ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Just like it wouldn’t be the 4th of July without fireworks, it wouldn’t be a tribute to Ithaca music without Johnny Dowd! Teaming up with family members and bandmates from Neon Baptist to the present including Michael Edmondson, Jennifer Edmondson, and Ben Vanderberg to bring us songs by Bobby Comstock and the Counts, The Trailer Parks, King Harvest, and a couple of surprises.
Mike shares, “We’ve chosen a pretty mixed bag even going back to the Ithaca of the 1950s. A lot of local folks may not know about Ithaca’s own Bobby Comstock and The Counts. They were trailblazers and super hip in the early Rock and Roll days.”
Something old, something new, in Downtown Ithaca concert series
July 4, 2017 by Rachel Cera in 14850 Magazine
Something new this week for the CFCU Summer Concert Series in Downtown Ithaca. This Thursday features local musicians covering the classic music of local musicians! The “We’ve Got You Covered” show is hosted by the Cosmic Joke Collective.
CJC organizer Mickie Quinn says the collaborative live performance series, with monthly events upstairs at Lot 10, is an Ithaca outcropping of a monthly artists’ salon formed in New York City in 1999. It’s been running at the downtown bar for nearly three years. Last month, a series of Cosmic Joke Collective performers covered the entire “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”to mark the album’s 50th anniversary.
A concert at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Downtown Ithaca Commons. 14850 file photo.
This time around, CJC performers like Johnny Dowd, Jennifer Edmonson, Jennie Lowe, Vee Da Bee, Chris Bedell, Jen Cork, McKenzie Jones, Mandy Goldman, Samuel B. Lupowitz, and Dan Collins will be playing a musical tribute to other local musicians!
The free show is Thursday, July 6 at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons from 6-8pm as part of the CFCU-sponsored concert series organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. As always, beer and wine will be available for sale with ID, and if you buy a reusable cup for a buck, or buy a refill in your reusable cup, you’ll get a ticket in a drawing for a CFCU gift card at the end of the summer.
Which classic tunes from local musicians will be featured in the “We’ve Got You Covered” show? No one’s saying! Better come check it out.
123 Pleasant Street Morgantown WV
Johnny Dowd & Mike Edmondson
Return of Cosmic Fuzz Punks:
Cryptobilly Alien Hunter:
On March 21, 2002, Johnny Dowd hit the stage at 123 Pleasant Street, in Morgantown, West Virginia. The ink for the lyrics of his new album The Pawnbroker’s Wife was still wet and the set featured five tracks from that record.
Aided by Justin Asher on guitar and longtime collaborator Willie B on percussion Dowd poured his heart out and thanks to release of Live in Morgantown you get a front row seat. His wavering voice will freak out vocal coaches, but you will have a hard time finding another singer who sounds as honest as he does. Leave it to him to turn a song entitled I Love You into a Fifties doo-wop ditty from Hell.
Got uptight family members overstaying their welcome at dinner? Put on Jingle Bells and they will be off in a hurry, covering their ears. Fans of warts-and-all garage rock Americana about rocky relationships, war, getting even and murder will love it.
Johnny Dowd: guitar, vocals
Justin Asher: guitar, melodica, vocals
Willie B: drums, drum computer, bass pedals
Live in Morgantown is released on Mother Jinx Records. Buy it from his website.
“Imagine if Hank Williams had mutated into Captain Beefheart, acquiring a bunch of primitive electronic equipment along the way, and you’ll get some idea of where Johnny Dowd is at on Execute American Folklore. . . . Gloriously deviant.“
— Andy Gill, The Independent (London)
– HCTF reviews Execute American Folklore
Johnny Dowd (born March 29, 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American alternative country musician. Typical of his style are experimental, noisy breaks in his songs and strong gothic (in the sense of dark and gloomy) elements in the lyrics as well as in the music. There is also a strong undercurrent of black humor and the absurd in his work.
He currently resides in Ithaca, NY.
Although his early albums were most celebrated in the alternative country community, he has never quite fit into any particular genre.
Just got back from a super fun tour of Europe. The crowds were great. They really opened their hearts (and wallets) to me and the Sex Robots.
I want to thank Mike Edmondson and Anna Coogan. They rocked it every night and did all the hard work behind the scenes (driving, merch sales, getting me out of bed). Also want to thank Mark Lotterman and Park Doing. They did the support on the tour and lit a fire under me every night (and also helped with the practical stuff).
Thanks to Sedate Bookings for a great job booking the tour, to Artist on the Road for supplying the van and equipment, and to Del Day of Ark PR for promo. It’s a pleasure doing business with you guys. And last, but not least, thanks to Kat Dalton, my wife and manager. Without her hard work, there would be no tour or indeed no Johnny Dowd music career.
Below are some of my photos from my instant camera which Kat got for me for the tour.
— Johnny courtesy of his website
We weren’t there (tragedy!), so all photos courtesy of Mike,Anna,Park and various Facebook Friends. Kinda in order, maybe not, but you get the picture…
First and often, the band steals it’s own soul,selfie-style:
And always, you gotta get from here to there:
Then Johnny Dowd and the Sex Robots Rock the House:
For down time, we have:
And lots and lots of sitting around:
Eventually, though, Real Life intrudes, flying everybody home:
We have previously only seen Johnny Dowd at the Fingerlakes Grassroots Music Festival in New York, & we are looking forward to welcoming him to The Bunker for what will be a rare and exciting opportunity to see this audacious, rockabilly-punk, poet-songster in an intimate house concert format. He will be accompanied by his former Neon Baptist bandmate, Mike Edmondson, on keyboards.
“Sometimes music shouldn’t be easy, and instead should be mysterious, idiosyncratic and the work of a true maverick. So we should welcome the arrival of a new Johnny Dowd album. . . . Never a man to run from the truth, if there was any justice, this guy would be a legend.“ — Acoustic Magazine (UK)
“Gonzo hell-bound music from a true original.” —Andy Fyfe, Q Magazine
Details: 848 Walnut Drive., Ellwood City, PA
Doors open at 6:30 for a pot luck dinner (food contributions are welcome but not mandatory) followed by music at 8 pm
*Please help to spread the word about this event by inviting your music-loving friends!!
Hope to see you on March 11!
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