Mark Sebastian’s January 16th performance at The Living Room in New York City has been reviewed in the March/April 2012 issue of Elmore Magazine:
The Living Room
New York, NY
In his first hometown performance since the ’90s, Mark Sebastian tapped into years’ worth of material to showcase his astute and ripened writing abilities, featuring a concoction of blues, folk, dark pop and even a hint of jazz.
Joined onstage by the most seasoned of pros, Tim Luntzel (bass) and Tony Mason (drums), the trio navigated through selections from Sebastian’s first full-length release, Bleecker Street, including “The Great Mistake,” a sweet ballad with a sour side, and “Stage One” and “It’s An Outlaw World,” a pair of darkened tunes referencing guns, crime and corruption, but with an irresistible catchiness. Interspersed with Jim Jackson’s “Wild About My Lovin'” and the poppier “T-Bird-55,” the night contained plenty of dark/light contrast, illuminating the many sides of Sebastian’s versatile musicianship as he handled both guitar duties and vocals in expert style.
The show culminated with a cover of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City,” a song whose origins lay in a school poem that Sebastian wrote and brought to his big brother, John; subsequently, it became the Spoonful’s sole Number One hit in 1966. Sebastian treated the audience to an auditory glimpse of what the song had sounded like pre-Spoonful,
before launching into a rocking and rolling version made even grittier and richer by the venue’s intimacy and the precise picking between Sebastian and Luntzel, rendering it a fitting “welcome home” for one of New York’s native sons.
Allison Johnelle Boron