Five Firsts: Tony Jones of the Penny Knight Band

May 1st, 2012, 1:30 pm by Greg
Tony Jones

Tony Jones

NAME: Tony “TJ” Jones
INSTRUMENT: Bass / Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASThe Brothers Four “Sing of Our Times” (1964). Hey, my father and mother were, at that time, recovering beret-wearing beatnik/folkies who, as a hobby, worked at the NYS Dept of Social Services and an insurance agency in Cohoes, respectively, while yearning for the 30-60 minutes or so on Saturday nights when we would camp out in front of the TV to watch “Hootenanny.”

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Two More Bands Announced for JB Scott’s Reunion

January 30th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
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.

LIVE: Blotto Records Reunion @ Central Park’s Music Haven, 7/17/11

July 21st, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Penny Knight Band and the Amazing Rob

The Penny Knight Band and the Amazing Rob (photos by Stanley Johnson)

Sunday was a good news/bad news night, kicking off the annual free summer concert series at the Music Haven in Schenectady.

The bad news was that Broadway Blotto – Blotto’s guitarist, vocalist and songwriter – was ill, and Blotto was forced to cancel their performance.

The good news was that back in their heyday Blotto put together a surprisingly strong roster of talent for their own Blotto Records, and four of Blotto’s labelmates reunited and took the stage for a musically diverse but uniformily strong concert.

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