You’re So Vain
A small, invitation-only group of mostly film industry people mixed and mingled during the Tribeca Film Festival on April 29th at the exclusive 1-Oak club in Manhattan. One of many Tribeca events, this gathering centered around music, specifically an intimate club appearance by the stage-shy Carly Simon. Not only did everyone get to see Simon perform, but they got to see her perform in a small club not much bigger than the corner bar. The evening was co-sponsored by the Tribeca Film Festival, AOL Music’s Spinner and son Ben Taylor’s Iris Records label. The event marked the selection of the winning video for the Simon song “You’re So Vain,” a contest that Simon and her son’s label have been running for months on her web site, in support of her latest album Never Been Gone, which features new, mostly acoustic interpretations of her best-loved songs. Chosen from countless submissions and whittled down to five finalists, the winner was filmmaker Brett Bisogno, who was presented with a $10,000 check by Simon. Along with Simon’s brief performance, which included songs sung by David Shaw, John Forte, and Ben Taylor, Jane Rosenthal, who runs the festival with Robert DeNiro, also spoke. The highlight of the evening was seeing Carly and sister Lucy sing their folk hit from when they were the Simon Sisters, “Wynken, Blynken and Nod.” It has also just been announced that Carly Simon will play three dates on the upcoming Lilith Fair tour: July 30th at the Comcast Center in Boston, July 31st at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, and August 1st at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford.
The Sunday Street Acoustic Series at the University Café at Stony Brook University, hosted by Charlie Backfish will hold its annual Bob Dylan birthday party again this year. Bob Dylan’s 69th Birthday Celebration with the Kennedys, Rod MacDonald, Russ Seeger, Rob Stein, Steve Sollog and many others will take place on Saturday, May 22nd at 8:00 P.M. The final show of the series for this school year will be on Sunday, June 6th at 7:00 PM and will feature Tom Russell, hot off the success of his recently released Blood and Candle Smoke album.
Five Live Yardbirds in Bay Shore
The Yardbirds featuring original members Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja will be playing the Boulton Center in Bay Shore on May 27th at 8:00 PM. Joining McCarty and Dreja in the current lineup of the band is guitarist Ben King, bassist Dave Smale and vocalist and harmonica player Andy Mitchell.