On January 16th, the Catskill Mountain Foundation will be offering more than a concert, we’ll be offering an experience. Professor Louie & the Crowmatix will be back on the Orhpeum stage once again for Common Ground on the Mountain; a night of roots music and more. I had the opportunity to ask Professor Louie a few questions, and this was the result:
What was the first instrument you learned to play, and what was the first song you learned?
Piano; The In Crowd by Ramsey Lewis
Why are you called Professor Louie?
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Bassist and Vocalist, Rick Danko of The Band gave me that name…my middle name is Louis. I was producing, playing, and engineering for The Band, and he felt it was an appropriate name. I have always been extremely honored by that. It seems that piano players always get a moniker of some sort.
What is your favorite instrument to play, and why?
I consider the voice an instrument and enjoy singing and playing with it. I can communicate to the audience one on one.
Describe yourself in six words.
Don’t like to talk about myself.
What does music mean to you?
Have you played with any of the musicians on the bill for Common Ground on the Mountain before?
Yes, all of them.
Describe this concert in six words.
World class musicians in one concert.
Common Ground on the Mountain will be held at the Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center on January 16th at 8PM, and will feature Walt Michael & Company, Tony Trischka, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, and Greg Dayton. Tickets can be purchased at our ticketing website or by calling our ticket line at 518-263-2063. This is a concert you don’t want to miss!