|11:40 pm - You gotta have friends to celebrate a birthday|
Went to Moogy's birthday party gig tonight on the Upper West Side. The house was packed, as is the norm for his gigs, and he and his band, The Moogy Klingman Band, really got the crowd going with favorites like "Undercover Man", "Coney Island" and "People of the World Against War". There were a few quieter numbers as well -- "Millionaires and Billionaires" and "Village Voices" were solo piano.
My favorite of his songs, though, is the 9/11 one -- "Have You Seen My Brother?" It's a really great song that manages to tug at your heart without being maudlin, yet also expresses beautifully what it was like to be a New Yorker right after the Twin Towers went down and so many people were unaccounted for. (One of my own friends was missing for a while but had luckily been evacuated to New Jersey from Battery Park after she escaped the Towers' fall.)
Ian Lloyd of the band Stories joined Moogy at the piano during the first set for a duet version of "Only the Outlaws are Free" -- one of several Moogy classics with a political tone, like "Undercover Man" and "People of the World Against War".
The first set was finished off with the ever-popular "Utopia Theme", a nod to Moogy's being one of the founding members of Todd Rundgren's "Utopia".
And then there was cake. :)
Moogy's wife Dorit is a fabulous baker and brought along several scrumptious cakes to share with the audience during the break between sets. All the homemade cake vanished almost immediately as the crowd descended upon her and her able assistants, including son Georgie -- there wasn't even a crumb left by the end of the evening.
Ian Lloyd and his band Stories took the stage after the break, accompanied by son David. He gave a great performance, belting out his famous hits like "Brother Louie" and "Mami Blue", which is a huge hit in Germany and which Dorit in particular loves. He was a very dynamic performer, particularly when he was joined on stage by The Moogy Klingman Band harmony singer Aisha Hinton.
One of the highlights of the evening though was when Moogy's son Georgie joined his papa on stage with the band and other singers to sing one of Moogy's biggest hits, "You Gotta Have Friends". He looked absolutely adorable as he sang and danced for the crowd, who all joined in on the song.
And me? I was busy most of the evening taking pictures of it all as I bopped along to the music. I expect those photos will be showing up fairly soon on Moogy's website -- I've done photos for quite a few of Moogy's gigs in the past, as you can see if you poke around the site's archive of past gigs.
Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: "You Gotta Have Friends" by Moogy Klingman