Posts Tagged ‘Michael Daves’

Club Passim, Formely Club 47

January 18, 2010

I was visiting my uncle Paul in Concord, MA.  At the time I was in school at Mercyhurst College and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott was hero of mine. Paul was a child of the 60s.  Now he’s an established rustic furniture expert and teacher.

Before dinner Paul put on some records.  He started with the Beatles, then moved to Dylan.  My mother had told him I was a fan.  Then, I went through his record collection.  He had lots of Beatles albums and some The Band.  But, it was the Ramblin’ Jack album that really made me jealous.  I had recently discovered Jack Elliott and I was obsessed. Paul put on the record and we ate dinner.

Not a whole lot happens in Concord at night. So, he took me into Harvard Square to see some street artist and maybe pop into a book store or two. I bought a book at a shop on Brattle Street that’s no longer in business.  Then, we headed back to the car.  Paul suggested we take a shortcut through Palmer Street.  As we got to the end of the block on Palmer there was music coming from an underground cafe called Club Passim.  I took a quick looked in to find a quiet audience enjoying a the ramblings of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

Club Passim opened in 1958. Back then the name was Club 47.  Originally, the club hosted blues and jazz, but Club Passim is mostly known for the number of famous folk/singer-songwriters that have performed on its stage. Joan Baez developed her stage craft at Club Passim. Early in his career Bob Dylan often took road trips from NYC to see Joan Baez and Eric Von Schmidt.

So who’s passing through Passim over the next 30 days?

Jan/15 – Tony Trischka – banjo extraordinaire. This guy is one of the top traditional virtuosos in the country.

(Michael Daves – featured in the last post – is the guitar player. Tony is to the right of Steve Martin.)

Jan/22 – Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem – contemporary roots pop.

Jan/26 – Ryan Montbleau – I’m not sure, but I think I lived across the hall from this guy when I lived in Sommerville, MA.

Feb/5 – Sarah Lee Guthrie – cool by default.

Feb/6 – Jeffrey Foucault – a singer-songwriter for singer-songwriters to enjoy.  He’s clever and classy – not for everyone though.

Feb/16 – Annie Lynch & the Beekeepers – soft, whispering bluegrass.

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NYC American: Motivated by Americanaroots.com

January 17, 2010

Americanaroots.com posted on Jan 11 about how good NYC Americana is.  I agree.  The best bluegrass show (and I’ve been to a ton of them) I’ve ever seen was in NYC.

Gregg Geil, Americanroots.com blogger, is a self proclaimed addict.  He loves Americana out of the Big Apple, and one of his favorite local acts, Joe Whyte has a show coming up at the Rockwood Music hall.  That got me to thinking about all the excellent acts I’ve seen at the Rockwood Music Hall.

ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL – it’s located on the corner of Allen and Houston – just on the fringe of the Lower East Side.  There’s free music every night.  Well, there’s a one drink/act minimum.  Some nights the acts are nothing special.  On other nights, it’s got the best singer-songwriter, bluegrass, rock, or pop music in the city.  I first saw Cabin perform there, which was amazing, but the best show I’ve ever seen was Chris Thile playing with Michael Daves.  It was magic.

Michael Daves gave me guitar lessons when I was attending UMASS – Amherst. When I met him I truly didn’t know what to think of him. He’s got a goofy old-time look to him.  Tall and lanky.  He sports thick frames.  And he plays with a level of sloppiness that’s hard to follow. Now, I think it’s obvious that he’s a virtuoso. He’s found the secret to playing a new style of bluegrass without sacrificing older traditions.  Brilliant.

Michael Daves Playing @ Rockwood Music Hall

Michael Daves, Tony Trischka, Randy Lucas Playing Around

Michael Dave & Chris Thile Sharing Stage @ The Living Room (LES)