|On April 11th Modern Man was on board at Voices Cafe. “Funniest band ever,” said one festival presenter (Richard Knechtel, Summer Folk, Canada) and that pretty much sums it up. After a four year hiatus, those loveable geezers of song and story Modern Man are back.
A cross between Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Marx Brothers – David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach are three celebrated singers and songwriters, “terrific instrumentalists with gorgeous voices and hilarious wits.” Together they quickly redefined something-or-other and delighted audiences from Maine to Texas with “a non-stop express train of uproarious entertainment” (Talk Entertainment.com) and a vocal blend that has not been heard since Ella, F. Scott, and the Edmund Fitzgerald went their separate ways.
In 1998 Rob was performing at New York’s legendary “Bottom Line” for an album of comedy songwriters (produced by Christine Lavin) when he met songwriter David Buskin. David introduced him to George Wurzbach and the three became Modern Man. They went on to win Back Stage Magazine’s “Bistro Award” in 2002 for Best Musical Comedy and the 2008 New York Nightlife Award for best comedy group in New York. They performed in clubs and cabarets, coffee houses, concert halls and festivals from Maine to Florida plus Tennessee, Texas and Ohio and Canada. Festivals include the Philadelphia Folk, Clearwater, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge and Summerfolk (Canada). Concert venues include Lincoln Center, The Bottom Line, Town Hall, The Barns at Wolf Trap and many more. They have made three albums, “The Wide Album, Live at the Bottom Line”, “Modern Immaturity” and “Assisted Living”.
But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what Lincoln Center had to say:
Modern Man is without question the cleverest, funniest, most versatile group that I have heard in years. They were the surprise hi-lite of this year’s Roots of American Music Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. -Spike Barkin, Producer, Roots of American Music Festival.
Or as one Coffee House producer put it:
Caramba! What a show! These guys have the rare ability to combine superior musical talent with outrageous humor. We have never seen such a happy audience at the end of a performance… the most enjoyable show we have ever had. I can say-hands down- that Modern Man has been the most entertaining, funniest and most favorably commented-upon act we have ever presented. -Mac McLanahan, Rose Garden Coffee House, Mansfield, MA.