BEST OF 2014: Greg Haymes’ Top Concerts & Albums

January 8th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Ed Palermo Big Band

The Ed Palermo Big Band @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, 4/18/14

By Greg Haymes
Photograph by Rudy Lu

FAVORITE CONCERTS
1. Rosanne Cash @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy (March 5)
2. The Ed Palermo Big Band @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady (April 18)
3. Mary Lambert with Howie Day @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany (October 17)
4. The Mavericks @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany (November 6)
5. Harriet Tubman and Cassandra Wilson Present Black Sun @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany (March 15)
6. Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy (October 10)
7. Paul McCartney @ the Times Union Center, Albany (July 5)
8. King Crimson @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany (September 9)
9. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ the Times Union Center, Albany (May 13)
10. Queens of the Stone Age with Brody Dalle @ the Palace Theatre, Albany (July 13)
11. Wussy with Bloodshot Bill @ the Low Beat, Albany (July 24)
12. Beck with the Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger @ MASS MoCA, North Adams (June 23)
13. Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue featuring Los Straitjackets with the Cactus Blossoms @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany (December 19)
14. Living Colour with Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds and Mirk @ Empire State Plaza, Albany (June 4)
15. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany (January 12)
16. Nickel Creek @ Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival at Walsh Farm, Oak Hill (July 17)
17. Dust Bowl Faeries with Swamp Baby @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany (March 1)
18. Dom Flemons @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs (August 15)
19. Chris Isaak @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany (September 16)
20. Regina Carter @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany (March 29)

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BEST OPENING ACT
Parker Millsap opening for Patty Griffin @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany, 6/11/14
HONORABLE MENTIONS: The J. Geils Band opening for Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band @ the TU Center; Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles opening for George Thorogood & the Destroyers at the ESP Convention Center; Aloe Blacc opening for Bruno Mars at the Times Union Center; Ruthie Foster opening for Eric Bibb @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre; Bryan Thomas opening for Stephen Clair & the Millionaires @ the Steamer No. 10 Theatre.

PISSED THAT I MISSED
Hiromi: The Trio Project @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany (November 14)
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Ian McLagan @ The Linda; Vintage Trouble @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen; Lucius @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen; Jason Isbell @ MASS MoCA; Steve Bernstein’s Sexmob @ Jazz at the Lake at Shepard Park

MOST DISAPPOINTING CANCELLATIONS
Ian McLagan @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany (December 19) – the heartbreaker of the year, literally.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: The Terminal Band at Club Helsinki; Cher @ the Times Union Center; Lisa Marie Presley @ the Bearsville Theater

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Mary Lambert @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany (October 17)

BEST COMEDY SHOW
Maria Bamford @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany (May 9)
HONORABLE MENTION: Kathleen Madigan @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

BEST ART EXHIBIT
Nick Cave @ Jack Shainman Gallery: The School in Kinderhook
HONORABLE MENTION: Mary Pat Wager’s “Collection: A Retrospective” @ Albany Center Gallery

BEST THEATER
“War Horse” at Proctors, Schenectady (January 15)
HONORABLE MENTIONS: “The Mountaintop” @ Capital Repertory Theatre; “Other Desert Cities” @ Capital Repertory Theatre; “Gypsy: A Musical Fable” @ Capital Repertory Theatre; “The Book of Mormon” @ Proctors

FAVORITE ALBUMS
Rosanne Cash’s The River and the Thread (Blue Note)
Joe Henry’s Invisible Hour (Anti-)
War On Drugs’ Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
Jill Sobule’s Dottie’s Charms (Pinko)
Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems (Columbia)
The Holmes Brothers’ Brotherhood (Alligator)
Parker Millsap’s Parker Millsap (Okrahoma)
Winterpills’ Echolalia (Signature Sounds)
Bryan Ferry’s Avonmore (BMG)
Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band’s Landmarks (Blue Note)
Lake Street Dive’s Bad Self Portraits (Signature Sounds)
Sean Rowe’s Madman (Anti-)
Lucius’ Wildewoman (Play It Again Sam)

READ OTHER “BEST OF 2014” LISTS:
Fred Rudofsky’s Top 21 Albums
Steve Nover’s Top 51 Concerts
Larry Murray & Gail M. Burns’ 10 Indelible Moments of Berkshire Theater
Richard Brody’s Top 11 Concerts
Michael Eck’s Top 10 Albums
Fred Rudofsky’s Top 21 Live Music Events
Albert Brooks’ Top 11 Albums
Gene Sennes’ Top Concerts & Albums
J Hunter’s Best Jazz Albums, Part II
The Capital Land Crate Digger’s Cultural Top 10
J Hunter’s Best Jazz Albums, Part I
Stanley Johnson’s Favorite Things
Rudy Lu’s Top 10 Concerts
J Hunter’s Top 10 Concerts (And More)
Tim Livingston’s Top 10 Albums

One thought on “BEST OF 2014: Greg Haymes’ Top Concerts & Albums”

  1. greg bell says:

    sarge you forgot mikaela davis

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