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Downtown After Dark: Doyle disc revels in dark dreams

Guitarist Mark Doyle primarily played his treasured 1954 Fender Stratocaster on his masterfully produced new disc “In Dreams: Guitar Noir 2.”

Guitarist Mark Doyle primarily played his treasured 1954 Fender Stratocaster on his masterfully produced new disc “In Dreams: Guitar Noir 2.”

— After another respectful re-creation, this time of Brian Wilson’s often overlooked 1977 “Still I Dream of It,” Doyle concludes the disc with its piéce de résistance, a four-minute version of Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams.”

Renowned for its inclusion in David Lynch’s creepy crime film, “Blue Velvet,” this lovelorn song is structured like no other. Where most rock tunes have a few verses set off by a catchy chorus or bridge, “In Dreams” has seven distinct melodies which flow seamlessly one into another ever building in emotion and intensity, and Doyle meets the challenge head-on.

The instrumental treatments on “In Dreams” benefit greatly from Doyle’s decades of studio experience, yet his arrangements and performances both on guitar and piano are so heartfelt and human listeners can’t help but to share these dreams.

In the title tune, Roy Orbison wrote, “It’s too bad that all these things / Can only happen in my dreams.” But Mark Doyle has proven that they can happen in a recording studio as well.

Doyle jams for food

Mark Doyle will perform British blues boom covers with his band The Maniacs on Saturday night, Nov. 19, at the Redhouse, 201 S. West St., on the outskirts of Armory Square, downtown.

Mark Doyle and The Maniacs, who just won their second Syracuse Area Music Award in a row, share a double bill with the Super Delinquents on that evening’s show called “Will Jam for Food,” a benefit for Meals on Wheels starting at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Super Delinquents feature the 2011 Sammys Best New Artist, drummer Liz Strodel.

Admission costs $25 each or $40 per couple; meals.org; 425-0405.

Cancellations galore!

Have you noticed all the concert cancellations that have littered the concert calendar around here this fall?

At the last minute, the Goo Goo Dolls canceled their Friday, Oct. 21, show at the Stanley Theatre in Utica, supposedly due to “illness.”

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