Richie Furay

Richie Furay

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Mar. 20, 2015
Mar. 20, 2015
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Richie Furay
The first day of spring and the snow is falling. It’s all good. Richie Furay and his band are playing “The Kate”, The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Theater in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
Richie Furay, a singer, songwriter, and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who is best known for being a founding member, singer, guitarist and songwriter of Buffalo Springfield in 1967 with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin. Furay later co-founded the supergroup Poco with Jim Messina and the Souther Hillman Furay Band with Chris Hillman, and J.D. Souther.
He was also just inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Now that is a pedigree most would envy.
The Empty Pocket’s out of Chicago warmed up the audience with a great sound that lifts your spirits. A fun band with a sound all their own and are a pleasure to see perform. I will be following their music in the future.
When Richie took the stage it was good to hear his voice again and it’s so distinctly recognizable. He still has the voice he had 40 years ago which is amazing.
The Richie Furay Band treated the audience in the intimate venue of about 250 seats to a stellar night of music at it’s best.
Jessie Furay Lynch, Richie’s Daughter, is expecting and due in May so she was unable to accompany the band for this stop of their tour.
They were joined by Erika Brett from the Empty Pocket’s and her beautiful voice fit like a glove.
Richie, along with Scott Sellen on guitar and banjos, Jack Jeckot on keyboard and Harmonica, Alan Lemke on drums and Aaron Sellen on Bass.
The band took us all along on an entertaining show of past, present and future music played exceptionally well. “For What It’s Worth” which turned into a sing-a-long, “Pickin’ Up The Pieces”, “Good Feelin’ To Know”, “Fallin’ in Love” “Kind Woman” and some of his newer songs
“We Were The Dreamers”, off his just released new album “Hand in Hand” about his time with Poco was a real crowd pleaser. They were indeed legends.
The entire band meshed so well and seamlessly their songs resonated off the walls of the old hall and made the atmosphere both comforting and welcoming. The audience took it all in like a deep breath. An exceptional concert by one of the greats singing some of his anthems of a generation.
Richie Furay is also just a nice guy and it shows in his pure enjoyment of the moment. He was instrumental in the whole Colorado sound so prevalent in the early 70’s. He spoke as if he was talking with a room of old friends about some of his experiences with Neil Young, Steven Stills,Poco and life in general.
If you get a chance to see Richie Furay, do it while he is still touring. It was a such a good feelin’ kind of night and we were all destined to leave with a smile. He said at the start of the show that he wanted us to leave glad that we braved the snow and came out to spend an evening with him. Two hours later we were. What a way to start spring.
Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

Garde Arts Center
New London,CT
Mar.7,2015
March 7, 2015
For some George Thorogood at the Garde Arts Center was their first concert, for some it was one of many of seeing the band. After 40 years of “Bad to the Bone” George Thorogood and his band of Destroyers still rocked the house with a good solid show of pure raw energy last night in New London, Connecticut. The Danielle Nicole Band warmed up the crowd with her bass guitar and some cuts from her new upcoming EP, including “Starvin’ for Love.” The audience was eager to be bad as well. There was an eclectic mix of long hair 20 somethings and gray hair sixty somethings, some still sporting their long hair. The outcome of that mix was a pumped up crowd full of energy. Everyone ready to rock, stomp, clap and shout out the words to the well known tunes set in stone for the ages from the 80’s radio play. Most of his songs are still played daily on stations across the country so his following has done nothing but grow over the years. His ageless sound still as relevant now as it was back in the day. After all this time Thorogood still retains the bad boy vibe he has carried all these years and didn’t come up short in this performance. The band had a good time and fed off the energy of the crowd. The Garde Theater is a relatively small house and intimate enough for a lot of interaction with the audience. Thorogood played to them all from the front row to the back of balcony.
Thorogood played all of his tried and true hits in the set to satisfy an audience primed up for “badness”and some good down home boogie-blues. They made sure to play Rock Party, Who Do You Love and The Fixer. The crowd helped make sure he was not drinking alone and all by himself as cups were raised to spur him on to belt out tune after tune. I Drink Alone, Move It on Over , One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, followed by Get a Haircut and of course Bad to the Bone.
The Destroyers were excellent and Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) and the ever great performer George Thorogood proved that they are indeed Badder Than Ever. George Thorogood and the Destroyers and the Garde Arts Center were a perfect fit. I will go back anytime I get the chance too when he brings the bbbbbaaad band back to town.
Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris

Danielle Nicole Band

Danielle Nicole Band

Garde Arts Center
New London,CT
Mar.7,2015
Danielle Nicole BandPhotos by George Bekris