This report from the road comes from Gary Schwartz, substitute drummer for the band:
Just back on the road toward Syracuse, after a lunch stop at Tannersville Diner. Truck stop looking, unassuming roadside Diner. Food was surprisingly good, done right.
This is my first road trip with the Chris O’Leary Band (and company) where, due to the distance of travel, we all ride together in Andy Stahl’s 11 seater van. As we share lunch, I somehow find great comfort in the stories that are shared, the mention of mutual friends, some sadly no longer with us.
This group of musicians and friends are those that I have “come up” with in The Blues, for the last 21 years of my life.
The most recent of these musicianly friendships has lived for 12 years.
I laughed to Chris V. (aka “Johnny Jazz”) as I referenced one of my classic automobile mishaps, “I can’t lie to you guys about ANYTHING, you were there!”
Anyway, the point is, these people, these moments, this mission of musical migration, have me feeling peaceful yet energized, at my best, and more than a little bit introspective.
The band will be bringing everything a blues fan could want to Poughkeepsie this Friday night, June 29.
Looking for an early evening, art and live blues? Come hear the band play outdoors in the sculpture garden at Vassar College’s art museum (just inside the front gates of the campus), right after you take a half-hour tour of the newly-designed sculpture garden at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Can’t get to Poughkeepsie till later in the evening for your blues fix, or have tickets to a play the Vassar Powerhouse? Swing on over to the BeechTree Grill on Collegeview Ave. at the north end of Vassar’s campus from 10pm onwards to hear the band tearing it up in this popular local dining and drinking establishment.
They’re sure to be playing many of the songs from their just-released second CD, plus all your old favorites. We’ll see you there!
The Chris O’Leary Band will be playing on Vassar’s campus at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Can’t get there that early? Well, then head on down the road to the BeechTree Grill later that night from 10 pm onwards to see them play there!
For all of you fans that are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next CD, the wait is almost over: Waiting for the Phone to Ring will be released on June 26th.
While the first CD, Mr. Used to Be, catapulted the band into the forefront of the blues world and brought them well-deserved recognition, this new CD proves that The Chris O’Leary Band can follow an award-winning first CD with a second CD that confirms the band’s evolution and musical ability. The reviewer who said “this is a band to watch out for” was right.
Please check out the band’s gig dates and come buy a new CD in person. If you can’t wait for the band to play at a venue near you, go to Amazon or iTunes to buy a copy.