Garland Jeffreys turns 70 on the day of this show and is performing as if he’s half his age. Well, maybe 37…
This birthday show promises to be an unforgettable celebration with fans, friends, and special guest artists Garland has worked with over the years.
A few things you might not know about him:
He was born in Brooklyn and went to Abraham Lincoln High School, following in the footsteps of the two Neils: Diamond and Sedaka.
He wrote “Fairweather Friend” for John Cale’s “Vintage Violence” and sings on the album as well.
In 1977 he was voted Best New Artist in Rolling Stone.
For a short while he and Bette Midler were a couple and while she was playing at The Continental Baths, he was honing his performance chops at the legendary Reno Sweeney in Greenwich Village.
The video for his 1983 cover of Junior Walker’s “What Does It Take” features Harvey Keitel and Syracuse classmate Lou Reed
He did Skip James’ “Washington DC Hospital Blues” in “The Soul of a Man” directed by Wim Wenders.
His seminal “Wild in the Streets” has been covered countless times, and the version by The Circle Jerks has become an unofficial anthem for the skateboard community.
Garland Jeffreys has been making music for fifty years.
After a long hiatus, his 2011 “The King of In Between,” was featured on numerous year-end best of lists, including Rolling Stone, MSN, and NPR. With its rootsy co-production by Larry Campbell (two-time Grammy winner with Levon Helm) and guest spots by Steve Jordan, Junior Marvin of the Wailers, Duncan Sheik and Lou Reed on background vocals, it’s been recognized as “a late career masterpiece” (Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune) and “as good a classic roots rock record as you're going to hear from anybody this year” (Ann Powers, NPR).
In addition to the new tunes, Garland and the band have been performing a number of songs from Jeffreys’ deep catalogue—"Escape Artist" with its hard charging, reggae tinged rock and fan favorites “Mystery Kids,” “Christine” and the rollicking garage band classic “96 Tears”—and “Ghost Writer” with the lyrical “New York Skyline” and the epic “Spanish Town.