LIVE: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez @ Shepard Park, 8/28/13

September 5th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Greg

Review and video by Joel Patterson

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (this incarnation: Chris Bickley, Larry Donahue and Michael Colbath) have a modest request: they want to be YOUR favorite Nippertown soul/blues/r&b band, and they laid out their credentials at the final concert of the Lake George Arts summer concert season in Shepard Park last Wednesday night.

Under balmy skies sparking with flares of heat lightning, they tore into a healthy selection of Christine’s lovely, dark and deep originals along with powerful covers of a few classics. Christine wants to convince you she’s a tough cookie, but lurking barely below the surface is a vulnerable, sensitive romantic, ablaze with the idea that love, in all its confounding, dizzying contortions, can really conquer all.

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LIVE: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez @ Caffe Lena, 4/19/13

April 23rd, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Christine Ohlman (photo by Joe Deuel)

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez (photo by Joe Deuel)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Denise Borden and Joe Deuel

A handwritten sign posted on the interior door of Caffe Lena proclaimed “Sold Out!,” and the two sets of music that ensued within the landmark venue on a warm Friday night justified why it would be standing room only. The performance was so hot that I had two pens run out of ink – thankfully, I had brought along a Sharpie as a backup.

After a rousing introduction by Caffe director Sarah Craig, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez opened with a poignant “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” a soul classic written in 1964 by Roosevelt Jamison, who passed away last month. A song associated with O.V. Wright, Otis Redding, and more recently, Buddy Miller. Ohlman’s performance this night could join that list of definitive renditions. She nailed the longing, pleading and devotion innate to each and every verse.

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