Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

LIVE: The Rodeo Barons Trio w/ Kevin Maul @ One Caroline Street Bistro, 4/10/14

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Rodeo Barons

Review and photographs by Tim Mack

It turns out what holds true in theater holds true for alt-country: The show must go on.

The Rodeo Barons have endured all manner of interruption during their winter-long residency at Saratoga Springs’ One Caroline Street Bistro: heavy snow, bitter cold, a special Samuel Adams dinner night and now paternity leave. With guitarist Mike O’Donnell and his wife celebrating the birth of their first child, this past Thursday’s show meant a change on the chalk board marquee. For one night only, it would be the Rodeo Barons Trio with special guest Kevin Maul on pedal steel guitar.

And for a venue well suited to jazz music, there’s nothing wrong with a little improvisation.

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LIVE: Maurizio @ Brunswick BBQ & Brew, 4/11/14

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Review & video by Joel Patterson

Newly anointed as the Local 518′s No. 2 solo performer in Metroland’s 2014 Readers’ Poll (behind the ultra-vivacious Erin Harkes), Maurizio has at last become one of these people with only one name… and for good reason. He does the singer-songwriter thing in his own unique, quite winning way. When he first steps up to the mic, as last Friday evening (April 11) at the Brunswick Barbecue & Brew (which has steadily evolved into one of Nippertown’s premier live music venues), he’s all sheepish caution and subtlety, but an hour later, he’s rolling – unstoppable, a one-man fireworks display, melting guitar picks with furious abandon. (I have seen this – not pretty.)

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Times Union Center Announces New Concert

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Yes, it’s time once again for those “American Idol” contestants to jump off of your TV screen and onto the stage at Albany’s Times Union Center. The Top 10 finalists of the 13th season of FOX-TV’s “American Idol” – that would be C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf, just in case you haven’t been tuning in – will land in the TU Center spotlight at 8pm on Wednesday, June 25, for just the second stop on the tour.

Ticket are scheduled to go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 9, although ticket prices are still $TBA.

PS21 in Chatham Announces Bold, Diverse 2014 Schedule of Events [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

PS 21 Summer Schedule

By Larry Murray

There is a lot to recommend in Columbia County, but perhaps the most beautiful outdoor venue there is PS21. The Performance Spaces for the 21st Century has announced its diverse 2014 summer array of dance, music, theater and film events, making some bold choices in the process. This is PS21’s ninth season and highlights include classical and jazz music performances, live theatre, a fashion show, Just For Fun (an afternoon program for kids), plenty of foot-tapping film and the first ever Chatham Dance Festival.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Record Store Day Sneak Peek: Sundazed Music

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Just down the road in Coxsackie, the vaults of Sundazed Music are opening and a batch of cool, limited edition vinyl will be hitting the stores on Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19). Featured artists include Link Wray, the Standells, the Sunrays, the Litter and Roy Lanham. All on seven-inch vinyl. Available at your favorite record store on Record Store Day – Saturday, April 19, 2014.

NOTE: The Standells will be making a tour stop at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Sunday, May 4.

LIVE: Persiflage @ Proctors, 4/11/14

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Persiflage

Persiflage

Review and photographs by J Hunter

“This is a curated series,” Matt Steckler told us as his quintet Persiflage arranged itself on the huge Oriental rug in the middle of the GE Theatre’s floor. Steckler ought to know, since the Schenectady High alum isS the curator of Proctors’ “Party Horns NYC” series. To be fair, though, Steckler hasn’t put a foot wrong, because in musical terms, every group he’s convinced to take a drive up the NY Thruway has hit it out of the park. But every time Steckler’s made the trip himself, his gonzo big unit Dead Cat Bounce has accompanied him. It was Steckler’s surprising choice to bring his “other band” to Proctors this year that made me choose this show over watching Chick Corea “paint” Cubist portraits of his audience at Massry Center.

Don’t misunderstand me: When I first saw Dead Cat live (at Party Horns 2012), my jaw dropped like a turkey from a helicopter; their 2011 Cuneiform release Chance Episodes is still my favorite disc from the burgeoning list of Greater Nippertown musicians who’ve left our scene for bigger and better things. What’s more, the times I’ve seen Corea in a non-group setting (solo at Massry in 2012, and in duet with Gary Burton – twice – and Bela Fleck) remain some of my best live-show memories. The deal-breaker was the possibility of seeing a player and composer I deeply respect in a setting I hadn’t experienced before. Ergo, off I went to Proctors. QED.

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LIVE: Rhett Tyler & Early Warning / Soul Sky @ Fuller Roadhouse Grille, 4/11/14

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Rhett Tyler

Rhett Tyler

Photographs by Dan Hogan

The fourth annual Blues Bash was held last weekend at the Fuller Roadhouse Grille in Albany, as a fundraiser for the Capital Region Blues Network. It was a knock-down, drag-out night of fiery guitar pyrotechnics from one of the Local 518′s finest guitarslingers Rhett Tyler and his band Early Warning, in support of their latest CD, The Rhythm The Power The Blue. The stage simply couldn’t contain him…

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Record Store Day Sneak Peek: The Autumn Defense

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

As we’re all too aware, the record store is an endangered species – like the American bald eagle, the drive-in movie, the typewriter repair shop and Gov. Chris Christie’s chances for the presidency. So in support of the annual Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19), bands and record companies are offering special deals – limited edition pressings or whatever – and we’d like to highlight a few choice upcoming Record Store Day offerings this week before Saturday rolls around.

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