View Full Version : FREE Concert 1.12.2008 -- THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL PROJECT

January 12th, 2008, 01:22 PM
TONIGHT -- 1/12/8 -- 8PM @ WFC


SoHo Journal (http://www.sohojournal.com/)
by John Coakley
January 12th, 2008

Bob Dylan, obviously, is a genius. He has written some of popular musicís most literate, powerful songs, and his muse has stayed wrestless. A lot of people would have preferred it if he hadnít gone: a) christian, b)country, c)slick 80ís production, or d) electric. Especially that last one. The folkies who (literally) cried ďJudas!Ē when Dylan played electric rock music for the first time just proved that there is no room for Puritans in popular music. If Dylanís only contribution was exposing the naysayers as the hypocritical jerks that they surely were, his place in history would be secure. So thanks, Mr. Dylan. ..

Fortunately for us, the good folk at the New York Guitar Festival (http://www.newyorkguitarfestival.org/cgi/show.cgi?db=festival&uid=default&view_records=1&Lastdate=%3C12-Jan-2008&Group=festival&main=1) have decided to recreate one of Dylanís most famous performances - 1966 at Londonís Royal Albert Hall - song for song, with a hugely impressive lineup: Laura Cantrell, Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Marshall Crenshaw, Oakley Hall, Lenny Kaye & Katrina Kiedis (Sufjan Stevens Band), Jason Isbell (http://www.jasonisbell.com/) (Drive By Truckers), Toshi Reagon (http://www.toshireagon.com/), Freeman & Vernon Reid, The Last Town Chorus (http://www.thelasttownchorus.com/)/Megan Hickey, Chocolate Genius Inc. (http://www.chocolategeniusinc.com/) and others. This will be at least interesting, and at least some of the performances will most likely be amazing. And itís free. That alone is reason enough to go, and reason enough to enjoy Dylanís genius live, in the only way left - through better performers.

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January 16th, 2008, 12:58 PM
That sounds cool! Did anyone go?

January 16th, 2008, 05:54 PM
Yep -- The Winter Garden was packed to the gills. The sound upstairs is horrifyingly harsh and muddled -- but down on the main floor it was surprisingly clear and bright.

Stayed for the first half.

While the performers for the most part were good, none were inspired. And certainly no one came near the brilliance of Dylan -- which can be heard on the album and must have been just astounding for those who attended the original concert.

Would loved to have seen Bob in his prime.

January 16th, 2008, 06:07 PM
Some upcoming free arts events (http://www.worldfinancialcenter.com/calendar/) at the World Financial Center.

January 16th, 2008, 06:10 PM
I was lucky enough to see him in London last year. He's definitely worth seeing although some his most famous songs were initially unrecognisable. They've gone all Modern Times and it took me almost a minute to recognise Like a Rolling Stone despite being a big Dylan fan!