By Sandi Durell
For a taste of something different, away from the mainstream, meet Adam Levowitz who has gathered up some of the quintessential music from Quentin Tarantino’s always unusual and controversial films that include everything from violence and pop culture layered with an intensity of emotions that balance his unique styling of humor and ferocity. Adam Levowitz is the orchestra’s director, keyboard player and producer responsible for all the arrangements of his Live Concert Series that airs at B.B. Kings in Times Square.
The evening, on September 18, featured songs from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown opening with a rockin’ “Misirlou/Jungle Boogie” (Pulp Fiction) as favorite Scott Coulter (who also hosts) weighed in with “Little Green Bag” (Reservoir Dogs) to “Undun” (Jackie Brown).
Broadway’s Kerry Butler heightened emotions and tales of love with “Magic Carpet Ride” and “Harvest Moon”(Reservoir Dogs), along with “Long Time Woman” (Jackie Brown) and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.”
Tony nominee Charl Brown sang a smoky “She Puts Me in the Mood” and “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind” (Jackie Brown), while Carla Stewart gave us a quiet moment with “Inside My Love” and a roarin’ “Street Life” (Jackie Brown).
Old familiars included “Let’s Stay Together,” “Turn the Beat Around” and “Hooked On a Feelin’.”
Adam Levowitz presents himself and nine piece band of top musicians to give voice and new energy to songs he grew up on. He says they ‘deserve to be heard live with great singers and musicians and not simply as sound bites in a movie.” He has a long time (30 year) history in this genre. Adam is also lead producing the upcoming revival of “Stop The World, I Want to Get Off” for Broadway.
They return to B.B. Kings November 20, featuring Darius de Haas. The show is 90 minutes.
In his bag of goodies, Adam also has concert shows based on The Blues Brothers and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as The Jackson Five and Fleetwood Mac. More to come!
The evening rocked loud and if high decibel levels present a problem for you, bring some earplugs.