Thursday, October 18, 2007

Forward Hall is Back

Apparently, Erie's Froward Hall is back online. That's terrific news.

Donna the Buffalo and Sim Redmond are slated for November 9.

For more information, visit Forward Hall .



Ralph said...

That does seem to be good news. Kids are getting older, perhaps in a couple years, I'll be able to start going out more often again...Speaking of concert halls, read an article on Pat Monohan today that said he drew only 100 people to 1,000-seat hall to open his first solo tour. Show at least got a great review, but his album apparently debuted at 80 and then dropped out of the top 100 on Billboard. He's playing at Cleveland House of Blues Saturday, but I can't talk Maggie into going. Looks like we may have a chance to see him at Forward Hall in the future, however. (I'm trying to make that sound like a positive development, as I think he could really rock a joint like that.)



DrD said...

Do you think his star has fallen?

I don't know, man...

I'd say that, with Train, he's still entirely relevant.

But it's tougher solo. For example, Chris Cornell is probably the top vocalist in pop/rock/alt music. He always fares better with a band.

You've heard of Soundgarden and Audioslave, but you don't know Cornell's solo effort Euphoria Morning (which features some of the most brilliant singing and poetry that I've ever heard, but the CD undersold expectations).

Cornell is not the only one whose solo work has been met with mixed reviews. I expect it's the same with Pat.

Have you heard all of Pat's published work? Let me know if you haven't, and I'll send you a CD or two.

For the record: Pat Monahan from Erie, PA is a tremendous musical talent. "Meet Virginia" and "Drops of Jupiter," alone, cement his spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Do you remember that night many years ago, when you and I went to the One-Way on Peach Street (when it was behind the Glenwood YMCA)? We played pool and I was playing songs on the jukebox. Then I played a random song from Train's first CD--and I had never heard of Pat Monahan or Train at that time. I had never seen that CD before.

However, I liked the song so much that I went back and played the entire CD. When is the last time you did that? Never. I've never played an entire CD a jukebox before or since. That tells me a lot about Pat's talent.

That's the end of it.

Let me know if you need music. I have all their CDs.


Ralph said...

I still enjoy Pat and Train's music. Perhaps it's a branding/promotion thing sometimes when an artist goes solo. Or maybe Train is the next Hootie and the Blowfish. I saw an interview with the lead singer (sorry, I forget his name) who said the band never really planned on getting as big as it did, and he really didn't seem too disappointed that they were back to playing mid-sized clubs and gigs. Maintaining a successful pop career, of course, if often at odds with continuing to be true to yourself as an artist.

Also, yes, I'm glad you brought up that story about the old One Way Inn. Good night. Didn't we even shoot a game of pool.