Long one of Nippertown’s most colorful, charismatic and talented musicians, Bert Sommer is getting some long-overdue respect.
Sadly, it’s nearly 20 years after his death in Albany, where he spent the final seven years of his life playing solo and with such bands as the Fabulous Newports and B.W. & the Poor Boys around town at clubs like Quintessence and Doc McCutcheon’s.
But 40 years ago, the 20-year-old Sommer made his concert debut in front nearly half a million people at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Yes, his concert debut.
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