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A Lenny Kaye Birthday Party with Patti Smith at The Bowery Ballroom

December 28th, 2016

Patti Smith and Her Band – The Bowery Ballroom – December 27, 2016

(Photo: Dina Regine)

(Photo: Dina Regine)

Lenny Kaye has worn many hats over the course of his impressive career, including guitarist, songwriter, producer and author—but he is best known for being a founding member of the Patti Smith Group. In tribute to their long and fruitful partnership, they threw Kaye a rocking 70th birthday party last night at The Bowery Ballroom, featuring Kaye and a slew of fellow musicians and friends performing for a sold-out crowd.

Kaye laughed with a sense of disbelief as he prefaced a performance of his song “Crazy Like a Fox,” with the fact that he’d recorded it 50 years ago. As he and the rotating backing musicians, including Tom Clark and Tony Shanahan (also of Patti Smith Group), tore through a set of nostalgic cover songs and originals, Kaye reminisced about growing up in New Jersey, his love of the Lower East Side and his fondness for the opportunity to work with a variety of different artists and genres during his days as a record producer.

Smith later joined the band to perform songs like “Free Money,” “Pissing in a River” and “Mercy Is,” lending her powerful stage presence in tribute to her longtime friend and collaborator. “Hey, Patti,” yelled someone in the crowd. “Tell us a story about Lenny from the old days.” Without missing a beat, she retorted, with a wink, “Those were the new days, these are the old days.” But judging by the great music and big smiles onstage from Kaye and Smith (who turns 70 herself in just a few days), the “old days” seem quite promising. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK

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The Fleshtones Play the Late Show at Mercury Lounge Tomorrow

July 15th, 2011


Keith Streng and Marek Pakulsi were roommates in the ’70s when they discovered that someone who’d lived in their place prior to them had left behind some instruments in the basement. So Pakulski picked up the bass and Streng strapped on the guitar and then they joined up with a couple of buddies, Lenny Calderon, on drums, and Peter Zaremba, on vocals, harmonica and keys. Shortly thereafter, the Fleshtones, playing uncomplicated garage rock, were born. They performed at the now legendary CBGB and Max’s Kansas City before becoming one of the first bands to ever play Irving Plaza, Maxwell’s and the original 9:30 Club. Eventually Ken Fox took over bass duties from Pakulski and Bill Milhizer replaced Calderon. Over the years, the Fleshtones (above, doing “Shiney Heinie”) have put out a host of LPs, EPs and singles, and, alongside Lenny Kaye, play the late show at Mercury Lounge tomorrow night. This band is still getting after it, and so should you!