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.
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:
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!”
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).
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 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:
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.