October Mixed Media Online Supplement

Ten Years After

Morrison Hotel, the gallery of fine art, music and photography will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on October 13th at the Cutting Room in Manhattan. Morrison Hotel is the premier gallery that showcases great rock photographers.

Scheduled performers so far include The Modern Folk Quartet in a rare reunion; 70s singer-songwriter Johnathan Edwards and the Tangiers Blues Band. MFQ’s leader Henry Diltz, is one of the most esteemed rock photographers in history and the co-owner of Morrison Hotel. The Tangiers Blues Band features Danny Clinch, the most renowned rock music photographer on the scene today. Other musical guests will be announced. There will also be an open bar with admission and a limited number of VIP seats are available.

Some of the famed photographers who will be attending include: Long Island’s own Bob Gruen, Julian Lennon, Ethan Russell, Lynn Goldmsith, Elliot Landy, Mick Rock, Ebet Roberts, Elaine Mayes, Neil Preston, Ken Reagen and Timothy White and many more to be announced.

The live music starts at 8 PM and doors open at 7 PM. The Cutting Room is located at 44 East 32nd Street. For more information, call 212 965-5102. Tickets can also be purchased at both of the Morrison Hotel galleries in Manhattan. The Soho location is 124 Prince Street (212 941-8770) and the Bowery location is 313 Bowery (212-677-2253).

Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

The latest lineup of The Yardbirds performed at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on September 9th. Original members Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja are now augmented by bassist David Smale, guitarist Ben King and lead singer Andy Mitchell.

The original Yardbirds disbanded in the late 60s and spawned many solo projects and groups, including a reunion of sorts as Box of Frogs in the 1980s.

For the past twenty years, various lineups of the band tour, and in 2003 an album entitled Birdland (Favored Nations), with original members McCarty and Dreja, met with unanimous critical praise. Subsequent tours continue to be equally successful.

The band’s set at the NYCB Theatre received and enthusiastically response, with the appreciative audience on its feet by set’s end.

While McCarty still delivers his trademark rave-up drum sound and essential backing vocals and Dreja’s chiming rhythm guitar and backing vocals provides the group’s musical foundation, the three new members of the group exceeded expectations. Bassist Smale works perfectly with McCarty and guitarist King responded to the unenviable task of replicating the famed guitar lines of the various guitar gods that graced the music of the band’s heyday, with aplomb and originality. Lead singer Mitchell faces an equally daunting task on vocals and harmonica. He met the challenge and is a powerhouse singer and performer.

The band played many of the group’s early hits and classic tracks, including stand out numbers such as “Over, Under, Sideways, Down,” “The Nazz Are Blue” and “Shapes of Things.” It also performed “Dazed and Confused,” a song the band did when Jimmy Page was a member, just before Led Zeppelin was born.

It seems that The Yardbirds continue to be reborn and will be flying high for years to come.