By Jay Behrke

BEACON – Six years ago, while serving in Iraq, Wolf Critton first picked up a guitar, and he’ll gladly tell you he has not put it down since. Critton – a dynamic and talented musician who has quickly attracted attention in musically attuned circles, is performing at the Ritz Saturday night with drummer Mike Colonna.

“My mom was a choir singer, so you can imagine – you know, Mariah Carey,” said Critton, who was given his first guitar by a friend who was killed in killed in Iraq. “My father, on the other hand, didn’t sing so much, but he all about Led Zeppelin, the Eagles. He would sit down with me, and play them for me.”

His experience in the military changed his life and musical perspective. While growing up in Harlem with a hip hop sensibility, war somehow gave rock more shrift in his changing world. “Once I went overseas and I did all the things that they were rapping about, it didn’t seem cool anymore. Rap lost all its feeling and connection for me, and rock actually made more sense.”

And rock he does. With Colonna’s precise percussion backing him up, the young performer brings a unique brand of energy to the stage. Be sure to catch this comet before it rises to another stratosphere.

Tickets are $25 on Safe Harbors of the Hudson’s website, or at the box office by calling 845-784-1199. Specially priced student tickets are $10 and only available at the box office the evening of the performance. The show begins at 8 p.m. and goes to 9:30. The box office is located at 109 Broadway and opens at 7 p.m.




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