2011-10-07 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Jefferson Starship At Westbury October 14


The Original Jefferson Starship The Original Jefferson Starship Jefferson Starship, featuring Paul Kantner, David Freiberg and Pete Seers, with special guests Hot Buttered Rum, Moon Alice and Nona Hendryx continue the celebration of Paul Kantner’s recent 70th birthday with a performance at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Friday, October 14 at 8 p.m. In 1965, Marty Balin approached Paul Kantner to join the original Jefferson Airplane and eventually Kantner became the driving force of the band through it’s many incarnations.

During the Airplane years, the band enjoyed enormous commercial success with the hits “Somebody to Love,” “White Rabbit,” and “Volunteers.” In 1970, the band transitioned into Jefferson Starship, having hits with such songs as “Miracles,” “We Built This City,” “Sara,” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.” Today, the band features Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Slick Aguilar, Prairie Prince, Donny Baldwin, Chris Smtih, and Cathy Richardson. The Birthday Gala Tour performance will also feature performances by Hot Buttered Rum, Moonalice, Nona Hendryx and will feature a tribute to Papa John Creach.

Hot Buttered Rum was initially formed as an acoustic string band. Seven years of constant touring has transformed Hot Buttered Rum into a plugged-in, percussive powerhouse that wows critics and fans alike. Their leftcoast rock reveals an access to jazz, country, and world music that few groups can match. While the band’s music belies simple categorization, its songwriting and stage chemistry delights listeners at every turn.

Moonalice is a band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Their songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration.

Nona Hendryx is best known as one third of Labelle who had a hit with “Lady Marmalade.” Her solo music has ranged from soul, funk, and dance to hard rock, art rock and world music.

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