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MARK EITZEL / JEFF FARINA

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I'm not the biggest Karate fan. Okay, I really don't like them at all, but Jeff Farina's solo work was toned down, quiet, unobtrusive, subtle, direct and honest. I'm not the biggest Karate fan. Okay, I really don't like them at all, but Jeff Farina's solo work was toned down, quiet, unobtrusive, subtle, direct and honest. Here's another member of the growing club of young Boston musicians breathing hope into the city. He was joined on stage with another guitarist, I'm not sure if he was from Karate or not, but there were no obnoxious guitar solos or wanking going on stage which I've seen in the past from a Karate performance. Mark Eitzel headlined the show, solo on stage with an acoustic guitar alone, the first time I've seen him peform in years. While his solo music and work with American Music Club can tend to be a little on the heavy and introspective side, he's possibly one of the most light, enjoyable, humorous and uplifting performers out there. His rapport with the audience was excellent despite him playing almost entirely new material (something that the hardcore fans will usually disapprove of). Through the set everybody remained attentive and between songs, the stories would banter back and forth between Mark and the crowd. There was a time back in the early 90s when I would listen to not much more than American Music Club, and from seeing them perform numerous times back then and Mark perform now, he is most definitely a man of a million stories. My favorite story tonight was his recounts of playing the last album to his friend, actress Grace Zabriske, a woman who he described with many power tools in her basement, and his impersonation of her reactions to it. "I have problems with a couple of your songs..." Oh well, guess you had to be there.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2005 14:52  


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