We had the great fortune to see Aztec 2-Step (Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman) at the exquisite venue, SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs, NYC), on Saturday, June 14th. This still-rockin’ duo (here, as a trio with their bassist, Fred Holman) was a fixture in the ’70s, when I got my dose of counterculture from WPKN, the radio station of the University of Bridgeport (Conn.), from which I got my degree in art. It was a thrill to meet Rex, when he popped in at The Fast Folk Cafe (which I volunteer-managed in the mid-90s) and volunteered to put stamps on mailouts of our performance calendars. Rex and Neal have always been affable, approachable and witty, the nicest “icons” of folk/rock on the planet. We love these guys and will see them any chance we get. They killed it at Subculture and at a previous gig this spring for First Acoustics Coffeehouse. For those who haven’t seen them lately, go to their website and check their tour schedule, and look for them at City Winery this fall – date to be announced.
Our Acoustic Live article about them can be found at: http://www.acousticlive.com/January_2005.html
Photos from their Subculture performance can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/51164182@N04/sets/72157645153734696/
What a great pleasure it was to take pictures at a venue not entirely besotted with dim lighting and overpowering red gel (are you listening, Rockwood, Stage 3?). We got one decent video out of the gig, and it’s here: http://youtu.be/WqjY3FGIBTY
While I’m eager to share that video of their performance of their classic, “Dance,” an even better, professionally-made video of that song (and others) can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwFNCXKHsdw