LIVE: Eric Johnson Electric Band @ Cohoes Music Hall, 5/22/17

June 26th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

But in October, guitarslinger Eric Johnson made a solo stop at the Cohoes Music Hall in support of his first-ever acoustic album, EJ, and he showcased his unplugged firepower.

But with featured spots on the all-star Experience Hendrix tour-stops at the Palace Theatre in recent years, he’s proven what he can do when he plugs in and rocks out.

So fans old and new were on hand to welcome Johnson back to Greater Nippertown last month, as he brought along his electric band – drummer Joe Travers and bassist Chris Maresh – for a return engagement at the Cohoes Music Hall.

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LIVE: Los Straitjackets & Marshall Crenshaw @ Daryl’s House, 6/23/17

June 26th, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg

Fresh from wrapping up a European tour with the E Street Band’s Garry Talent, guitarslinger Eddie Angel reconvened with Los Straitjackets and hit the road with veteran popmeister Marshall Crenshaw, playing their own twang-filled instrumentals, as well as serving as Crenshaw’s backing band.

Last weekend, they played Daryl’s House in Pawling, and that’s about as close as the tour is coming to Greater Nippertown.

If you didn’t catch the show in person, here’s the next best thing – a live video of the full concert. There are a few audio glitches near the start, but overall, it’s a great vid…

THEATER REVIEW: “Million Dollar Quartet” @ Unicorn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

June 26th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara

Company of “Million Dollar Quartet,” Photo by Emma Rothenberg-Ware.

Review by Macey Levin

On December 4, 1956, in the seedy recording studio of Sun Records in Nashville, Tennessee, four iconic rock and roll musicians met in an improvised jam session. Immortalized by a photograph of Elvis Presley at the piano staring up at Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, this major moment in music history is the inspiration for the rollicking and nostalgic show Million Dollar Quartet currently at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

The founder of Sun Records, Sam Phillips (Ben Nordstrom), who discovered and nurtured the four singers, narrates the story of these relationships as he reflects on the development of his recording label. He tells us that after Presley’s (Brycen Katolinsky) initial success “Blue Suede Shoes” which Perkins (Colin Summers) wrote and performed until overshadowed by Presley, he sold Elvis’s contract to RCA records for $40,000 in order to keep Sun from going out of business. A factor in arranging the session that memorable day was to bring the two men together to mend fences; Elvis arrives with his current girl friend Dyanne (Christy Coco). Coincidentally, Lewis (Gabriel Aronson), Phillips’ newest discovery, is present; Cash (Bill Sheets) just happens to be in the neighborhood but with an ulterior motive.

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A FEW MINUTES WITH: Corey Parsons of Banditos

June 26th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Don Wilcock

“We know each other better than we know ourselves,” says Corey Parsons, vocalist/guitarist and songwriter for Banditos, who open for Lucero at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Tuesday (June 27). “We’ve all known each other for over 10 years. I was with Danny Vines, our bass player, when he got his first bass. We’re the closest thing to family we have.”

They’re so tight, you forget there are six individuals in the band. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Banditos have a twang to their rock bang, but their orchestral primitive delivery slides through genres like Vaseline on hot pavement, informing their music with influences as varied as The Ramones, Jefferson Airplane and Waylon Jennings.

“Oh, man. We hardly have to even talk to each other.(Chuckle) I can tell you what our banjo player (Stephen Pierce) is going to order to eat depending on what restaurant we stop at. He’s a meat and cheese kind of guy. No condiments, no vegetables – hamburgers or cheeseburgers. If they have an option for a cheeseburger, that’s what he’s getting. It could be a fine restaurant – meat and cheese.”

And what has Parsons learned in 10 years about Mary Beth Richardson, lead vocalist and the only woman in the band? “I can’t think of a good one that won’t piss her off.”

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FREE: Rensselaer Family Summer Concert Series

June 26th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Video by Joel Patterson

Rensselaer’s Family Summer Concert Series takes place at 6pm on Wednesdays on the lawn of the North End Firehouse through August 9. Admission is free.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2017 summer season:

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T-Shirt Slogans Seen @ Solid Sound, 6/24/17

June 26th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg


You can tell a lot about a band by the t-shirts that their fans wear to their concert. At a festival, it’s more of a hodge-podge. At Day Two of the Solid Sound festival, we spotted dozens of different Wilco t-shirts, but far and away the most ubiquitous t-shirt slogan declared, “We’re All in This Together,” amended in smaller lettering underneath with “Except Trump. He’s a Dick.”

Here’s a random sampling of some other t-shirts spotted at Solid Sound at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday, June 24:

The Band
Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles
Umphrey’s McGee
Portugal. The Man
Dance Like Russia Isn’t Watching
Smashing Pumpkins
World Party
To Write Love on Her Arms
The Jayhawks
Feel the Tonic Boom!
Haiti Pays De Mes Reves
The J. Geils Band
CSNY, Freedom of Speech 2006

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FREE: Brunswick Summer Concert Series @ Brunswick Community Center

June 26th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg
Emerald City

Emerald City

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

Here is the line-up for the free Brunswick Summer Concert Series, which takes place on the lawn of the Brunswick Family Community Center in Troy at 6:30pm on Tuesdays.

Here’s the schedule for the 2017 season at Brunswick:

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6/26/17: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

June 26th, 2017, 6:58 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Gage Brothers @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. In support of their new self-titled sophomore album. With Hamilton Craig. 10pm.

MUSIC: Desolate @ the Low Beat, Albany. In support of their debut EP, Ruiners. With Amnesty Please, Born a New, Boundaries, Somewhere to Call Home. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Let Go Daylight @ Jack’s Drive-In, Wynantskill. With Shoebox Dojo. 6pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Million Dollar Quartet” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. The Tony Award-winning jukebox musical delivers an evening of rock ‘n roll classics featuring Brycen Katolinsky (as Elvis Presley), Colin Summers (as Carl Perkins), Gabriel Aronson (as Jerry Lee Lewis) and Bill Sheets (as Johnny Cash). 7pm. $65. Through Saturday, July 15.

MUSIC: Landon Tewers @ the Fuze Box, Albany. With World War Me. 6:30pm. $12. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

MUSIC: Rotterdam Town Jazz Band @ Rotterdam Senior Center lawn, Rotterdam. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

OPEN MIC: Monday Open Mic Night @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm show. $3; students free.

JAM SESSION: Blue Monday Blues Jam @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Hosted by Scotty Mac. 8pm. FREE.

FILM: “Saturday Night Fever” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. 2, 4:30 & 7pm. $5.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…

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