We caught up with Deer Tick keyboardist Rob Crowell “somewhere between” Tennessee and Rhode Island as he and Deer Tick founder/frontman John McCauley drove from their new hometown of Nashville to their old stomping grounds of Providence to pick up the rest of the band (Dennis Ryan, Chris Ryan and Ian O’Neil) and start a tour that kicks off in Saratoga Springs on Saturday night at the Putnam Den.
Q: You’ve played in the Capital Region several times at this point — Jillian’s in Albany last winter, the Restoration Festival, Valentine’s and a few other places before that. Any memories in particular that stand out?
A: I don’t totally remember to be honest. I think the last time we were there it was a bit of a blur. It was the last show of a long tour. I remember having a good time though.
Following their knock-out performance at the Restoration Festival in August, Deer Tick – the pride of Providence – came roaring back into Nippertown for a free show at Jillian’s in Albany, sponsored by WEQX-FM.
Here’s a little interlude ditty by Deer Tick leader John McCauley from the concert:
SPOKEN WORD: Nicole Peyrafitte @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs: Poet, performance artist and a damned fine cook, too, the charming, adventurous Peyrafitte returns to Nippertown as the featured reader at Lena’s monthly open mic night for poets. 7pm. $3.
MUSIC: Pete Yorn with Alberta Cross @ The Egg, Albany: Pop-rockin’ singer-songwriter Yorn has released two albums this year – “Back and Fourth” and a duet album with Scarlett Johansson, “Break Up.” We’re guessing that Scarlett won’t show up at The Egg tonight, though. 7:30pm. $28.
MUSIC: Deer Tick with Jonny Corndawg @ Revolution Hall, Troy: Hopefully, you saw the documentary film, “Deer Tick: To the City of Sin!” at the Saratoga Arts Center last night. Now see the band live in all of their rollicking, whiskey-soaked glory. Doors open at 7pm. $15.
MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany: Super saxman Keith Pray leads Nippertown’s swingingest big band into one of our favorite, intimate watering holes as they gear up for the impending release of their debut live album. What’s not to like? 9pm. Free; donations gratefully accepted.
FILM: “Deer Tick: To the City of Sin!” @ the Saratoga County Arts Center, Saratoga Springs: A screening of the documentary feature film about Providence alt-country-rock band Deer Tick. Also a reception with light refreshments and a Q&A session with director Cory Lovell and members of the band. 7pm. $10.
MUSIC: New York Funk Exchange with Jatoba @ Revolution Hall, Troy: Vocalist Serena Fortier fronts the eight-piece Brooklyn-based band of funkateers. Sharing the stage is the eclectic acoustic trio, Jatoba. Doors at 8pm. Free.
MUSIC: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band @ The Egg, Albany: One more large band lands in Nippertown on a busy big-band Tuesday. Teriffic Texas tunesmith Lovett leads his finely honed ensemble into town in support of his latest album, “Natural Forces.” 7:30pm. $74.50, $64.50, $59.50.
filmmaker Cory W. Lovell and John McCauley from Deer Tick
It’s shaping up as a damned good week around Nippertown for fans of the acclaimed alt-country-rocking band Deer Tick.
Led by the multi-talented John McCauley, the Providence, Rhode Island-based band is headed into Revolution Hall in Troy on Wednesday (November 4), showcasing selections from their albums, 2007’s “War Elephant” and this year’s “Born On Flag Day.” Jonny Corndawg opens the show.
But if you want to get into a totally Deer Tick mood for Wednesday’s performance, you’re going to have to start on Tuesday, when the Saratoga Arts Center hosts a very special screening of the new documentary film, “Deer Tick: To the City of Sin!”
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