John Platt’s On Your Radar, Feb. 11, 2014

IMG_2079John Platt hosted another stellar lineup consisting of Wool&Grant, Darlingside and Meg Hutchinson tonight at 7pm at Rockwood Music Hall, on Allen Street (just below Houston Street), New York City. Viki and I started the evening with a stop for dinner at the Meatball Shop around the corner on Stanton Street. Our favorite is the chicken meatball smash with pesto and provolone and a side salad of arugula with apple slices. “Two of those, please!”

We headed over to Rockwood right after and got a front center table. The first performer IMG_2048was Meg Hutchinson. Meg was our cover feature in June 2012. She sang in her distinctive velvety tone and it was a marvelous treat. We particularly enjoyed her song “Gatekeeper” about a patrolman who has talked hundreds of would-be suicides out of jumping off San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Meg also took a turn at the piano for a couple of numbers.

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The second of this month’s three acts was Wool&Grant, our favorite cheeky act We featured Ina May Wool and Bev GrantIMG_2152 on the cover of our July 2013 issue. We use the term “cheeky” mainly in regard to their song, “Get the Frack Outta Here.” We were gratifed to hear them perform it tonight: “Natural gas, you can kiss my natural ass…” Couldn’t have said it any better myself. Ina May’s husband, IMG_2137accomplished musician/composer, Daniel A. Weiss, provided backup on piano and guitar.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2183Darlingside finished the night with an inspiring set. They scored a trifecta, with a command of singing, songwriting and instrumental virtuosity. We especially liked “My Love” and “Open Door.” After the show I approached band member Auyon Mukharji to suggest a July cover feature. He was very receptive. Stay tuned.