On the same Thursday night that Eddie Money was entertaining thousands at Alive@5 in Albany’s Riverfront Park and the Goo Goo Dolls were performing for thousands more at SPAC, the Performing Arts Showcase took place for several hundred in attendance at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs.
What was the Performing Arts Showcase?
It was a free-to-the public presentation of talented national and regional musicians (as well as one regional modern dance company) performing a wide spectrum of musical styles from African world-beat through European classical styles to some jazz, blues and roots Americana.
Highlights of the evening included the sometimes comedic but always jazz-guitar driven mastery of Frank Vignola and his trio; the impassioned blues-tinged singing of Deva Mahal (Taj’s daughter) fronting Fredericks Brown; and the evening’s dynamic closer Daniel Bernard Roumain with Yayoi Ikawa, a devilishly inspired duo with musical sparks flying from Roumain’s violin and bow, tantalizing the audience with every note.
This smorgasbord of diverse performance was a collaborative venture between Skidmore College (providing the venue), The Egg (providing the stage crew) and NYSCA (the financial assistance to make it happen), taking place under the banner of the New York State Performing Arts Presenters Network.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk