Last night, Tuesday night, Liana and The Michaels played at Oasis Cafe. The band had a smooth, balanced sound, highlighting Liana Gabel's unique voice. They played primarily jazz tunes, but once during the night, Liana broke out into a folky cover of Joanna Newsom's "Sadie" (not gonna lie; It was my favorite moment...) Not nearly enough people came, so please be sure to make it out to their next gig.
Rosendale isn't quite New Paltz, but it ain't too far. Thursday nights, at a place called Market Market, Marvin "Bugalu" Smith hosts jazz jam sessions. There have been two so far, and this week will be number three. It starts at 9:00 PM, and if you enjoy listening to jazz or playing jazz, you might as well go. Here's a taste at what you'll be hearing:
Although it marked a pretty bad moment in history, there was music, poetry, activism, and of course, hippies dancing.
First, Ed Daley and a couple of his Allstars performed. They played "Tangled Up in Blue", "Imagine", and a lot of other tunes in that vein. It was a true New Paltz gathering.
Here he is! Ed Daley!
And some of his Allstars...
The band grew in size...
Then Quatrane played.
It was another great show for them. Be prepared to hear a lot about their gigs.
Catfish Brown on guitar...
Ben Basile on bass and Mike Kadnar on drums
VT on trumpet, Ben Basile on bass
Yes, it's a 5 string bass.
NYPIRG will be sponsoring a (larger? happier?) fair at Hasbrouck Park on Saturday, October 24th.
There's also another event at Hasbrouck Park next Saturday, October 3rd. Its purpose is to promote voting in local elections, and it's sponsored by Democracy Matters at New Paltz. There will be repeat performances by "Ed Daley and The Allstars" and "Quatrane" as well as some other great bands: "The Big Takeover" and "Liana and The Michaels". So check it out :)
Sorry that I'm mentioning this so late, but I'm hoping everyone just knows already. In honor of Earth Overshoot Day, a day marking our overuse of natural resources beyond their capability to regenerate (yay!), NYPIRG will be an activist fair in Hasbrouck Park! It will be tomorrow, Wednesday, September 23rd from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. It will be a gathering of concerned citizens, and of course, there will be music: "Ed Daley and The Allstars", "Quatrane", and "Tell a Tall Tale". Everyone should come and support this event. It's for a good cause, and I'm guessing that it's going to be an amazing time.
Last night was the debut performance of Quatrane, a band comprised of Vince Tampio (trumpet), Catfish Brown (guitar), Michael Kadnar (drums), and Ben Basile (bass). Over a hundred people made it out to Oasis for a celebratory Tuesday night. Beer was flowing. Jazz was emanating through a crowd of dancing bodies. The music was upbeat and groove worthy. I was initially under the impression that the band would specialize in straight jazz, but they played songs with heavy Latin, bebop, blues, and funk influence. Then VT plugged his trumpet's mute into an amp, creating a jazz-rock fusion sound. It was a surprising change of pace from some of the previous jazz nights at Oasis, which tend to attract an audience of alcoholic 50-year-olds as well as a few token jazz majors. Quatrane will surely develop a following. Their first gig was a definite hit.
Ben Basile and Catfish Brown in the middle of a pretty intense groove.
Mike Kadnar showing extreme wrist control
VT plugging his trumpet into his amp, creating a sound mimicking an electric guitar.
Here it is! A place where you can find out what is going on musically in New Paltz. Aren't you pleased? I'll post a list of events each week along with show reviews so you know which gigs will be to your liking. Of course, I won't be able to attend every show since I am a very busy lady, but perhaps other people will feel like writing reviews as well. Perhaps a Miss Kari Larsen? Hmmm? Yes. It will be her. Don't worry, though. We're the same person :p
And to begin!
There's a show this Tuesday (the 15th) at Oasis! My friend Vince's new band, Quatrane, is playing. It should be a good night. It's their debut. Try to make it out :) There'll be 2 for 1 drinks (things I'm supposed to mention so people will come). The band is made up of, of course, Vince Tampio (king of music, can play 2 trumpets at once), Catfish Brown (guitar), Michael Kadnar (drums and sex appeal), and Ben Basile (bass). GO!
Look! It's Vince Tampio, king of two horned greatness! And, of course, on the drums... Mister Michael Kadnar! This is from a VT^2 gig last semester, also at Oasis.