LIVE: The Chandler Travis Philharmonic @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 11/3/12


Review and video by Joel Patterson

When I say “there’s something like ecstasy at every Chandler Travis concert,” I’m not talking about the drug – I mean the real thing. This guy is a sorcerer – something happens that goes way beyond the bounds of everyday life, you kind of start to leak into a different dimension– or maybe you’re just so overtaken by the joyful spirit of the music, you see the world in a different way? As you can tell, I’m quite confused by it and my testimony could be suspect… but I do know I find myself singing along with every song, energized, and I wonder if I might burst into babbling tongues, like at a tent revival meeting, slobbering and rolling on the ground and the whole bit.

Naturally thinking I might just be insane, I sought out Fred Rudofsky’s counsel, because I found him sitting at a table with wondering and almost glazed eyes. “They are open to everything they’ve ever heard,” he explained to me. “All those influences come through and they’re blending together, and you end up with something completely original.” That’s why this music touches all your nerves and tingles to your bones. It’s the DNA of every popular music form, recombined and newly reborn, but I still say there’s something mystical there, something inexpressible and divine and celestial.

  1. Scott C. says

    Another super review and a terrific video by Joel of the utterly unclassifiable Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the band that brings the Mardi Gras with them wherever they go. Chandler’s smaller, more acoustic Chandler Travis Three-O are opening for their spiritual brethren NRBQ this Sunday Nov. 25 at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ at 8:30 pm. Don’t try to explain it, just go there and give thanks that you made it through another holiday weekend and (hopefully) avoided the Black Friday madness.

  2. Denise says

    Thank You Joel Patterson for this Great video and review of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic Show Nov 3 at Valentine’s …Thank You Nippertown for sharing this review and video and for all of your support of the great performances that take place throughout the year here in the Nippertown area where we All have so much to be Thankful for ! Thanks also to all the Great people who come out to catch the live shows by Chandler Travis
    Philharmonic..Chandler Travis Three-O and the Catbirds …it’s so special to share the beautiful Joyful Spirit of this music with an extended family of music lovers !!
    Come out to see Chandler Travis Three-O who will be in the area next on March 15th at Caffe’ Lena -Saratoga Springs NY

  3. Mike La Duke says

    I now feel compelled to say ………. purely fantastic. Music heals.

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