Oh sure, the reunited Blotto was the headlining band at the third Exit Dome extravaganza at the WMHT-TV studios in North Greenbush last Saturday (see yesterday’s story), but they were by no means the only reason to be in attendance at the sold-out show.
Once again, the fine folks at WEXT-FM assembled a solid and wonderfully diverse line-up of Local 518 musical talent, showcasing the considerable skills and diversity of the homegrown Nippertown music scene.
Having warmed-up with a sizzling show at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany the night before, Alta Mira dazzled with their complex, prog-inspired arrangements. Meanwhile, the Ashley Pond Band churned out intoxicatingly noir-ish, blues-centric rock, as deliciously dark as it was seductive.
Concert-goers were also treated to performances by singer-songwriters Matt Durfee, John Scarpulla (with guitarist Brian Shafer) and Chris Carey (who now has the distinction of being the only musician to perform at all three of WEXT’s Exit Dome concerts).
Emcee Dave Michaels managed to keep the entire show running on schedule – or at least pretty damn close – and by the time that all of the musicians returned to the stage for the end-of-the-night, rafter-rattling uber-jam of “One After 909,” no one in the the audience could say that they didn’t get their money’s worth of entertainment.
Thanks to WEXT-FM for another great night of music. When’s the next one?
Photographs by Michael Hochanadel. Here are more of Michael’s photos from this event.