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Party with The Peak

In just over two weeks on December 4th, The Peak is going to be releasing Peak Performances Volume 2. Now, being with The Peak has its perks – I’ve heard a few of the tracks and let me tell you they sound great. The tracks were all recorded in ACME Studios in Mamaroneck with Grammy winner Rory Young at the helm. The record contains artists ranging from Andrew Bird, Willie Nile, Rob Thomas, and Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam who play at this summer’s Pleasantville Music Festival.

I could talk all day about the album, but what’s really exciting is the CD release party that’s lined up.

Chris Guice, Andy Letke and Kevin Ansell of deSoL

Headlining at the part is deSoL, coming all the way from exotic Asbury Park, New Jersey who we’re very excited to host. As you might imagine from their name, they put a Latin twist on World Class Rock. They’ve been playing together for almost ten years now – and if you haven’t seen them yet, what better opportunity to do so than on the fourth with your favorite radio station? Plus, deSoL is getting hot: All Music Guide said that, “deSoL is a band to pay very close attention to.” So why not catch them when they’re playing your own back yard.

Michael Nappi

Opening up the show are two more great performances – first up is Westchester’s own Michael Nappi, who’s single “7:26” is going to be on the Peak Performances Vol. 2. Following Nappi is The Evan Watson Band. Evan Watson, who’s voice is perhaps simplistically described as croon somewhere between Derek Trucks and John Mayer. Evan was born out in Indiana, but now lives in New York. Fun fact: his backing band members are known as “The Headless Horsemen”. I must have been channeling this performance two weeks ago.

Evan Watson

But heads or no heads, the show is going to be fantastic – it’s held at a new venue called “LIFE the place to be” located in Ardsley. Get all the information for the event at The Peak’s Website by clicking here.

When you get there, be sure to say hi to all of our radio staff including the behind the scenes heroes like Kat Suda, our Promotions Director or Rob Dellagreca, our Sales Manager.

…and check out the “This Week” page for some great clips of the bands!

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PEAK KEYWORD: DELLAGRECA

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Concert Watch November 2009

…And the horseman roams the streets at night… restlessly searching for his missing head.

That of course, is from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow – one of my favorites, although no one knows how the ghostly Hessian soldier actually lost his head. I’m going to go out on a limb right now and say that maybe if he had known about all of the great concerts going on in November in his own backyard, he could have found some solace.

Segue!

I think he just saw the Horseman!

Pete Yorn

November starts off with a bang – Pete Yorn, who performed live for the peak in 2006 will be playing at the Ridgefield Playhouse TOMORROW the 1st. He just released his fourth record¬†Back and Fourth this past June and if you look at the fine print, you’ll notice that Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes helped produce it. What’s more, Yorn put out another album right after that, with Scarlett Johannson this past September – Relator. And coming off touring with Coldplay throughout the summer Mr. Yorn is doing quite well for himself – make sure to catch him in Connecticut!

Too bad harmonicas aren't semi-automatic.

Popper visiting the troops

On November 4th, Blues Traveler is rolling through town. They’ll be playing a show at the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza in the city. They’ve been going above and beyond recently in an effort to support the troops in any way they can. For instance they are offering a free download of “Forever Owed” – the first track of their 2008 record North Hollywood Shootout. This song was written for the troops, and they ask that in lieu of paying for the track you make a direct donation to the USO. Blues Traveler visited the troops in 2004, and in a letter to the men and women of the Armed Forces, John Popper writes,

“… you who serve are not only a part of us but the best of us. I will carry my meager taste of honor with me for the rest of my life.”

In addition to the free download, they have been giving away free tickets to their shows for servicemen and women through the USO. So support this noble band by seeing them next wednesday.

"Alone, we are just your average indie-folk superstars... but with our powers combined, we form: THE MONSTERS OF FOLK!" (theme music plays - some light guitar strumming)

The Monsters of Folk

Going back to Mike Mogis for a sec, the indie-folk supergroup, the Monsters of Folk, are playing at the United Palace Theater up in Washington Heights next friday, November 6th. These monsters include Mike Mogis and Connor Oberst, both prominent members of Bright Eyes; M. Ward – well known from his partnership with Zooey Deschanel called She & Him; and Jim James the singer from My Morning Jacket. I know, it’s a lot of names for one band. But it’s going to be a great performance. If you do miss them Friday, it wont be too late – they’re playing again at the Beacon Theater on Nov. 8th a week from this Sunday.

Is Nils Lofgren floating on the left?

Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in 2003.

In the end, however, no one compares to the Boss. That’s right, Bruce Springsteen is blazing through town after his tour de force performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week. Brucie and the E Street Band will have two performances at Madison Square Garden on Saturday and Sunday, the 7th and the 8th.

Yes, we do have a Grammy award winner behind that window.

Rob Thomas Peak Performance at ACME studios on Sept. 5th, 2009.

That should tide you over for a few days, at least. We return then to the Beacon Theatre, where Rob Thomas will be performing a series of three shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday the 12th, 13th, and 14th respectively. ¬†You may know that Rob Thomas came into the studios this past September, and he’ll be one of the featured artists on the Peak Performances Vol. 2 that’s coming out this December.

And there’s so much more! The Cranberries will be playing at Nokia Theater on the 18th. After that, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones will be performing at the Community Theater at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts on Friday the 20th, and the Smithereens will be following tham at the Community Theatre the on the 21st.

Also, Ani DiFranco will be playing at Town Hall on the 21st as well. New York’s backyard will also be graced with three shows from the Pixies on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Pianos suck.

Guster's "Lost and Gone Forever" 1999

 

Then November goes out with a bang, too, with two sold-out shows from Guster on the 27th and 28th back at the Beacon Theater. They’re touring right now for the tenth anniversary of their ’99 album Lost and Gone Forever. They’re playing two sets each with one set being the record in its entirety. That album has some truly great tracks like “Barrel of a Gun” and “Fa Fa”.

So happy concert-hunting, and if you do seem to have misplaced your head, then let some great world class rock steer you home.

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Peak Keyword: ICHABOD

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