This Thursday, January 20, you can hear the Malibooz. Formed just in time to play the 1964 New York World’s Fair by buddies Walter Egan and Johnny “Z” Zambetti, the band started off as a Surf Sound draw, shifted to psychedelia for several years, ventured into folk/rock and then saw its principal members move on to careers penning and recording hits for television and film, teaching in public schools and then reuniting to record again in their retirement years. Egan is known for the hit “Magnet and Steel,” produced by Lindsay Buckingham and featured in the movie Boogie Nights, as well as for writing the Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris classic “Hearts on Fire.” Zambetti got a medical degree, but then found himself drawn back to music in the LA area before eventually reuniting the original Malibooz with Egan.
The band will play Bearsville in support of the release of its first original CD in eight years, Queens’ English, a tribute to the ‘60s British Invasion sound that features such guest artists as Donovan, Spencer Davis, Chad & Jeremy, Andrew Loog Oldham, Ian Whitcomb and others who may or may not show up in Woodstock this week. Opening will be New Jersey’s the Doughboys, three-time “Coolest Song of the Week” winners on Little Steven’s Underground Garage.
Speaking of New Jersey, pianist David Sancious – who broke onto the scene as an early member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band in the early 1970s, and now a longtime Woodstock presence (and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet) – will be giving a rare group performance this Friday, January 21 (doors open at 8 p.m. and show starts at 9) featuring Joe Bonadio and special guests from the town’s music scene. Combining such disparate musical influences as Chopin and Beethoven with John Coltrane and Miles Davis, Odetta and B. B. King, Jimi Hendrix and the Boss, Sancious has had intertwining careers as a sought-after composer as well as a much-valued sideman for the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sting, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Seal and many others. He plays piano, synthesizer and guitar, and should pull an impressive array of talent to this gig. Hudson Valley resident John Holt’s band Hallow Dog opens.
And given that this all goes down in Bearsville, be prepared for a nice adult pair of evenings balanced between the barlike theater itself, which hosts a great dancefloor, and the surrounding control-roomlike bar area: a great place for mingling. Tickets go fast, so make reservations early. For further information call (845) 679-4406 or visit www.bearsvilletheater.com.