Memories of The Village and enduring Band
TO THE EDITORS:
Interesting article on the celebs and various bands that have visited The Village in its 60-year run (April 17), but one significant omission needs to be filled in: the performance of what was left of The Band in, when, 1997?
I actually forget the year, and that's embarrassing, because an acoustic ensemble I performed with, Lingering Doubts (or was it Rough Cut Ruby at that time?), opened for Garth Hudson, Levon Helm and Rick Danko and the others who then made up that seminal American band.
It was pouring rain almost the whole day of the show (I believe it was a Tuesday night) and pouring even harder that night, as we waited and waited for The Band's roadies to set up their gear, so we could then set up ours.
With what little room was left, we played for a packed house and were honored to do so. I remember our quartet playing one of our finest sets that particular evening and I remember Danko standing stage left and giving me a thumbs up about halfway through our 30- to 40-minute slot.
A moment like that you never forget. And, with he and Helm now gone, the memory of that wonderfully musical night just festers in the mind like the great songs they played for all of us after our set was through. Would that everyone with a musical bent could experience one night like that.
And thanks to Bob Lemin for setting it all up. I needed to mention all this because, long after the music, enjoyable as it may be, played by many of the bands who've graced the stage of this venerable nightspot has faded into gray, the music of The Band will endure and charm future generations as it has those who've already made it a part of their lives.