Tunes & Taverns

the Cole Quest and City Pickers 
Holler Photo Christian the Cole Quest and City Pickers Holler Photo Christian Perhaps the most exciting part about being in Astoria in the summer is the amount of options at your disposal every night. On Monday you can see a movie, on Tuesday you can laugh at stand up comedy, on Wednesday you can enjoy an elegant dinner, on Thursday you can imbibe a drink and catch up with old friends over a sports game and on Friday you can walk along the water at Astoria Park.

Just a few nights ago we had the pleasure of heading to our favorite spot for local live music, HiFi Records & Cafe, to watch one of the most exciting shows we’ve seen in a while, featuring the music of Roseann Fino opening up the night and the show’s headliner, Cole Quest and the City Pickers.

Roseann’s music performance at HiFi was raw and intense. Her lyrics are both poetic and tough, which parallel her style as a performer. In watching Roseann I felt like I was getting a powerhouse performance that combined the finest spices of country, and the most fun elements of rock and roll.

Following Roseann was Cole Quest and the City Pickers. The band is fronted by Cole Quest Rotante, and is a massive bluegrass-meets-punk outfit that performed with five members in the jam-packed record store/cafe space.

Perhaps the most impressive facet of Cole Quest and the City Pickers music is that despite being the grandson of folk legend and pioneer, Woody Guthrie, Cole’s music seems deeply rooted in his own perspective of the world, and comes across as authentic. If you see one concert this summer make sure it’s Cole Quest and the City Pickers. —Chris Pizzolo

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