Marina and Friends Concert Review
by: Alan Roos
After Tuesday night
one thing is for sure, it is worth driving almost 500 miles roundtrip to see these wonderful
musicians!! The trip down took about 4 1/2 hours, and I
was lucky enough to get a
parking space right around the corner from the club.
CB 313 Gallery is a
satellite club of the well known CBGB'S
I had a couple of hours to kill so after a
15 minute walk into Little Italy I had a great dinner al fresco right on
Mulberry Street. Afterwards I returned to the club which had just
opened it's doors for the night.
Within a few minutes Marina, Julie, Emil, and Sylvia
(more on her in minute)
arrived. I also met the drummer for the new group Doug Yowell. I
must say I
almost didn't recognize Julie...her hair is much darker than
during the OP
era, and she is thinner than the pictures/video I have seen of
with them all
for a bit they all climbed onstage for a quick sound check. With
only about 10
people in the place they belted out RETURN TO ME & ALWAYS
with Marina on lead
vocals ! :-)
The opening act, which Marina had booked, went on first.
They were called The Two Siberians, and were literally just off the plane from Russia.
One fellow played the guitar, and the other the electric violin. If you
were/are a fan of Jean-Luc Ponty you would have loved these guys. I know I enjoyed
them a lot.
By now the club had filled up, and there had to be a
crowd numbering in the
hundreds. They were all there to see Marina and October
Project. After the set ended the
place emptied out.
Marina came out to much applause. She
sounded WONDERFUL!! I always knew she
had a beautiful voice, but I really had no idea it was that good.
certainly capable of fronting a band of her own. The news now is
that she will
continue writing her own material, and hopefully get a CD
together in the next 6 months or so. Emil is serving as her musical director, and they
the same manager. Marina will not at this point be a part of the new band that Emil
The audience received her set warmly...there were
tons of her
family, and also we October Project fans present in large
numbers. Below is
her set list, as best I could reassemble it:
|1) Sorry I Am
|2) Cactus Tree
|3)Have A Little Faith In Me
5)Return To Me
|6)Take Me As I Am
7)Take All The Pain???
|9) And So It Goes
During Return To Me, Marina brought onstage David Sabatino and Urbano Sanchez.
They remained on stage for the rest of
the set. Urbano played talking drum adding a unique sound and Dave played
Take Me As I Am by saying this song
a solo, not the duet that Mary and herself performed. Marina
sang both lead parts, backed VERY ably by Sylvia Toessens who sang backing vocals
throughout the entire set.
Take All The Pain...or perhaps What Do I Have To Hold Onto
was the one song I do know was written by Marina...but she
did not give the title of it,so these are guesses. The song was outstanding, and
makes me look forward to hearing more of her songwriting efforts down the
Julie Flanders came onstage to make her vocal debut during Always Always is one of my favorite OP tunes, and
they pulled the difficult vocals off quite well.) This was
Marina's closing number, but after a well deserved standing ovation she returned for one
with just Emil and their lead guitar player Gerry Leonard.
Socolow was on bass guitar the whole show.)
As an encore, the band
played And So It Goes
by BILLY JOEL Marina's version was very heartfelt