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Neil Fest – The Bowery Ballroom – September 14, 2015

September 15th, 2015

Neil Fest - The Bowery Ballroom - September 14, 2015

Photos courtesy of Pip Cowley | pipcowleyshoots.com


A Fun Bob Dylan Celebration for a Great Cause

November 13th, 2013

Dylan Fest – The Bowery Ballroom – November 12, 2013

I don’t care who you are or what you listen to, everyone has a favorite Bob Dylan song. And if you were at last night’s sold-out Dylan Fest at The Bowery Ballroom—the second of two—there was a good chance you heard yours … and a good chance you didn’t. Close to two-thirds of the way through the show, about the time when Patrick Carney was on drums behind Lukas Haas, it became clear that at the rate the vocalists were rotating across the stage singing one Dylan song after another that it would take about a week to play all of the classic canon.

No matter, what we did get to hear was great. The constant stream of guests made the show fun, while the ready-for-anything Cabin Down Below Band made the show good. We got bluesy rocking Dylan, country Dylan, angry Dylan, sweet Dylan, sing-along Dylan (Mikki James on “Tangled Up in Blue”), sexy Dylan (Karen Elson going dark and slinky on “Cold Irons Bound”) and even some funky Dylan (Meshell Ndegeocello and Doyle Bramhall II fronting a great “Maggie’s Farm”). The pace was fast and furious and a hoot with a bottle of show-sponsor Jameson making the rounds and the production staff doing almost as remarkable of a job as the performers.

Take your choice of highlights, each performer seemed to pick the perfect song to cover: Norah Jones crooning “Just Like a Woman,” Ruby Amanfu and her wowza! vocals backed beautifully by bass, drums and pedal steel on “Not Dark Yet,” Jason Isbell and his wife, Amanda Shires, playing a stunning “Lay Lady Lay” and, my personal favorite, Elvis Perkins singing “Motorpsycho Nightmare,” the full band coming to a head, Perkins not missing a beat while he slyly sang the lyric “lookin’ just like Tony Perkins.” Random pockets of the crowd would ignite as their favorite song would begin, singing along to Dylan both well known and obscure. After Erika Wennerstrom and house bassist Austin Scaggs riled up the crowd with a sing-along “Like a Rolling Stone,” the night fittingly ended with “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” with a certainly fire-code-flaunting crowd of pretty much every musician onstage at once. They might not have made it to every great Dylan song, but, damn, they had a lot of fun trying. —A. Stein

Photos courtesy of Mike Benigno | mikebenigno.wordpress.com

(All ticket proceeds from both shows goes to Sweet Relief. Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability or age-related problems.)


Petty Fest – Webster Hall – October 24, 2012

October 25th, 2012

Photos courtesy of Joe Papeo | www.irocktheshot.com


Cut Loose with the Music of Tom Petty Tonight at Webster Hall

October 24th, 2012

You know who has a million great songs you probably already know by heart? Tom Petty. The guy’s a legendary hitmaker who’s been making music to raucously sing along to since 1976. Blues, roots, rock, country. You name it, he’s done it. And tonight at Webster Hall, the Cabin Down Below Band—the same guys behind Dylan Fest and Stones Fest—are having a party to celebrate his music. And they won’t go it alone. Far from it! Expect guests galore, like Father John Misty, Andrew W.K., Justin Townes Earle, Delta Spirit, Karen Elson, Ryan Miller of Guster, Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Caveman, Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross and lots, lots more. As an added bonus, 100 percent of ticket proceeds will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and the Musicians Cancer Fund. And a word of advice: You might want to take a sick day tomorrow.


Stones Fest – Webster Hall – February 22, 2012

February 23rd, 2012

Photos courtesy of Alexis Maindrault | rockinpix.com


Double Your Pleasure with Two Nights of Dylan Fest

May 24th, 2011
(Photo: Andy Keilen)

(Photo: Andy Keilen)

It started out small and has steadily grown. Two years ago Dylan Fest was held at Mercury Lounge, and with word of mouth about how much fun the show was, it moved to The Bowery Ballroom last year. In the bigger room, there were more guests and more in attendance, and everybody got pretty loose while lustily singing along to Dylan tunes. Well today Bob turns 70, so you know the party’s gonna be even bigger, which means two nights of Dylan Fest 2011, at The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday and Friday. Not going out of town for Memorial Day weekend? No problem. Join in on the fun with the Cabin Down Below Band hosting great musical guests like Norah Jones, Adam Green, Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis of SNL, Jesse Malin, Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes, Ian Hultquist of Passion Pit, Nicole Atkins (only on Thursday), Tad Kubler of the Hold Steady, Evan Dando and Josh Lattanzi of the Lemonheads, Reeve and Zane Carney of Carney and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Danny Clinch, Adam Schlesinger and Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne, Sammy James Jr. of the Mooney Suzuki, Ben Trokan, Steve Schlitz of Longwave and Hurricane Bells, Antony Ellis of Five O’clock Heroes, Luke Rathborne, Jack Dischel of Only Son, Johnny Cordawg and even more.