David Greenberger & A Strong Dog performing at Caffe Lena in 2012 (photo by Joseph Deuel)
Greenwich’s David Greenberger is a masterful artist who knows how to get to the heart of matter of getting older. He’s been doing it for three decades now as the writer, editor and all-around office boy at the Duplex Planet, a little homemade magazine that’s grown into an empire over the years, spawning books, radio shows, comic books and more.
Greenberger is also a musician intimately aware of the power of music. And over the years, he’s created an amazing collection of spoken-word recordings, collaborating with the likes of Los Lobos, NRBQ’s Terry Adams, John Sebastian, members of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Paul Cebar, 3 Leg Torso and others.
He doesn’t play an instrument on the CDs, though. He doesn’t sing. He doesn’t write the material. He simply speaks. Reciting the words of others that he’s collected in interviews over the years, allowing his voice to be heard as the voice of the thousands of everyday elderly people who we somehow never get a chance to hear.
Greenberger’s latest musical collaborators are an all-star trio of Nippertown musicians, A Strong Dog featuring Kevin Maul, Matthew Loiacono and Mitch Throop. Together, they’ve just released their debut album So Tough, and they’ll be showcasing the poignant, profound, peculiar and positively funny stories/songs in concert at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday (May 31). William Rees opens the show. Tickets are $15 in advance; $17 at the door.
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