This week, the stage at the Red Lion was filled with ten great singer/songwriters — each one from a different world of music — and they all payed with each other. The hook was there is no rehearsal (and a lousy sound system), but it all worked out very well.
The place was packed, every table filled with standing room. The crowd was joyful. Chris Tedesco, Amanda Homi, Bruce Gordon, Jake Holmes, George Wurzbach, and his brother Karl, performed. Two Wurzbachs in one night is amazing.
Regi Ransdell stole the room. Dorie Zarbis performed “A Morphine Drip and a Box of Water Colors,” her most requested song. Our host for the evening was Kirsten Thein, with special guests from her band. Her bass player and sometimes co-writer, Eric Boyd, joined in. They will be at the Cutting Room on July 9, before going on a European tour. Wow, I miss the road.
Brian Muni, who now has a live radio show, was there, So was Safrah Levitan, my assistant, when she is not working for Joe D’Ambrosio. She was with some SUNY friends. I was hoping to find a place to slip her in, but the stars were not right.
I missed Steve Addabbo, and of course Skip Brevis. His band was imported to the near east (Kings and Queens) to play their great concerts, not to mention high M.D. gigs, with industry hooo hass, where he plays with Stevie Wonder. He is loved and we are so blessed when he can come to the Red Lion. Hopefully next month.
The Songwriters Guild of America, led by Rick Carnes, is our host and is holding our rights in Washington, D.C. SGA is there 24/7 for over six months of the year. They work hard for us. Songwriters are our best export, there is no TV without our songs, no theater, no radio.
We have the power, if only we could realize it and get involved. Come to the Red Lion, the last Monday of the month.. stay for the Blues Jam.