South.   I had no desire to interview the duo-led quartet; instead we chatted amiably about my life in Philly so far and their lives balancing touring and teaching.  They have their own music school at the home base, and plan to tour 3 out of every 4 weeks.  They are very much on the rise and know they will ‘make it’.  I feel privileged to have known them from nearly the beginning.

2 stories below on the main level of  Dobbs I saw local indie band Johnny Action Figure perform some engaging pop-rock which had most of the audience at attention.

Following them were a West Philly band The Tressels, putting on every guitar-oriented stage antic you could think of. They sound as good as they look and that’s no lie.   I mean, look at them already…
  

Red Abbey performed next to a modest but engaged audience and staff. Thien-nga thoroughly works the stage between vox &  electric violin.  Trey, wearing his AC-DC silk-screened shirt and requisite jeans and boots, plowed along on guitar.
    

They performed mostly the songs from “Bulldozer” and closed with this number, a song they’ve yet to record (more good video from other shows at the YouTube channel)
The band are in the midst of an East Coast tour. My understanding is that they’ll next invade the West Coast. Yes, then TX.
Da Rezarekt headlined with hip-hop, fueled by rock, horns and a party atmosphere not unlike P-Funk.  Their guitarist, Marisa Salazar, is starting chemo for breast cancer, and it’s her last show with the band for the time being. Next gig for this band is in April Note the man in top hat from The Great Socio,  a local band who’ve just completed a residency at The Grape Room.  The band had a great moment in the middle of the set inviting ladies in their First Friday best to ham it up on stage while the band jammed it up.
  

I received CDs from a few of the artists performing this night, and will certainly have them on the big radio radar in future weeks and beyond.

Looking over conversation with Moozone about media hosting.  Looks like I may have the opportunity right under my nose to get my mp3 files here and podcasted from there.   Things are looking up again!    I’m partnering with this company to have artists sell merch and music.    Anthony, if you’re reading this, you’ve an email on the way later today.
Also organizing my notes re featured shows on Moozikoo Radio.  I’m nearly ready to get some 30-minute featurettes done, spotlighting top artists that you’ve heard on Radio Crystal Blue in the past.

Still tingly over having the domain point here.  The Google site is still there for posterity but am encouraging you to make this your primary destination for all things Dan Herman, Radio Crystal Blue, and any other related activity.  Yes that includes the stat blog where I occasionally muse on handicapping and sports-related stats and biorhythms.  What I will leave out from here is the mildly drunk recollection of a beer pong game somewhere in Bella Vista in the wee small hours.