LIVE: The Felice Brothers @ Club Helsinki, 3/17/14

March 20th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

The Felice Brothers

Review and photographs by Martin Benjamin

The Felice Brothers delivered a spirited and ramshackle performance on St. Patrick’s Night at Club Helsinki in Hudson. Starting with a set list of 32 songs at their feet, they delivered a dozen of them before diverting from the list and calling an audible. Sadly, a dozen songs into it, “It’s a Wonderful Life” was skipped on the set list. Perhaps the room was getting too rowdy for a selection that quiet and sensitive, so they barreled ahead with faster rollicking material, which was more appropriate for this holiday drinking Monday night crowd. While playing lots of familiar stuff, there was an Irish tint to some offerings as well. And they did deliver some surprises.

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LIVE: The Felice Brothers & Eastbound Jesus @ Jillian’s, 5/11/12

May 17th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Felice Brothers

Review and photographs by Martin Benjamin

When the Felice Brothers ended their first song, “Honda Civic,” last Friday night at Jillian’s in Albany, someone from the crowd yelled out, “It’s too dark up there.” The stage indeed was darkly lit with a dim blue light, much darker than most any music show. Ian Felice, pausing briefly between songs, stepped to the mic spontaneously and said to the crowd, “It’s a dark world, man.”

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LIVE: A Weekend with the Felice Brothers, 3/25-26/11

March 29th, 2011, 5:00 pm by Greg
Ian Felice

Ian Felice

PART I: The Oneonta Theater, 3/25/11

I think I made a mistake.

I had decided early on to see the Felice Brothers again for the second time in about 2 months at the Oneonta Theater on Friday night. Later, when they announced a date at Club Helsinki for the following night, I debated, but I thought I wanted to see and experience them in a venue I had never been in, farther out of town, and in this neat old theater setting.

Mistake it was. Have we had enough of a very small minority of overly drunk – in this case, add rude and obnoxious – college students ruining a good time for the majority of others?

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LIVE: The Felice Brothers @ MASS MoCA, 1/15/11

January 20th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Felice Brothers

With so many disappointments in our daily lives – from government to banks, lawyers, greed, media, celebrity culture, gun violence and that unsustainable, bad idea of globalization… it is nice to be face-to-face for a couple of hours with an experience that does not disappoint in any way.

Saturday night’s concert by the Felice Brothers at MASS MoCA in North Adams did not disappoint – at any moment for any reason. Louder, faster and more raucous than anything they do on record, it would have been hard to not leave this performance less than totally exhilarated.

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