Story and photographs by Matt Mac Haffie
They are the Ark-Tones. They play rockabilly.
I went to the Hudson Music Fest earlier this month and caught a cocktail of premium rockabilly served up by Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones, and now I’m back, to let you know she can really shake ’em down from the floor-boards up!
Rock/blues & rockabilly done this well is a beautiful thing to behold, Lara Hope is a beautiful thing to behold, from her Betty Page hair-do to her commanding, captivating vocals, delivered from behind cats-eye glasses with head-swiveling-style. Her band is a tight unit anchored by the upright bass of Matt “The Knife” Goldpaugh and featuring the precise, dare I say it, Tichy-like guitar work of Chris Heitzman and the cave-stomp skin-pounding of one Dave Tetreault.
The Kingston quartet’s killer original “Get Off My Man” caught my ear and set my feet tapping. Their whole set had a snappy pace, and I expect the local show at McGeary’s Pub in Albany on Thursday (August 22) to be more of the same. So if you like real good music – and I know you do – come on out and make Lara Hope and her rock-steady crew feel at home.