R&R Reunion Fever This Weekend: Rocky Velvet, Urban Gumbo

October 19th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

There are a pair of very notable Local 518 band reunions on tap for this weekend:

9pm tonight (Friday, October 19), $10
at Daisy Baker’s, Troy
Led by the mindboggling guitar work of Graham Tichy and the hot-wired antics of frontman Ian Carlton, one of Nippertown’s finest and most beloved rockabilly combos step back into the spotlight for their only show of 2012. NOTE: The theme for the Rocky Velvet reunion bash is Tiki so wear your best Hawaiian outfit. And be prepared to party and dance…

9pm on Saturday (October 20), $5
at Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
Diva & the Dirty Boys are headlining the evening, but you’ll want to get there early to catch the openers, a very special reunion of Urban Gumbo. As drummer Bob Girouard (also a regular writer for Modern Drummer) notes, “The original five of us (Gary Butts, Joe Quandt, BJ French, Rob Piorkowski and myself) haven’t been on-stage together for about a decade. But even more so, the gig takes on a special meaning primarily because both BJ and I have undergone multiple brain surgeries, mine as recent as September.” It certainly will be great to see Girouard back in the saddle again… NOTE: Metroland founder Peter Iselin will be sitting in at the keyboards with Diva & the Dirty Boys. ALSO NOTE: The show wraps up a busy weekend for Dirty Boys’ bassist Nick Bisanz, who is also playing with the Last Conspirators tonight (October 18) at Valentine’s Music Hall, as well as with the classic British rock band Mods & Rockers at Pauly’s Hotel on Friday.


LIVE: The Elvis Birthday Bash @ Daisy Baker’s, 1/14/12

January 19th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Mark Gamsjager, Johnny Rabb with Elvis and Ian Carlton

Mark Gamsjager, Johnny Rabb with Elvis and Ian Carlton

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Fans from around the world converged on Graceland in Memphis this year – as they do every January – for an Elvis Presley birthday celebration that included gospel and orchestral renditions of “Blue Suede Shoes” and other greatest hits from the King of Rock & Roll.

It all looked a bit sedate, judging from the 2012 Birthday Celebration video, but here in Nippertown, the Lustre Kings feted the 77th anniversary of Elvis’ birth – as they do every January – in true rock and roll style, with a series of hip-swiveling, rafter-shaking tributes to the King.

A run of nine Lustre Kings Elvis Birthday Bashes this year – including celebrations at The Linda in Albany, the Ale House in Troy and a packed Rodeo Bar in New York City – culminated on Saturday night with a throw-down at Daisy Baker’s in Troy.

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The Elvis Birthday Bash Continues…

January 12th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Mark Gamsjager

Mark Gamsjager

Last Sunday marked the 77th anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley, and although the day has come and gone, the celebration continues this weekend.

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Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers’ CD Release Party for “Live in Shanghai” @ Daisy Baker’s, 8/31/11

August 29th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
Reggie's Red Hot Feetwarmers: Live in Shanghai

This past spring, Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers spent three months this springtime playing at the House of Blues & Jazz in Shanghai, China. And they came back with a souvenir for you…

“Live in Shanghai,” the brand new CD by the Feetwarmers, will officially be released on Wednesday (August 31) with a CD release party at Daisy Baker’s in Troy, in conjunction with the restaurant’s weekly Wednesday night Lindy Swing Dance Night.

Be sure to bring your dancing shoes, too…

The celebration begins at 8pm on Wednesday, and admission is $15, which includes a beginners’ swing dance lesson by Chance Bushman and Giselle Anguizola, as well as a $5 discount on a purchase of the new album.

Commander Cody, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

March 31st, 2010, 10:58 am by Greg

Commander Cody“I remember the first record album that I ever owned. For Christmas in 1956, my dad gave me Stan Freberg’s ‘A Child’s Garden of Free Verse,’ which is one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard. He puts on all the hits of the day from ‘The Banana Boat Song’ to ‘The Great Pretender.’ I just cracked right up, and it’s still funny to this very day.

But the first album that I bought myself was probably the ‘Freewheelin'” Bob Dylan album, which I bought within the first two weeks that I was in Michigan in ’62. It’s the first one I remember buying. And that’s another album that really stands up.”

Commander Cody re-teams with John Tichy – one of the original members of his Lost Planet Airmen – on Saturday night at Daisy Baker’s in Troy, as he steps into the spotlight as special guest with the Tichy Boys.

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