Many of you took the time to comment about my Friday review of Castle Creek’s new recording “The Only Life,” so I thought you might like to share the vibe of the duo’s Sunday night CD release party at Syracuse’s cool room Upstairs at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
I had my iPhone 6 warmed up and ready.
You can see the lights on for this tickets-only 6 p.m. Sunday party in the special upstairs room above the main floor of the bar, restaurant and music room.
There’s a separate entrance through the green door for Upstairs at the Dinosaur.
Once up the stairs, you’re hit with the sight of a large room with brick walls, a big bar, wood tables with family style seating along one wall, and a big stage at the far end. It’s a comfortable place.
Remember those windows you saw looking to the top of the first photo above? Here’s what you can see looking out from them.
My dear wife Karen ordered a Labatt’s Blue and I decided upon a Cabarnet Savignon, and then we grabbed our dinner of barbecued chicken, mac ‘n cheese, cole slaw and corn bread, which was included in the ticket price of $20 per person. For dessert was cake. I hated to see them slice up the decoration.
Karen and I were invited guests, on the media list. I made sure to thank both Liz Nowak and Elizabeth Joerger for that. They are the mothers of the stars of the night, and I know them both. Liz, Kim Monroe’s mom, also is chair of the Syracuse Area Music Awards. Elizabeth, Chris Eve’s mom, taught my daughter when she was in elementary school.
And then Castle Creek was ready to rip. Monroe and Eve’s vocals and guitars were ripe, rich and ready to rock the room. And the addition of three top Syracuse-are musicians — John Jones on bass, Susan Royal on drums and Shane Kelson on keyboard — added to the tasty textures.
“New Normal,” from the album, grabbed my attention live as the song that I think should grab the attention of the right people when they play the main stage of the NAMM Convention Jan. 2 in Anaheim and lift these two mid-20s Central New Yorkers compiling an in increasingly impressive collection of original music to nationwide stature.
As much as I hate to think it’s so, looks can play a part in the music business. And Monroe and Eves both are as attractive as they are talented in performing, songwriting and producing their music.
After delivering the songs from “The Only Life,” some pleasingly electric and others more comfortably acoustic, the band made their family, friends and fans extremely happy with a cover mashup of the Beatles’ “Come Together” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” Smart young folks, too.
Here’s a short video of Castle Creek I shot on my iPhone 6. Enjoy the show.
On Saturday, they were playing in Houston. Sunday, they were glad to be back home. “It was colder in Houston,” Monroe said when she stopped to chat to with Karen and I before the set. “I had to wear my puffy jacket I thought was just for the plane the whole time there.”
After the great night at Upstairs at the Dinosaur, Eves and Monroe are headed for a short tour of legendary clubs throughout New York and New England. Next up, the holidays, and NAMM in California. Then, who knows?
Have you ever seen a young band that you thought right away had the talent to be something very special, and if so, who were they, and why? What’s your favorite local band listening club where you live, and why? What’s the last local band you’ve seen out play live, and what was the favorite song they did that night?