The Bugalou Concert Series returns to Rockaway with its first show of the 2020 season at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 28 at St. Camillus Springman Hall.
The THE BAND Band (TTBB) returns after earning rave reviews for its performance during Bugalou's initial season in 2017. TTBB brings the music of The Band to life with outstanding renditions of such classics as The Weight, Long Black Veil, Up on Cripple Creek, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Stage Fright, The Shape I'm In, Ophelia, It Makes No Difference, and more.
The Band is one of the most revered and beloved groups in the history of rock and roll. They first gained notoriety backing Bob Dylan as he went electric, and they would continue to collaborate for many years. Their debut album, Music From Big Pink, was a turning point in rock and roll, often cited by Eric Clapton and George Harrison. They would go on to be among the featured performers at Woodstock, and a few years later at the Summer Jam at Watkins Glen.
The classic lineup also consisted of Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson and they gave their farewell concert in 1976. It was dubbed The Last Waltz with many guests including Clapton, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Ron Wood, Ringo Starr, and of course, Bob Dylan.
Martin Scorsese directed the film of the concert, which is one of the most acclaimed rock movies of all time. A new documentary is also being released in theaters this month. The Band was unique and their music is often credited as the beginning of what is now called Americana. The THE BAND Band replicates and augments the sound of the classic lineup with the TTBB horns who give it the sound that they achieved for The Last Waltz. They are regulars at venues up and down the East Coast including City Winery, World Cafe, and Daryl's House, and Bugalou is proud to once again bring them right to us in Rockaway.
The evening will begin very fittingly with Real Young and Lazy Horse, who have made a great name for themselves with performances at Rippers, Rockaway Brewing Company, Rockaway Beach Surf Club, and elsewhere during the past two years. They bring lots of energy and charisma to their performances of Neil Young classics such as Cinnamon Girl, Southern Man, Like a Hurricane, Rockin' in the Free World and more.
This will be a very tasty appetizer for both the evening, and for a Bugalou headlining performance later this year. Do not miss the opportunity to experience this great band.