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LIVE: The Summer Hoot @ Ashokan Center, 8/26/16

Monday, September 26th, 2016


Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Old-timey music meets bluegrass meets roots Americana meets psychedelic rock – the fourth annual Summer Hoot festival at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge had a little something for everybody.

Giving a nod to the folk origins of this festival, the two outdoor performance stages that were next to each other were named the Pete Stage and the Toshi Stage.



LIVE: Heard @ the Empire State Plaza, 8/17/16

Monday, September 26th, 2016


Photographs by Tim Reidy

Led by keyboardist-vocalist-percussionist-composer Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, the Local 518 jazz-meets-world-beat ensemble Heard offered a cool breeze of sound last month on Albany’s Empire State Plaza as part of the free lunchtime concert series, Made in the Shade of The Egg.


HEARD: Playlist, 9/19-25/16

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Just so you know where our ears have been at, here’s a rundown of what we’ve been spinning at Nippertown HQ this past week (CDs, vinyl, streaming and maybe even a cassette or two):

The Band: 7/20/76 @ Casino Arena, Asbury Park (via YouTube)
The Band: 12/31/83 @ San Francisco Civic Auditorium (via YouTube)
Okkyung Lee & Christian Marclay: Amalgam (Northern Spy, 2016)
Warpaint: Heads Up (Rough Trade, 2016)
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Original Soundtrack to “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son” (Milan, 2016)
Rosanne Cash: Rhythm & Romance (Columbia, 1985)
Buffalo Springfield: Last Time Around (Atco, 1968)
Marshall Crenshaw: Marshall Crenshaw (Warner Bros., 1982)
Various artists: Music from Saharan Cellphones, Volume 1 (Sahel Sounds, 2011)
M Shanghai: Bedlam (M Shanghai, 2016)
Chris Whitley: Living With the Law (Columbia, 1991)
Juggernaut Jug Band: Jugstaposition (Juggernaut Jug Band, 2002)
Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur: Penny’s Farm (Kingswood, 2016)
John Prine: For Better, or Worse (Oh Boy, 2016)
Paul Butterfield’s Better Days: Live at Winterland Ballroom (Bearsville, 1973)
Michael Chiklis: Influence (Extravaganza Music, 2016)
Norman Greenbaum: The Definitive Anthology (Smith & Co., 2003)
Ultravox: Brilliant (Chrysalis, 2012)
The Necks: Sex (Private Music, 1995)
Bruce Springsteen: Chapter & Verse (Columbia, 2016)
Ought: Sun Coming Down (Constellation, 2015)
Roger Hoover: Pastures (Last Chance, 2016)

One Concert Cancelled at The Egg; One New Show Added

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The The Band Band was slated to perform The Band’s second album, The Band, in its entirety at The Egg in Albany on Saturday, December 3 as part of the New York Living Legacy Project, but that concert has been cancelled.

Instead, on that date, renowned rock photographer Elliott Landry will come to The Egg to present a free talk “Picturing The Band with Photographer Elliott Landy”, based on his recently published book, “The Band, Photographs: 1968-1969.” Landy will also conduct a Q&A session, followed by a screening of a documentary on the recording of The Band’s first two albums. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of events for the New York State Living Legacy Project: The Band

The Palace Theatre Adds Two New Shows
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Remembering Buckwheat Zydeco

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Stanley Dural, aka Buckwheat Zydeco, died on Saturday (September 24). He was 68 years old, and the cause was lung cancer. Just last month he postponed a concert that was scheduled for the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. He was also slated to share a double bill with Marcia Ball at The Egg on Friday, February 17. Ticket sales for that show have been temporarily suspended, while a tribute to the zydeco music legend is in the works for this date.

By Fred Rudofsky

Sometimes an album or two can change your life, or at least your view of the world – music used to do that, you know. It can become a soundtrack for appreciating what’s to follow.

Back in ’87, I was hosting a radio show, “Blues with a Feeling,” at Colgate University. I was obsessed with Texas and Chicago blues, and only just beginning to get into the music of Louisiana through hearing Dr. John, Professor Longhair and Irma Thomas on Mark King’s “Stormy Monday Blues” on WRPI-FM during vacation breaks.

Seeing the film “The Big Easy” that summer at the Spectrum was a revelation not only only because of the sultry star turn by Ellen Barkin, but the indigenous music of the Louisiana bayou and Crescent City that fit every scene and sequence to perfection. That soundtrack introduced to me to Zachary Richard, Aaron Neville, Beausoleil, the Wild Tchoupatoulas, Terrance Simien and one artist who had not one but two featured songs, Stanley Dural, a.k.a. Buckwheat Zydeco. That’s a name you’ll never forget, I thought.


LIVE: Jazz in the Valley @ Waryas Park, 8/21/16

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Charenée Wade and Oscar Perez

Charenée Wade and Oscar Perez

The Jazz in the Valley festival was held in Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park last month, celebrating the fifth year in this scenic location with the usual celebration of the music known as jazz featuring a wide variety of performers in the genre.

The festival opened up with Charenée Wade and her band celebrating the music of the late great Gil Scott Heron. Wade’s interpretation of Heron’s potent lyrics which are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them in the late ’70s and ’80s. The performance was accented by the performance of her brilliant band, in particular Lakecia Benjamin on alto saxophone.

Trombonist Craig Harris paired up with vocalist Carla Cook to provide the audience with a funky, highly danceable set that included a performance by Harris on didgeridoo.

Jazz by Five, a one-off quintet of jazz all stars blazed through a set of jazz standards. Led by saxman (and the fest’s musical director) Javon Jackson, the A-list ensemble also featured trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassist Eddie Gomez, pianist George Cables and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Now that’s a bona fide supergroup…


Sunday Is the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, September 23rd, 2016


The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence is a nationwide series of memorial events in more than two hundred venues across America on Sunday (September 25), the date designated by Congress in 2007 as a day of remembrance for gun violence victims. Organizers and musicians will sing out in memorial and draw attention to the nation’s epidemic of gun violence, prior to the first Presidential debate, final voter registration days, and the 2016 elections. To date there are more than 20 concerts scheduled to take place in Massachusetts alone.

The Berkshire concert will take place from 2-5pm on Sunday (September 25) at the Society of the Congregational Church in Great Barrington.

All performances are contributed by local Massachusetts musical artists, and in the Berkshires they include such luminaries as Maureen O’Flynn, Bobby Sweet, David Reed, Terry a la Berry, Teresa Mango, David Grover, the Beeline Ramblers and the Matchstick Architects, as well as surprise guest artists. Some of the artists have written songs after mass shootings.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

FESTIVAL FEVER: What a Weekend!

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Mountain Jam

So many festivals crammed into one weekend...

Photograph by Dan Hogan

Any festivals around town this weekend? Oh my, yes…

It’s impossible to be everywhere, so here’s a quick round-up of some of the music fests to help you plan your weekend. Hope you have a great time, wherever you decide to go:

WHO: Eastbound Jesus, the Mallett Brothers Band, Blind Owl Band, Driftwood, North & South Dakotas, Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen, Spectacular Average Boys, Rebel Darling, more
WHEN: Today & Saturday (September 23 & 24)
WHERE: Irwin Farm, Salem
HOW MUCH: $60 all-fest


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