Quips and summaries from experiencing and appreciating music in a city that is as foreign and familiar as they come - New York. So here is to music anywhere and everywhere. Starting from concert one on week one after the move in 2009.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Rob Drabkin

On Monday, November 30th I had the opportunity to see an old friend from high school take the stage at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Rob is currently on tour opening for Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam; a very talented guitarist from the tiny Isle of Man (I had to look it up, note how funky their flag is when you look it up too).
Back in high school Rob was our school's resident guitar virtuoso so it makes sense that he is working to become a successful musician. He is getting popular in our hometown of Denver and after this tour, his first national tour, I expect great things from him.
What was surprising about his show is how strong and clear his voice was; surprising because he never sang in high school and if you read his bio on his web page (below) he only recently decided to incorporate singing with his guitar playing. I was also impressed by how well constructed the lyrics of his songs are, they are fun to listen to but always have a much deeper meaning.
You can get his CD on iTunes or through his web site: http://www.robdrabkin.com
A few good reviews of Rob:
"The surprise of the night was the middle act, Denvers Rob Drabkin. Taking the stage armed with an acoustic guitar, a djembe (small acoustic drum) player and an afro that would have made a Will It Go Round In Circles-era Billy Preston proud, Drabkin lit into the first of many short stories told with guitar and drum....His intricate finger picking method and character driven songs got our attention. With a voice and song structure not too far from Dave Matthews, just this side of Jack Johnson, Drabkin won me over... By the end of his set, I was a fan, bringing his cd home for closer inspection." - A.J. Crandall, KINK FM Radio. Show Review Oct 6th, 2008.
"Rob Drabkin somewhat mirrors Jack Johnson. Not so much in a musical way, but in a singer/songwriter way that will shoot him from MySpace to MTV faster than he can cut his distinctive hair. People were obsessing about Jack Johnson in 1997 when he appeared on Napster and now, almost 10 years later, his name is as common as a hipster drinking a PBR and riding a Vespa. If he keeps this up, he will shoot out of the local scene faster than The Fray" --The Colorado Daily.

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