Posts Tagged ‘Super 400’
Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Timothy Reidy
“Could it be true? Revolution Hall is going to be rocking like in its heyday?” That was the predominant thought likely rattling in the minds of those walking into Revolution Hall on the chilly Friday eve before Christmas Eve. With Super 400 headlining a triple bill – also featuring the Charlie Watts Riots and Fort Rooster – to ring out 2011 and stock the shelves of a local food food bank, the answer was a resounding yes!
Sure, the interior of Revolution Hall had changed quite a bit since its jarring transition to a special events venue, but the vibe before Super 400 went on was one of intense anticipation and good will. Once on stage, the finest rock trio on the scene today ripped into “Needle Down” from their recent masterpiece “Sweet Fist” and never let up. A pair of songs from “3 and the Beast” – “Push Back Now” and “It’s Gonna Burst” – realigned the shockras of everybody from the floor to the balconies, while “Green Grass End” had many singing along to its irresistible chorus. Bassist Lori Friday took the lead vocals on the funky original “Flashlight,” and “On Fire” had folks out on the dance floor.
Yes, it was the official LarkFest after party, but it was more than that. It was a celebration of a coming together, as well as a departure.
Super 400 and the Charlie Watts Riots teamed up for a dynamite double bill over at Valentine’s Music Hall that kept the rockin’ going on well past dark.
Three is a magic number.
A pair of Nippertown trios graced the outdoor McGeary’s Summer Stage last Thursday for the Alive at 5 after-party. Leading off the night was the superb Charlie Watts Riots, who are new to the trio configuration. If anything, it makes guitarist Seth Powell, bassist Mike Pauley and drummer Joe Putrock sound more immediate. The nattily clad lads led off the set with a barrage of tracks from their CD “Long Story Short,” followed by healthy helping of new, post-CD tunes that more than held their own. They closed with a cover of the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” The Charlie Watts Riot are downright Canadian in their Power Trio-ness!
The Ale House in Troy is known for its cold beer, hearty menu, friendly wait staff and lively music events, but on this particular night all those hallmarks were raised to a new level of excellence when a standing room only crowd arrived early, eager to hear Troy’s finest trio, Super 400, celebrate 15 years together.
Just a few table and chairs were allotted – it really was standing-room-only – but it offered the comfort of home for two long sets of soulful, virtuoso music.
The Erotics celebrated their 15th anniversary just last week with a big bash at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany. And tonight they’re kicking off their latest UK tour with a gig in Ilkeston, England.
Meanwhile, this Saturday night, Nippertown’s favorite powerhouse power trio Super 400 celebrates its 15th anniversary with a rip-snortin’ gig at the Ale House in Troy. “We’ve left many years worth of ghosts in that room, rusty backs, metallic abandon, bleeding souls and soaring hearts,” says bassist Lori Friday. “Time to shake those bones and get down!”
And since all of their local gigs are about giving back, the Trojan trio will also be conducting a raffle at the gig for the benefit of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society.
Then next week, Friday and her bandmates – drummer Joe Daley and guitarist Kenny Hohman – head out west for a tour that includes stops in California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado.
Photo by Matt Mac Haffie
Super 400 returns with a homecoming weekend in two parts!
In case you missed it (like the emcee did at the Empire State Plaza Food Fest earlier this summer), it’s a homecoming for the talented Troy power trio, who spent the month of September touring Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, and Italy. As good as this killer ’70s-infused rock outfit is, you can bet that Super 400 will be honed razor-sharp and in rare form with this latest European outing under their belt.
Super 400 @ McGeary’s, Albany
The band is looking forward to their first show at Tess Collins and her Lark Tavern crew’s new McGeary’s location. And they’re thrilled to be the first rock band to christen the place. More than just a gig; this will also be a food drive for St. Joseph’s Church, so please don’t forget to bring a healthy canned good or non-perishable item or three.
Saturday, October 9. 10pm. $7.
Super 400 @ the Ale House, Troy
Two of the best things about Troy are the Ale House wings and Super 400. Now you can get ‘em both in the same place at the same time. Bonus! It’s an early show, and Monday is Columbus Day, so don’t fret that it’s a school night. Super 400 bassist Lori Friday suggests, “Come early and hungry because you can’t beat the Ale House!”
Sunday, October 10. 9pm. $7.
Story and photograph by Matt Mac Haffie