BEST OF 2016: Rudy Lu’s Top 10 Concerts

December 28th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg
Triple Play

Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play @ Universal Preservation Hall

Story and photograph by Rudy Lu

Yes, it’s that time of year once again – best of the year list-time, that is. We’re gathering together Best of 2016 from various media outlets, our own contributors and our readers, too.

Here’s a list of the Top 10 Concerts of the Year, as compiled by contributing Nippertown photographer Rudy Lu:

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Those who know me, know I have extremely eclectic tastes – admittedly leaning heavily toward jazz, though – and this year’s list reflects that. In chronological order, here’s my Top 10 live performances of the year:

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones @ The Egg, Albany, June 2. A reunion of the Flecktones including the long-departed Howard Levy on harmonica

The Dan Brubeck Quartet @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs, June 24

The Chronicles (as Earth, Wind & Fire) and Thump Gospel (as Michael Jackson) @ Alive at Five in Tricentennial Park, Albany, June 30

Jerry Douglas & the Earls of Leicester and Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ the Music Haven in Central Park, Schenectady, July 13

Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs, July 22

DakhaBrakha at the Music Haven in Central Park, Schenectady, August 7

Sketches of Influence with Joel Frahm @ Troy Kitchen, Troy, August 23

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, November 7

Betty & the Baby Boomers @ The Linda, Albany, November 12

The Jeff “Tain” Watts Quintet @ the Falcon, Marlboro, December 11

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Frank Lacy and 1032K @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, October 8
“Interplanetary Music: An Evening of Sun Ra” @ BSP Lounge, Kingston, November 27

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