FIVE FIRSTS: Robert Capowski of Capowski

Robert Capowski (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
Robert Capowski

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

NAME: Robert Capowski

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … the Allman Brothers Band’s Brothers and Sisters. I had a record player with different speeds – 33, 45, 78 RPM and also 16 RPM – so I would play the record at 16 RPM, which would transpose the music down an octave, so I could play in the same key, but it would slow the song down to where I could figure out Dickey Betts’ lead guitar parts on “Jessica” and “Southbound.” The song I loved the best on that record though was “Come and Go Blues” – the way Gregg Allman sang really got to me.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT I EVER SAW WAS … Don McLean at Beacon High School. I loved his songs, and I really liked that he could just get up there with his acoustic guitar, no backing band, and just sing and play and really entertain everyone. I remember Pete Seeger came up onstage toward the end of the concert and sang “God Bless the Grass.” It was a great night.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a guitar made by my first guitar teacher, Mr. LaDato, a retired conductor who used to live near us. I had come home from school one day – I was in fourth grade – and told my Mom I wanted to play a musical instrument, and she suggested I take up the guitar. Thanks, Mom!!

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “The Last Days of May,” a Blue Oyster Cult song, at the Dutchess County Fair talent show. I had a band then, and we decided that louder was better, and as we tore into the song I could see the judges in the front row all holding their ears. I could tell we probably weren’t going to win, and I wasn’t wrong.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … called Crystal Clear. We played high school keg parties and prom parties and played stuff like Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, T. Rex and Blue Oyster Cult.

Robert Caposwki leads his band – cleverly named Capowski – into Pauly’s Hotel in Albany at 9pm on Saturday (May 30) to celebrate the release of his new CD, “Wild Animals.” Joining him in the band will be bassist Jeff Sohn and drummer Jamie Hurst, as well as special guest guitarist Jimmy Eppard. Admission is $5.

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