Last Thursday night, singer-songwriter Jackie Greene and his band (Nathan Dale on guitar, Brian Filosa on bass, Fitz Harris on drums) brought their brand of rock and roll to a packed house at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC. They treated the eager audience to new songs from Jackie's 2015 release, Back to Birth, as well as some of Jackie's older material.
There was a strong chemistry that flowed between the band members as Jackie Greene delivered an energized style of playing to songs like "I'm So Gone," "Spooky Tina," and The Rolling Stones-esque "Farewell, So Long, Goodbye." "Silver Lining" showcased Greene's warm vocals, and the storytelling flow of "Light Up Your Window" demonstrated Jackie's skillful ability to write personal songs that his audience can relate to.
On this night, Jackie and his band had the crowd feeling good and singing along to tunes like "So Hard to Find My Way" and the fan favorite "Trust Somebody," which saw Jackie switch from guitar to piano.
The night's first cover song came in the way of Bob Dylan's 1967 tune, "I Shall Be Released," which Jackie and the night's opener, Lauren Shera, did a heartfelt version of. "Till The Light Comes" got the audience back in an uplifting rock spirit, and although "Now I Can See For Miles" was a new song, it was familiar enough to have some fans singing along.
It's no secret that Jackie Greene is a Grateful Dead fan, and having played concerts with Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead bassist) many times, the crowd was hoping for a dead cover. Jackie and the band didn't disappoint, and when they broke into the 1978 tune "Shakedown Street," during the encore, the Gramercy Theatre became one big dance party.
Thursday night was a success, both for the band and the audience. We were treated to great rock music, and Jackie and his band felt the positive energy that emanated from the audience. Personally, I was eager to hear the songs from Back To Birth come to life, and they sounded fantastic.
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Check out more photos from the night below:
All photos by Francesco Marano. © Zumic, 2015