Musical icons have graced The Chance Theater for decades and on Friday, March 6, The Machine, rocked the Poughkeepsie venue. This is a band that has built its legacy playing the music of legendary Pink Floyd, and they have proved to be quite masterful at it. They played two long sets, digging deep into Pink Floyd’s catalog and jamming into early Saturday morning.
Bassist and lead vocalist Adam Minkoff promised early in the evening that they would play plenty of songs and The Machine delivered. They opened with “Have A Cigar,” instantly lighting up the crowd. Guitarist Ryan Ball hit each note accurately and shredded an emotional solo during “Wish You Were Here.” Drummer Tahrah Cohen emulates Nick Mason’s style perfectly and demonstrated her talent with a tight solo leading into “Time.”
Scott Chasolen tore up his keys rig during “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” and reminded you can’t have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat. “Comfortably Numb” was another favorite that had the Poughkeepsie faithful singing along. They also mixed in songs that don’t get as much radio time like “If” and “Sheep” and performed “The Trial.”
The Machine’s musical prowess is undeniable and the show’s production is also fascinating. A well-choreographed light show accompanied the music—lights flared up with time changes and colors were in tune with the mood of the music. Between songs, the room went dark except for small neon lights around the stage that stayed lit. The theater never went silent. There was always something reverberating or ticking even when the music was at a lull.
The show lasted just over three hours and few people left early. As can be expected at a Floyd tribute show, the crowd ranged in age from 16 to 66 and had fairly equal representation of all age groups in between. Despite the variance in attendees’ backgrounds, everyone left with a smile and one of their favorite Pink Floyd tunes still ringing in their heads.