On Saturday night in New York City, Irving Plaza played host to the final performance for Sasha Brown, the guitarist for Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Having announced his leaving the band a few weeks ago, the house was packed as fans wanted to catch his final performance before moving on to new musical projects, with fans coming from as far away as Scotland. Excitement was in the air before the show even started. The beautiful not too chilly weather in New York City made for a perfect evening to chat about the upcoming show while standing in line before doors opened. Supporting band Kolars opened up for Sister Sparrow. This incredible duo blew the doors off. Their rockabilly vibe consists of Rob Kolar on guitar and Lauren Brown on drums and taps. If you’ve never seen these guys, you’re in for a real treat. Sasha joined in for one song early on in the set, as Jackson Kincheloe joined in later on with harmonica and really helped to bring the house down. The audience was ready to go full steam ahead. Their set had everyone charged up in anticipation of what was yet to come. Be on the lookout for more from Kolars. This band has the right stuff!Sister Sparrow came out with a bang. During “Don’t Be Jealous,” Brown let it all hang out as he threw down a mic stand and busted into a steamy jam. The crowd was certainly in for a hell of a show. Jackson Kincheloe took over during “Catch Me If You Can,” as he lead with his railroad track of a jam on the harmonica. They kept the vibes on high alert as they rolled tight into “Frankie” before spreading their wings and taking “We Need A Love” on a crazy ride full of heavy horns by trumpet player, Phil Rodriguez and Brian Graham on tenor sax, while Brown threw out crunching guitar notes. He was clearly laying down everything he had throughout the evening. He made sure to take his fingers up and down the frets for a show to end all shows with Sister Sparrow on Saturday night. He was one of the original Dirty Birds, along with Kincheloe, and his sister Arleigh on lead vocals. The band made sure it would be a hell of a party at Irving Plaza. Kincheloe’s tender vocals softened during “Matter of Time,” after she announced to the audience that Brown was leaving the band, making sure everyone got fully into the show. They grooved into “Prison Cells,” a song that was originally written in honor of the Kincheloe’s sister, who was noted to be quite the mischief maker, before steaming right into Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.” “Dr. Feelgood” was appropriately placed as Brown, once again, ripped into his guitar, unleashing his energy without holding back. The venue was on fire as, once again, Kincheloe blasted into her vocals, taking the song to blazing depths. The audience reacted with cheers, whistles and yells that reflected in the bands outpouring of incredible heat. Everyone was on a wickedly energetic high in the venue.Bassist Josh Myers showed off his deep funk side as they flowed into “Boogie Man,” keeping the crowd on their feet. After recognizing the mama’s in the house – both Brown’s and the Kincheloe’s – they grooved right into “Mama Knows,” which featured the whole band swaying back and forth in succession early in the tune. Drummer Dan Boyden got some love and showed off his talent while Kincheloe ripped into his harp. Jackson handles that harmonica like he’s ripping into a guitar solo; a true joy to watch. Brown continued to strut his stuff as he took fans on a jazzy, rock filled solo mid-song that cranked along as blasts of confetti streamed down on the band, and the crowd, in celebration.A New Orleans vibe filled the air as “Millie Mae” got underway. Arleigh joined Boyden on drums as she tapped away at the cymbals and drum heads before Boyden took off into a wild drum jam. The audience was asked to go “Sasha Brown down,” as hands clapped in the air and bodies swayed throughout the crowd. “Sugar” brought the set to a close, but not before Graham let loose on the tenor sax, only to follow with him flipping a shirt around and around above his head, making fans go nuts.During encore, Brown took over and dialed into a solid jam with his guitar, bending the strings in magical joy, and making sure he had nothing but the absolute best time to salute the band, and the fans, with a top notch good-bye. The evening closed on a high note, as they flew into Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.” The set list clearly showed the band wasn’t messing around, as it was all about getting down and dirty with the jams.The evening, and Brown’s era with the band, ended with a bow from everyone, only to close with a solo bow from Brown, as a goodbye and thank you to the fans who’ve loved him from the beginning. Now it’s just a matter of time before we learn what Sasha Brown’s next project entails. Stay tuned as we follow on his next journey.For more information on Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, please visit their official website.Setlist: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds at Irving Plaza, NYC – 11/12/16Bad Love, Don’t Be Jealous, Make It Rain, Stereo, Catch Me If You Can, Frankie, We Need a Love, Matter of Time, Prison Cells->*Valerie, Dr. Feelgood, Boogie Man, Mama Knows, Millie Mae, SugarEncore: My House, #Rock and Roll*Amy Winehouse cover, #Led Zeppelin coverWords and Photos by Sarah Bourque Load remaining images
23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Welcome to episode 29 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder, and publisher of CUInsight.com. Today’s guest is Charlie Amato. Charlie is the chairman and co-founder of SWBC, a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and one of the owners of the San Antonio Spurs. His bio is long and his contacts are big names, but service is one of the pillars of his character. Gary Dudley and Charlie have created a culture of service and charity within SWBC and credit that culture for maintaining their beliefs through numerous changes in the business over the years. Charlie reveals their strategy for attracting and retaining their workforce, why technology is so important in today’s market, and why service has been a mainstay in his life. If you don’t have a pen and paper handy, press pause and get them. Charlie shares so many great nuggets of information, you won’t want to miss them. Let Randy know your thoughts on his intriguing conversation with Charlie. Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher How to find Charlie:Charlie Amato, Chairman and Co-founder of SWBCwww.swbc.comLinkedInShow notes from this episode:Shout out: Ray HuntHospital mentioned: CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s HospitalShout out: Marie Osmond and Tommy SargentProgram mentioned: Credit Union For KidsShout out: Jerry Jones, Jamie DimonShout out: Herb KelleherAlbum mentioned: The Four Seasons (band)Book mentioned: Grit: The Power of Passion and PerseveranceShout out: Warren Buffett and Charlie MungerPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Chuck FaganYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[00:29] – Welcome back! Randy introduces today’s guest, Charlie Amato.[02:10] – The conversation starts off diving into Charlie and Gary’s belief in customer service first.[03:23] – The culture of their company maintains the beliefs that Charlie and Gary have.[04:20] – Charlie shares what good customer service looks like to him.[05:02] – What kinds of changes has Charlie seen in his 43 years of being in business.[06:44] – Charlie chats about the labor shortage in Texas and what SWBC is doing to attract and retain their labor force.[08:05] – Adapting to technology is one of the most important things businesses can do today.[10:26] – What advice does Charlie have for burgeoning entrepreneurs?[11:04] – How did the concern for community grow and mature for Charlie?[13:05] – Does Charlie wear all the NBA Championship rings?[15:33] – The inspiration Charlie and Gary had for starting their company has not faded.[17:00] – Charlie leads by example but works to maintain his health as well.[18:14] – The team would describe Charlie as a team player, a builder, a people person, and a member of the family.[19:40] – Understanding the complexities of SWBC is a strength of the leadership team.[21:17] – Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, the advice Charlie would give his younger self.[24:55] – Repetition in their statements and consistency keeps their message fresh.[25:37] – Charlie has an exotic game ranch that he retreats to when he needs to recharge.[26:33] – Charlie recounts getting in trouble after a football game when emotions got heated.[28:03] – Working out in the morning is necessary.[28:34] – The Four Seasons is Charlie’s favorite band.[28:29] – You should read Grit, it speaks to work ethic![30:16] – Time and quality of life are more important as he gets older.[32:11] – Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger come to mind when Charlie hears the word success.[32:44] – Go to work every day, maintain your health, enjoy your families, and continue to enjoy your careers!