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José Feliciano featuring the Les Paul Trio @ The Iridium, May 1st, 2017

José Feliciano featuring the Les Paul Trio @ The Iridium, May 1st, 2017

I have caught Mr. Feliciano plenty throughout his career. In fact, back in the day (but I won’t reveal how far back) I caught Jose’ Feliciano at Carnegie Hall, in what was the first concert I ever attended. From that moment on, even though I was young and had yet to see all the great guitarist I would come to (and mainly rock guys), the Puerto Rican guitar master struck me as playing on a different level than anyone else.

Genesis Revisited With Classic Hackett, 2/17/2017 @ The Victoria Theater, Newark, N.J.

Genesis Revisited With Classic Hackett, 2/17/2017 @ The Victoria Theater, Newark, N.J.

Steve Hackett and this spectacular band have been performing these half-and-half “Genesis Revisited” shows for a few years. They have the songs down (no easy feat to be sure), the right mix old and new…and of course, Steve Hackett is one of the very best rock guitarists ever. You owe it to yourself to catch this show, or at the very leats grab Hackett’s new album when it is released next month.

ARW @ The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, N.J. 10/24/2016

ARW @ The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, N.J. 10/24/2016

Augmented by bassist Lee Pomeroy and force-of-rumbling-nature drummer Lou Molino III, the boys from old Yes and newer Yes meshed well, even despite the low “wah” sound that always, unfortunately emanates through the rafters of The Wellmont. Rabin, a great guitarist, and composer, never will mine the nuances of Steve Howe’s playing, this particularly showed on “And You And I” and “Roundabout,” where Rabin’s heavier touch kept things down a bit, but from the press I have read about the joining of this trio (and creating an album soon-to-be-released) Wakeman has wanted to play with Rabin since the long ago massive ego Yes “Union” tour and Jon Anderson, the only original member of Yes still alive, seems to be pleased as punch to be fronting a band again, making this music, and sounding so great.

Tom Jones @ The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, N.J. 9/28/16

Tom Jones @ The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, N.J. 9/28/16

Tom Jones presented his two-hour powerhouse-of-a-show at Montclair’s Wellmont Theatre to a slightly ‘mature’ crowd…who were rabid to hear the Welsh singer someplace other than Vegas. Not only did we get treated to newer numbers like the stark guitar-and-drums only opener of John Lee Hooker’s “Burning Hell,” and an equally gospel-ly “Run On,” but when Mr. Jones and his cracker-jack 8 piece band of guys less than half his age rolled through well-known numbers like “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “What’s New Pussycat?” and “Delilah,” we got slowed-down, revamped versions you could tell Jones and band were having the time of their life putting new life into.

Saved By the 90s @ Webster Hall, 9/30/2016

Saved By the 90s @ Webster Hall, 9/30/2016

After navigating our way through a massive crowd of people lingering on the sidewalk and enduring a security search that made TSA look […]

Rob Thomas @ A Night Out For Trevor, 4/15/2016

Rob Thomas @ A Night Out For Trevor, 4/15/2016

The inside of the Metropolitan Pavilion West looked a lot like a fashion show on April 15, when a room full of […]

Songhoy Blues @ (le) poisson rouge, 4/14/16

Songhoy Blues @ (le) poisson rouge, 4/14/16

When Mali makes international headlines, it’s usually due to war and violence within the country. It was in the midst of this […]

Wolfmother @ Webster Hall, 3/3/16

Wolfmother @ Webster Hall, 3/3/16

All aboard the gypsy caravan for a one way ticket into the void. The mighty Wolfmother took Webster Hall like a proverbial […]

Recap: Coachella, Weekend 2

Recap: Coachella, Weekend 2

I’ve gotta be honest: I went into this thing expecting it to be a breeze. Never would I have imagined that catching […]

Daughtry @ BMI headquarters, 4/12/2016

As Chris Daughtry’s honey-toned voice belted out the heartwarming lyrics to “Home,” I couldn’t help but think how stoked my college girlfriends […]

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