New York Spring may be resembling London Fog but the great New York music scene keeps the air warm and even a little hot.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to see Brit Floyd, the top Pink Floyd cover band from the UK in their Space & Time World Tour. I've always liked the band, and perhaps I'm just feeling it deeper now, but this concert was bloody amazing. From the moment Damian Darlington hits the first chord to the resounding finale with simple stringed instruments, Brit Floyd gives a powerhouse show doing great songs from The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell. All the musicians were terrific, with bassist and vocalist Ian Catrell sounding like both Roger Waters and David Gilmour.
Angela Cervantes knocked it out of the park with her solo. The band was so tight, all of the vocalists so strong and the music...well what can you say about the music of Pink Floyd? Extra huge kudos to the brilliant media director Bryan Kolupski, born on Salvador Dali's birthday! His marching hammer men was so 1984.
This concert was faithful to a Pink Floyd show... a mélange of great sound and light technology. I wish I were on tour with the band to hear them over and over.
On a completely different planet, Monday night at Metropolitan Café brought the virtuoso team of happily married couple singer and pianist Eric Comstock and vocalist Barbara Fasano in their new show, Shoulder Season. These two songbirds have been trilling together for ten years, and lucky for us they do. Eric is all boy next door while Barbara sizzles with sultry and they play beautifully off each other.
Their songlist was an interesting one....well- chosen numbers from Jimmy Van Heusen to Billy Strayhorn to Yip Harburg. With bassist Sean Smith whose played with Rosemary Clooney and Peggy Lee, the trio delivered an evening of melodies that told different types of summer stories like Mancini's Two for The Road and Jerry Herman's Ribbons Down My Back.
I loved all the repartee and innuendoes...and then when they do Paul Simon's April Comes She Will, a wave of gentle nostalgia for summers past wafted through the crowd.
This is a show by two MAC winning artists who give their hearts to music and to their audience. They will be performing June 1 to 4 and June 8 and 9 at 7 P.M.