A sizable crew of esteemed local musicians gathered at the Dakota Sunday night to pay tribute to rock 'n' roll legend Al Kooper with a set of covers that spanned his entire career. According to photographer Steve Cohen, Al himself taped lengthy spoken introductions to all the songs, describing the inspiration and origin of the tunes, before taking the stage for a second set where he joined in on the fun.
Cohen says that for the second set Al himself took the stage behind the mighty Hammond organ to perform with Adam Levy, Trent Norton and Billy Thomes, on a wild rendition of Booker T and the MGs' "Green Onions" that really showcased the band. The band members left and Al moved to center stage and performed mostly solo, with even lengthier introductions describing how the songs came about, while members of the local band occasionally joined him off and on throughout the set.
At the end of the show most of the musicians returned to the stage with Al to perform his song "My Hands Are Tied," then the rest of the guests filled the stage for a finale of "Like A Rolling Stone" with different singers handling the verses, and the awesome tandem keyboard work of Pete Sands on piano and Al on Hammond organ.