The Signal

with Chris Kocher

A weekly entertainment show hosted by Chris Kocher, entertainment writer for the Press & Sun-Bulletin. Bringing you the best of Greater Binghamton's music and entertainment scene.


Members of the all-star panel assembled once again to discuss the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and its place in music history. Thanks again to Eric Coker for suggesting and organizing it, and to George Basler and Mary E. Donnelly for taking part.

You all can guess what we played, but just in case …

Pepper preludes:
“Strawberry Fields Forever”
“Penny Lane”

And then the album:
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
“With a Little Help from My Friends”
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”
“Getting Better”
“Fixing a Hole”
“She’s Leaving Home”
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”
“Within You Without You”
“When I’m Sixty-Four”
“Lovely Rita”
“Good Morning Good Morning”
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”
“A Day in the Life”

Next Wednesday at 7 p.m., we turn to another legend of the British Invasion with the annual Ray Davies Birthday Celebration. Kirk Madsen – who served as Ray’s guitar tech and production manager on the road from 1990 to 1998 – will be riding shotgun again this year. You don’t want to miss it. / Press & Sun-Bulletin reporter and resident theater nerd Maggie Gilroy joined me to discuss this year’s Broadway season and predict Sunday night’s Tony Awards. More show tunes than I’ve ever played on the air.

Leslie Odom Jr. – “Wait For It” (“Hamilton”)
Cynthia Eribo – “I’m Here” (“The Color Purple”)
Josh Groban – “The Abduction” (“Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”)
Cast – “If I Had My Time Again” (“Groundhog Day”)
Jenn Colella – “Me and the Sky” (“Come From Away”)
Ben Platt – “Waving Through a Window” (“Dear Evan Hansen”)
Stephanie J. Block – “Holding to the Ground” (“Falsettos”)
Eva Noblezada – “I Still Believe” (“Miss Saigon”)
Bette Midler – “Hello, Dolly!” (“Hello, Dolly!”)
Phillipa Soo – “Times are Hard for Dreamers” (“Amelie”)
Christian Borle – “It Must Be Believed to be Seen” (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”)
Christy Altomare – “Journey to the Past” (“Anastasia”)
Cast – “Best Face Forward” (“War Paint”)
Glenn Close – “As If We Never Said Goodbye” (“Sunset Boulevard”)

Next week, a panel of local music fans – Eric Coker, Mary E. Donnelly and George Basler – will join me to discuss the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album.

Then the week after is the Sir Ray Davies Birthday Celebration with Kirk Madsen riding shotgun for another year.

Great to have Paul Tauterouff here for the first couple of hours. Had a good chat about the local music scenes, how bands can help themselves and the important work organizing Rock Against Suicide.

Robyn Hitchcock – “Raymond and the Wires” (Robyn Hitchcock)
Glen Campbell – “Postcard from Paris” (Adios)
Amber Rubarth – “As We Walk Into the Night” (Wildflowers in the Graveyard)
Spottiswoode – “Blaze of Glory” (Blaze of Glory)
Milkweed – “Who is Tommy Lee” (Dream of an American Family)
The Revelers – “Trip to the Moon” (Play the Swamp Pop Classics, Vol. 1)
Chris Elliott – “Star Trek, Star Wars and the Holy Bible” (Chris Elliott)
Tift Merritt (with Sam Beam) – “Day He Died” (Stitch of the World)
Alastair Moock – “Hallelujah (I Ain’t Dead)” (Alastair Moock)
Pierce Edens – “The Devil There Too” (Stripped Down / Gussied Up)
Rachel Baiman – “I Could’ve Been Your Lover Too” (Shame)
Davey O. – “Nothing Could Go Wrong” (A Bright Horizon Line)
Montgomery Delaney – “Almost Anyone” (Almost Anyone)
Quiles & Cloud – “Black Sky Lightning” (Shake Me Now)
Mouths of Babes – “Black Tea, Red Wine” (Brighter in the Dark)
Harpeth Rising – “I Did Not Make the World” (Against All Tides)
Darden Smith – “Can You See the Moon” (Everything)
David LaMotte – “Just One Candle” (The Other Way Around)
Kipyn Martin – “Madeleine” (Dance Across the Sky)
Ryanhood – “I Don’t Think I Know Anything Anymore” (Yearbook)

Looks like I’m out of town next Wednesday but I promise to find someone cool who will fill in for me. I’ll be back June 7 for sure.

When Is It On?

Summer 2017

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Wednesdays from 7 PM to 10 PM.

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