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Review and photos by Johnny HallDue to a last minute cancellation in his current tour, Tommy Stinson made an unscheduled stop at the Haunt in Ithaca, NY, with his "Barnum and Bail-Me-Out Circus" show. Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns and Roses, Soul Asylum) and his all-star band consists of Steve Selvidge (the Hold Steady) on guitar, Joe Sirois (the Mighty Mighty Bosstones) on drums, bassist Justin Perkins and keyboardist Tony Kieraldo.
The band came onstage to the cheers of the filled room. The crowd was comprised of mostly 30 and 40 somethings eagerly waiting to hear some punk rock. Tommy, dressed in a suit and fedora hat, tore right into the first song. The band sounded tight, with a feel of the Replacements and 80’s punk rock. Tommy and the band played a small set of songs then left the stage and guitarist Steve Selvidge played a 5 song solo set. The crowd loved the "busking" style performance and street blues feel of Steve and his Gibson. The whole band returned playing another high energy song then ending with a bluesy, impromptu jam.
The show had the feel of a room gathered to watch a jam session with friends. Everybody seemed to be having a good time and enjoyed seeing musicians from some bands they had listened to in years gone by. The good time energy of the band ensured everybody had a memorable night.
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