Saturday, November 15, 2008
Rhythm 'n' Twang
The Lone Sharks are obsessed with exploring the points where jazz and swing meet rhythm and blues and meets up with country music and then turns into rock & roll, and they showed us tonight the pleasure and enjoyment that can be had from their talents. Paul Scher, their sax player, brings his knowledge of jazz and R&B. Chris Ripley, their drummer, is heavily into swing and jazz; their upright bass player, Joe Lauro, brings a lot of the country feel to the band. Their leader, Gene Casey, is all over the place, but you'll always hear some Chuck Berry if he’s playing guitar. Rhythm ‘n’ twang will prevail !!!
Yet, the band can also be as tame as troubadours, as with "Who's Sharin' The Moon" written by Gene Casey; and they’ve been known to do old-time gospel rock-a-billy.
The Lone Sharks' first public performance was in the summer of 1988 at Burke's Roadhouse, North Sea, Southampton, NY. The Lone Sharks quickly gained a foothold in the Hamptons music scene, when bars and bands were plentiful and audiences loyal and robust. They enjoyed several years of packed houses and great times and the Lone Sharks were at the center of it, maintaining a residency in the Hamptons while appearing at other New York landmarks such as the Bottom Line, the Waldorf Astoria's ballroom, and aboard the USS Intrepid. As the millennium approached the Lone Sharks were the most popular band on the East End with two full-length CDs. Over the years members have come and gone, but now they have a core group of players; Gene Casey built the band and its repetroire, and now Gene and the band are proud to be part of a thriving live music scene.
We anticipated surprises and they were all exciting!
Praises by others for their performances:
ON THE SAME PROGRAM WITH
CD Release Party
Ira Perlman, the current president of the Folk Music Society of Huntington, celebrated the release of his debut CD, Epitaph, tonight and his voice was in fine fettle in a fine program of songs from his CD. This is not the first time he's graced our stage, however, Ira often opens the open mike portion of FMSH's First Saturdays Series with a song and also plays other open mics on Long Island.
A.lthough Epitaph contains a few original songs, including the title track, it is mostly comprised of songs by others that span the last century. His repertoire this evening will consist primarily of choice covers of songs that you will recognize (or that you know).
Ira also performs with Denise Romas in the show Lonesome Traveler about Lee Hays of the Weavers, which was presented at the Hard Luck Café in February 2004 to a packed house. The show is based on the book by Doris Willens The Life of Lee Hays and weaves his songs together with a narrative on his life and travels. The show has played many times at venues across Long Island.
We were very fortunate to have Ira as one of our featured performers for our November Hard Luck Cafe, even more, we were proud to be hosting and celebrating the release of his debut CD.
Our host tonight was Amy Tuttle,
and our open mike featured performances by excellent open mic-ers:
If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...