This is how I like to describe the crowning of Sue’s and my adventure to Chicago on Sunday, July 5, 2015. A 17-hour train trip up through New York State, a [relative] blink at a corner of Pennsylvania, and across Ohio brought us to the Second City, pride of Illinois. Traveling through the Independence Evening, we looked at our sojourn in the “All come to look for America,” Paul Simon perspective, and the hinterlands of several states did not disappoint. Continue reading
Port Chester, N.Y., June 26, 2014 — A long-winded and boring-sounding title for the event hosted at the Port Chester/Rye Brook Public Library Thursday evening, but this off night on the Yankees schedule was a blast. One of the laments six Yankee beat reporters shared with us is that in 2014, there really never is a moment that they’re not on the job — a tweeted report of an injury, a trade, a player release is potentially just seconds away. Continue reading
Could not be more excited about the reopening of The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester — Bob Dylan was the perfect choice to get the party started again! With so many great shows and so many great places to eat, I have a feeling we won’t have any trouble keeping ourselves entertained in the offseason… Continue reading
In case the huge structure in center field does not identify the location for you, these kids are playing on a field that four years ago was the field at the old Yankee Stadium, on the south side of 161st in the Bronx. That’s River Road and the elevated 4 Train beyond center field and in front of the mammoth Bronx County Courthouse.
Feels like we got two shows for the price of one Friday night! Kudos to the folks doing the booking at Tarrytown Music Hall — what a treat to see Taj Mahal and Los Lobos on the same bill. Each did a set solo, with the Taj Mahal Trio opening the show and performing material from an impressive catalog developed over his 40-plus years performing, including classics such as “Fishin’ Blues.”
Los Lobos came on about ten and mixed in covers like “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (and a “Turn on Your Lovelight” tease) along with their original material, including tunes from their latest “Tin Can Trust.” Just a little after 11 p.m., Taj Mahal joined them for a two-song encore of “Guantanamera” and a favorite of Deadheads everywhere, the Hunter/Garcia “Bertha,” that had the whole music hall crowd up and dancing.
So sorry that we are booked, but so excited that we were able to make the live rehearsal show at City Winery (fabulous Manhattan venue, by the way) for the Carnegie Hall benefit that’s happening Thursday night. From having attended the concerts showcasing the music of Bob Dylan (at Lincoln Center) and Bruce Springsteen (at Carnegie Hall with an appearance by Bruce himself), there was no doubt that it would be a great evening of music and this show did not disappoint (showcasing Neil Young, how could it).
In what has become an off-season tradition for us, Dan and I braved the snow flurries to head in to New Rochelle for dinner at Mo’s New York Grill with fellow Yankee fans Sharon and Bob. We’ve been scheduling up a dinner at Mo’s with them between the end of the season and an annual trek down to Tampa for spring training for a couple years now.
When I first saw the stage setup diagram on Ticketmaster for last night’s Prince show at Madison Square Garden when buying tickets, I was having trouble imagining how the glyph was going to translate into a stage environment. There was no need to have spent a moment thinking about it — it was fabulous! As was his purpleness, breaking out many of the tunes we all not-so-secretly wanted to hear from his catalog.