Yes, it was the official LarkFest after party, but it was more than that. It was a celebration of a coming together, as well as a departure.
Super 400 and the Charlie Watts Riots teamed up for a dynamite double bill over at Valentine’s Music Hall that kept the rockin’ going on well past dark.
Super 400, of course, were still celebrating the wedding of guitarist Kenny Hohman and bassist Lori Friday just a week earlier – with drummer Joe “The Reverend” Daley presiding over the ceremony.
The Charlie Watts Riots, on the other hand, were bidding a fond farewell to co-founding member Brendan Pendergast, who is heading out of Nippertown for greener pastures. CWR had already played several power-trio gigs without Pendergast – including a double-bill with Super 400 at McGeary’s and the Local Legends Live fest at the Empire State Plaza – but this was the last time that Pendergast was able to sit in as a special guest.
And speaking of special guests, yes, that was CWR’s guitarist-vocalist Seth Powell sittin’ in with Super 400 to knock out a rip-snortin’ rendition of the Kinks’ classic, “You Really Got Me.”
So whether the night was sweet or bittersweet probably all depended on your point of view. But it was certainly an undeniably rockin’ night…
Super 400 photographs by Joe Putrock
Charlie Watts Riots photograph by Kirsten Ferguson
Timothy Reidy’s photographs