LIVE: Tonic/Rare Earth @ Empire State Plaza, 8/15/12

Jeff Russo and Dan Lavery of Tonic (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Jeff Russo and Dan Lavery of Tonic (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Additional photographs by Timothy Reidy

The annual Empire State Food Festival took place earlier this month in Albany, and Nippertown chief photographer Andrzej Pilarczyk dropped by to snap a few shots of the fest’s headliners – early ’70s classic rockers Rare Earth and ’90s alt-rockers Tonic. Nippertown contributor Timothy Reidy also spent the day at the Empire State Plaza, snapping away.

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Also performing at the free day-long festival on the Empire State Plaza were Local 518 faves Alta Mira, Message from Vega and the Mike McMann Duo.

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Additional photographs by Timothy Reidy at 3Garcons
Excerpt from David Singer’s review at The Daily Gazette: “Rare Earth and Tonic were the featured bands Wednesday night for the Empire State Plaza Food Festival, with the members of the legendary Rare Earth seeming older than expected and Tonic too young to have released their first album in 1996… Rare Earth is an old band working hard to survive off their original heyday in the early 1970s. It was an uphill battle Wednesday night. It was nice to hear their Motown hits, but they felt a bit tired on this round… Tonic came out after Rare Earth with a streak of high-spirited songs driven by the heavy guitar chords of Jeff Russo and catchy melodies layered on top by singer Emerson Hart. Opening hard with two of their hits, “Open Up Your Eyes,” and “Take Me As I Am,” they surprised with their solid four-man sound and good songs.”

Tonic (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Tonic (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Rare Earth's Ray Monette (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Rare Earth’s Ray Monette (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Randy Burghdoff and Gil Bridges of Rare Earth (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Randy Burghdoff and Gil Bridges of Rare Earth (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Alta Mira's  Joe D. Michon-Huneau (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Alta Mira’s Joe D. Michon-Huneau (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Message From Vega (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Message From Vega (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Tonic (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Tonic (photo by Timothy Reidy)

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