Friday, August 8, 2008

A Sweet Canal Room Concert

Nestled in the heart of SoHo lies the Canal Room, an inviting nightclub that regularly hosts tribute bands. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing bands pay tribute to The Police and No Doubt. And last week, for the second time, I enjoyed the sounds of One Sweet World (, a tribute to the Dave Matthews Band (DMB).

One Sweet World performs at NYC's Canal Room

Over the course of a 2.5 hour concert, One Sweet World performed some of DMB’s greatest hits - including “Crash,” “Stay,” and of course, “Ants Marching.” The musicians’ easy camaraderie was matched by their perfect pitch in recreating DMB’s distinctive urban rock sound. An exhilarating rendition of “Gray Street” had me pumping my fists in the air and exchanging a smile with charismatic lead singer and guitarist Anthony Iglesias. Being a groupie has its privileges…

All smiles with One Sweet World lead singer Anthony Iglesias

Anthony, an NYC native who’s been playing guitar most of his life, performs with electrifying precision and tireless energy, making everyone in the crowd feel like they’re part of the music too. Fiddler Joe Davoli, bassist Ian Rafalak, sax and flute player Dean Keller and drummer Chris Cornish all hold their own on stage as well. The Canal Room introduced One Sweet World as the greatest Dave Matthews tribute band in the world. I couldn’t agree more with that accolade.

Upcoming concerts at the Canal Room will pay tribute to Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and U2. For more info, visit

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