05/25, Sat 8:30 ~ DEAN FRIEDMAN; with special guest Paul Stafford ~ $25 +$2 processing
Towne Crier Cafe
Pawling, NY
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Saturday May 25, 2013 8:30 PM - Saturday May 25, 2013 11:00 PM | $27.00


05/25, Sat 8:30 ~ DEAN FRIEDMAN; with special guest Paul Stafford ~ $25 +$2 processing

Dean Friedman first marked his entry into pop consciousness with the top 20 chart success of his infectious hit single, Ariel, a quirkily irresistible and uncategorizable pop song about a free spirited, pot-smoking, vegetarian Jewish girl in a peasant blouse who lived, as the lyric goes, "...way on the other side of the Hudson."

Friedman scored again with the release of his follow up album, "Well, Well," Said The Rocking Chair, and the now classic hit single, Lucky Stars. This magical duet, performed with singer, Denise Marsa, zoomed to the top of the UK singles charts, going instantly gold. Lucky Stars paved the way for a slew of Friedman hits, including familiar radio staples such as Lydia, Rocking Chair, McDonald's Girl and Woman Of Mine.

"Stunning Musicianship" (Hot Press), "Songsmith Extraordinaire!" (Music Week), "An Amazing Talent" (The Sun), "An American Classic" (Tribune) and "The Soundtrack of Our Lives" (NY Times) are just of few of the superlatives used to describe Friedman's powerfully unique and original talent.

Friedman's recent run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival garnered similar critical praise: "Every song in this Edinburgh show is a classic. You won't see a better show" (London Theatre Guide). "Sophisticated and humorous work from an old master!" (Scotland On Sunday). "With his mix of jaunty ditties, sentimental ballads and bashful charm, Friedman is the pop troubadour of choice" (The Scotsman). "Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant" (ThreeWeeks).

Though Friedman's next single, McDonald's Girl was officially banned by the BBC for mentioning the tradename of the fast food restaurant, the irrepressible pop song has been successfully covered by a number of acclaimed contemporary bands including the Blenders and top canadian band, Barenaked Ladies (BNL member, Steve Page, also sings background vocals on Dean's recent double album). The song has become a viral YouTube video hit, and a staple of high-school and college a capella groups around the world -- including Harvard's Din & Tonics and Yale's Mixed Company -- spawning more than 40 different video versions on YouTube. And, now, three decades after being banned, the song has just been licensed by the McDonald's corporation to be featured in a national TV/Radio campaign:"McDonald's Girl".

Friedman composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including five seasons of Central TV's hit series BOON and the soundtrack to the underground cult horror film classic I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle. Other credits include Nickelodeon, NBC, BBC and FUJI TV.

Despite Friedman's apparent absence from the popular music scene, evidence that his name and music have made a lasting impact on pop music can be found repeatedly in popular media: The British band Half Man Half Biscuit released a best selling EP containing the oddly titled, The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman (Dean emphatically denies this claim). Friedman extracts his revenge on his CD, Submarine Races with his song, A Baker's Tale, the hitherto untold story of Nigel Blackwell's dubious origins. With his influence evident in the music of contemporary bands like Barenaked Ladies, the Blenders and Ben Folds Five, Friedman states, "It's nice to see my music has made an impact on a new generation of artists."

Friedman also produced and presented BBC Radio Scotland's acclaimed radio series, Real American Folk, which has featured American folk icons such as Christine Lavin, David Bromberg, John Prine and Steve Forbert.

One of Friedman's recent tours was almost cancelled when it was announced that his tour sponsor, www.goldenseeds.co.uk, would distribute packets of cannabis seeds to the first ten people that purchased CDs at each of Friedman's gigs. The controversy was only resolved after Friedman promised not to distribute the seeds within 50 yards of the venue premises (click to see Songwriter's Cannabis Controversy). [note: it is legal to possess cannabis seeds in the UK as long as they don't get wet and germinate!]

Friedman's latest CD, Submarine Races, has been receiving rave reviews from fans and critics, alike. The long awaited studio album contains 13 brand new tracks, lyrical soundscapes and story-songs, bursting with life, love and survival in a surreal world. It contains instant classics like I'm a Lucky Guy, Under the Weather, Essie May, You're a Criminal Darling, Calamity Waltz and more. This stunning recording further confirms Friedman's status as one of the finest songwriters of his generation.

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* Tables closest to the stage are held for dinner guests.
* The earlier you arrive, the greater the selection. The Towne Crier Cafe is an intimate room, and there are no bad seats.
* "Show Only" tables are assigned after those reserved for "Dinner & Show" parties.
* Recommended time for an enjoyable, relaxed dining experience:
  Party of 2: One hour before show time
  Party of 3 or 4: Two hours before show time
  Party of 5 or more: At least two and one half hours before show time.
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Towne Crier Cafe (View)
130 Route 22
Pawling, NY 12564
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Music > Pop & Top 40
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!