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

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

So who were the mystery country stars at Proctors in Schenectady last night (April 22)?

The show was titled “WGNA-FM’s Secret Star Acoustic Jam,” and it promised to feature three country music stars. WGNA-FM’s website explained it like this: “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 three 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? 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…

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“The Voice” Recap: Dani Moz’s Journey Ends

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Nippertown native and Bethlehem High School grad Dani Moz was one of the Top 12 finalists who made it to the Live round of performances on NBC-TV’s televised singing competition “The Voice” this week… but that’s as far as she got.

After singing Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason” on Monday night’s show, Moz found herself in the bottom three of the contestants, as voted on by fans. And at the end of Tuesday night’s show, she had one more chance to move on to the next round. She sang Adele’s “Turning Tables,” but it wasn’t enough to save her, and after a truly impressive run, she was eliminated from “The Voice.”

Congrats, Dani, on a job well done!

PREVIOUSLY:
“The Voice” Recap: Dani Does Pink
“The Voice”: Nippertown Native Dani Moz Moves On to the Next Round
Albany Native Dani Moz Dukes It Out in the Second Battle Round of “The Voice”
Could Dani Moz Be “The Voice”?

LIVE: Dave Holland & the Empire Jazz Orchestra @ Schenectady County Community College, 4/8/14 [Albany Jazz]

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Dave Holland

Dave Holland

Review by Eric Ciarmello
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

He walked like them, he dressed like them, he spoke like them. He stood in the lobby of the SCCC School of Music, chatting in a group of four or five, as if he had just come to see what this Empire Jazz Orchestra was all about. It wasn’t Dave Holland’s lack of presence that rendered him unnoticed, but his lack of ego.

The hall had all the buzz of a Broadway show. A 17-piece big band set-up sat vacant atop the stage of the auditorium, eagerly awaiting their musicians arrival. As the audience filed into their seats, Holland followed, eager to catch the first act of music.

Act 1, scene 1. The Empire Jazz Orchestra came out of the gates with a Gordon Goodwin arrangement of Miles Davis’ “Seven Steps to Heaven.” After a somewhat precarious start, Bob Halek, Otto Gardner and Cliff Brucker quickly snapped the horns back to attention. Halek dug the pocket out of his ride just deep enough for Brucker and Gardner to nestle in comfortably. From that point on, the intensity of the show rose exponentially.

Click to read the rest of the review at Albany Jazz.
Click to see more of Andzrej Pilarczyk’s photographs of the concert at Albany Jazz

LIVE: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez @ Caffe Lena, 4/18/14

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Review and video by Joel Patterson

Christine Ohlman blossoms onstage, this slight and slender woman instantly commands the room with sheer bravado, soulful exuberance and a captivating style. Her voice is thoroughly authentic “soul singer” material and she should consider leaving it to science, because if you could clarify its nature and extract its secrets, you would have defined the essential “why” of why singing and music are such central and invigorating human pastimes. She so loses herself in the warbling and growling and crying out that being there, watching it happen, sends you into a trance.

The packed house at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs last Friday (April 18) were all one with the ouija board. You could call it a seance, yes… one devoted to the power and transcendent glory of rock ‘n’ roll. Her spitfire, smoking band Rebel Montez (bassist Michael Colbath, drummer Larry Donahue and guitarist Cliff Goodwin) creates the perfect searing, sizzling backdrop for her dramatics, in particular Goodwin is endlessly inventive with his rip-roaring solos – at times he seemed to be hanging onto his guitar for dear life.

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MOVE Music Fest Sneak Peek: The Sea The Sea

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The MOVE Music Festival takes over downtown Albany beginning at 3pm on Saturday (April 26). Advance tickets are just $15, but with nearly 100 bands playing at 11 different locations during a 12-hour period, it’s obvious that you’re not going to be able to see and hear everything. So to help you out, each day this week Nippertown.com is featuring one of the festival’s performers. GO HERE for the complete schedule of who’s playing where and when. Check it out…

The Sea The Sea plays at Justin’s at 8pm.

ADDITIONAL MOVE MUSIC FEST SNEAK PEEKS:
MOVE Music Fest Sneak peek: The So So Glos

Real Good for FREE: Jazz On Jay Concert Series Announced

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The line-up of musicians have been announced for the free Jazz On Jay concert series. The lunchtime concerts will be held outdoors on Jay Street in Schenectady, except in case of inclement weather when the concert will move indoors to Apostrophe at Proctors.

The weekly concert series will run from early June through early September with an array of Local 518 jazz bands and musicians. All concerts will take place from 12noon-1:30pm on Thursdays.

Here’s the complete schedule of Jazz On Jay concerts for 2014:

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Festival Fever: WILDWOODstock @ the Parting Glass on Sunday

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Low And Lonesome

Low 'n Lonesome

The seventh annual WILDWOODstock benefit festival will be taking place at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, April 27. The all-ages fest will feature eight bands performing throughout the day, beginning at 12noon with the acoustic blues ‘n’ ragtime duo Low ‘n Lonesome.

The all-day benefit bash is a fundraiser for Wildwood Programs, a non-profit organization in Schenectady that provides comprehensive services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, complex learning disabilities and other developmental disabilities. Tickets are just $5 in advance; $10 at the door; FREE for kids age 12 and under.

Here’s the complete schedule for WILDWOODstock 2014:

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“The Voice” Recap: Dani Does Pink

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Last night on “The Voice,” Nippertown native Dani Moz entered the live round of competition with Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason.” Was it strong enough to keep her in the competition and move onto the next round? Or will she be one of the two singers to be eliminated?

Did you vote?

The voting period continues through 12noon today (Tuesday, April 22), and the results will be revealed on WNYT-TV’s “The Voice,” airing at 8pm tonight…

PREVIOUSLY:
“The Voice”: Nippertown Native Dani Moz Moves On to the Next Round
Albany Native Dani Moz Dukes It Out in the Second Battle Round of “The Voice”
Could Dani Moz Be “The Voice”?

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