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“The Voice”: Fultonville’s Sawyer Fredericks Advances to the Elite Eight

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

On Tuesday night’s episode of NBC-TV’s hit singing competition “The Voice,” it was revealed to absolutely no one’s surprise that, as a result of his Monday night performance of the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris,” 16-year-old Fultonville farmboy Sawyer Fredericks – the youngest contestant still standing – would be moving on in the competition, advancing from the Top 10 to the Elite Eight.

Tune in at 8pm on Monday (April 27) to see what Fredericks pulls out of his songbag in his bid to GO. ALL. THE. WAY…

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“The Voice”: Sawyer Fredericks Goes Goo Goo

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Sawyer Fredericks – the Local 518 youngster from Fultonville – still hasn’t lost his ever-present bowler hat, but he hasn’t lost his mojo, either. On Monday night’s (April 20) episode of NBC-TV’s hit singing competition, “The Voice,” the teenage farmboy tackled the Goo Goo Dolls’ big ballad “Iris” backed by a string section.

Not exactly what we’d describe as his strong suit – considering that he entered the whole competition with his simple, unadorned audition rendition of the folk song “A Man of Constant Sorrow.” But he nailed “Iris.” And the last lines of the song – the repeated lyrics, “I just want you to know who I am” – resonated deeply. Sawyer, everyone knows who you are now. A bang-up job.

Fan voting for “The Voice” contestants continues til the deadline of 12noon today (Tuesday, April 21), and we’re betting that Fredericks had the right stuff to advance from the Top 10 to the next Top 8 round without a problem. Tune in at 8pm tonight to find out…

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“The Voice”: Sawyer Fredericks Moves Into the Top 10
“The Voice”: Sawyer Fredericks Tackles “Imagine”
Congrats to Sawyer Fredericks!
“The Voice”: Sawyer Fredericks Has No Trouble with “Trouble”
Fultonville’s Sawyer Fredericks on “The Voice”: Knockout or Knocked Out?
“The Voice”: Sawyer Fredericks vs. Noelle Bybee on “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”
“The Voice”: Fultonville’s Sawyer Fredericks Delivers the Goods with “Man of Constant Sorrow”

“The Voice”: Sawyer Fredericks Moves Into the Top 10

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The suspense didn’t last long for fans of Fultonville teenager Sawyer Fredericks. On last night’s (Tuesday, April 14) episode of NBC-TV’s hit singing competition “The Voice,” Fredericks was the second singer announced to advance to the Top 10, thanks to viewer voting.

GO HERE to watch last night’s full episode of “The Voice”…

The Fultonville farmboy Fredericks will return to the spotlight on “The Voice” at 8pm on Monday (April 20), in hopes of advancing to the next round of the competition.

ALSO SEE:
“The Voice”: Sawyer Fredericks Tackles “Imagine”
Congrats to Sawyer Fredericks!
“The Voice”: Sawyer Fredericks Has No Trouble with “Trouble”
Fultonville’s Sawyer Fredericks on “The Voice”: Knockout or Knocked Out?
“The Voice”: Sawyer Fredericks vs. Noelle Bybee on “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”
“The Voice”: Fultonville’s Sawyer Fredericks Delivers the Goods with “Man of Constant Sorrow”

“The Voice”: Sawyer Fredericks Tackles “Imagine”

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Last night on “The Voice,” NBC-TV’s singing competition, 16-year-old Fultonville farmboy Sawyer Fredericks tackled John Lennon’s iconic hymn “Imagine.” While it wasn’t his best performance on the show, he showed a great deal of poise, and his performance should certainly be enough to carry him into the next round of the Top 10.

Voting in the Top 12 round will continue until the 12noon deadline today (Tuesday, April 14). And at 8pm tonight, “The Voice” will announce the results of Monday’s competition, when two singers will be eliminated.

GO HERE to vote…

Congrats to Sawyer Fredericks!

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Sawyer Fredericks – the long-haired, bowler-wearing, 16-year-old farmboy from the Local 518′s Fultonville – wowed viewers of NBC-TV’s hit singing competition “The Voice” on Monday evening (April 6) in the opening night of the show’s Live Playoff competition.

And in Wednesday night’s (April 8) results show, it was revealed that Fredericks was indeed moving on in the competition as a member of the Top 12 remaining contestants.

Tune in at 8pm on Monday (April 13) to see if he can keep his dream alive.

GO HERE to watch last night’s full episode…

Lee Shaw to Be Honored with Jazz Hero Award & Movie Premiere

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and in celebration, the NYC-based the Jazz Journalists Association has announced the 24 recipients of the Jazz Hero Award, including the Local 518′s longtime Queen of Piano Jazz, Lee Shaw.

The 88-year-old pianist – who suffered a life-threatening heart attack and stroke just a couple of months ago – is planning to be on hand to receive the award at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady at 2:30pm on Sunday (April 12).

GO HERE to read more about Shaw from the Jazz Journalists Association.

The award ceremony is the centerpiece of Sunday’s free, day-long celebration of jazz from 2:30-6pm at Proctors.

Following the presentation, Shaw will also be honored with the world premiere screening of “Lee’s 88 Keys,” a documentary about her life by Saugerties-based filmmaker Susan Robbins. Says Robbins, “For me, music has always represented both love and healing. Lee’s life exemplifies these traits. Her talent, intellect, charm and passion for life, people and music are infectious. Lee is also an exceptional role model. The world needs more great role models. It needs more love and more healing, and the world should to know more about Lee Shaw on a grand scale.”

Wrapping up the day’s festivities, the Schenectady Musicians Union’s Jazz Appreciation Month Jam will follow the screening at 4pm in Proctors’ Robb Alley with performances by several acclaimed Local 518 jazz artists including the Keith Pray Quartet and Michael Benedict & Bopitude with special guest baritone saxman Gary Smulyan.

“The Voice”: Sawyer Fredericks Has No Trouble with “Trouble”

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The long-haired 16-year-old farmboy from Fultonville, Sawyer Fredericks wowed viewers of NBC-TV’s “The Voice” once again on Monday evening (April 6), singing a soulful rendition of Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble” on the opening night of the show’s Live Playoff competition.

In the Live Playoff round, the winners are determined by fan voting. Deadline for voting is 12noon today (Tuesday, April 7), so GO HERE and make your voice heard.

GO HERE to watch last night’s full episode…

“Sideman”: Dave Durocher and Jim Hoke, Nippertonians in Nashville

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Yes, it’s a meeting of two Nippertown expats…

Longtime Local 518 music fans will remember Dave Durocher as a versatile drummer on the scene, perhaps most notably with the rockabilly band Jeannie Smith & the Hurricanes, who chased their major-label dreams to Nashville.

All these years later Durocher is still based in Music City, and he has recently launched a new online video series, “Sideman,” which finds him interviewing the musicians who help make the music we love but who rarely step into the spotlight.

Episodes of “Sideman” feature interviews with power-popster Bill Lloyd (Foster & Lloyd), George Marinelli (Bruce Hornsby & the Range, Bonnie Raitt) and the E Street Band’s bassist Garry Tallent.

Of particular note in the series is his interview with multi-talented Schenectady native Jim Hoke, who is a go-to guy on the Nashville scene for saxophone and other woodwinds, harmonica, pedal steel guitar and a whole bunch of other instruments. Hoke – the brother of The Daily Gazette music writer Michael Hochanadel – has an almost impossibly varied and rich discography that stretches from George Jones to NRBQ, from My Morning Jacket to Burt Bacharach, from Buddy Guy to John Legend.

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