LIVE: The Wailers @ Cohoes Music Hall, 10/17/17

October 20th, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg
The Wailers

The Wailers

Review by Mark Alexander Hudson
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Legend, the greatest hits collection by Bob Marley & the Wailers, is one of the best selling albums of all time. Even now, it still regularly ranks in the top five of older catalog releases each year. Since the resurgence of vinyl, it also continually resides in the upper reaches of those charts
as well.

There is a simple reason for this.

Marley’s songs have that undefinable crossover appeal that speaks to music fans of all ages and types. Both hardcore reggae fans and those who could not place Jamaica on a map of the world, are drawn to his songs of love, peace, struggle and redemption.

This is also the reason why his backing band, The Wailers – even though there is now the only one remaining original member – can still tour to packed out houses 36 years after Marley’s untimely death.

With The Wailers, the music truly is the message, as they proved in concert at the Cohoes Music Hall earlier this week. Driven by that supple, loping groove the band played all the hits as well as a few deep cuts to a wildly appreciative audience at the Cohoes Music Hall on a chilly Tuesday night. “Buffalo Soldier,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Jamming,” “Wait in Vain,” “One Love” and many others kept the crowd singing and dancing through the evening.

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CANCELLED: John Lodge @ The Egg

October 20th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
John Lodge

John Lodge

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

John Lodge of the Moody Blues was slated to bring his 10,000 Light Years Tour to The Egg’s Hart Theatre on Saturday, October 28, but the concert has been cancelled due to “scheduling conflicts.” Refunds are available at the place of purchase…

Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Concerts

FEST: Soup R’ Bands @ Roaring Brook Ranch on Saturday

October 20th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

WHAT: Soup R’ Bands
WHERE: Roaring Brook Ranch, Lake George
WHEN: Saturday (October 21), 6-11pm
WHY: A benefit for the Upstate NY Autism Alliance Organization & Autism Task Forces of Hadley-Luzerne and Greenwich
WITH restaurant soup competition, raffle, silent auction and lots of Local 518 music

Here’s the line-up of bands performing at the ninth annual Soup R’ Bands:

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Five Firsts: Melissa Aldana

October 20th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

NAME: Melissa Aldana
BAND AFFILIATION: The Melissa Aldana Quartet
INSTRUMENT: Tenor saxophone

THE FIRST MEMORY OF HEARING OR SEEING MUSIC… I come from a musical family, so I grew up hearing my dad playing and teaching at home all day long. That is how I became interested in music in the first place.



THE FIRST MEMORY OF MY FRESHMAN YEAR AT BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC… Lots of practicing, and super excited to meet a lot of my heroes like Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Greg Osby, among others.

THE FIRST TIME I REALIZED I COULD MAKE THE SAX-TRIO CONCEPT WORK – BOTH IN CONCERT AND IN THE STUDIO… I never thought about if it would work or not. I did it because I thought this was the best for me to get better and have a deeper understanding of melody and harmony.

The Melissa Aldana Quartet will perform at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Saturday (October 21). Tickets are $20.

NOTE: We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the Melissa Aldana Quartet’s concert to a lucky Nippertown reader. Deadline to enter is 12:30pm today (Friday, October 20). GO HERE to enter…

Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Concerts

October 20th, 2017, 8:45 am by Greg

Flashback Foto

When it was announced that Albany’s fave jam-band the Ominous Seapods were gearing up for a one-night-only reunion concert at the Cohoes Music Hall – including Dana Monteith coming in from Australia – it took only five days for all of the tickets to be snapped up.

So what’s a band to do?

Add a second show, of course.

Tickets for the Seapods’ second Cohoes concert – scheduled for 8pm on Friday, January 12 – are now on sale, priced at $22 in advance; $27 at the door. Don’t dawdle this time around…

Meanwhile, another fave Greater Nippertown band is slated to make their Cohoes Music Hall headlining debut. Eastbound Jesus will be stepping into the spotlight at 8pm on Friday, November 24 (that’s the day after Thanksgiving). They’ll be joined by support act Floodwood. Priced at $25 (standing general admission) and $22 (floor and balcony seats), tickets go on sale at 10am on Wednesday (October 25).

LIVE: Hudson @ The Bardavon, 10/4/17

October 19th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Super-groups often do not live up to their expectations because although the musicians separately are indeed virtuosos/superstars by themselves, the group may not gel because they lack purpose and a common vision. This is not the case with Hudson, a band that is comprised of jazz all-stars living in the Hudson Valley (hence the name).

They had played together initially as a unit at a jazz festival in Woodstock back in 2014. They had a good time but did not get a chance to play and record again until earlier this year at NRS studios in Catskill, where they recorded their self-titled debut CD that was released in June. The intent and feel of the recording was to reinterpret the music of the Hudson Valley on their terms.

This band appeared earlier this summer at the Freihofer Saratoga Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and they were back in Greater Nippertown this month for a homecoming concert at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie.

Opening with a cover Jimi Hendrix’s “Wait Until Tomorrow,” they covered that spacey composition based upon the call/response structure of old R&B tunes and launched it from Hendrix’s galaxy into outer space with electronic sounds emanating from John Medeski’s keyboards, Wes Montgomery-like octaves from John Scofield’s guitar building into serious rock riffage.

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LIVE: The Sam Bush Band @ The Egg, 10/14/17

October 19th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

In support of his latest album, Storyman, Sam Bush – mandolin virtuoso and the Godfather of Newgrass – brought his band back to The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last week for another evening of eclectic acoustic music.

OCTOBER 19: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

October 19th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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 October 19 concerts through the years…

2016: Louie CK @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2015: In the Valley Below @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
2014: Drive-By Truckers @ The Egg, Albany
2013: Grandpa Jones’ 100th Birthday Bash featuring Lost Radio Rounders, Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2012: Lost Radio Rounders, M.R. Poulopoulos, Kim Kilby, Ryan Dunham, Bob Ristau, Mat Kane @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany (CD release party for Heaven’s Radio)
2011: Tedeschi Trucks Band @ The Egg, Albany
2010: Empire Jazz Orchestra @ Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady
2009: Attack Attack @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2008: M Shanghai String Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2007: Anthony Braxton @ the Chapel + Cultural Center, Troy
2006: Los Straitjackets, Kaiser George, the Pontani Sisters @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2005: Los Straitjackets, Big Sandy @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2004: Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players @ The Linda, Albany
2003: Good Charlotte, Something Corporate, Mest @ Pepsi Arena, Albany
2002: Mickey Rooney @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2000: Ominous Seapods, Peter Prince @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1999: Ratt, Chlorine @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
1998: Mudhoney, Kent 3 @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany

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