Photographs by Timothy Reidy
Additional photograph by Al Goldberg
The Parlor and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned – two of the premier bands spearheading the B3nson Recording Company – are joining forces for the next installment of Sgt. Dunbar’s monthly CD release project.
The new disc, The Apres Garde, is being released on Saturday (October 26) as part of Sgt. Dunbar’s year-long campaign to release an EP each month during 2013. So far, each EP has been captained by one of the current bandmembers, who writes or arranges the material for the rest of the band.
As founding members of B3nson Records and veterans of four Sgt. Dunbar tours, the Parlor’s Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans were asked to participate on the October edition. They collected more than a dozen tracks – both old and new – that were written for or inspired by their tenure with Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned. The Apres Garde will feature six of those tracks, while the remainder will be released in early 2014 by the Parlor as the full-length album, Ghost House. (The busy, busy Parlor folks are also in the midst of working on yet another new album slated for release next year, Wahzu Wahzu, which Krans describes as “half funk, half folk.”)
On Saturday at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany, the Parlor and Sgt. Dunbar will each play a short set of their own before teaming up on stage to play tracks from The Apres Garde. Also joining the band for the show will be former Sgt. Dunbar members Donna Baird (of the Parlor) and Adam Muro (of the Bum Ditties and a frequent guest sax player with the Parlor).
And if all of that isn’t enough for you – and really, don’t you think it should be? – the evening will be capped off by the full-blown, always outrageous Chandler Travis Philharmonic. And considering the Philharmonic’s penchant for ever-eccentric stage costumes, the big question of the night might be, “What do the members of CTP dress up in for Halloween?” Business suits?
The festivities at Valentine’s Music Hall are slated to get underway at 8pm on Saturday (October 26). Admission is $12.