Be Here Now: Peter Case @ Caffe Lena, 3/23/11

Singer-songwriter Peter Case comes roaring back into Nippertown for a special mid-week performance at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 7:30pm on Wednesday.

Case is no stranger to Nippertown, and in fact he rumbled into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany just a few months ago – November to be exact – when he recruited Knyghts of Fuzz drummer Brian Goodman for an impromptu, two-man assault on a batch of tunes from his latest album “Wig!,” as well as some well-chosen selections from his vast back catalog and a few delicious cover tunes, too.

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But Case made one of his first visits to Albany way back in 1971. He was hitchhiking his way from his hometown of Buffalo to Boston to see blues legend Lightnin’ Hopkins. But along the way, he got stranded in Albany during a mother of a snowstorm, and he took refuge in the old Harmanus Bleecker Library, where he discovered the music of such greats as Skip James, Cisco Houston and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott amid the library’s record bins. (You can read all about it in fascinating detail in the latest entry on Case’s blog.)

Those old records still very much inform Peter Case’s music these days (and, in fact, Ramblin Jack Elliott himself will be gracing the Caffe’s stage on Sunday, May 22 for a very special Lena’s 51st anniversary concert). Likewise, Case’s music is a big influence on Nippertown’s own singer-songwriter-maximum solo acoustic dude, Michael Eck, who will be opening the show for Case on Wednesday. Eck’s latest album, “In My Shoes,” features a choice cover of Case’s “Beyond the Blues.”

This should be a fascinating evening of music.

Peter Case takes the stage at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday evening. Michael Eck opens the show at 7pm. Tix are $15 in advance; $17 at the door.

Review and photos of Peter Case’s performance at Valentine’s Music Hall in November, 2010
Review of Peter Case’s CD, “Wig!”
Review and photos of Michael Eck’s performance at Caffe Lena in March, 2010
Review of Michael Eck’s CD, “In My Shoes”

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