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Closing down the house
January 3, 2009 - LLee Janssen
The New York Times ran a story on the cover of Friday morning's weekend entertainment section about the closing of one legendary TriBeCa venue and the opening of another with shows within a stone's throw of one another on New Year's Eve.
Performers at both of the Manhattan venues have played shows here in Williamsport in years gone by. Of course I speak about Akron/Family, which last year performed with Rhys Chatham's Les 100 Guitares at the Community Arts Center, and in years prior to their signing with Young God Records did a number of shows around town, including the Bullfrog. The other performer, Joan Osborne, did a show at Franco's way back before her first Grammy ... I was in the audience that night and well remember seeing a great artist in the cozy club where it was a wonder that the musicians had room to move. Yet it hopped, all the way back to the kitchen.
I loved the comparison in the NY Times piece of Osborne playing to one crowd quite capable of being the parents of the other crowd packing the three floors of the Knitting Factory, where Akron/Family not only headlined but curated the show with multiple acts: Deerhoof, Dirty Projectors, Mega Faun (whose members also played here in 100 Guitars) and others.
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