Although the weather forecast of “icy roads” unfortunately scared some folks into canceling their Friday night reservations, those who braved the weather report and were in attendance at Caffe Lena were rewarded with a fabulous Christmas show by the Chandler Travis Three-O and their very special guest Steve Shook, Travis’ former partner in the long-running musical duo Travis Shook & the Club Wow. Shook was also showcasing his new comeback disc, Dignify.
Deliver me from this world in which cell phones are no longer just for conversation, they are now the point of conversation. Deliver me from this world in which a trickle-down stream of euphemisms, intended to reform educational instruction and solve our state and federal fiscal problems, gets gobbled up like popcorn shrimp. Deliver me from this world in which the falcon cannot hear the falconer, as Yeats put it so well.
Fortunately, there was sanctuary to be found from the wanton madness, inanity and brutishness of the world: Caffe Lena. I arrived, covered in wet snow, looking over my shoulder and seeking shelter from the Ides of March. The other-worldly music of the Chandler Travis Three-O and the Jack Grace Band would not let me down.
I have given up trying to isolate in a test tube what it is that Chandler Travis has. But I wish I could bottle and sell it. I would have a formula for musical brilliance on steroids – a pill that would give you super-human knacks for being entertaining and charming and, whatever it is… spell-binding to watch. In fact, charting his DNA might not be such a bad idea. Here is one of these cases where a guy is just so excellent at what he does, roaming the terrain of pop/rock/folk/alt-jazz music, like some crazed and visionary Daniel Boone of the East Coast bars, he probably owes it to science. His Three-0 band of brothers – Fred Boak [celebrating the big 5-0], Berke McKelvey and John Clark – joined him at the Ale House in Troy last month.
Chandler Travis brings his slightly larger band the Philharmonette to the Peint O Gwrw in Chatham at 8pm tonight (Friday, July 6). Then he brings his even larger group the Philharmonic to town for a pair of free shows on Saturday (July 7) – headlining the Beat Fest in Troy on Saturday afternoon before heading out to Amsterdam to kick off the 2012 Riverlink Summer Concert Series at the Beechnut Bandshell in Riverlink Park at 7pm.
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