LIVE: Grand Funk Railroad @ Alive at Five, 7/31/14

Grand Funk Railroad: Mel Schacher and Don Brewer

Grand Funk Railroad: Mel Schacher and Don Brewer

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

“We’re comin’ to your town. We’ll help you party it down. We’re an American band…”

No word whether Sweet Sweet Connie from Little Rock was in attendance at Albany’s Alive at Five bash last Thursday, but Grand Funk Railroad partied it down nonetheless…

With guitar hero Mark Farner long ago departed from the line-up, the original rhythm section of Don Brewer (drums) and Mel Schacher (bass) anchored a beefed up band of Funk-ateers that expanded the band’s classic power trio format to a qunitet with the addition of former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, vocalist Max Carl and keyboardist Tim Cashion.

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And led by guitarist-vocalist Travis Gray, Saratoga’s own Wild Adriatic opened the show in fine fashion. But the under-the-highway rainsite at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch is still the single most inhospitable music venue in the entire Local 518…

Alive at Five wraps up the 2014 season with one last concert at Albany’s Jennings Landing on Thursday (August 7). Sheila E headlines, and Conehead Buddha kicks it off at 5pm. Admission is, of course, free. Meanwhile, Wild Adriatic from last week’s line-up teams up with the North and South Dakotas for a free show on Thursday at Vapor Nightclub in Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 7pm.

Grand Funk Roadroad

Max Carl

Grand Funk Roadroad

Bruce Kulick

Don Brewer

Don Brewer

Wild Adriatic

Wild Adriatic

Wild Adriatic

Wild Adriatic

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One Response to “LIVE: Grand Funk Railroad @ Alive at Five, 7/31/14”

  1. Enjoyed these photos, Stan! Especially the one shot of Wild Adriatic and the hair!

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