John Tichy made his musical mark on the national scene as one of the guitarists who helped define the signature sound of the legendary roots-rocker Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen back in the ’60s and ’70s.
Having paid his road dues with the Commander, guitarist-vocalist Tichy finally planted roots in Nippertown a couple of decades back and threw his hat into the ring with a variety of local bands, stretching from the Fabulous Armadillos to Johnny & the Panty Raiders. These days you’ll find him co-leading the revved-up rockabilly band, the Tichy Boys, with his talented 20-something son Graham Tichy, whose guitar-wielding and singing proves the old adage that the apple never falls far from the tree.
On a cool Friday night up on the roof of Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, the Tichy Boys band presented a fun-filled, energetic set featuring favorites from the songbooks of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and others stars of the 1950s, when rock ‘n’ roll was still inventing itself.
The roof seating was just about filled to capacity with 100 or so people in attendance, as the Tichy Boys launched into their rockin’ show with Don “Doc Scanlon” Dworkin holding down the electric-bass chair. Pulling out all stops under the setting sun, the quintet captured the spirit of early rock ‘n’ roll in all its glory. Long live Rock ‘n’ Roll!
The Tang’s “Upbeat On The Roof” summer concert series comes to a close with one last show featuring singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rich Ortiz at 7pm on Friday (September 2).
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk