Blues, rock and folk go Velvet

May 10, 2013
Putnam Smith

Rockland — Rock City Cafe's Velvet Lounge will play host to a trio of talented singer/songwriters Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18. The music will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rock City Cafe, 316 Main St.

On Friday, the Velvet Lounge welcomes back the city’s own Blind Albert. Vietnam combat veteran, rock and blues man Vincent Gabriel  was born in New Jersey, started his first rock band at 19and has been at it ever. As a songwriter, he has penned well more than 200 songs; one was released as part of 13-CD box set “Next Stop is Vietnam," which also includes songs written about the Vietnam war by Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Steppenwolf, Pete Seeger and many more well-known artists. Vincent will perform songs he has written over the past 40 years, as well as songs his parents used to sing.

Things will go indie folk Saturday night with Putnam Smith and Gabriel Zacchai. Selected as an Emerging Artist at the 2011 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Smith is a quickly rising star on the national folkscape, as well as a favorite in his hometown of Portland. He lives in a log cabin, plays his grandfather's banjo and prints up the jackets to his CDs on an antique letterpress; yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter, steeped as he is in old-time Appalachian traditions, is very much a storyteller for the modern age. Zacchai has been writing, recording and performing original music for more than 20 years and has recorded more than 102 songs. His repertoire ranges from upbeat and catchy folk to hard-driving soulful blues and rock.

As usual, there is no cover charge; however, tipping the musicians is highly encouraged. For more information on this and other events happening at the coffeebar/cafe, call 594-4123.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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