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Fireworks, festivals and all that jazz

Maureen and Joe Telasco have lost count of the number of Dave Matthews Band shows they’ve attended.
TRR photos by Jonathan Fox


July 10, 2013

Even now, with the past week behind me, I get a little dizzy (hold the comments, please) just glancing at my schedule. With summer in full swing, my dance card is full and I’m running as fast as I can. For those of you holding events that I didn’t have the opportunity to attend, my apologies. In the past seven days, I managed to get out to nine different locations, which ran the gamut from concerts to galleries to the theatre (oy, I’m out of breath), with a visit to the vet (wasp sting, don’t ask) thrown in for good measure. Dharma and I have since recovered and we’re now looking ahead, while reviewing where we’ve already been.

Last Tuesday, I pulled into the crowded lot at Bethel Woods (www.bethelwood scenter.org) and found the pre-show festivities (aka tailgating parties) in full swing before the Dave Matthews Band (DMB) hit the stage. The DMB crowd is always an “experience” and I was more than curious to speak with some folks who looked ever so slightly out of place. Thinking of the band’s fan base as younger than myself, I found scores of people in attendance who remember JFK, which took me by surprise. With grown kids of their own, Laurie and Ira Kriegsman have attended more than 50 DMB concerts and showed no signs of slowing down. I also chatted with Maureen and Joe Telasco, who had driven from Hyde Park, NY for their “umpteenth” show, which seems to be the norm for the rabid fans who follow the tour from city to city, state to state. “We’ve lost count,” Joe told me. “DMB is not just for the younger set.”

As it happens, I loved the opening act, “Fitz and the Tantrums,” a band I was completely unaware of but will be keeping an eye on now. Described as an “American neo-soul/indie pop” band (okay, then) from Los Angeles, their lead vocalist, Noelle Scaggs, was on fire, and I found Fitz’s sound captivating. Most of the audience was still in the lot listening to DMB recordings, which was unfortunate, since it’s really ok to turn the dial once in a while. For photos and additional commentary, “like” us on Facebook and check out another cool (in reality, steaming hot) night at Bethel Woods.

On Wednesday night, I took my usual seat on the aisle for “9 to 5, the Musical” in Forestburgh (www.FBplayhouse.org) and have given it my full attention in the form of a formal review in the Arts and Leisure section of The River Reporter online (enter at your own risk.)