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LIVE: Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White & Friends @ The Egg, 11/15/15

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

You play a different kind of music as you get older. Unless you’re stupid. You relax, leave the gunslinging to the kids and surrender to the ancient beauty of the groove. Ricky Skaggs gets that. So does Ry Cooder.

The gents gathered, with family and friends, Sunday night at The Egg’s Hart Theatre for a concert that was good. Morally good. Like a Carter Family show.

Both played with charm and elan, with mirth and wit, and neither felt the need to prove a single damn thing. I’ve seen Skaggs on his own, and Cooder, too. They can rip it up. But Sunday night was not about ripping it up. It was about letting it flow.



SPAC Announces Another New Concert

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Just last month, multi-platinum, multi-talented recording artist Josh Groban rolled into Albany’s Palace Theatre in support of his new album, Stages.

Now Live Nation has announced that he’ll be returning to Greater Nippertown next summer for a concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs.

And opening the show will be Sarah McLachlan, who is also headlining her own concert at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston at 7:30pm on Sunday (November 29).

The Josh Groban/Sarah McLachlan concert at SPAC is slated for 7:30pm on Monday, July 25.

Priced at $45, $65, $85 & $149.50 for reserved amphitheater seats and $35 for lawn general admission, tickets are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, December 11.

The Egg Announces Four New Concerts

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

The Egg in Albany has announced four new concerts for the new year.

Tickets for the new shows are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Tuesday (December 1).

Here are the details:

Saturday, January 23, 8pm
The Allman Brothers tribute band celebrates the 45th anniversary of ABB’s classic 1971 live album, At Fillmore East.


New Release Rack: Annie & the Hedonists’ “Tonal Indulgence” (Take Two)

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015


Review by Jeff Nania

Annie & the Hedonists
Tonal Indulgence, 2015

Tonal Indulgence is Annie & the Hedonists’ first commercial release in more than three years, and it expands upon the group’s repertoire of early blues, jazz, swing, Americana and tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and the late great Hazel Dickens. The band celebrates with a two-night CD release party at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on Friday & Saturday (November 27 & 28).

Vocalist Annie Rosen leads the group with her clover honey vocals, and the remaining hedonists (her husband Jonny Rosen, and fellow bandmates Peter Davis and Don Young) fill out the sound with acoustic and electric guitars, upright bass, clarinet and delicious vocal harmonies like on the tracks “Tweedlee Dee” and “Choo’n Gum,” which both use that sparse and sweet electric lead guitar with the stacked voices for thickness.

The group places an emphasis on covering the music of great female artists throughout the ages, and the liner notes make special little annotations about each tune like the very first track, “My Daddy Rocks Me” by Trixie Smith, who was the first to use the words “rock and roll” in a song or Hazel Dickens’ “My Hearts Own Love,” which says it was “her first positive love song” written about “being survivors in the male dominated world of bluegrass.”


Here Comes the Analog Fog 1967

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015


Are you ready for a serious rock & roll trip down memory lane?

Well then, let’s jump in the Way-Back Machine, Sherman, and head over to the the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Sunday (November 29). The event is the Analog Fog, 1967, and if you were a Local 518 music fan back in the ’60s, you might be experiencing a mind-bending flashback, as members of such fave ’60s rockers as the Bougalieu, Cathedral, Whitney Sunday, the Sundowners, the Sabres and more all take the stage.

The Gray Things – featuring original members Billy Cioffi (lead guitar/vocals), Mike Olesko (keys/vocals) and Steve Colfer (drums/vocals) joined by Jimmy Hyde (bass) and Ron Alvaro (rhythm guitar) – will be reuniting for a 14-song 50th anniversary performance of ’60s nuggets, including their hit “Charity.”

As Last Vestige’s Jim Furlong raved in the 1980 premier issue of his short-lived but influential music fanzine Blue Lunch, “There are some songs that linger in the mind for long periods of time. You never hear it anymore, maybe, but it’s lurking thru your skull and every once in a while it sings in your inner ear. Well, the song for me is ‘Charity’ by a great local band called the Gray Things. When talking about a gem of punk vinyl from the sixties, this local hit (it reached No. 5 on the charts and fared well regionally) had all the ingredients that made it a punk classic!”

At the Hollow, the Section – featuring guitarist Bernie Mulleda, keyboardist Andrew Costa, drummer Joey Rocco, bassist Lester Figarski and organist Tony Perrino – will be backing many of the performers and leading the wailing Capital District All-Star Jam finale.


Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow

Noel Paul Stookey and Peter Yarrow

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall welcomes folk music legends Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey in concert at 8pm on Saturday, October 1.

Mary Travers passed away in September, 2009, but surviving members Yarrow and Stookey continue to carry on the legacy of ’60s folk music icons Peter, Paul & Mary, who racked up won five Grammy Awards, 13 Top 40 hits (including six that shot into the Top 10), eight gold and five platinum albums throughout their ground-breaking musical career.

The concert is being co-sponsored by WMHT-TV and tickets to the concert will be offered to viewers as a way of saying thank you when making a contribution in support of the public broadcasting station.

Priced at $35, $45 & $57, tickets are also currently available to Music Hall members and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday (November 30).

SPAC Announces New Concert

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

It’s a classic rock triple-header…

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced another new concert for the Summer of 2016 season. It’s dubbed the San Francisco Fest 2016, and it features Journey and the Doobie Brothers with special guest Dave Mason.

The tour is slated to roll into SPAC at 7pm on Tuesday, July 5.

Reserved amphitheater seats are priced at $49.50, $89.50, $110 & $135; general admission lawn admission is $36. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday, December 5.

LIVE: Tani Tabbal Trio @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 11/7/15

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Tani Taabal, Adam Siegel and Mike Bisio

Tani Taabal, Adam Siegel and Mike Bisio

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

There is a long-held view that Greater Nippertown jazz fans are not risk takers – that they prefer their jazz like they prefer their roads: Straight and narrow. I was reminded of this maxim by a fellow attendee of the Tani Tabbal Trio’s titanic set at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy. It wasn’t just the fact that the Hudson Valley native’s decidedly outside-the-box music had been booked that had my friend shaking his head; it was the fact that there wasn’t an empty seat in the place, and the sold-out crowd was howling and cheering throughout the night.

Mind you, there is evidence to support the gentleman’s initial claim. I can recall more than a few shows I’ve attended where the headliner didn’t tread familiar musical ground, and when showtime came around I looked around and openly declared, “Where is everybody?” The thing is, though, the Sanctuary has always booked musical acts that sail outside the mainstream, and in the last year, the marvelously repurposed space has had its foundation rocked by mind-bending, genre-shaking jazz from Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence and Myra Melford & Ben Goldberg. The compositions on Tani Tabbal’s latest CD Mixed Motion are heavily influenced by the music of the late avant-jazz icon Ornette Coleman, so Tabbal definitely fits Sanctuary’s “no box required” creative profile.

Tabbal’s drum kit may have been at the back of the elevated stage, but the dreadlocked leader literally got right out front from the jump, launching into a martial solo that he quickly expanded on, and then expanded on it once again. This was the explosive overture to “March For Gloria,” which suddenly appeared as Tabbal brought his solo down to a head-bobbing groove, bassist Michael Bisio rolled out a nice phat floor figure, and altoist Adam Siegel hit the hypnotic melody. The Albany native earned applause on this stage earlier this year when he sat in with Joe Barna’s Sketches of Influence, but that quick blast didn’t prepare us for what was to come on this night. Starting slowly and building systematically, Siegel’s lines got more complex and more intense with each passing chorus, eventually blasting out screaming notes that had us screaming right along as he took his alto as high as it would go.


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