Premier Music Club and Recording Studio
"33" Opens in Uptown Kingston
By Elly Wininger
Steve Burgh with some of his awards
Kingston has a history of repeatedly rising from the ashes and re-inventing itself. From rebuilding after the British burning, to finding new resources after bluestone, cement and computer chips, Kingston now claims its historical significance and emerges as a vibrant cultural destination. It’s attracting new interest from people looking for the types of things larger cities offer, without the typical hassles found in larger cities.
Like a top quality recording studio? Of course! says Steve Burgh, who, like his home city of Kingston, is a master of re-inventing himself. Steve’s vision goes a step further to the creation of “33,” a unique multi-use space with offerings for both visitors and members of the area’s growing creative community.
Located in the cultural center of Uptown Kingston, “33” is an inviting tavern by night, presenting nationally known acts and top notch regional talent. By day, “33” becomes a full service recording studio combining the best modern technology with Steve’s considerable experience as a musician and producer.
And Steve brings an abundance of expertise and sheer know-how to the musical table. Steve’s studio in New York City, Baby Monster, was the place where an amazing array of artists such as Emmy Lou Harris, Marian McPartland, John Cage, The Ramones, Daniel Lanois, Black 47 and many others recorded.
Some of his favorite projects include the production of Steve Forbert’s first album (Alive On Arrival) and playing guitar on Phoebe Snow’s first album. Steve has also produced albums for Steve Goodman and Fishbone. With Steve Goodman, he co-wrote the song “Banana Republics” (with Jim Rothermel) which was recorded by Jimmy Buffett.
Steve’s guitar credits include Billy Joel’s Grammy-winning song “Just the Way You Are,” as well as stints with a mind boggling variety of artists including Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Grateful Dead and Willie Nelson. Steve also says that he enjoyed working with Robert Duvall on the soundtrack for Tender Mercies.
Steve continues to produce albums, including some by the finest Hudson Valley artists such as Kurt Henry, Peggy Atwood, and the Five Points Band. He plans on recording live shows at “33” as well. “I like to use what I know about making great records and create a comfortable, creative atmosphere.”
“33” will have its official Grand Opening Labor Day Weekend with four nights of terrific shows. See the sidebar at the end for a list of the opening weekend shows, as well as shows through early November.
When you go to “33” be sure to try some of Steve’s signature chili. If it’s a little intense for you, don’t worry—you can cool down the flames with some Keegan’s Mother’s Milk or one of the other fine beers and wines on hand. Another good thing to know if you’re in Kingston—“33” serves food until midnight.
“33” is located at 33 North Front Street, Uptown Kingston, NY. For reservations, show times, or recording inquiries call 845 339 8440. Admission for most shows is $10 plus a one-drink minimum. There is plenty of free parking available a few doors down from the club.
Upcoming Shows at “33”
Grand Opening, Labor Day Weekend
Thursday, September 2: Vocalist extraordinaire Laurel Masse
Friday September 3: Harvey Kaiser and the Kansas City Sound
Saturday September 4: Cabaret night with Emcee Andy Paluselli, original “Cats” star Herman Sebek, Musical Director Liz Toleno, and a cavalcade of special guests.
Sunday, September 5: Steve’s own band, “Soul Jazz” with Steve on guitar, Eric Parker on drums, Peter Vitalone on keyboards, Martin Keith on bass, Harvey Kaiser on sax and special guests.
Shows Through Early November
Saturday, September 18: David Bond
Friday, October 1: Dom Minasi
Thursday, October 7: Laurel Masse
Saturday, October 9: Tom Pacheco
Thursday, October 21: Soul Jazz
Saturday, October 23: Gretchen Langheld
Wednesday, November 3: Andy Statman
Date TBA: Steve Forbert