Last week, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic was on a blitzkreig mission, strafing Nippertown with their Spike Jones-meets-Ringling Brothers riotous rock-and-jazz hybrid sound. They tore it up at Zaika in Clifton Park last Thursday, threw it down at Peint O’Grw in Chatham on Friday and wrapped up the big lost weekend at the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion in Stockbridge on Sunday.
On Saturday evening, however, they kicked off the official launch of the 2011 Riverlink Park Concert Series in Amsterdam with a night of pure magical, musical mayhem. Hometown acoustic blues duo Holly & Evan shared the stage.
It might be a while ’til the CTP returns to town, but fans can make plans to catch a couple of Travis’ other musical projects this summer when he leads the Catbirds into Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy on Friday, August 12, and then slips into Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs with the Chandler Travis Three-O for a Travers’ Eve bash on Friday, August 26.
Photographs by Stanley Johnson