LBJ took the IRT down to 4th St. USA
July 16, 2014 —
While these words strung together might seem esoteric, they are ringing in my ears as I review where I’ve been over the last few days. The reference is to a song from “HAIR” (the tribal love-rock musical) written by James Rado, Jerome Ragni and Galt McDermot, and that particular tune is strung together by a collection of acronyms (a word formed from the initial letters of a compound term—think NATO, radar or laser). As I darted to and fro with the Wonder Dog in tow, I couldn’t help but notice them popping up. While it began innocently enough with a trip to Victoria Lesser’s place, (www.theoldnorthbranchinn.com), it wasn’t long before the letters (acronymically speaking) began to emerge. I was at the NBI to check out a trio of musicians who stopped by on their way to perform at the NYC’s longest running rock club, The Bitter End. Initially, I thought they were a trio, but as it turns out the three are simply friends who occasionally play together and had an opportunity to do a small tour of the East Coast. I asked a few questions and learned that Alyssa Bonagura, Harrison Whitford and Rebecca Correia all reside in Nashville, TN and occasionally jam together there, and the NBI was packed as they performed individually and as a group. I enjoyed all three (as did the crowd) and noticed that über-producer Michael Lang (think 1969 Woodstock Music Festival) was in the house listening to the young folks do their thing. After the show, I snapped a photo of them all together for posterity, since they could be (IMHO) destined for the big time.