LIVE: Troy Night Out, 8/31/12

Review and videos by Joel Patterson

If you’re crazy for Keith Pray’s smooth but sassy saxophone jazz – and you should be! – and you’d stumbled in behind me at a quarter to 10 last Friday night, this is what greeted you: the master in his element. The various incarnations of this band (stalwart sidemen Scott Bassinlon on keys and Bob Hadlock on drums, tonight’s guests Bobby Kendall on acoustic bass and an exceedingly excellent Tim Reyes on guitar – often we see Mike Lawrence/bass, Jim Wilson/guitar) always do a similar thing: treat every song as a heady exploration into musical territory where anything could happen, where the signposts swing and the roadways sway. That’s the key thing – it’s as much of a thrill for them as it is for us, the audience.

Also of note: Design It Together has become a must-play on the indie trendsetter touring circuit: witness Home Body, a girl/guy electro-dance-pop duo and their ingenious, advanced mix of light show and live dance routine.

And at the Black Box Theater at the Art Center of the Capital Region, the Gong Lab with guest Diane Simpson on singing bowls turned into a “gong bath” environment – jacuzzi for the soul.

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