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LIVE: Steel House @ the Falcon, 9/9/14

Friday, September 19th, 2014
Steel House

Steel House

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

We are most fortunate that upstate New York jazz clubs and concert halls have been used as laboratories and proving grounds for world-class jazz musicians wanting to try out new compositions and bands in front of live audiences. In the ’90s, Chick Corea used the Van Dyck to work on new compositions with Origin. Joshua Redman used the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall as his retreat and rehearsal space to develop the arrangements for his album of mostly covers Timeless Tales.

Such was the case again last week when the new band Steel House debuted all new compositions. While Albany rocked to the triple-drum threat of King Crimson, listeners at the Falcon in tiny Marlboro were treated to the gentle playing of a new all-star jazz trio.

The band is composed of:

Ed Simon (piano, keyboards): who I have seen at The Egg with the SF Jazz Ensemble and has recently released a solo cd
Scott Colley (bass): who most recently has seen in Nippertown playing in Gary Burton’s New Quartet
Brian Blade (drums): best known for his association with Joni Mitchell as well as leading his Fellowship Band



LIVE: Mirk @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 9/13/14

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Video by Timothy Reidy

Mirk takes the stage at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany for the official PearlPalooza after-party on Saturday, September 13.

On Saturday (September 20), Mirk will close out the Washington Avenue Stage at LarkFest in Albany. GO HERE for more details and a complete LarkFest schedule of bands…

LarkFest Through the Years

Friday, September 19th, 2014
The Young Reptiles ecstatic to be playing the first LarkFest (photo by Dave Suarez)

The Young Reptiles, ecstatic to be playing the first LarkFest (photo by Dave Suarez)

By Greg Haymes

LarkFest takes over Albany’s Lark Street from Washington to Madison avenues once again on Saturday for Nippertown’s largest free street festival. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

And with this year’s LarkFest celebration returning to the original mission of showcasing all-local music, we thought it was time for a look back at LarkFest through the years. While we managed to pull together quite a bit of back history, there are still a number of holes in the round-up, and the list is by no means complete. So we’re hoping that Nippertown readers can come to the rescue and fill in at least some of the blanks:

1981: The debut with a crowd of about 15,000 featuring the Units, the Young Reptiles, the A.D.’s, the Morons


Linda Eder’s CD Signing Party @ Yono’s on Sunday

Friday, September 19th, 2014
Linda Eder

Linda Eder

Remember when Linda Eder sold out Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs back on Saturday, June 21?

Well, that concert was recorded, and now it’s Eder’s new album, Linda Live: The Concert Recording, her first ever live solo album.

She’ll be doing a CD signing and meet-and-greet session at Yono’s Restaurant in Albany from 3-6pm on Sunday, September 21. There a $30 admission for the event, which includes a buffet of Chef Yono’s signature dishes and a signed copy of Eder’s new CD. There will also be a cash bar.

The album features such selections as “Looking Through the Eyes of Love,” “I’m Not Lisa,” “Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long,” “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Climb Every Mountain,” and more.

And if you can’t make it to Yono’s, you can GO HERE to order the album online.

NOTE: Eder will be returning to Nippertown for another concert – this time at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday, February 7. Stay tuned for details…

New Concert Announced for Club Helsinki

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Alternative-rock pioneer Black Francis (aka Frank Black), the frontman of the highly influential band the Pixies, will perform a rare, intimate gig at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Wednesday, October 15.

Priced at $25, tickets are slated to go on sale at 12:01am on Friday (September 19) – that’s tonight.

Americana Music Award Winners Announced

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Jason Isbell

Photograph by Bender Melon

Jason Isbellwho played at MASS MoCA in North Adams last month – was the big winner Wednesday night (September 17) at the 13th annual Americana Music Honors & Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, taking home trophies in all three catagories for which he had been nominated — Best Artist, Best Album and Best Song.

The Milk Carton Kids – who will join Sarah Jarosz in concert at The Egg on Monday, October 20 – was named Best Duo/Group, while Sturgill Simpsonwho opened for the Zac Brown Band at SPAC last month – was honored with the Best Emerging Artist award.

Taj Mahal – who played Club Helsinki in Hudson last month – was awarded a Lifetime Achievement for Performance, and Jackson Browne – who played the Palace Theatre last month – received the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award.

The other award winners of the night were:

Best Instrumentalist: Buddy Miller
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist: Flaco Jimenez
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: Loretta Lynn
President’s Award: Jimmie Rodgers

POSTPONED: Pat Benatar @ The Egg… Again

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

’80s pop star Pat Benatar and her guitarist-bandleader husband Neil Giraldo have had a bit of trouble holding onto a date here in Nippertown.

Back in April, they were announced to play a concert at The Egg on Tuesday, October 7.

In mid-May, it was announced that the duo would open for Cher at the Times Union Center on Thursday, September 11.

But then…

Two days later, it was announced that Benatar’s concert at The Egg would be postponed a week to Tuesday, October 14.

Then last week, the Cher/Benatar concert at the TU Center was postponed to Monday, October 6, due to Cher’s illness.

And now… it’s been announced that the Benatar/Giraldo concert at The Egg has been postponed to Sunday, December 14. Tickets purchased for either the October 7 or October 14 concerts will be honored for the new date. If ticketholders are unable to attend the new date, refunds are available at the place of purchase.

MASS MoCA Announces New Concert

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is slated to return to MASS MoCA in North Adams for a concert at the Hunter Center at 8pm on Saturday, November 22. He’ll be playing an intimate solo acoustic show to try out new material for an as-yet-unnamed forthcoming album. All tickets are general admission and are on sale now priced at $29 in advance; $35 at the door.

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