Monthly Archives: May 2014

It’s Good to Be Live: Pablo Cruise Performs at the New Hope Winery

By: Dori Corr

In 1975 Pablo Cruise released its first album, simply entitled Pablo Cruise. The album cover was shot in the tropical gardens of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and featured a huge gorilla standing front and center. The band was curiously absent.

Thus began the air of mystery surrounding who exactly Pablo Cruise is.

When asked who “Pablo” was, band members recited the well-rehearsed answer: Pablo represents an honest, real, down to earth individual; and Cruise depicts his fun loving, easy going attitude towards life.

And this is the essence of what Pablo Cruise’s music is all about ― honest, real, down to earth vocals, accompanied by fun yet elegant, infectious grooves.

As 1970s breezy as the t-shirts which bore their name, Pablo Cruise ruled adult contemporary with its jazz-influenced pop sound.

The band released eight studio albums over a decade, during which time four singles reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Reaching the top 10 were mega hits “Watcha Gonna Do When She Says Goodbye” and “Love Will Find A Way.” Other chart hits included “Don’t Want to Live Without It,” “I Want You Tonight,” and “Cool Love.” The band went on to sell several million albums and singles collectively and established themselves as well respected writers and performers within the industry.

They appeared on numerous TV shows, broke Elvis Presley’s attendance record at The Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, became the first rock band to play a Casino Showroom, as well as the first rock band to grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Several Pablo Cruise songs were used as soundtrack material for sports programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC, and the band’s work also appeared in the films “Free Ride”, “An Unmarried Woman”, and “Dreamer.”

But by 1986 after completing several national tours and releasing 7 albums in all, the ban lost its focus and decided to take a hiatus. This hiatus that has lasted more than 20 years…

To hear Pablo Cruise on record is one thing, but to experience the band live is an exhilarating event.

After several starts and stops, Pablo Cruise released their very first live album in November, 2011 titled “It’s Good to be Live”. Taken from live concerts performed at the Blue Goose in Loomis, CA 2010, The package included both a live CD and DVD and features new versions of their songs “A Place in the Sun” and “Love Will Find a Way.”

Pablo Cruise is currently composed of David Jenkins (guitar and vocals), Cory Lerios (keyboards and vocals), Steve Price (drums) and Larry Antonino (bass and vocals).

New Hope Winery is thrilled to be hosting such an accomplished and storied band as Pablo Cruise.

Tickets are on sales now to see Pablo Cruise at the New Hope Winery on Sunday, June 8. Doors open at 5:00 PM and Showtime is at 6:00 PM. Order online or by calling 215-794-2331. General seating is $50 and VIP seating is $80. A $5 service charge is added to all tickets at the time of purchase.

Lucy Kaplansky to Perform at New Hope Winery

By; Dori Corr

Lucy Kaplansky beautifully augments her soulful vocals and stunning songwriting with stylish guitar playing. She will be performing live at the New Hope Winery on Saturday, May 17.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and show time is at 8:00 p.m.

Lucy Kaplansky is “the songwriter laureate of modern city folk.” – The Boston Globe

Lucy Kaplansky started out singing in Chicago bars. Barely out of high school, she took off for New York City where she engaged with a prolific community of songwriters and performers—Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, The Roches, among others. With a beautiful flair for harmony, Lucy was everyone’s favorite singing partner. Anticipation grew around the heights that Lucy’s career could reach. The New York Times said it was “easy to predict stardom for her.”

But then Lucy left it all.

Convinced that her calling was elsewhere, Lucy left the musical fast track to pursue a doctorate in Psychology. Upon completing her degree, Dr. Kaplansky took a job at a New York hospital working with chronically mentally ill adults, and also started a private practice. Yet she continued to sing, often pulled back into the studio by her friends in music to sing on their albums. Lucy also landed soundtrack credits, singing with Suzanne Vega on Pretty in Pink and with Griffith on The Firm, and several commercial credits as well—including “The Heartbeat of America” for Chevrolet.

Then Lucy’s solo tapes got into the hands of a record producer, and suddenly she was back in the music business. She signed with Red House Records and started playing gigs. Red House released “The Tide” in 1994 to rave reviews, and within six months Lucy signed with a major booking agency and began touring so much it required leaving her two psychologist positions behind.

Since then Kaplansky’s voice has continued to remain in high demand. Her song “Guilty as Sin” was featured in the NBC television show Ed, she released her seventh solo CD,  and she continues to perform all over the world. When not performing, she lives in New York City where she enjoys spending time with her husband and nine year-old daughter.

Tickets to see Lucy Kaplansky perform live at New Hope Winery are available online or by calling 215-794-2331. The ticket price is $25 (plus an additional $5 service charge).

 

New Hope Winery Welcomes Red Molly

By: Dori Corr

Since 2004, Americana trio Red Molly has been bringing audiences to their feet with gorgeous three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and their warm, engaging stage presence. Comprised of Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar), Red Molly will be performing at the New Hope Winery on Sunday, May 11. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., show time is at 6:00 p.m. General and VIP seating is available.

“Make room, Roches and Wailin’ Jennys, Red Molly has earned a place among the elite female trios.”

-John Platt, WFUV

Red Molly radiates optimism and joy. The band’s fans, referred to as “RedHeads”, have always responded to the sense that the band is a group of friends, sharing songs in their living room.

Just within the past few years, the band opened shows for music legend Willie Nelson, performed at the venerable RockyGrass festival, toured throughout Australia and Europe, appeared at North Carolina’s legendary music gathering, MerleFest, and at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion.

“Tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies” – The Boston Globe

Their CD “Light in the Sky” spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 radio chart and charted as Folk DJ’s #3 Top Album of 2012. This album is filled with gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing, all done up in Red Molly’s trademark three-part harmonies, signature dobro licks, and inventive arrangements.

From their very beginning together  in 2004, while sitting around a campfire at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival singing and talking about their favorite songwriters, they knew that they had stumbled into something extraordinary. Since then, the trio has gotten attention with their lively, engaging stage performances, quickly moved from NYC coffeehouses to the festival circuit. And they haven’t looked back since.

Tickets for Red Molly are available on the New Hope Winery website, or by calling 215-794-2331.  General seating is $22, and VIP seating is $30. A $5 service charge is added to all tickets at the time of purchase.