LIVE: The Chronicles @ the Madison Theater, 11/20/15

December 7th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Jeff Nania, Bryan Brundige and Tara Merritt

Jeff Nania, Bryan Brundige and Tara Merritt

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The Chronicles rocked the nearly full house at the Madison Theater in Albany at their recent concert.

Their horn led funky sound was electrified and modified with electronic effects on the saxophone and trombone by band leaders Jeff Nania and Bryan Brundige, respectively. Ace guitarist Justin Henricks alternated between rhythm and leads as needed. The danceable groove was kept by the always-in-the-pocket rhythm section of Dan Lawson and Andrae Surgick. Keyboard player Marcelle Johnson provided funky fills in between.

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The highlight of the concert was Tara Merritt’s guest vocals on the Stevie Wonder warhorse “Superstition,” which had the crowd up off their seats and dancing.

Opening was Girl Blue with her alt-rock stylings accompanied by One Red Martian, who also played a set of their own – their first electric gig in three years – featuring mostly original material.

In between sets, DJ Truemaster Trimingham was spinning everything from contemporary sounds to music of the ’20s and ’30s.

It was quite an evening of enjoyable music.

GO HERE to see more of Rudy Lu’s photographs of the concert…

Marcelle Johnson, Bryan Brundige and Jeff Nania

Marcelle Johnson, Bryan Brundige and Jeff Nania

Andrae Surgick, Dan Lawson and Marcelle Johnson

Andrae Surgick, Dan Lawson and Marcelle Johnson

One Red Martian

One Red Martian

Girl Blue

Girl Blue

DJ Truemaster Trimingham

DJ Truemaster Trimingham