Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

LIVE: Eric Lindell & Co. @ Shepard Park, 7/16/14

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Eric Lidell and Will McMains

Eric Lindell and Will McMains

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Swamp-soaked Louisiana bayou blues guitarslinger Eric Lindell and his band roared into Shepard Park in Lake George last week. Their sound was sweet and sweaty. There was southern soul music in the air, glazed over with some saucy funk and some finger-lickin’ good country licks. It’s genuine roots-rock, no foolin’ around, no kiddin’.

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New Release Rack: The Arthur Holmes Blues Band’s “I’m Waiting”

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The Arthur Holmes Blues Band: I’m Waiting

Review and photographs by Wanda Calagy

I’m Waiting is the new CD recently released by the Pittsfield-based Arthur Holmes Blues Band, offering unique guitar sounds with moving lyrics sung and written by Arthur Holmes, bolstered by a strong bass style from John Worth and rhythmic beat from drummer Brian Forfa. Former bandmate Gary Smith also adds his flair on his Hammond B2 organ to the mix.

The band’s third album tells some moving stories, with all but two selections originals, and Holmes is proud of this latest accomplishment. The beginnings of this CD started a couple of years ago.

“I enjoy songwriting,” said Holmes. “We have been playing ‘Sand Road’ out at a few gigs before the release. That song is a condensed version of my life – much of my music is.”

Holmes’ favorite tune on the album is “Crying Time.” “When you listen, you will hear how I held onto certain notes for a long time,” he added. “We were in the studio for weeks, and a couple of pieces, such as ‘I’m Waiting’ had been stuck going around inside my head forever. The first two songs came easily, though I had not laid them all right out. I’ve worked with John for years, and he is a solid bass player. Brian joined the band a little over a year ago and is a great fit. I had worked with him in the past.”

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LIVE: Super 400 / Wild Adriatic @ Rockin’ On the River, 7/2/14

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Super 400's Kenny Hohman  and Joe Daley

Super 400′s Kenny Hohman and Joe Daley

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Yes, every once in a long while, the Rockin’ On the River concert series veers off the path dedicated to tribute-bands-and-nothing-but-tribute-bands to showcase some of the Local 518′s finest – bands that actually play their own music.

That certainly was the case earlier this month when two of Nippertown’s hardest rockin’ trios – Super 400 and Wild Adriatic – teamed up for a dynamic double bill in the Troy’s Green Island Bridge parking lot earlier this month.

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Real Good for FREE: Performing Arts Family Series @ Clifton Common

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Performing Arts Family Series
Clifton Common, Clifton Park
7pm on Wednesdays
Admission, of course, is FREE.

Tonight (Wednesday, July 23)
Seth & the Moody Melix: Join the Local 518 children’s band for a fun and exciting multi-cultural musical experience designed not only to entertain, but also to educate.

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LIVE: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, 7/17/14

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Nickel Creek at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (photo by Dave Weiland)

Nickel Creek at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (photo by Dave Weiland)

Review by Bokonon
Photograph by Dave Weiland

Thursday night at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is usually something of a warm-up. That doesn’t mean it’s any lesser quality, simply that the biggest names tend to hit Friday and Saturday evening. Not so for 2014. The 25th Anniversary Reunion of Nickel Creek was easily the biggest news of the fest, and deservedly so.

Chris Thile and Sean and Sara Watkins, who evidently started picking in the womb, were long favorites of the fest, wowing everyone with their prodigious skills and raw youth. The trio is older now, sort of, with Sean topping out at a whopping 37 and the other two checking in at a withered and wizened (not!) 33.

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Song o’ the Week: Great Mutations’ “Vessel”

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Troy-based pop-rock trio Great Mutations – featuring drummer Ian White, bassist Mitchell Masterson and singer-guitarist Matthew Thouin – will be celebrating the release of their debut album, Cheap Stuff, with a party and performance at the Low Beat in Albany on Friday (July 25). The evening’s festivities are slated to kick off at 8pm with the Firs and Hammer Hawk. Admission is $5.

Real Good for FREE: Stony Creek’s Music in the Park

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
The Starline Rhythm Boys

The Starline Rhythm Boys

The Music in the Park Concert Series is churning out plenty of top-notch music this summer season at the Town Park in Stony Creek. The concerts take place at 7pm on Tuesdays in the park pavilion, rain or shine.

Here’s the upcoming line-up of bands for the 2014 season:

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New Concert Announced for Washington Avenue Armory

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

They’re calling it simply “The World Tour.” Co-headlining headbangers Pierce the Veil and Sleeping With Sirens are headed out on a global assault, and along the way, they’ll be making a tour stop at Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory at 7pm on Friday, November 21. Beartooth and This Wild Life are slated to perform in the support slots.

Advance tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday (July 26) priced at $27.50. Ticket prices will be $32 on the day of the show.

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