LIVE: Felicia Collins @ the Music Haven, 8/9/15

September 1st, 2015, 4:09 pm by Greg
Felicia Collins

Felicia Collins

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Stanley Johnson, Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

“Traveling the world one concert at a time…” That’s the theme of the free concert series that Mona Golub presents each summer at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park. And after a world-class season of globe-trotting through the marvelous musics of Peru, Spain, Great Britain, India, New Orleans, Mali and Indonesia, it seemed only fitting that the series should conclude its summer-long journey with a richly rewarding homecoming concert.

If you were a regular viewer of “The Late Show With David Letterman,” then you already know what a mega-talent Felicia Collins is. She was a guitarist in the late night talk show’s house band – known as as the CBS Orchestra, aka the World’s Most Dangerous Band – since Letterman switched to CBS-TV back in 1993. And as led by keyboardist/Letterman-foil Paul Shaffer, that band was known for its eclectic nature and uncanny ability to play almost any song imaginable.

So, there was one big question before Collins played the season-closing show at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park – What kind of music would she play as a bandleader? The short answer is … the blues, but she mixed in some soul and funk during her 85-minute show on a perfect summer evening.

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All’s Fair: From Altamont to Schaghticoke, from Fonda to Chatham

September 1st, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
A young man relaxes with his cow in the afternoon.

A young man relaxes with his cow in the afternoon.

Photographs by Michael Seinberg

It’s September, and that means that the Local 518 county fair season is kicking into high gear with plenty of animal judging, fried dough, racing pigs, karaoke, cotton candy, amusement rides on the midway and all-around last-gasp-of-summer fun…

Nippertown contributor Michael Seinberg captured the fab fair fun at last month’s Altamont Fair, which has closed for another year, but there are still quite a few other nearby fairs that you won’t want to miss:

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A FEW MINUTES WITH… Gregg Allman

September 1st, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

Interview and story by Don Wilcock

How many times over the last 46 years, have rock fans held their collective breath fearing that the downs in the Allman Brothers Band’s career would spell the end to keyboardist-singer Gregg Allman’s performing, songwriting and recording?

Not yet, brothers and sisters, not yet…

A year and a half after “the last Allman Brothers concert” at New York’s Beacon Theater, guitarist Warren Haynes has moved on with his band Gov’t Mule and hosting Mountain Jam; guitarist DerekTrucks is touring with the Tedeschi/Trucks Band, who played Saratoga Performing Arts Center last month; and Gregg Allman plays SPAC with his solo band on Friday (September 4), the last show of a three-month summer tour package with the Doobie Brothers.

Meanwhile, Rounder Records has released a 2-CD, single-DVD package Gregg Allman Live Back to Macon, Ga.; and Allman has plans to record a new solo record with producer Don Was, whose credits include the Neville Brothers’ best-ever record, Yellow Moon.

“I am writing new songs,” says Allman. “I’m working on some things to take into the studio in December. I’m going to be working with Don Was, who has produced the Stones and Bonnie Raitt, among many other greats. I’m very excited about that; the future looks bright, brother!”

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The Egg Announces a New Concert

September 1st, 2015, 1:03 pm by Greg
Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Blues guitar master Buddy Guy is headed into The Egg in Albany…

In support of his new album, Born to Play Guitar, blues guitarslinger and six-time Grammy Award-winner Buddy Guy and his band will be making a tour stop at The Egg’s Hart Theatre at 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 11.

Priced at $49, $59 & $79, tickets are currently available exclusively to members of The
Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (September 4).

FREE: Live! Folklife Concert Series @ the Crandall Library

September 1st, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
The North and South Dakotas

The North and South Dakotas

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yes, it’s September, and the free outdoor summer series season is winding down (although there are still a few still on the calendar), but, of course, that doesn’t mean the end of no-dough shows.

The 2015 fall edition of the Live! Folklife Concert Series is gearing up at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, and there’s an impressive line-up of musical talent on tap. And, yes, you guessed it – admission is free…

The concerts take place at 7pm on Thursdays, beginning with Annie & the Hedonists on Thursday, September 17 and continuing through October 29 with a special show that finds Ramblin Jug Stompers teaming up with veteran jazz/blues/soul singer Jill Hughes on October 29.

The fall concert series is being held in conjunction with the Folklife Gallery’s photographic exhibition, A Transitional Interpretation: American Roots Music by Five Photographers, featuring the work of Local 518 photographers Joseph Deuel, Enid Farber, Bryan Lasky, Andrzej Pilarczyk and Lawrence White.

Here’s the schedule of 2015′s free fall concerts at the Crandall Library:

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FREE FEST: Wall Street Jazz Festival @ Kingston’s Wall Street on Saturday

September 1st, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg
Ingrid Jensen

Ingrid Jensen

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

The 12th annual Wall Street Jazz Festival takes over the corner of Wall and North Front streets in Kingston on Saturday (September 5) for an evening-long outdoor celebration of jazz beginning at 6pm.

In case of inclement weather, the free music fest will move indoors to the BSP Lounge in Kingston.

Here’s the schedule of bands performing at the 2015 Wall Street Jazz Festival:

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New Concerts Announced for the Colonial Theatre & The Garage

September 1st, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield has added three new concerts to its fall schedule of shows, and The Garage – which is the performance space in the lobby of the Colonial Theatre – has announced the kick-off of the new Laugh Lounge, hosting rapidly up-and-coming comedians.

Here’s the round-up of the new shows announced for the Colonial Theatre, as well as The Garage:

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9/1/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

September 1st, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady, 21st century big band music. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Counting Crows @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. In support of their latest album Somewhere Under Wonderland. With Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Off Track Band @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. John & Orion Kribs and friends wrap up their weekly racing season residency with special guests. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Silver Arrow Band @ the Parish Public House, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

READING/PERFORMANCE: The Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. Kickin’ off season five… 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm open mic hosted by Kevin Peterson; 8pm slam hosted by Thom Francis. $5; $3 students.

MUSIC: Donny “Elvis” Romines @ Brunswick Family Community Center Lawn, Troy. The Elvis tribute artist wraps up the free Brunswick concert series. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

OPEN MIC: Open Mic with Cameron & Ryder @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 6pm sign-up; 7pm show. FREE.

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