Erin Harkes, Fallon Angel

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Fallon Angels

The week’s only half over and Nippertown has been transformed into Media-Celebrity town.

We mentioned earlier that Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned were featured in an article in Sunday’s New York Times, discussing their experience using Kickstarter to raise funds to get them to SXSW last month.

Then commenter Mike H chimed in with the news that Jason Martin briefly met French first lady (and chanteuse) Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at his NYU studio and showed her a video of a French poodle in a military uniform. The New Yorker was there to write about it. (UPDATE: via Paul Rapp, here’s a link to the video Jason showed Carla Bruni-Sarkozy [Youtube].)

And then last night, hometown heroine Erin Harkes and her brand spankin’ new band – or should that be her brand new spankin’ band? – made their national television debut on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Yeah, you read that right…

Yesterday morning, Harkes posted her Facebook status as “Erin Harkes is going to the big city for the day. I’m not coming back without my very own celebrity.” And she made good on that promise. Big time.

Harkes and her band the Rebound played at Tess’ Lark Tavern on Saturday night, but on Wednesday, she had a whole new band as she was a participant in a segment that Fallon calls “Battle of the Instant Bands.” The concept is that two teams – each comprised of four members of the studio audience members who happen to be musicians – are selected, thrown together for a few minutes to write and rehearse a song. Then they perform it. On national television. Nothing like a little pressure, eh?

Nippertown favorite Harkes was one of the chosen ones. She grabbed a microphone, and her new band – dubbed Fallon Angels – whipped up a sturdy blues-rocker titled “Free Jimmy.” Harkes was given plenty of room to wail and she did just that. Oh my, did she!

Check it out:

And, oh yes, Harkes and Fallon Angels handily beat out the other instant band, Battle Axe, emerging victorious with some prizes to boot.

No date has yet been announced for the release of Fallon Angels’ debut CD.

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10 Comments
  1. Matt Mac Haffie says

    You go Erin!

    I gotta think that the Fallon Angels were 90% Erin. The band name, song title, and the album cover are all very much a product of Harkes sister humor. The instant lyrics smack of the brilliant catalog of Erin originals. As for the take prisoners vocals, if you don’t know what a gifted singer the lovely Erin Harkes is, well you need to get out on our town more often.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer gal!

  2. Michael Eck says

    Rock on, Erin! I hope I’ll be hearing “Free Jimmy” at the AOH sometime soon.

  3. Michael Poulopoulos says

    Searched the city for a public TV. Stayed up late. Smiled like a kid. Rock it, Erin!

  4. Carole says

    What a great day and a very proud moment! Erin really rocked it and Jimmy Fallon clearly loved the performance. We had a wonderful time. Thanks for this coverage, Nippertown!

    Carole (Erin’s Mom)

  5. Andy M. says

    We may be hearing this one at one of Erin’s Thursday night Bandaoke appearances. Rock on girl!

  6. Jo says

    Way to go Erin!

  7. Kathy says

    Congrats Erin! I remember the first time I saw Erin perform was with Frank Jaklitsch and Friends – she was awesome – such a fantastic voice! My fave song she sings is “Me and Bobby McGee”!

  8. LiLi says

    Cool! I hadn’t heard her until about a month ago when I followed a link from one of my subscribers (on YouTube) for one of his videos of Erin with Frank Jaklitsch. I was very impressed with her.

  9. Terry McClain says

    Great job by Erin and the band. That was a great song for coming together so quickly. Fallon Angels all had real chemistry. That is an awesome idea for a segment and I commend the Fallon show for being so innovative. Jimmy gave Albany some love!

  10. dan johnson says

    i just read about jason martin’s visit from the first lady of france… that is cool.

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