Monthly Archives: August 2014

ON THE ROAD: The Feelies @ The Bell House / Brooklyn, NY / April 25, 2014

Without even knowing the competition, I will take a chance and say that The Feelies are the best part-time band in the world. Since calling it quits in 1991 and reforming in 2008, these post-punk popsters from Haledon, New Jersey play on average only about ten shows every year. With guitarist Bill Million now living […]

Beck @ Ryman Auditorium / Nashville TN / July 14, 2014

L.A.’s loss was Nashville’s gain. It seems that the closing of his favorite studio led Beck to write and record his latest record in Nashville. It’s a safe assumption that this migration influenced his long overdue return to the Music City concert stage. The L.A. native had not played here since a 2006 show at […]

Steely Dan @ Ryman Auditorium / Nashville TN / August 1, 2014

I learned to love Steely Dan through the influence of Robert Christgau’s short clever record reviews in the Village Voice. So enamored with their work, they seemingly became his standard to judge everything else by. (FYI: The Christgau Record Guide rates the first four Steely Dan LPs all in the “A” category.) I started with […]

CLASSIC CONCERTS: Schaefer/Dr. Pepper Music Festival @ Wollman Rink in Central Park/ New York, NY / 1967-1980

Growing up in New York in the late 70s, I looked forward every summer to the outdoor concert series held at the ice skating rink in Central Park. Although the shows weren’t free, they were cheap. During my tenure, orchestra seats started out at a mere $2.50 and were eventually raised to a still unthreatening […]