Jessie Colin Young Band – Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center – August 2, 2018

Jesse Colin Young

 Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
August 2, 2018

Jesse Colin Young and his band of young performers including his son gave the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center aka “The Kate” audience a wonderful performance. The sold out theater was welcoming of the group and the beautifully intimate venue with only 250 seats lends itself to a warm interaction of audience and performers.
Young is one of those artists from the 60’s era of music who had two choices. One is to go out and tour resting on the laurels of well known often performed hits that many audiences come to expect. The second option, which is the one Young has chosen, is to surround yourself with a young band with fresh ideas and expectations. When that option is chosen the opportunities for new sounds and updated concerts are endless.
He chose an option allowing him to get creative and write new songs that include the sounds of his eight member band. The songs he now pens include compositions with music for the regular guitar, bass and acoustic guitar along with saxophone and backup singers. His songs now have a wider range and vision. An added bonus is that his voice sounds better than ever and he hit the highest hardest to reach notes with ease and clarity and a new breath of life.
There are those in the audience who will always request and expect the older standards that Young is known for in his past. He obliges them with a few of those but doesn’t fill the entire show with older songs. He showcases his new songs to a receptive audience and judging by the reaction of the crowd he is successful at this arrangement.
The concert is separated into two acts. The first act was Young onstage solo with an acoustic guitar for five songs. After a short intermission he returns with the full band and they pump up the tempo and the sound.
His band consists of Jesse Colin Young – Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar, Virginia Garcia Alves – Backup Vocals, Sally Stempler – Backup Vocals, Aleif Hamdan – Lead Guitar, Jack Sheehan – Saxophone, Tristan Young – Bass, Jenn Hwan Wong – Keyboard and Donnie Hogue – Drums.
They have a  new coming out on BMG on November 6th and it’s called DREAMERS. It was recorded in Nashville TN in March at Sound Emporium Studio A and Oceanway Studios and produced by Colin Linden. The release will be on election day of all days. Kind of an ironic date considering he was first singing and playing during the turbulent times of the Vietnam War with all of the protests and political involvement by the young men and women. Many of those of that age who his audience in the 60’s still are today. But, politics are ever present and times they are always changing and it happens the release comes at a time when there is another intense focus on government and politics. Coincidence? Planned that way? Who knows but it memorable day for an album release nonetheless.
The Jessie Colin Young Band has been performing together for a couple of years now and what started out as a fledgeling group joining the more experienced Young has now gotten their feet firmly on the ground. They put on a solid and very entertaining show and their abilities shined clearly in every song. Though Young is the leader of the band the entire ensemble has gained so much confidence since I last saw them and it clearly shows. I would see this band again without hesitation. If you get the chance do take in Jessie Colin Young live do so you will be happy you did.
http://www.jessecolinyoung.com
Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris
JCY Solo Setlist:
Sugarbabe
Songbird
Four in the Morning
Lyme Life- new song
Sunlight
JCY Band Setlist:
Ridgetop
Ride The Wind
Here Comes The Night – New song
Walk The Talk – New song
Cast A Stone – New song
What’s Goin’ On/Mercy Me
For My Sisters – New song
Before You Came
Sanctuary
Darkness, Darkness
Lightshine
Get Together

ENCORE-

T-Bone Shuffle

Jesse Colin Young

Jesse Colin Young

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center

Feb. 18, 2017

The Jesse Colin Young Band performed at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, February 18, 2017. It was a two part show. The first set was all acoustic with Young solo on his guitar. The second set was Young accompanied by his band of young talented artists in their 20’s. It’s ironic that they are around the age he was when he was touring in the Youngbloods.

Jesse Colin Young’s career began on the east coast in 1964 but really took off when he became one of the founding members of the Youngbloods in 1967, during the summer of love in California. Their best known hit is the iconic and still well loved song “Get Together” which was a worldwide top ten hit.
“Get Together” has become one of the anthems of a generation that proclaimed peace, love and harmony and would see us all through the turmoil of the Vietnam war era. It is such a classic that no Jesse Colin Young article or concert would feel be complete without the song. It’s been included in numerous movies throughout the years.

After the Youngbloods, Young continued with his own successful career and solo albums. He recorded in his studio in Marin, California and started his own Ridgetop Record label until a fire ravaged his home and property in 1995. He then moved his family to Hawaii and began a new life that included writing and producing music in a new studio. He and his wife also started their own coffee plantation 2000 feet up the slope of the 8000 foot Hualalai Mountain Volcano.The organic coffee is called Morning Sun and is sold and shipped worldwide.

Young opened with his well known songs “Songbird” and “Sugar Babe.” Followed by “Four in the Morning,” “Sunlight” and “Desire.” Young told the audience how he had taken a hiatus from touring for 6 years and had not planned on returning to the road until he saw his son and fellow Berklee college students performing at a recital and was blown away by their talent. He then decided to start touring again and invited Aleif Hamdan (electric guitar), Jack Sheehan (saxophone), Donnie Hogue (drums), Jenn Hwan Wong (keyboard), Sally Rose (backup vocals), Virginia Garcia-Alves (backup vocals) and Young’s son Tristan Young (bass) to join him. Their youth and enthusiasm energized his desire to tour again and it’s evident he enjoys their energy onstage.

For the second set Young was joined by the band and they started the set with “Ridgetop.” This was followed by “Sweet Good Times” and “Walk the Talk About Love.” They then sang “Cast a Stone,” which Young wrote following the Boston bombing about the emotions felt during the anxious hours in the aftermath.
The band shows their versatility by changing it up with a mix of blues and soul songs. They played a cover of the Marvin Gaye songs “What’s Goin’ On” and “Mercy, Mercy Me.” The band moved smoothly between the blues, folk and jazz mix of songs. Sally Rose and Virginia Garcia-Alves added beautiful accompaniment to Young’s voice.

 

They performed another of Young’s acclaimed songs “Darkness, Darkness” off the album Elephant Mountain. The song was also an anthem of the 60’s but refers more to the soldiers feelings in Vietnam. Jesse then sang a song he wrote, “For Orlando” after the tragic Orlando, Florida nightclub shooting.

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is gem of a venue in Old Saybrook, CT, an intimate theater holding 250 patrons. It was a sold out concert and all of the patrons were happy to spend an evening with the band judging by the applause for an encore as the performance ended. The band returned to the stage and played a rousing rendition of T-Bone Shuffle.
It was a feel good performance with a legend and his band that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

Jesse Colin Young Band Members:
Aleif Hamdan – Electric Guitar
Jack Sheehan – Saxophone
Tristan Young – Bass
Donnie Hogue – Drums
Jenn Hwan Wong – Keyboard
Sally Rose – Backup Vocals
Virginia Garcia-Alves – Backup Vocals
Set List
Set 1 : Young Solo
Songbird
Sugar Babe
Four in the Morning
Sunlight
Desire
Set 2 with Jesse Colin Young Band
Ridgetop
Sweet Good Times
Walk the Talk about Love
Cast a Stone
What’s Goin’ On/Mercy, Mercy Me
Lightshine
Statesboro Blues
Right Here, Right Now
Darkness, Darkness
For Orlando
Get Together
Encore
T-Bone Shuffle
Review by Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris