If there ever was any doubt about hard rock songstress Patti Smith being able to carry the mantle that she once held as rock n’ roll trailblazer it was erased tonight at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Smith teased her adoring audience with tales of revelry and riot, and what was she doing wearing that jayhawk pen from Hunger Games?
Gotta hand it to Smith, she still rocks hard and is still the master craftswoman when it comes to spinning a tale. In a song from “Easter” she does a Babelogue and in the rant she proclaims that she is a Comanche which explains NFTF’s Music Maven wanting to throw down right then and there and proclaim her as Shaman of Rock. Thank you Amoeba for bring bringing this master song crafter to Hollywood.
During the tuning rehearsal her band played a tasty tidbit called “Ghost Dance” from her breakthrough LP “Easter” from 1988 which sparked all of those Shaman of rock sensations coursing through NFTF’s ever willing rockin’ heart. For those that do not understand Native American lore, there was a Ghost Dance movement in the 1800’s which was driven by a Native American tribesman called Wovaca. This movement spread throughout the Native American population and fueled a movement of rebirth hence the theme “we shall live again. The Ghost Dance movement went from a Miwok tribe in Yosemite, CA to the Plains of the Dakotas.
Smith has not lost her touch and flair for storytelling and the crowd will surely testify to her ability to reach out to the older fans as well as new ones that came with parents and significant others, Smith has managed to transcend any generation gap. Smith’s new work is titled “Ganga” and rather then give a blow by blow account of her abilities as a song crafter, go to iTunes or Amoeba Records and purchase her latest offering as you will be glad you did.
After the show at Amoeba Records NFTF walked up to Cat N’ Fiddle to meet with new friend Nataraj Tribino. NFTF met Tribino at a recent NARIP mixer at Skinny’s Lounge in NoHo. Tribino is a very well known record producer and also a musical talent in his own right. Turns out that he has worked with Smith in the 90’s. Tribino has also worked with Maroon 5. Too much to process in one heck of a night. Safe to say that Tribino will be making a splash of his own pretty soon as he strives to expand his musical horizons. Sorry about the photos as Smith didn’t want us to use flash, hopefully a young fan that was there will send us better photos.