LIVE: Beat Fest @ River Street Beat Shop, 7/7/12

Review and video by Joel Patterson
Photographs by Al Goldberg and Timothy Reidy

Okay, so you’re determined to write an algorithm that will capture the magic that is the Chandler Travis Philharmonic. The pj’s and bathrobes, that’s easy to program, and the goofy hats. Every one a charming misfit – but devastatingly fluid on their chosen instrument. So far this is little more than online gaming – witty characters doing a splashy, pseudo-campy routine. A Motown/Dixieland/salsa/Mersey beat/big band octet, or a nonagon.

What you’ll have to do is something that algorithms rarely do – include your audience as part of the show. Make every song a vital puzzle piece that helps the world make sense. Carry your listeners along like you’re leading a caravan into a land of hopes and dreams and half-submerged memories and delirious, delightful wonders. You’d better get coding!

Off The Record (photo by Al Goldberg)
Off The Record (photo by Al Goldberg)
Big Creek (photo by Timothy Reidy)
Big Creek (photo by Timothy Reidy)
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic (photo by Al Goldberg)
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic (photo by Al Goldberg)
  1. Denise Borden says

    Thank You “Chandler Travis Philharmonic ” “Off the Record” and ” Big Creek” for an exceptionally wonderful Saturday afternoon of music in downtown Troy NY..Thanks to Jimmy Barrett of The Beat Shop for making this BeatFest show a possibility and reality and for being the “heart beat” of the Troy music scene ….thanks to Joel Patterson of Mountaintop Studios for filming & recording this event and to the great folks behind the cameras Joseph Deuel, Timothy Reidy, and Al Goldberg who have shared so many great pictures from that memorable Saturday afternoon July 7th….Thanks CTP for spreading the “JOY” whenever you blow through town…next scheduled stop in the area for CTP will be at Valentine’s (upstairs) Saturday Nov.3rd….hope to see you there…

  2. Denise Borden says

    and how can I forget to say “Thank You” to Matt Mac Haffie who did such a fabulous job as sound person for this BeatFest event ..thanks again Matt it was a pleasure working with you ! ” Nippertown ” Thank You for the preview of Beat Fest and for this, the review , the video and photos and for being the ” go to team” for everything art & music related here in Nippertown…Thank You !

  3. Scott C. says

    I requested a song prior to the show by way of Chandler’s singing valet Fred, the hit single “Chandler Travis, King Of The World”. The request was honored and the song was played (at about 18:00 on the video). People really win at a Chandler Travis show!

  4. Matt Mac Haffie says

    Thank you DB! A great day on the streets of Troy.

  5. Fred says

    One of the best shows I’ve seen this year. I suggest everybody who goes to the next Chandler Travis show bring along three friends–newbies become instant fans for life.

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