This was a topsy-turvy show.
King Wilkie and the M Shanghai String Band are both acoustic bands rooted in traditional American old-timey country and bluegrass music, but who write their own original – and often very quirky – songs in those styles rather than relying on the traditional repertoire.
On Saturday night, the Brooklyn musical collective M Shanghai opened the show, but as the evening wore on it became quite clear that King Wilkie couldn’t top – or even match – their charismatic, contagiously joyous performance.
You can read my review from the Times Union.
Here are a few additional observations: