Kolker has been playing to a full house of in-the-know musicians and music-lovers every Tuesday night from 10 to 2 at the Baggott Inn on East Third Street for the past two years. Like veteran drummer Bernard Â¡Â°PrettyÂ¡Â± Purdie who said Â¡Â°Man, I an hooked on what is going on here and IÂ¡Â¯m coming back for more,Â¡Â± after seeing KolkerÂ¡Â¯s dynamic live performance for the first time, may of the people who hear them once come back week after week/ make Tuesday night 10 to 2 the centerpiece of their music-listening schedules.
DAVID KOLKER PRESS
THE NEW YORK TIMES, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2001
David Kolker, Melvin Spark, Mike Errico,
Mercury Lounge, 217 Houston Street, at Ludlow Street, lower east side, (212) 260-4700. David Kolker is a hot young Blues striver who has been generating buzz ever Tuesday at the Baggott Inn in the East Village. One night he was lobbing solos, and in walked the esteemed soul-jazz pioneer Melvin Sparks. A friendly guitar duel ensued. Since then the two have combined forces (with their band in tow) on a few occasions, much to the excitement of lovers of a good jam. It is unclear why the energetic but urbane singer-songwriter Mike Errico is on this bill Â©Â¤ heÂ¡Â¯s not really a jamming guy Â©Â¤but heÂ¡Â¯ll certainly be high-energy for the occasion. Tonight at 8:30; tickets are $10 (Powers).
THE VILLAGE VOICE
By Irene Yadao
August 28 September 3, 2002
Â¡Â°YouÂ¡Â¯d never peg Dave Kolker as a blues guitarist. After all, the prototypical blues manÂ¡Â¯s got a laid-back charisma thatÂ¡Â¯s at once unaffected and cocky fedora slightly tipped on the head, cigarette ensconced between loosely pursed lips, white long-sleeve shirt worn halfway unbuttoned to reveal a chest of sweat, and glass of DewarÂ¡Â¯s sitting obediently at stageÂ¡Â¯s edge.
Kolker is, if anything, the anti-rock star. Bespectacled, short, and muscular, he initially strikes you as an uncanny cross between Rick Moranis and Rivers Cuomo, though he belies the clumsy persona of the former and the lankiness of the latter. He looks as if he works for an investment bank because he does.
But then he steps onstage, introduces himself with a couple of new songs heÂ¡Â¯s been working on, and suddenly all of the superficial attributes that made him so endearingly normal are swept under the rug. He is transformed into something almost, well, godlike, and you canÂ¡Â¯t help but wonder how he lives this other existence soaring thought numbers.
Kolker's been playing the guitar since he was five, and his fingers used to pushing his glasses in placeÂ©Â¤know every inch of the instrument, moving perternaturally over the late-Â¡Â®50s Stratocaster he often plays with. His mid-blowing solosÂ©Â¤perhaps the definitive demonstration of his visrtuosityÂ©Â¤find him possessed by something remarkable.
Lucky for him Â©Â¤and for us heÂ¡Â¯s got equally remarkable musicians by his side: saxophonist Isamu Sato, a slender, diminutive man who manages to take hurried drags of his cigarette before taking his turn in follow the jumping backbeats of his bass; relative newbie drummer Tony Mason; and Paul LeFebvre, undeniably, undeniably the most reserved of the group, who sets the imperative tone of each song with his pedal steel guitar.Â¡Â±
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2. Mean World
3. I Had a Dream
4. Penny Song
5. The Hurt
6. You Say
7. What's Yours Is Yours
8. Two Side of the Same Coin
9. Another Way to Fly