NEW YORK RAVINGS By Niall Krumpett
KINGFISH-PURE PRARIE LEAGUE: One of ‘Frisco’s top bands, Kingfish, signed to the Dead’s label Round Records, performed two shows at the Beacon Theatre to soldout houses 3 April. Opening shakily with the Rufus Thomas oldie, ‘Jump Back’, they gained momentum and confidence as their set progressed and won over the already-primed crowd with their brand of blues and country-rock. Bob Weir, ex-Dead, looked great as a Thomas Jefferson look-alike. Sound system problems hampered their overall effect as a unit. RCA outfit, Pure Prairie League, who were actually a much tighter group, stole the evenings honors.
SHIRTS: Perhaps New York City area’s top unsigned rock band, Shirts, did C.B.G.B.’s 8http://www.ratw.com/April,their show features incredible chick vocalist., dual drummers and dual lead guitarists-watch for these talented people.
PYTHONMANIA: Pythomania struck during the last few days as their show opened at the City Centre-more news next issue-late reports include the tour nearly being cancelled due to illness by Eric Idle.
Famous lumberjack George Harrison played that role during Python’s Gig on the 20th.
MAX’S KANSAS CITY: This venue exhibited the best in NYC area rock with their own rock Easter Fest, highlighting were Wayne County, The Planets, Talking Heads, Marbles, Heartbreakers, Ramones ( Sire), The Dicey-Ross Blues Band. The Miamis, The John Collins Band etc during the fest 11-22 April.