Marshall Crenshaw Turns Back The Clock At My Father’s Place

Saturday, March 9, 2019, My Father’s Place, Roslyn, New York | Marshall Crenshaw showed he could still rock the room with his supporting band The Bottle Rockets last Saturday at the new My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, Long Island. Marshall hails from Detroit, but his New York roots go deep. He first came to New York to play John Lennon in “Beatlemania” on Broadway in 1978. He wrote his biggest hit, “Someday, Someway” and much of his debut album in a New York hotel room. His early career was supported by the DJs over at the old WNEW-FM and WLIR-FM, and yes, he played at the original My Father’s Place in Roslyn. Things have come full circle as Marshall played two sold out shows at the new My Father’s Place last weekend.

Marshall Crenshaw Concert At My Father’s Place

Marshall looked and sounded terrific, especially after 40 years in the business. In his early, days Marshall practically was the reincarnation of Buddy Holly (and even played Buddy in the film La Bamba). He gave a shout back to that era playing Buddy’s tune “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” as his second song. Marshall also showed some solid guitar skills on that song in the clip below.

The show drew from Marshall’s entire career, along with some well curated cover tunes. The Bottle Rockets, a veteran roots rock band, opened the show with an energetic set and served as Marshall’s backing band, and they kept the pace upbeat. Other highlights were his best known songs “There She Goes Again,” “Cynical Girl,” “Whenever You’re on My Mind” and “Better Back Off,” which was introduced as a former “WLIR Screamer of the Week,” a local reference known to many in the audience.

One of the pleasures of seeing a show like this is that Marshall isn’t afraid to go deep into his catalogue. “Television Light” from his 1999 album “#447” is a good example, which was an encore number played by special request.  It shows that he has been putting out great music since the early ‘80s, and there’s no better time than now to get acquainted with some of his great releases since “Field Day.”

Marshall Crenshaw Setlist

Marshall’s full setlist was “What Do You Dream Of?”, “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” (Buddy Holly cover), “Move Now,” “2541” (Grant Hart cover), “There She Goes Again,” “Live and Learn,” “Driving and Dreaming,” “Calling Out for Love” (at Crying Time), “Cynical Girl,” “What the Hell I Got” (Michel Pagliaro cover), “Valerie” (Richard Thompson cover), “Red Wine,” “Passing Through,” “Whenever You’re on My Mind,” “Someday, Someway,” “Mary Anne,” Encore: “Kit Kat Clock” (The Bottle Rockets cover), “Better Back Off” and “Television Light.”

The new My Father’s Place, which opened to much fanfare last year by the original owner “Eppy” Epstein, is a beautiful supper club venue with quality food and drinks, fancy décor with some stunning chandeliers and the opportunity to relive rock and roll history from the glory days of the ‘70s and ‘80s with Eppy himself. They also showcase new music, jazz and comedy so be sure to check out their calendar!

My Father’s Place Supper Club 
1221 Old Northern Blvd  |  Roslyn, NY 11576

Marshall Crenshaw My Father’s Place Roslyn Hotel Long Island 2019

Marshall Crenshaw on guitar My Father’s Place Roslyn Hotel Long Island 2019

Marshall Crenshaw band My Father’s Place Roslyn Hotel Long Island 2019

Marshall Crenshaw music performance My Father’s Place Roslyn Hotel Long Island 2019

 

–Michael Waters

Read more of Michael’s music reviews like: 311 and The Offspring Bring Their Never-Ending Summer To Jones Beach! and Dickey Betts Headlines The 2018 Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchouge, NY

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Marshall Crenshaw Plays at My Fathers Place

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