Before plunging into the week, how about a look back at CelebrateErie — at least Friday night, that is. I caught most of the Erie All Stars’ tribute show to Woodstock, and that simply rocked while also serving as a stirring testament to the collective talent we have in Erie.
The extended Santana jam cooked, and Kayti Stadler belted “White Rabbit” with enough power to make Grace Slick jealous. Stadler and Monica Lewis sang back-up on a sublime “Wooden Ships”; Lewis, earlier, belted Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” Who else but Matt Boland could (or should) attempt Country Joe’s classic, “I Feel Like I’m Fixing to Die Rag?”
Nothing could beat the powerhouse closer, though, everyone on stage, doing “With a Little Help from My Friends,” Joe Cocker style. Rick Krouse oozed soul and charisma behind the mike, and the sound was huge. For so many musicians to practice and pull off something like this for a one-time only event is a tribute to their dedication and commitment. Nice job, including the core band: Doug Phillips, Eric Brewer and Ron Sutton.
Here’s a YouTube clip of that Cocker closer:
Sha Na Na tipped its hat to the tribute during its own tribute show, a fun and entertaining blast of ’50s and early ’60s rock. They brought dancers on stage, and packed in a ton of songs; hit songs were so much shorter then, weren’t they? They don’t have the same energy as their heyday, but they still know how to entertain, from “At the Hop” to “Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay.” Younger listeners seemed puzzled; I saw quite a few people exiting early, as if these songs are from another century — which they are, I guess.
I was out of town Saturday and never did make it back. Friday was my go-for-it night, and I’m glad I did.
– Multiple Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Peter Case, who played in the Plimsouls long ago, will perform at the Erie Art Museum’s Multi-Purpose Room on Sept. 20. Suggested donation is $15. Case is featured in “Troubadour Blues,” the documentary about dedicated touring musicians by Erie native Tom Weber. Case will also conduct a songwriter workshop on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the museum; suggested donation is $10. Weber said Case presents an informative and educational (and enjoyable) workshop that even veteran songwriters would benefit from. See www.erieartmuseum.org for more details.
– The sixth Hatch Hollow Music Festival is set for Saturday in Union City. The lineup includes Face Down in High Water, the Vendettas, East Ave, Liquid Nixon, Sleepin’ Dogs, Strangers & Liars, Potwhole, and Jon Halmi From the Hip. Music starts at noon. Tickets are $7 at the site, $5 advance. It’s at 8483 Hatch Hollow Road, off Rte. 8. See the event’s Facebook page for more details.