Art Alexakis and Friends Bring ‘Songs and Stories’ to The Paramount

photo by Cindy Goldman

by Cindy Goldman

Art Alexakis (Everclear), Chris Collingwood (Fountains of Wayne), Max Collins (Eve6) and John Wozniak (Marcy Playground) hosted an intimate evening at The Paramount in Huntington, NY on May 29th. The foursome appeared on stage to perform a cover of Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction.” Each artist then taking the stage, telling the story of their own songs, with the group performing covers songs in between each set.

photo by Cindy Goldman

You really get a feeling for what they were thinking and how they came up with the songs. Such as:

John Wozniak talked about “A Cloak of Elven Kind” the origins being from the game Dungeon and Dragons, Cloak of Invisibility, where many in attendance were willing to admit their familiarity with the game.

photo by Cindy Goldman

Max Collins, talked of starting a new journey into music, after 13 years of sobriety and how he didn’t know if he would be able to “play music, do the tour and do what I’ve always done to earn a living”, as he dove into the song “Curtain”. His final song was, of course, Eve6’s biggest hit, “Inside Out.”

Chris Collingwood was very entertaining with his dry humor. Popular hit “Stacey’s Mom” had the crowd joyfully singing along, with John Wozniak joining Collingwood on stage to dance along and act out a few lines.

photo by Cindy Goldman

Art Alexakis talked about his new album, due out in the coming months. Wanting to do something different this time, the Everclear singer played all instruments while singing. Alexakis ended his set with a love song (“Sunshine Love Song”) he had written under the advice of his wife.

photo by Cindy Goldman

Some group covers included Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How it Feels” and REM’s “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville.

During the Q&A portion at the end, an audience member asked for a cover of a John Denver song, to which the group happily obliged by breaking into “County Roads”.

Each artist sounded great and the harmonies where wonderful on the group cover songs. It certainly made for an enjoyable evening that is recommended for all.

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