Pat Guadagno will navigate the broad channels of Bob Dylan and Mark Twain this month in separate productions at the TRTC.
By TOM CHESEK
Even on a drab, drizzly Monday night, there’s enough of a crowd at The Downtown to force the evening’s featured act to work extra hard to be heard.
Of course, the entertainer’s been at this gig a long time, having held down the Monday fort at the newly reconstructed West Front Street watering hole from its earlier incarnation as the Downtown Café. So if the gentle notes of his extended improv on the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood” tend not to receive the same attention as the happy-hour conversation, the Yankees-Indians game, the crabcake pops well, Pat Guadagno doesn’t seem to mind.
“I’m actually looking now for some days off,” the veteran Shore-bred guitarist and vocalist tells redbankgreen afterward. “In this business you spend so much time looking for work, that you never turn it down when it comes to you.”
It’s been a busier stretch than usual for the Monmouth Beach musician, as he prepares to take to the “legitimate” stage for the entire 27-show run of Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery and a Marriage, the new production at Red Bank’s Two River Theater.
And that’s actually the less stressful part of Guadagno’s activities at Two River. On Monday, May 19, he’ll feature in the 2008 edition of Bobfest, the Bob Dylan birthday tribute (the iconic music legend turns 67 on May 24) that he’s presented every year since 1999 a concert event that’s become an annual spring tradition in Red Bank, and yet another thing for local music fans to feel proprietary about.