Last night my husband and I went to a fabulous double bill at SOPAC (South Orange Performing Arts Center) in South Orange, New Jersey. We had eight row center for Shipley & Brewer and Richie Furay.
Prior to last night, all I knew of Shipley & Brewer was their hit “One Toke Over the Line” on an AM Gold 1970s compilation. But, boy was I blown away. Almost two hours of melodic acoustic tunes and story telling from the American folk rock duo.
Check out more awesome tunes by Brewer and Shipley on their website: http://brewerandshipley.com/
Next up was The Richie Furay Band. Richie Furay is an American songwriter and a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco; and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. His band had me hooked from the get go with high energy, catchy tunes and a few love songs Furay told the audience he wrote for his wife Nancy that he was with over 40 years. At 71 Richie Furay rocked the house with one standing ovation after another.
My favorite song of the set was “A Good Feeling to Know,” originally recorded by Poco. And of course, the famous “For What It’s Worth,” originally recorded by Buffalo Springfield.
Richie Furay’s website: http://richiefuray.com/
After the show my husband and I took pictures with both acts. I was an honor to meet these legendary artists. As usual everyone was so nice. Musicians are truly THE BEST!
And a little shout out to our friends, musicians Gerard and Diane Barros, who we happened to run into. Check out their website, as they are great talents too: http://www.barrosmusic.com/