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LIVE: J.B. Scott’s Reunion @ Michael’s Banquet House, 5/5/12

Friday, May 11th, 2012
(left)  The Last Conspirators and (right) Charlie Smith

(left) The Last Conspirators, (right) Charlie Smith (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Stanley Johnson and Gene Sennes

“I have actually been invited,” I thought to myself, echoing the astonishment of Nick Carraway when he arrives at Gatsby’s West Egg mansion party in Fitzgerald’s novel. My magnanimous friend, Alison, had given me an advance ticket to the J.B. Scott’s Reunion Party. Pulling into the already crowded parking lot shortly after 7pm, I couldn’t help but realize that I would be likely one of the few revelers too young to have ever attended a show at the legendary venue that had closed 30 years ago, having drawn everybody from Count Basie and John Lee Hooker to the Cramps and Iggy Pop.

I had missed the Penny Knight Band, and the Last Conspirators were already playing full throttle as I entered the ballroom of Michael’s Banquet House, where a large crowd of people danced like it was 1979. The late Joe Strummer would have been proud; I imagined the punk rock warlord raising a Guinness to the band as they tore into originals like “Who Wants a Revolution Anyway” and “History,” the latter beginning with Tim Livingston’s declaration of “Drink to all our futures! Long live J.B. Scott’s!” and then closing out with his microphone stand getting bent in half.



Two More Bands Announced for JB Scott’s Reunion

Monday, January 30th, 2012
The Penny Knight Band performing in 1984

The Penny Knight Band performing in 1984

Remember J.B. Scott’s? The former kingpin of the Nippertown nightclub scene back in the early ’80s?

As we previously announced, the former co-owners Doug Jacobs and Vinnie Birbiglia are organizing a J.B. Scott’s Reunion at Michael’s Banquet House in Latham at 6:30pm on Saturday, May 5.

Tix for the event went on sale in November, priced at $33, which includes food as well as the music… despite the fact that none of the bands scheduled to perform at the reunion had been announced yet.

Last week, the first band was revealed – the Last Conspirators, which feature two J.B. Scott’s regulars – vocalist Tim Livingston (formerly of the Morons) and drummer Al Kash (of the Units/Fear of Strangers).

Now two more bands have been announced as performers at the reunion bash – the Lazers (who had a memorable show at JB’s opening for the Joe Perry Project) and the Penny Knight Band (who performed at JB’s not only as PKB, but various members also graced the stage with such earlier bands as Kashmir and EQ).

Additional bands for the J.B. Scott’s Reunion are TBA.

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