It’s been a long time since I was blogging, and in the interim, we’ve been to a few shows, all of which were at least good, if not great.
Railroad Earth in February in NYC was fun. We got a lot of the new album, which worked well live – particularly Grandfather Mountain.
In March we caught Stir Fried at Mexicali, with John Popper as special guest. That night was pretty freakin’ great, I’ll tell you what.
Later that month, I ventured up to the Capitol Theater in Port Chester to see Steve Hackett’s Genesis Extended tour with Mark B. Another sublime night by the master.
April saw us at a house concert of John Skehan (Railroad Earth) and Todd Collins performing 18th century Italian mandolin duets. Beautiful music.
After that, it was a bit of time before we saw another show. At the end of August, we caught Todd Sheaffer on the grounds of a beautiful farm on the banks of the Delaware River in western New Jersey. This was a rather special day, as Todd shows always are. The farm is top-notch, and there are plans by Greg, the owner, to bring more live music there next year.
A couple weeks later, we caught Cabinet at Mexicali with a bunch of our friends, and they really brought it that night. I’m finally getting why folks rave about the band so much.
Last weekend we ventured into the city to see King Crimson at the Best Buy. This was Kim’s early birthday present to me, and all I can say is, I’m still processing it, a week later! Seven musicians, with three drummers in the front. Incredibly complex and beautiful, I hope Fripp keeps the beast going.
Looming in the future, musically, there’s Yarn this Wednesday at Mexicali, Jeff Austin (formerly of Yonder Mountain) the following week, possibly Cabinet/Keller Williams/The Infamous Stringdusters in the city on October 30th, and then the three night New Years Even run by Railroad Earth in Atlanta. I’m particularly stoked because Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds are opening for Railroad on the 30th, so that’ll be extra fun.
Add in Railroad Earth with a three night run at Brooklyn Bowl in February, and things look great for upcoming music.