Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Music of Dylan/The Band @ LPR 12/5/10

Steven Bernstein - lead, house band with Sexmob, Medeski, Larry Campbell and Rob Burger as the house band and many special guests doing vocals at Le Poisson Rouge.  That recipe means you can't go wrong.  OK!

Now, I think you already know I don't need vocals.  That was also so true for the first several songs.  I could love the music when Larry Campbell and then John Wesley Harding were singing.  I think the Fiery Furnaces were up after that.  Once Tony Scherr did his his vocals while still playing the bass with the house band things took a turn and got even greater.  That was followed by Nicole Atkins, then Chocolate Genius, and then Jolie Holland.  They were all great and seemed to get progressively better.  David Johansen finished it up with a great rockstar presence - he even had me singing.  Most of the vocalists were up for 2 songs.  The Mighty Quinn encore was awesome with everybody on stage.

The band was incredible.  I was blown away at many moments.  There was one point where Steven played the most amazing slide trumpet  solo I have yet to see.  He also played the bass trumpet at one point - I'm not sure I've ever seen him play that before.  He did admonish us a lot for not cheering enough.  He said it's why he doesn't play NYC much any more.  People were into it but not very expressive about it.

The show was spectacular.  I'm also thrilled to see proceeds support the renovation of the theatre at the 14th Street Y.  Yeah!

An all-star Tribute featuring:
Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob, Levon Helm Band),  John Medeski (Medeski, Martin and Wood), Rob Burger (Laurie Anderson, Marianne Faithful, Iron & Wine),  Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Sex Mob),  Kenny Wollesen (Norah Jones, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Sex Mob), and special guests Jolie Holland, Laura Cantrell, Nicole Atkins, John Wesley Harding,  and Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces
Special Guest Vocalists
Chocolate Genius, David Johansen (New York Dolls).

 Proceeds from Bob Dylan and The Band: What Kind of Love Is This? support the renovation of the LABA Theatre at the 14th Street Y - an anchor for music, dance, performance art, theater, and fine arts in the heart of the East Village for decades. 

Set List
This Wheel's On Fire - Larry Campbell
Baby Let Me Follow You Down ('66) - John Wesley Harding
Something There is About You - John Wesley Harding
Baby Let Me Follow You Down (reprise Last Waltz version) - John Wesley Harding
You Ain't Going Nowhere - Laura Cantrell
Going Going Gone - Laura Cantrell
Odds & Ends - Fiery Furnaces
I'm Not There - Fiery Furances
Hazel - Tony Scherr
Long Distance Operator - Nicole Atkins
Going to Acapulco - Nicole Atkins
I Shall Be Released - Chocolate Genius
Please Mrs. Henry - Chocolate Genius
Nothing was Delivered - Jolie Holland
Ballad of a Thin Man - Jolie Holland
Million Dollar Bash - David Johansen
On a Night Like This - David Johansen
Mighty Quinn - Group

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