From Niskayuna to the Stage at SPAC, Local Musician Living A Dream
On Tuesday the Black Crowes celebrated their debut album "Shake Your Money Maker" at Saratoga Performing Arts Center by performing the 1990 release in it's entirety. That alone would have made for a special night but there was also a homecoming that kicked off an evening filled with music at SPAC.
Taking the stage at 7:35 was the California band Dirty Honey, fronted by Capital Region native Marc LaBelle. LaBelle is from Niskayuna and was kind enough to sit down with me, as you can hear in the interview below, to talk about his homecoming and literally living the dream of playing the same venue he would go to as a fan to see Aerosmith, Tom Petty and yes, even the Black Crowes.
It was refreshing to see the support of Marc's family at the show as a few hundred of his closest came out to share the moment with LaBelle. His dad was the unofficial mayor of SPAC Tuesday night, greeting people and proudly sharing the news that "That's my son up there".
For their set, Dirty Honey fit a dozen songs into their 60 minute set, which included an Aerosmith cover, bass solo and drum solo. Here is the set list from SPAC:
- Break You
- No Warning
- Last Child (Aerosmith cover)
- Tied Up
- Down the Road
- The Wire
- California Dreamin'
- Another Last Time
- When I'm Gone
- Rolling 7's
Prior to the show I took a ride on a golf cart, behind the venue, on a muddy dirt road and was greeted on the other side by Marc LaBelle less than 60 minutes before he was to take the SPAC stage for the first time. This is what he had to say about the feelings and emotions he was feeling in the moment.