The Drake (44 N Pleasant St, Amherst MA)
7 doors, 8 show
Tony Levin is best known for two prominent gigs, holding the bass chair in Peter Gabriel’s band and in the many iterations of King Crimson and its ProjeKcts. Not to forget the hundreds, if not thousands, of sessions he’s done for artists as varied as Paul Simon, Al DiMeola, John Lennon, Stevie Nicks, Peter Frampton, Buddy Rich, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd – the list goes on and on. Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, the powerhouse bass and drums of the group King Crimson for a few decades, bring that tradition to all their playing. Levin plays the Chapman Stick, from which the band takes its name. Having bass and guitar strings, the Chapman Stick functions at times like two instruments. Markus Reuter plays his self-designed touch style guitar – again covering much more ground than a guitar or a bass. And Mastelotto’s drumming encompasses not just the acoustic kit, but a unique electronic setup too, allowing him to add loops, samples, percussion, and more. A Stick Men show is a mind-blowing experience for fans and anyone who appreciates master musicians at their best.