We’re hitting a stretch of top-notch music at local venues in the coming weeks. After all, summer is always a good time to check around for live music.
Here are a few of the upcoming local shows that caught my attention:
For starters, blues guitarist Kim Simmonds (above) will be at the Towne Crier in Pawling on Saturday night. Simmonds was a founding member of the blues band Savoy Brown, and, although he never got the same acclaim as others of his generation, is genuinely among of the best electric blues players to come out of the 1960s blues explosion era. That puts him in the same neighborhood as Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and the late Mike Bloomfield.
I also see where Robert Gordon is scheduled to return to The Turning Point Cafe in Piermont on June 20. The rockabilly crooner once appeared headed for wider stardom, but nonetheless retains a loyal following. He still has the voice and puts on a fun show.
The Tarrytown Music Hall has a couple of interesting shows next month as well. One is the contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay, scheduled to play the theater on June 6. The name may not ring a bell, but keep in mind that Fourplay includes award-winning jazz keyboardist Bob James and guitar wiz Larry Carlton. Carlton, the subject of a recent Listening Room profile, is perhaps best known for his work with Steely Dan. The man can flat-out play.
Also on tap for June 20 at the historic Tarrytown playhouse is Grammy-winning children’s musician Dan Zanes (below).
Zanes founded and fronted the now-defunct Boston garage band The Del Fuegos. He reinveted himself years ago and delved into the barren world of children’s music. It’s worked out quite well, and he’s gone a long way toward making kid’s music kinda cool.
Anyway, that’s just a snapshot. Follow the venue links for more detailed information on the shows.