With the world at their command, Dark Hollow hit the stage at the Auburn Public Theater
on Saturday night, November 17th, and once again cemented their place among the fan-favorite acts of the
greater Syracuse area music scene. The band, out of Syracuse, is a solid, blue-collar, honest
mix of fantastic musicians, and their ability to convey their own original interpretation of classic Grateful Dead music was a very welcome treat. Setting the tone for the night, they hit the gas hard with a killer “The Music Never Stopped” opener, and never came off the pedal. On lead guitar, Michael Vincitore spent the evening melting faces with a signature electric wail that any Deadhead would find themselves at home with. Lighting up the keys is cool cat, Mark Nanni,
whose talent was on display during songs like “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” and especially during fan-favorite “Turn on Your Lovelight”. Mike Hamilton, on rhythm guitar, kept it steady during “Here Comes Sunshine”, and a white hot “Samson and Delilah” to open the second set. Bassist, Aaron Fried, was clearly enjoying himself during the sonic boom that was the full “Terrapin Station Suite”, and brought the thunder all night long. Both Jack Jarvis and Jeff Roney were able to have some fun and show their stuff during the ever constant “Drums”, and had the crowd seriously stomping their feet throughout the show. Bringing it all together was the passionate vocals of Mike O’Hara, who captivated the audience during a beautiful rendition of “Stella Blue”, and treated the audience to a couple classic Bob Weir-esque wails to close the night with “One More Saturday night”. Co-founded by Mike O’Hara and Michael Vincitore, Dark Hollow has been steady on the scene for over two decades, and is considered by many to be the premier Grateful Dead tribute band of Central New York.
Located off of Exchange Street in downtown Auburn, the Auburn Public Theater should
give all of its staff on hand during the show a raise. From the bartenders, to the box office,
everyone was super cool and very welcoming. While dancing space in an old fashioned movie
theater is always limited, the crowd wasn’t deterred from gettin’ down, and the staff was very
cool about allowing people to dance wherever they pleased. Acoustically, you can’t get any
better than a small theater, and according to O’Hara, the room was “amazing as far as sound
goes”. Concert goers should look forward to more events at the Auburn Public Theater, so make
sure to check their social media pages for upcoming shows!
If you couldn’t make it out for the show, try and catch Dark Hollow again this coming Wednesday, November 21st, down at the Westcott Theater in Syracuse for the venue’s ten-year anniversary, with special guest opener The Bad Mama’s Blues Band! See you there kids!
Author and Photography: Andrew “Cassady” Agliata