Posts Tagged ‘Jim Boggia’

JASON KARABAN SHiFTS HIS MUSIC INTO HIGH GEAR AND DUSTS THE MEDIOCRITY OF POPULAR MUSIC. HANG ON TIGHT!!

October 5, 2012

Karaban himself admitted during a live show that this cover looks similar to that of someone performing a bodily function. If you have the intelligence to find this page, you can figure out what that bodily function is. Photo courtesy of Ascend Records.

The background behind Jason Karaban coming into my line of vision (or auditory sense) was seeing him and Jim Boggia doing an opening set for Sam Llanas at the Rockwood Music Hall on September 12, 2012.  Usually you see an opening act and think “Oh gawd, how long am I going to have to suffer through this act?”  The truth of the matter was, the evening began with a young lady singing and playing piano with a guitarist accompanying her.  In true opening act fashion, the house was empty near the end of her set, and her mix was faulty, as the guitarist often got lost in the mix.

Once the female-led duo left the stage, we decided to settle into a front row for Mr. Llanas’ set.  Before that, we were treated to the song and comedy of Jason Karaban and Jim Boggia.  Boggia came off like a comedian immediately.  Joking and interacting with the crowd.  Karaban was equally funny but a bit more demure in demeanor.  But the voice coming from Karaban was honest, and very evocative of another artist who does well in scaled-down, intimate settings, Mark Mulcahy.

While some of the material Karaban played that night does come from his album, we are going to focus on the CD, SHiFT.  I may recall the songs that were played live, but that will be the only comparison to the live performance I will try to make with this review.  It’s all about the product…

But I will say it is a bit of a diversion of process as I am usually exposed to the artist via a product (disc) first, then go to see them at a show, sometimes scaled down.  So this is a departure…

Let’s board, shall we?

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SAM LLANAS BRINGS REAL MUSIC BACK TO LIFE AT THE ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL, NYC, 9-12-12

September 17, 2012

Brilliant balladeer Sam Llanas looks deep into the soul of the camera, and sings to the depth of the heart. Photo by Lynn Vala

The Rockwood Music Hall couldn’t possibly be a more intimate venue.  Having arrived early, once the beginning act of the show concludes, we are then entertained by Californian Jason Karaban (the venue was intimate enough that I saw his driver’s license, as well as returned Mr. Karaban’s capo to him after it slipped off the neck of his guitar and out of his hand).

We are also highly chuffed that we will be meeting Mr. Doug Vincent, author of “A Day For Grace” (which will be explored in more detail in a future review, yes, now that we are on our own, no more record store influence, we can review plays, musical instruments, pop culture, the future is wide open, so stay tuned!).  The confusing part for me was, will this be the Sam Llanas solo show, or will it be “A Day For Grace”.  I was confused until I saw the marquee at the Rockwood.  This was Mr. Llanas’ baby.

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