Review by Steven Stock
With joyous children dancing and scampering about and a regal black labrador calmly surveying the festivities, Shonen Knife’s outdoor concert at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion in bucolic Long Lake last Saturday felt more like a particularly hip wedding reception than a punk rock concert.
Chicago-based brother/sister duo White Mystery took the stage first with a brief but intense blast of stripped-down punk/blues boogie, as an intermittently rainy day gave way to bursts of glorious sunshine. The weather had cleared completely by the time Shonen Knife – three effervescent ladies from Osaka, Japan – took over, expressing their appreciation for the beautiful setting before launching into “Riding On The Rocket.”