Hello Bottom Line fans. Take note that starting with this column, THE
INSIDE LINE will absorb the LINER NOTES feature, offering commentary on
shows of the recent past and highlighting shows on our upcoming
schedule. All good things rolled up in one tidy package.
April and May featured several hard rocking shows which raised the
temperature inside the club by a few degrees. COREY GLOVER and VERNON
REID, both veterans of the band LIVING COLOR, turned in separate solo
evenings that proved they haven't lost a step since that group dissolved
several years ago. In fact rumor has it that a reunion tour is in the
works for the fall.
ED PALERMO, whose big band usually covers the music of Frank Zappa,
staged an all out tribute to blues pioneers Paul Butterfield and Michael
Bloomfield, two white guys from Chicago who helped introduce a new
generation of listeners to the music of their Afro-American brothers and
sisters. The band sounded great, drawing spontaneous applause throughot
the show. Special guests included Jimmy Vivino on guitar and vocals,
Rob Papparozzi on harmonica and vocals, Will Lee, and The Lovin
Spoonful's John Sebastian. Let's hope Mr Palermo has plans to repeat
this program...It was terrific.
Of course, the rockingest show of all was BILLY IDOL. The eighties
punk/glam/new wave superstar teamed up with his long time guitarist
STEVE STEVENS to resurrect and reshape his greatest hits. Classics like
White Wedding, Eyes Without a Face, Rebel Yell and Mony Mony had the
audience on their feet and in the aisles from the minute Billy hit the
stage,to the the moment he slipped out he backdoor in true rockstar
fashion, leaving us to announce to those assembled that he had truly
"left the building."
A little more down to earth, but just as satisfying were shows from THE
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY BAND, DAVID LINDLEY
and BUDDY AND JULIE MILLER, All these artists represent the best in
American roots music....great songs, terrific instrumental talents, and
wonderful singing. If you haven't yet seen these performers, you're
only cheating yourself. Watch out schedule, cause they're bound to come
Which brings us to June. Check our schedule for the following
performances, because there's a little something for everyone.
For fans of Bluegrass and traditional music we have RHONDA VINCENT AND
THE RAGE and JAMES REAMS AND THE BARNSTORMERS.
Rhonda was recently featured in an article in the New York Times, which
cited her as one of the up and coming stars of the contemporary
Fans of acapella music can catch THE BOBS, and a double bill of
DAVINCI'S NOTEBOOK and FIVE O'CLOCK SHADOW. Vocal groups don't come any
better than these, and they throw in a healthy dose of humor to boot.
Devotees of the contemporary folk scene can catch singer-songwriters (in
no particular order) GREG TROOPER, ELLIS PAUL, TERRY CALLIER and ROSIE
FLORES. Also, on June 20th, we will present FREEDOM SINGS, a benefit
for the Folk Museum of Greenwich Village. Featured artists are TOM
PAXTON, JANIS IAN, and MARTY BALIN and PAUL KANTNER of the Jefferson
For the classic rock fans, Marty (see above) and SLICK AGUILAR will share a bill
with San Francisco legends QUICKSILVER . And if that ain't enough, JOHN
KAY will appear with "friends" to remind us of the glory that was
The last but not least category is Jazz in its various forms. Look out
for drummer DAVE WECKL and his group on a bill with the CARRIBEAN JAZZ
PROJECT featuring Dave Valentin, Dave Samuels and Steve Kahn. TRILOK
GURTU brings his world music-jazz fusion back for two nights. And
finally, jazz supergroup CAB will combine drummer DENNIS CHAMBERS,
keyboardist BRIAN AUGER, bassist BUNNY BRUNEL and guitarist TONY
MacALPINE for two evenings of high powered instrumental passion.
WOW!! I'm exhausted just thinking about all the possibilities. Hope to
see you for at least a few of these great shows. Till then.