GE Theatre at Proctors, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—APRIL 11, 2018—Rochmon Record Club is a genuine phenomenon, growing, over the course of two years, from a funky, in-the-know gathering to a consistently sold-out listening party, putting boomers in touch with their earliest musical memories and hipping millennials to the roots of what they’re hearing today.
Led by Saratoga audio engineer Chuck Vosganian, Rochmon Record Club celebrates the life and music of a modern rock icon with Tom Petty “An American Boy,”a career retrospective, at the GE Theatre at Proctors, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.
Tickets, $10, are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at proctors.org.
Launched at Universal Preservation Hall, in Saratoga Springs, in the fall of 2016, with a screening of the seminal Joe Cocker concert film, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Rochmon quickly morphed into a monthly listening club, and just as quickly became the hit of the Spa City, relocating to historic CaffèLena for one packed evening after another as UPH prepares for renovation.
While usually centered on a single classic album, the Petty event, at the larger GE Theatre, will feature tracks chosen by Vosganian to represent Petty’s indomitable spirit and relentless way with a hook, both as leader of the legendary Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and as a solo artist.
Rochmon Record Club is a rich, engaging experience, with Vosganian, an erudite rock scholar and thoughtful researcher, leading the way through a record’s history, development and impact. This is as well-curated as it gets. Hundreds of images illustrate an artist’s career, displayed along with accompanying lyrics. Vosganian discusses the players involved in each recording; leads trivia sessions; breaks down each disc by the numbers, from sales figures to awards and singles; examines the cover art; and recaps the album with personal thoughts on the music and its place in the rock pantheon.
“An American Boy”uses the set list from Petty’s final tour as a stepstone for a thrilling look back at a long, hit-filled career.
“I try to put the music in context,” Vosganian says. “Tom Petty was such an important figure. His loss was so sudden and unexpected, but his songs will always have the power to inspire.”