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Jon Wurster, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Friday, April 29th, 2016
(from left) Jon Wurster, Bob Mould and Jason Narducy

(from left) Jon Wurster, Bob Mould and Jason Narducy

“I can never remember the first album I ever bought. I’m sure it was something that was on AM radio in 1974 or ‘75, but I really don’t know what it would have been.

“Like every kid, after that I got into Aerosmith and that kind of thing. And then in 1979 or ‘80, I got into the Ramones and the Clash. I liked all those records. Still do.”

Jon Wurster is one-half of the radio comedy team of Scharpling & Wurster and the drummer for such indie rock faves as Superchunk and the Mountain Goats. On Saturday night (April 30), he slips behind the drum kit to fuel the Bob Mould Band in concert at Pearl Street in Northampton. Ted Leo opens the show at 8pm with a solo set. Tickets are $22.50 in advance; $25 at the door.


FREE: Bands Announced for 2016 Jazz On Jay Concert Series

Friday, April 29th, 2016
Adam Siegel

Saxman Adam Siegel leads his quartet in a free Jazz On Jay concert on June 30

Photograph by Rudy Lu

The free outdoor Jazz on Jay concert series returns again this summer with weekly lunchtime concerts each Thursday at 12noon from June 2 through September 1. The 14-concert series will be held on Jay Street in Schenectady between State and Franklin streets. In case of inclement weather, the rain location is Proctors’ Robb Alley.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2016 Jazz On Jay concert series:


LIVE: The Brad Mehldau Trio @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, 4/16/16

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Albert Brooks

There are some things I simply have no patience for any more – that “Settlers” ad campaign for DirecTV, for instance (funny the first time, excruciating now), and the head-shaking crusade to make Kobe Bryant seem beloved. On the jazz front, one thing I can’t stand is a piano player who pounds the keys relentlessly, whether the situation calls for it or not. It reminds me of that old James Brown lyric, “Talkin’ loud and sayin’ nuthin’!” As Brad Mehldau proved once again at The Egg, it’s the strong silent types that make the biggest impression.

True, the Brad Mehldau Trio is anything but silent. They’ve been making their voices heard for “decades,” as a bemused Mehldau pointed out to the close-to-capacity crowd. Much of that has involved filling the New Great American Songbook with dynamite interpretations of songs from rockers like Radiohead, Soundgarden, Oasis and The Verve. But unlike the Bad Plus – who have finally moved away from their Shock & Awe period, filled with jangling takes on Black Sabbath and Vangelis – the Mehldau Trio has always mixed the covers with thoughtful, intense originals that relied more on musicianship than bombast. That cerebral trend continues with their upcoming Nonesuch release Blues and Ballads, the spirit of which drove the group’s riveting 90-minute set.


LIVE: Roots Music Fest @ The Linda, 4/2/16

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The seventh annual Roots Music Festival took over WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany earlier this month with Ryan Montbleau headlining the bash in support of his new solo acoustic live album, Stages: Volume III.

Other performers shared the stage throughout the evening, including James Edmund’s Heavenly Echoes, Ira Wolf, Dan Perrillo’s Useless Cans and the host band Red Haired Strangers. The fest was emceed by Michael Eck, and all proceeds from the benefit fest went directly to Local 518 children’s charities.


APRIL 28: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Will Oldham & Rudy Wurlitzer

Photograph by Daniel J. Hotter (Will Oldham and Rudy Wurlitzer at Basilica Hudson, 4/28/11)

It’s Throwback Thursday, so we’re back with another installment of our weekly flashback feature: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History. Check out our round-up of April 28 concerts through the years…

2015: The Used, Every Time I Die, the Marmozets, the Eeries @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
2014: Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Freddie Gibbs, Jarren Benton, Psych Ward Druggies, K. Daver @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
2013: WILDWOODstock featuring Hearty Hearty Love, Molly Durnin, Legendary Losers, North & South Dakotas, Stellar Young, Erin Harkes Band, Holly & Evan, Charmboy @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs
2012: Riders in the Sky @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2011: Will Oldham & Rudy Wurlitzer @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson
2010: Brand New, P.O.S., Robbers @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2009: The Smothers Brothers @ Troy Savinbgs Bank Music Hall, Troy
2008: Jimmy Eat World @ Washington Avenue Armory, Albany
2007: The Gibson Brothers @ The Linda, Albany
2006: Martina McBride, the Warren Brothers @ the Pepsi Arena, Albany
2005: Fall Out Boy, Silverstein, the Academy Is… @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2004: Catch 22, Mustard Plug, Big D & the Kids’ Table @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2003: The Used, Thrice, My Chemical Romance @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2002: Sara Ayers, Jupiter Circle @ the Larkin, Albany
2000: Diana Krall @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
1999: Bread & Puppet Theatre @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson
1998: Goldfinger, Wank, Showoff @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1997: Moe Tucker, Magnet @ Tinker Street Cafe, Woodstock
1996: The Ramones, the Bogmen, D-Generation @ Lincoln Park, Albany
1995: From Good Homes, Shannon Worrel & Monsoon @ Bogie’s, Albany
1994: The Austin Lounge Lizards @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1993: The Greg Kroll Band @ the Bijou, Saratoga Springs
1991: Big Dipper, Yo La Tengo, X-Tal @ Bogie’s, Albany
1990: Lucky Seven @ the Metro, Saratoga Springs
1989: Melissa Etheridge, Greg Alexander @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1988: Jay Leno @ Proctors, Schenectady
1985: Rory Block @ El Loco, Albany

The Egg Announces Another New Concert

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Tribute artist David Lee is slated to take stage in “Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii” at The Egg in Albany at 7pm on Saturday, November 19.

David Lee of Alabama is among the top Elvis Presley tribute artists in the nation. He has been performing throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico for more than two decades, and he has won numerous awards, including first place honors in Elvis Presley Enterprise’s 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis. He was also a Triple Crown winner (People’s Choice, 70’s Pro and Gospel) at the 2014 Lake George, NY Elvis Festival, where he was the first person in the history of the competition to win all three categories – plus have the overall top score.

At The Egg, Lee will re-create Elvis’ historic, 1973 Aloha from Hawaii concert, as well as singing other hits from the King.

This is a fundraising concert for St. Catherine’s Center for Children in Albany, and proceeds will benefit abused and neglected children. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (April 29), priced at $32.50 & $37.50; VIP tickets are $72.50, which includes a pre-show VIP reception.

Who Were the Mystery Country Music Stars at Proctors Last Night?

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Proctors in Schenectady played host to its sixth WGNA-FM Secret Star Acoustic Jam last night (Wednesday, April 27), and it featured four country music stars.

As WGNA’s website explained it: “The stars are introduced one by one, each taking a moment to interact with the crowd, then performing one of their many hit songs. Once all four stars are on stage, they each take a turn performing their hits and interacting with you, the audience, in a very unique setting.”

The hitch? The folks at WGNA wouldn’t say just who it was who would be stepping into the spotlight, and ticket-buyers wouldn’t find out who they were, either, until they hit the stage.

As it turned out, the four country stars were…


LIVE: “Down Every Road: Songs of Merle Haggard” @ the Hangar On the Hudson, 4/10/16

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Photographs by Thomas Lindsay
Video and photography by Timothy Reidy

Michael Eck started organizing a concert tribute to the great Merle Haggard back in late February, but when the Hag died just four days before the concert at the Hangar On the Hudson in Troy, “Down Every Road: Songs of Merle Haggard” took on a whole different – and much sadder – tone, shifting from a tribute to a memorial.

From Ramblin Jug Stompers to Caroline MotherJudge to Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers, the four-hour affair featured a who’s-who of Greater Nippertown’s roots and alt-country music community. If all you knew about Merle Haggard was “Okie from Muskogee,” well, you were in for an eye-opening evening of wide-ranging music that showcased the breadth and depth of Haggard’s rich catalog of songs.

And in the true spirit of community, there was plenty of sittin’ in. Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys were surprised to find themselves backing up Eck to open the show. Then fiddler Tim Wechgalaer joined the Railroad Boys for their selections, and during Wechgalaer’s tunes, he was backed by the Coveralls. And so on and so forth.


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