Hold my calls my friends because I am unreachable for the next couple of days and heading over to the NY Comic Con that is being held at the Jacob Javits Center. This will mark my third year attending the event as a member of the accredited press and while I shall be reporting on the proceedings for my PiercingMetal brand, I did want to put a little signpost here for you to examine my adventures as they get posted up on that site. You’ll need to click on the logo below to be brought to those posts and depending on when you do that will show posts as they have been added. If you’ve seen our other adventures at this fun event you know I do multiple posts across the span of days. Stay tuned for the whole batch. I’ve disabled the means to comment on this post since its nothing more than a signpost. You can leave any topical thoughts on any chapter that you are compelled to.
UPDATE: 10/14/2012: Okay we are back from the four days of adventure and to make it super simple for you to enjoy those photos and thoughts about the event, all you need to do is click the logo right above this paragraph. It will take you to the starter story which serves as my overview. From there the blog chapters are but a click away. Sounds like work, but trust me it makes proper sense when done like in this manner. Thanks for listening and now back to the sharing of whatever else I feel like in this blog 🙂
I was heading to a Rock meets Classical show with a valued concert going companion and we decided on on Empanada Mama as our choice of pregaming dining experience. I’d been here a few times over the recent years and find the food to be pretty darned good. The proximity to where we had to go was also in its favor so here are some images and taste discussions from Empanada Mama. The place is located on 9th Ave around 51st Street. I started my night off properly with an amazing frozen Strawberry Margarita.
I’ve mentioned my wanting to share the occasional “other” music review with the readers of my side blog because I do periodically get to see things that fall outside of my normal criteria as the PiercingMetal Master and Commander. You see, while I do tend to make room for Progressive Rock over on that site, there are sometimes cases where you see a performance that does not fit in at all with your standard theme. Despite this, the group still merits some thoughts and the sharing of any of the images that you snared.
Such would be the case with the Irish group Clannad whose music while never completely followed over the course of my life, has always managed to bring a smile whenever it was heard on the radio or when surfing around the Internet. The group actually is rather famous and when Skeleton Pete said he was going to the show, I decided to see about attending myself.
The show would be held at The Concert Hall, located inside the NY Society for Ethical Culture and readers of my PiercingMetal.com site might recall how I have been to this space for the group Renaissance a few times already. I would actually be planning to see them here in a couple of weeks, but that is a story for another posting.
Another chapter in the NYC book of Rock and Roll has ended, as Kenny’s Castaways, a 45 year old club veteran of the West Village had its final night last night October 1st, 2012.
I’ll admit that this was seldom a venue that I went to for stuff as I usually leaned more towards the heavier side in terms of my music preferences but I did attend a fan meet with some guys in Marillion who were doing an album listening for “Somewhere Else” a few years back and numerous buddies of mine played their with their original bands and I could not miss those events. I never performed there myself during my Metal days but this was not the proper venue for that sound but it still was a landmark place that I hate to see shutting down. Located on 157 Bleecker Street, the venue was always a place that I popped into for a beer if I was hitting the long shuttered Rock and Roll Cafe. That’s a venue I still miss and smile when I think about my first seeing Power Windows, The Machine and numerous other Rock and Metal tribute acts inside its walls. Kenny’s Castaways used to always have The Smithereens playing there which was super cool and way back when even saw the guys in Aerosmith doing their thing on the stage. I could only imagine what it was like to see that band so early in their career.
I snagged the image above from the Lost New York City blog as I never shot one myself over the years and if the reports are correct, the club “might” reopen in Brooklyn at some time in the future. We saw this happening when The Knitting Factory closed up its Manhattan location and moved to Williamsburg. The decrease in business and overall revenue that was coming in less and less had made the upkeep of the existing location next to impossible and according to NY1 the building has already been sold. I guess we shall see yet another Starbuck’s or “Hipster Lounge” opening up here. Suddenly a cold chill just ran up my spine, but I digress. Part of me thinks that the decrease in attention here is based on all of the attention that the Lower East Side has been getting in terms of its music scene. I’ve had to laugh when out with Skeleton Pete as we pass rocking venue after rocking venue and see scores of bands performing on any given night on the cheap. You don’t see that as much on this side of the village anymore. Oh well. What did Bob Dylan say? The times they are a changing.
Good luck to the owners of the place, and a tip of the hat to you for your long time support of the scene. If this was your favorite place to hang and see bands then I offer you a shoulder as well but encourage you to further explore this great Metropolis and see what else is out there. Surely it will serve as a positive balm for your wounds because there are musical surprises on every single corner to experience (and a bunch of them are free as well…..you cannot beat that).
Every year for as long as I can remember, my neighborhood of Bay Ridge Brooklyn has what they call “The Third Avenue Festival” and what this amounts to is a couple of mile strip of food carts, shopping booths and various musical presentations of assorted genre specifications. With that being said, this year I wandered the festival very quickly but made sure to stop for a few songs that were being done by the band Prodigal Child. I’ve known the band for years, and especially its members The Riddles, who I remember from The City Kids (a band that dominated the local music scene more than thirty years ago and whose name still resonates with respectful tales). Anyway, this band rocks the socks and always fun to see in action. They deliver the best in Classic Rock and get you on your feet or playing that air guitar and drums. By the way this is a strictly photo gallery posting with limited text so enjoy the visuals from their set with limited banter from yours truly 🙂