BEST OF 2013: Tim Livingston’s Favorite Shows of the Year

Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur

Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur @ Club Helsinki, January 27 2013

Story and photographs by Tim Livingston
Additional photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Here’s a list of a dozen concerts that I attended last year and had a lot of fun at:

1. “Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, January 27. Featuring Tommy Stinson, Melissa Auf der Maur, Meshell Ndegeocello and Melora Creager.

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2. Nick Lowe @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, August 21

3. Ryder & Hazel with the Dust Bowl Faeries @ the Branch Gallery, North Adams, October 31.

Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys @ Club Helsinki, 4/7/13 (photo by Tim Livingston)

Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys

4. Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, April 7

5. The Flatlanders @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, April 14.

6. Trapper Schoepp & the Shades @ the Half Moon, Hudson, June 28.

Richard Barone

Richard Barone (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

7. Richard Barone @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany, September 28.

8. Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, August 10.

9. The Pluto Walkers @ Red’s Restaurant, Coxsackie, December 27.

10. Grainbelt @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany, November 29. Their annual Black Friday show…

Gail Ann Dorsey, Simi Stone and Sara Lee

Gail Ann Dorsey, Simi Stone and Sara Lee

11. Simi Stone @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, December 7.

12. Kristmas Kook @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, December 21. Featuring Musty Chiffon, Tommy Stinson/Chip Roberts, the Double D’s, Human Sexual Response and more.

Peter Wolf @ The Egg, Albany
Joe Ely @ the Hangar, Troy
The Waterboys @ The Linda and The Egg (both shows)


ALBUM OF THE YEAR: New Model Army’s Between Dog and Wolf


BEST NEW BAND: The Dust Bowl Faeries
Runners-up: The Faux Meek, the Double D’s, Monster Jaw

BEST DRESSED BAND: The Dust Bowl Faeries (part of what makes them Best New Band)

BEST PERFORMANCE UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES: Richard Barone at Valentine’s Music Hall, September 28. With the misfortune of playing in town on a day when “everything” was going on, Richard treated the smallish crowd to a blockbuster show worthy of a packed venue.

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS: A new album (the Last Conspirators’ A Celebration of Fury), a new acoustic duo (Two Cats in Suits), a new radio show (“Radio Warfare” on WGXC-FM) and a return to the main stage of LarkFest after 32 years. And, yes, you can go back.

BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Road managing seven Dust Bowl Faeires shows without losing a single piece of equipment, hat box or deer head.

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