Eighteen years ago, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians burst on the college radio scene with what soon became their largest mainstream hit single “What I Am.”
Just over two weeks ago, on Friday, July 21, 2006, Edie and the original Bohemian line-up appeared live in a free concert to benefit Central Park’s Summer Stage, an outdoor concert venue located at 5th Avenue and West 70th Street. In a show, under a sliver of the moon, Edie and the band delivered a timeless sampling from 1988’s “Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars”, 1990’s “Ghost of a Dog”, and the band’s 2006 release called “Stranger Things” during their 1 hour and 15 minute set.
In addition to an energetic and tight sounding performance, technical problems with lead guitarist Kenny Withrow’s effects pedal setup, prompted the band to launch into several improvisational jams, one of which was highlighted by drummer Brandon Aly and percussionist John Bush in a joint solo. Holding down the rest of the Bohemian’s melodic and dreamy sound are bassist/baritone saxiphonist Brad Houser and keyboardist/guitarist Carter Albrecht.
Brickell, who is married to musician Paul Simon and lives in New York City, reflected about how much the trees in Central Park have meant to her over the years and the times spent walking around with her children, by calling it a “very special place” during their performance. For more information and a schedule of events at Summer Stage visit their website at www.summerstage.org.
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