With the nucleus of founding guitarist Damien Paris and vocalist Aaron Lazar, the Giraffes have survived and thrived despite challenges that would fell most bands. In 2002, Paris was shot in the leg after a wild gig in Brooklyn; in 2005, Lazar, after suffering two heart attacks and a seizure, had a defibrillator implanted, which went off three times in 30 seconds during a show in Chicago—but he finished the set anyway. Slow Collins, featuring former Giraffes bassist and Hudson resident John Rosenthal, will open this rare upstate date.
The Giraffes and Slow Collins will perform at the Half Moon in Hudson, New York, on January 30 at 9pm. Admission is $5. For more information, call (518) 828-1562 or visit http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/.