Photos: Shuggie Otis Live In Central Park

Posted by The G on August 12, 2013 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Shuggie Otis

Shuggie Otis

Without Shuggie Otis, there would be no Prince.  Without Prince, there would be no D’Angelo, and so on… Shuggie Otis has been fusing jazz, R&B, blues, funk and gospel for over 40 years and he’s still going strong.  Shuggie Otis performed in Central Park at Summerstage on August 11, 2013 and the crowd showed this underrated legend the love he deserves.  Shuggie made sure to shine a spotlight on each member of his band as they took their time with sax, trumpet, organ and drum solos and Shuggie himself funked out on the guitar.  One of the many highlights was the song “Strawberry Letter 23” which Shuggie penned.

Shuggie Otis

Shuggie Otis

I was fortunate enough to hang out with Shuggie backstage after the concert and we talked about music and life in LA (where he currently lives and where I’ve formerly lived).  It was awesome to find that Shuggie Otis is extremely down to earth considering the impact he’s made on the music scene.  Thanks again Shuggie!

Shuggie Otis and Geoffrey Dicker.  Photo by Wil

Shuggie Otis and Geoffrey Dicker. Photo by Wil

Photos: Bebel Gilberto live at Summerstage in Central Park

Posted by The G on July 23, 2012 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Bebel Gilberto

Bebel Gilberto

On July 21, 2012, Brazilian Bossa Nova singer Bebel Gilberto headlined a free show at Central Park’s Summerstage in New York.  Every weekend during the summer, Central Park hosts a different show and they are never disappointing. In addition to Bebel’s chill out vibe, the weather in New York was absolutely perfect!  Typically it’s hot, muggy and steamy but for Bebel’s show, there was a nice breeze and I had such a great time.  You can sample through some of Bebel Gilberto’s music on her official site and I recommend it!

Bebel Gilberto

Bebel Gilberto

I was hanging out backstage and after the show, Bebel worked it in front of the step and repeat!

Bebel Gilberto

Bebel Gilberto

Thanks for a great time!

Fitz and the Tantrums Live in Central Park

Posted by The G on June 26, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums

Only in New York can you start off the day at an exclusive rooftop party, go see a free concert by a great band like Fitz and the Tantrums in Central Park in the afternoon and then hop on a train to New Jersey to see Sade for your evening entertainment – and all in a 12 hour period!  Fitz and the Tantrums are great!  I saw them in January when the weather was much different.  On June 25, 2011 at Central Park’s Summerstage, the indie-pop/neo-soul band performed for a packed house on a gorgeous (though hot and muggy) New York summer day.  In just 6 short months, the band has gained a lot of deserved popularity and it was great seeing the audience singing along to their songs.  Michael Fitzpatrick has a great stage presence that has him dancing around all over the place like a pied piper leading the crowd into reckless abandon.  Singer Noelle Skaggs is great too as her voice is soulful and her dance moves are infectious!   The band is tight and their songs are 4 minute parties.  Their hour long set included hits and fan favorites such as “Breaking the Chains of Love,” “L.O.V.,” “Moneygrabber,” and “Rich Girls.”  You can download an mp3 of a live version of “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” for a limited time on Fitz’ official site.  Get it while it’s hot!

Fitz and Noelle

Jimmy Cliff live in Central Park

Posted by The G on July 11, 2010 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Jimmy Cliff!

On July 11, 2010, reggae legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Cliff played at Summer Stage in New York’s Central Park.  It was an extremely hot day that had scattered rain showers as the capacity crowd enjoyed sets from Victor Deme and Trevor Hall (more on them coming soon – stay tuned).  As soon as Jimmy Cliff hit the stage, the smell of marijuana permeated the park and the yellow cloud ensured that everyone had a great time and danced throughout the entire show.  Jimmy Cliff played hits such as “You Can Get It If You Want It,” “Sitting in Limbo” and “Many Rivers To Cross.”  I wasn’t sure of a lot of the song titles, and I think the haze made me forget to take notes, so if there are any Jimmy Cliff die-hards reading this, please help with the set list!

Enjoy some more pictures of the legendary Jimmy Cliff after the jump.

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Gil Scott-Heron live in Central Park

Posted by The G on June 28, 2010 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron is a poet, author and musician, and the legend showed off all of those skills at a free concert at Summerstage in New York’s Central Park on June 27, 2010.  He was jailed a few years ago for drug possession and his release from prison sparked his first album in 16 years called “I’m New Here.”  He made several references to his arrest and two of my favorite stories he told were these:  “You probably made bets with your friends as to whether I’d show up on time. Well, you lost!”  “It’s weird having people that don’t know you write reviews of your music.  People have written that being out of jail made me make an unhappy record. Obviously, they’ve never been in jail.  When you are in jail, you are unhappy.  When you are released, you are happy to be out of the motherfucker.” By the way, Gil Scott-Heron showed up on time and he was wearing his finest Gil Scott-Heron T-Shirt. He told stories in between songs and would do spoken word bits in between verses and it was really awesome.  It was definitely worth being in the direct sunlight on a 91 degree day.

Cool Shirt!

See two more pictures of Gil Scott-Heron after the jump.

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