Professor Louie & The Crowmatix have confirmed a run of shows celebrating the music of Rick Danko. The Band co-founder and singer, who died at age 55 in 1999, would have turned 74 on December 29. The Crowmatix formed as the studio backing band for Aaron “Professor Louie’s” musical productions for The Band. Danko is credited with coining the “Professor Louie” moniker himself.
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix’s Danko tribute run will kick off at Woodstock, NY’s Beasville Theater on December 27 and include stops at Beacon, NY’s The Towne Crier (12/29), New York’s BB King Blues Club (1/3) and Sellersville, PA’s Sellersville Theater (1/4). The Crowmatix will be joined by The Woodstock Horns led by Dan Shaut and Larry Packer, who played electric violin at The Band’s historic “Last Waltz” show, in Woodstock and Beacon. In addition, Hot Tuna’s Michael Falzarano and Barry Mitterhoff will join the ensemble in New York.
Between Danko tribute shows, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix will ring in 2018 with a special “First Night” performance at Saratoga Springs, NY’s Caffe Lena.
Here’s a look at Professor Louie & The Crowmatix’s upcoming celebrations of Rick Danko’s birthday
December 27 Woodstock, NY—Beasville Theate
December 29 Beacon, NY—Town Crier
January 3 New York, NY—BB King Blues Blue
January 4 Sellersville, PA—Sellersville Theater