Fat City Rockers at the Downtown Peekskill Music Series

Every Saturday evening during Summer the town of Peekskill, NY closes a section of North Division Street and presents a band of some kind. This part of Division Street has a number of restaurants, which put tables and chairs outside so that you can eat while listening to the music. The whole thing has a very European feel to it.

On this particular evening (June 15, 2019) the featured band was “Fat City Rockers:

… a Band performing Rock (50’s-60’s), Instrumental, and Swing/Jump, Big Band music. We are a high energy three-piece group called “The Fat City Rockers” from Northern Westchester County, NY. We are rocking and swinging from Philly to Boston!!! Everything from pubs, restaurants, car shows, breweries, radio stations, county fairs, public and private events.

We are different!!! Performing: The Stray Cats, Dion, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, The Ventures, The Shadows, Danny Gatton, Eddie Cochrane, Dick Dale, Robert Gordon, Bill Halley, Tom Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis and much, much, more.

We appeal to a wide age groups & have a solid following. We try to play material that the older generations have not heard in years, as well and super important, turning on younger age groups. The feedback has been nothing less than amazing!!! (Hudson Valley Music).

I must admit that they were pretty good.

As I recall we ate at “The Quiet Man“, an Irish Pub.


Very animated guitarist.


Drummer.


Guitarist and lead singer looking very cool in his sunglasses.


Spectators.


This little guy was dancing up a storm.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Birthday Celebration at “The Falcon”

A while back our friend Joan invited us to a celebration in honor of her birthday. It was to take place at ‘The Falcon‘ a live music venue on Route 9w in Marlboro, NY. From the road the falcon doesn’t look like much, but it’s actually rather interesting. It’s built on multiple, terraced levels, with a waterfall running by.

The music was OK, the food was fairly typical pub fare but the overall experience was great.


Joan, the birthday girl.


Professor Louie and the Crowmatix performing.


One of the terraces as seen from a higher terrace.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Peekskill Summer Sounds

We were hungry so we went for a meal first – outside at 12 Peekskill Lounge on Division Street, which was closed for the event. We were just around the corner from where the music was so we could hear, but not see the bands.

After we’d finished our meal we went around the corner and took a seat with the assembled multitudes (see below) to listen to the headline act: a Billy Joel Tribute Band called “River of Dreams”.

There’s a very nice bookstore (Bruised Apple Books, the last store on the left in the second picture) in the same location. These pictures were taken around 9:30pm so I didn’t expect it to be open, but to my surprise it was. I took a look around and came out with “Die Schöpfung” (The Creation) by Ernst Haas in the original German (which luckily I can still just about read).


Broader view of the people watching “River of Dreams”

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Military Re-Enactment Day at Boscobel – The Assembled Multitudes

I don’t know what I was expecting when I went to the re-enactment – possibly something like the large US Civil War re-enactments I had seen pictures of and read about. These seem to be serious affairs with hundreds, even thousands of participants.

This was nothing like that. The above picture shows ALL of the uniformed re-enactors. If you add in the female re-enactors it was probably less that 40 in all. They seemed to be enjoying themselves though.

For a sense of how seriously some people take these re-enactments take a look at Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz.

Taken with a Sony A77II and Tamron A18 AF 18-250mm f3.5-6.3.