LIVE: The Lustre Kings @ Bethlehem Public Library, 7/9/14

Review & video by Tom Lindsay

Mark Gamsjager and a three piece version of his Lustre Kings provided the second show of the Bethlehem Public Library’s Evenings on the Green concert series. Rockabilly is the band’s bread and butter, but the all ages audience was also treated to an instrumental movie theme, a Gershwin tune, “Folsom Prison Blues“ (featuring a wicked bass solo) and the world’s most famous surf-rock tune.

Gamsjager, bassist Mike “Chops” LaConte and drummer Russ Cashdollar are outstanding musicians but even better entertainers, and there ain’t a damn thing wrong with that, especially on a warm summer night. It’s no wonder the stomping, clapping, dancing crowd at the Library left smiling, despite the devilish storm that forced the concert indoors and certainly prevented some fans from attending.

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Folks who were kept home by fallen tree limbs should be aware that the Lustre Kings will perform on Saturday, August 2 at Freedom Park in Scotia. Meanwhile, Evenings on the Green continues at the library at 7pm on Wednesday (July 16) with Dyer Switch. Admission is free.

THE LUSTRE KINGS SET LIST
LENGTH: One set; one hour and 15 minutes
You Got to Lose
If You Ain’t Lovin’, You Ain’t Livin’
Hallelujah, I Love Her So
Summertime
Bop-A-Lena
Don’t Let Go
Think It Over
Love Potion #9
Mr. Big
Way Out There
Theme from “A Summer Place”
It Ain’t Right
Folsom Prison Blues
San Antone
Last Kiss
Rockin’ Red Wing
Just Because
California Sun
Let’s Dance
Wipe Out

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