Where do I start to tell the story of Lead Belly Fest, an amazing tribute to Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter held at Carnegie Hall, first staged at Royal Albert Hall in London last year? Carnegie Hall was the site of Lead Belly’s last performance in 1949, so it was appropriate that the second staging of Lead Belly Fest occurred on the same stage.
Organized by Paul Puccioni to pay homage to the person about whom George Harrison said, “No Lead Belly, no Beatles”, this show honored the memory of one of the biggest, if not the biggest, influences on music in the 20th century.
This is an event worth traveling to New York City to see – a tribute to Lead Belly at Carnegie Hall! Of course any event at that revered venue is worth seeing, but I think this one is going to be spectacular!
Tickets are still available through Carnegie Hall. Concert proceeds go to non-profit organizations The Association to Benefit Children and Project ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). You can go hear amazing music and help some great causes.
Every once in a while I see a show that truly takes away my breath, be it by the power of the music, the lyrics, or both, or by the passionate intensity of the musicians. Guy Davis who performed at The Extended Play Sessions recently delivered one of those shows in all those respects.
I arrived early and was treated to part of the sound check/rehearsal, which lasted until doors opened. After the first few notes, I was hooked (lucky me, I was able to hear even more of his fabulous music).