Saturday, December 10, 2016

Second Annual Velvet Elk Holiday Extravaganza at the Bowery Ballroom

The Second Annual Velvet Elk Holiday Extravaganza at the Bowery Ballroom tonight served three purposes. First, it was a showcase of the Velvet Elk record company's roster of musicians; the concert featured performances by Jesse Malin, Tommy Stinson’s Cowboys in the Campfire, Don DiLego & the Touristas, and Richard Bacchus. Secondly, it closed with an all-star line-up performing the Rolling Stones' 1973 album Goat's Head Soup. Thirdly, it raised funds for Natty B’s Positive Panther Wheelchair Fund; Nathalie B, Malin's former merchandise vendor, driver, and tour manager, struck with leukemia and paralysis, needs a special design wheelchair. One can add that the concert was also a good excuse for a rocking holiday party.

Malin and his musicians (guitarist Derek Cruz, bassist Catherine Popper, drummer Randy Schrager, keyboardist Greg Foreman, saxophonist Danny Ray, trumpeter Indofunk Satish) were the house band for Goats Head Soup. Malin, Bacchus (Malin's former D Generation bandmate), Diane Gentile (Diane & the Gentlemen), Walter Schreifels (Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand), Tommy Stinson (the Replacements), Don DiLego, Hollis Brown, Joseph Arthur, and Joan Jett each sang one of the songs off the album. Deborah Harry (Blondie) was announced to perform but did not.

  1. Dancing With Mr. D.
  2. 100 Years Ago
  3. Coming Down Again
  4. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
  5. Angie
  6. Silver Train
  7. Hide Your Love
  8. Winter
  9. Can You Hear The Music
  10. Star Star

Jesse Malin
Richard Bacchus with Jesse Malin
Diane Gentile
Walter Schreifels with Jesse Malin
Tommy Stinson
Don DiLego
Mike Montali and Jonathan Bonilla of Hollis Brown
with Jesse Malin
Joseph Arthur
Joan Jett