Asbury Park Press from Asbury Park, New Jersey on January 20, 2006 · Page 102
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Asbury Park Press from Asbury Park, New Jersey · Page 102

Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Friday, January 20, 2006
Page 102
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FRIDAY JAN. 20,2006 5ZE ASBURY PARK PRESS I T.. TT f - x v : 4 Pi hK'ih'lr - tinni.rwii.wrtW .. i in J Iwiw fiwrimniTt4 I Ji fc i i in nm. BOSS GUPS GUmtt FEU r' .- V7 I opener By CHRIS M. JUNIOR STAFF WRITERPHOTOGRAPHER This year's New York Guitar Festival began Saturday with The Nebraska Project, a free, multi-artist show celebrating Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska" album that included an unbilled Springsteen participating in the encore. The brainchild of festival co-founder and artistic director David Spelman of Ocean Grove (below, second from left), The Nebraska Project, held at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, featured various artists performing the songs from Springsteen's 1982 solo album, plus other Springsteen tunes that were written around the same time period. Former Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid (above left, with hat) and ex-Del Fuegos leader Dan Zanes (above left) teamed for a rocking rendition of "State Trooper," with Reid providing a blistering solo. Jesse Harris (above center) and his backing band played "Atlantic City," while Michelle Shocked (above right) opened with the title track. Marc Anthony Thompson, better known as Chocolate Genius Inc. (bottom left), performed a slow, haunting version of "Johnny 99," and Laura Cantrell (below, second from right) wrapped her countryfied voice around "Used Cars." Other participants included The National, a New York band fronted by singer Matt Ber-ninger (below right). Springsteen joined the Nebraska Project performers at the end of the show for a one-song encore, a cover of the Woody Guthrie tune "Oklahoma Hills." The festival continues through Feb. 8 at various New York venues. NEW YORK GUITAR FESTIVAL THROUGH FEB. 8 UPCOMING SHOWS: Include Flamenco in the City starring Dennis Koster and others (3 p.m. Sunday, American Youth Hostel Concert Chapel, 891 Amsterdam Avenue at 103rd Street) ON THE WEB: 0 a X Ms mm

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