Friday, October 12, 2007

Live music at the film fest

Music has been a major component of the Woodstock Film Festival all of the five years I have been covering it for the Poughkeepsie Journal. I will NEVER forget a party in 2002 at Allaire Studios in Shokan at which Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon of Phish played a surprise set. Unreal.

Tonight, Friday, two bands will take over the Colony Cafe in a show that is booked by Wacbiz, a company that sets up filmmakers with independent musicians. The company is run by Suzanne Hilleary of Kerhonkson, whose experience in the recording industry covers Tony Bennett, Carlos Santana, Danny Aiello, Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty's band and many, many more. Suzanne is in a class of her own. Spend five minutes talking to her and you will be pretty inspired to tackle some project of your own, that you have been putting off. Suzanne really has a way of lighting a spark under anything...a conversation, a project, an evening of live music.

Suzanne's partner in Wacbiz is Mike Visceglia, who plays bass for Suzanne Vega, can be seen in the new Dar Williams DVD, "Live from the Bearsville Theater," set for release Tuesday and was seen by many when Suzanne, Vega that is, played Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie last month.

So Suzanne, Hilleary that is, manages an Ithaca-based band called Revision - that's their picture. I saw them at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village earlier this year and was impressed. You can read about them by clicking here.

Revision is set to go on at 9:30 p.m. tonight at the Colony, followed by Mechanical Bull at 10:45 p.m. Mechanical Bull was recently signed to a new record label, Wooodstock Musicworks.

You can check back to this blog either late tonight, or first thing Saturday morning, depending on how tired I am, for a review of both bands.

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