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Posted: April 22, 2011 01:40 am (-05:00)
James Dalton
Last Night's Gig At The Algonquin Seaport Theater

So, I have been trying to focus more on being a musician lately and less on working behind the scenes. Yes, I enjoy both, but being a musician or a performer is the first and foremost, it has to be.

Last night, at the Algonquin Seaport Theater
( at the South Street Seaport, I played a gig that turned out to be pretty special. The room is unique in that it is attached to what basically is a shopping mall, but it is enough out of the way and also has unrivaled views, as far as city venues go, that include the Brooklyn Bridge, the East River and Brooklyn Heights and, at night, the lights are magnificent.

It wasn't my first performance there, but I really feel like I hit a stride last night, like it was one of my first shows, and not there, but the first of a new way of doing and seeing. It was an intimate crowd of mostly friends/fans, which helps, and people, new older songs and even some new ones, but what really made the difference was that, believe it or not, there are a few songs in my "catalogue" that exist on disc or online, but I have never actually performed them live. Seriously, one of them recorded at least 8 years ago and the other was released 4 years ago. Yikes. For some reason, I either never learned them, or was nervous about them... who knows? The good news is, for those of you that have been really annoyed at any of my shows because I don't play "Girl Of My Regret," or even the newer "Wednesday Night Mass" (both having been requested numerous times, mind you), I now apologize and promise to do it for any of you in the future. Also, I debuted the most recent version of the song "Silent Station," which went over well and, with any luck, it will get recorded in the coming months along with a handful of other folk-inspired tunes like the revamped version of "The Dancer," etc.

Between three songs never before played, and all the interesting old-school requests the audience pulled out of me, I reiterate the fact that I am feeling a whole new wave in my performances coming on, and I really hope you can join me at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank, NJ next Wednesday, April 27th, because I am going to give everything I've got.

For now, it's back into the subway at West 4th Street to hustle up a little daily bread.

In the coming weeks, I am hoping to snatch up a few interviews with some great people like Jeremy Korpas of Big Light and Nicholas Ciavatta who not only does some of the booking at the Algonquin, but also runs, so stay tuned!

Questions? Comments? Etc?

James Dalton
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