In front of Troy’s River Street Beat Shop, Nippertown’s premier rock & roll lounge band Off the Record serves up a sadly prescient rendition of the Doors’ “When You’re Strange,” just two days before the passing of Ray Manzarek…
The River Street Beat Shop in Troy is a treasure trove of rare and delightful records and CDs – and so can you think of a better place for live music? Due to the energetic promotion and guidance and all-around cheerleading of owner Jimmy Barrett, countless hordes of local bands have rocked its walls, as Big Creek did at the most recent Troy Night Out. Jimmy must easily have loaded sixteen tons of vinyl, many times over – and he steps up to the mic, to tell us all about it…
If the name Chandler Travis means anything to you, it means a combination of dazzling musicianship and fearless merry-making – in his many incarnations, the man has developed a fiercely loyal cult following… and with good reason. Sage-like and impish at the same time, he explores the terrains of love and life’s absurdities with rowdiness, tenderness and a sardonic faith in humanity that never wavers. Plus he makes a habit of wandering around in the audience, mid-song, which creates an aura that’s hard to describe: we’re witnesses and co-conspirators in something that feels magical.
Last Saturday, he brought his Chandler Travis Three-O traveling road show to Troy for an afternoon stop at the River Street Beat Shop followed by an evening performance at the Ale House.
Shop owner Jim Barrett has organized a block party/music fest featuring Off the Record, the Mysteios and the reunited Sharks – all for the benefit of the Hope 7 Community Center in Troy. Music will run from 12noon-4pm on Saturday. The bash was originally slated for Saturday, October 1, but was postponed due to the weather.
Admission is free, although concert-goers are urged to bring a non-perishable food item or two to donate to Hope 7’s food pantry.
Getting a jump on the outdoor festival music calendar, Jimmy Barrett hosted the AcoustiCountry Fest at his River Street Beat Shop in Troy last Saturday afternoon, and let’s face it, you couldn’t have asked for better weather – nice and warm, not too windy and lots and lots of sun.
A fundraiser for the Hope 7 Community Center food bank and after-school program, the fest was a fine way to unwind on a lazy spring afternoon. And, of course, there was plenty of great music to soak up – along with the sunshine.
The shebang is slated to take place outdoors if the weather’s good enough. If not, well just cram on into the store. It’s all kicking off at 12noon, and featured performers throughout the day will include:
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