Live at Rockwood Music Hall: Celebrating the Music of Serious Pilgrim

by Martin Rivas

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Jason Megna From the early 90's Martin and Pete sung a few songs last month and sounded as good as back then, Amazing,, Hope to see this again Favorite track: Chimerique (with Peter Bavaro).


Martin Rivas celebrated the music of Serious Pilgrim, the band he was in from age 21 to age 28, with a show at Rockwood Music Hall in rainy New York City, on 10 April 2013, the date which happened to be the 24th anniversary of the band's first rehearsal.

He was joined on four songs by surprise guest and fellow-Serious-Pilgrim-alumnus Peter Bavaro, the first time Martin and Peter have performed together publicly since the band's farewell show in 1996. This recording reveals the blend of their voices to feel instantly familiar, natural, and most of all urgently strong, even without any rehearsal whatsoever before the show took place.

Since Serious Pilgrim, Martin has recorded 6 albums' worth of remarkably solid sonic material, but, on this particular night, he felt compelled to play a show that exclusively featured songs by Serious Pilgrim. A celebration, if I may. A deep listen to this recording clearly displays the through-line that connects Martin's solo material to these songs created far earlier in his life. The relationship is clear, even on songs that he didn't sing lead on in Serious Pilgrim.

To hear these compositions in such relatively quiet context in comparison to the maelstrom that was a Serious Pilgrim show in the 1990s feels as much like a complete re-introduction as it does a comfortable reacquaintance. I, for one, am thrilled that Martin performed the songs in so intimate a setting, permitting the nuances of melody and chordal progression stand as tall as they ever had occasion to.

May you enjoy listening to these recordings half as much as I did. How I wish I was in America to attend this show! Whether you were in attendance or not, let these recordings serve as a souvenir of a fitting and loving closing chapter in the history of a band that mattered far too much to have been heard as little as they were.

-Sir Randall Roberts


released April 27, 2013

Recorded at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1, New York City, 10 April 2013.

Sound engineer: Drew Thornton.

Martin Rivas: vocals, guitar

Peter Bavaro: guest vocalist on "Chimerique," "Roses," "Burning Fever," and "Permanent Part."



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Brooklyn native Martin Rivas has been a stalwart participant and supporter of NYC-based underground music since his days in early-90s critical darlings & CBGB regulars Serious Pilgrim. Martin’s music has always taken the listener on a sonic journey that feels new and familiar; now that fatherhood has introduced him to his greatest passion, his 7th album is certain to take some compelling twists. ... more

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