A Blues Project Reunion?
Well, no, not exactly.
But it’s got to be more than simply a mere coincidence that two of the key members of the pivotal mid-’60s band, the Blues Project, are both headed into Nippertown this weekend.
Unfortunately, both shows are on the same night…
Keyboardist-vocalist Al Kooper returns to The Egg in Albany at 8pm Saturday on a double-bill with David Bromberg, while guitarist-vocalist Danny Kalb and his trio make another tour stop at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday.
Kooper and Kalb were the leaders of the Blues Project, a pioneering NYC band that forged a heady, very influential fusion of blues, rock and psychedelia during their short life-span from 1965-’67. Other members of the band included guitarist Steve Katz (who got his show biz start in Schenectady of the “Teenage Barn” TV show), bassist-flutist Andy Kulberg, drummer Roy Blumenfeld and briefly vocalist Tommy Flanders.
Given their performing schedules, it’s unlikely that Kooper and Kalb will be getting together onstage anywhere in the Capital Region this weekend. But keep your ears open – Kalb is currently putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album on Sojourn Records, slated for release early this summer. An eclectic mix of blues, folk and jazz, the album will feature a reunion of Kalb, Kooper and Blumenfeld.