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FIVE FIRSTS: Tinsley Ellis

Friday, January 20th, 2017


Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

NAME: Tinsley Ellis
BAND AFFILIATION: Tinsley Ellis Band
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Beatles’ Abbey Road



4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” by The Monkees

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Greg Mitchell Band

Following scorching performances at Albany’s The Linda in July and North Adams’ Colegrove Park in August, southern blues singer-guitarslinger Tinsley Ellis and his band are back at The Linda at 8pm on Saturday (January 21) for a return engagement in support of his latest album, Red Clay Soul. 2 Blue, featuring Amy Ryan and Richard Green, open the show, which is sponsored by the Capital Region Blues Network. Tickets are $15.


LIVE: Ballroom Thieves @ Caffe Lena, 1/12/17

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

Following six months of major renovations, Caffe Lena re-opened just three weeks ago, and the venerable coffeehouse’s facelift has been astounding patrons ever since.

It’s been one sold-out show after another, from post-modern one-man-band the Suitcase Junket (on the grand re-opening night) to local Gypsy jazz kingpins the Hot Club of Saratoga.

Add the Ballroom Thieves to the list of jam-packed, sold-out shows. Last Thursday night the Caffe was packed with a crowd mesmerized by the eclectic, electrifying music created by guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters and drummer Devin Mauch.

And there’s still more top-notch entertainment on tap at the Caffe this weekend with the Philly father-and-son Beaucoup Blue on Friday; a Local 518 all-star tribute to the music of Tom Waits on Saturday; and the retro Americana of Ramblin Jug Stompers debuting their new train time show, “The Last Boxcar” on Sunday…

FIVE FIRSTS: Mitch Elrod

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

NAME: Mitch Elrod
BAND AFFILIATION: Elrod & MotherJudge. Caroline and I have finished our 10-years-in-the-making duo recording. It’s titled Egregious Angel, and we’re promoting ourselves as Elrod & MotherJudge. Recording to be released in 2017.
INSTRUMENT: Guitars, vocals mainly, but I love to play piano and sax.

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … After a few Beatles 45s, I think the first album I got was Led Zepplin’s first album. I was hooked on rock music.


JANUARY 19: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Black Taxi @ Jillian's1/19/12 (photo by Brian Tromans)

By Greg Haymes
Photograph of Black Taxi @ Jillian’s, 1/19/12 by Brian Tromans

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 January 19 concerts through the years…

2016: Joe Bonamassa @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston
2015: Sean Rowe, Anthony Prezio @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2014: Swear & Shake, Anthony Da Costa @ Club Helsinki, Hudson
2013: Yung Wu, East of Venus, Wild Carnation @ BSP Lounge, Kingston
2012: Black Taxi, Wild Adriatic, Around the World & Back @ Jillian’s, Albany
2011: The Last Sons, Surface, A Day Like Sunday @ Savannah’s, Albany
2010: The Twisted String Band @ Jose Malone’s, Troy
2009: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany
2008: Terry Allen @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2007: So Percussion @ RPI’s Academy Hall, Troy
2006: Clasiq, Kingscastle, Katrina Marie @ Red Square, Albany
2005: Planet Smashers, Public Access, Kicking Sicily @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2003: Nogoodnix, Plastic Jesus, Two Dollars Short, Mr. Wednesday @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2002: Shemekia Copeland, Olu Dara @ The Egg, Albany
2001: Frank Black & the Catholics @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2000: Kevin Thompson @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1999: Smith & West, 3-Eyed Willie @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
1998: Sergio Sericolo @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
1997: Dash Rip Rock, Queer for Astro Boy @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1996: Smokehouse Prophets, Swingset @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1995: O.Z. Willis, Bone Box @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1994: Lowen & Navrro, Billy Falcon @ Bogie’s, Albany
1993: Snaggletooth Blues Band @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
1992: Jimmy Rogers @ The Egg, Albany
1991: EDO, Very Pleasant Neighbor @ Godfrey’s, Albany
1990: Artie Traum, Amy & Leslie @ RPI McNeil Room, Troy
1989: The Chesterfield Kings, Immaculate Hearts @ QE2, Albany
1988: Taj Mahal @ QE2, Albany
1986: Stomplistics, Chefs of the Future @ Bogie’s, Albany

Garry Tallent Teams Up with Eddie Angel & Hits the Road

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Now Garry Tallent is The Boss…

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is the last remaining charter member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and over the years, he’s been content to play bass and stay in the background.

But last year he finally stepped up to the microphone to record his debut solo album, Break Time, with Los Straitjackets’ Eddie Angel enlisted as co-producer. Chockfull of Tallent’s own songs that resonate with the energy of early rock & roll, from Cajun to rockabilly, from honky-tonk to R&B, the album also features guest appearances by Doug Kershaw, Duane Eddy, Kristi Rose and E Street Band mate Nils Lofgren.

Tallent will, of course, be part of Springsteen’s Australia / New Zealand tour that begins next week and runs through February, but now he’s also finally found time to hit the road for his first-ever solo tour in April and May, and guitarslinger Eddie Angel will be leading the band behind him.


LIVE: “Rock & Roll Replay” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, 1/15/17

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Review by Rudy Lu. Photos by Rudy Lu and Charise Isis.

We aging baby boomers nostalgically remember the Greater Nippertown music scene of the 1970s-’80s as the golden era. In conjunction with their current exhibit, “Rock & Roll Icons: The Photography of Patrick Harbron,” last weekend the Albany Institute of History & Art hosted “Rock & Roll Replay,” a panel discussion about the Capital Region’s music scene of that time.

The panel participants were all quite active in the scene of that era (and are still part of the scene today), including John Cooper (former manager of WQBK-FM, aka Q104, now senior vice president of iHeartMedia); Greg Haymes (publisher/editor of, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Blotto), Paul Rapp (entertainment lawyer, The Alt, Blotto) and Michael Eck (Ramblin Jug Stompers, Lost Radio Rounders, freelance music writer, Proctors publicist).

There was no real agenda for the forum, and there shouldn’t have been. Just fond memories of the music during that period and reminiscences of the old clubs where fans got the opportunity to see future superstars as struggling artists. The punk scene fueled many of these clubs, including such pioneering venues as the Hulla-Baloo, J.B. Scott’s and QE2. Can you imagine seeing the Police, U2 or Talking Heads playing in a small club with just a small audience? All of this was part of our music scene once upon a time.


COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

By Greg Haymes

Club Helsinki in Hudson welcomes the roots music duo of Rhiannon Giddens & Dirk Powell at 9pm on Friday, March 3 ($45 & $55); Elise Testone at 9pm on Friday, March 24 ($12); and Bridget Kearney at 9pm on Saturday, April 22 ($15).

Hollis hip-hopster Ja Rule grabs the spotlight at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Saturday, March 4. Tickets are priced at $25 in advance; $25 at the door. And last September they played SPAC as the Zac Brown Band’s opening act, but on Friday, May 19, Drake White & the Big Fire will be returning to Greater Nippertown for a headlining show at UCH. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10am on Friday (January 20).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Alt-pop singer-songwriter Aimee Mann is headed into The Egg in Albany in support of her upcoming album, Mental Illness. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (January 20).

WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany, has added several new concerts to their calendar, including the black tie, catered dinner and EP release party for the Young Noble Gentlemen’s Lee Reh solo debut at 6pm on March 4 ($49.99); singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky at 8pm on Saturday, March 11 ($20); and the return of Garland Jeffreys at 8pm on Saturday, May 6 ($18).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Third Eye Blind’s 20th anniversary tour is slated to make a stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer, and the band will play their self-titled debut album in its entirety. Silversun Pickups open the show. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday, January 26.

Led by the big blues-rockin’ behemoth, the Popa Chubby Band returns to the Van Dyck in Schenectady for shows at 7 & 9pm on Friday, February 17, in support of his new album, The Catfish. Tickets are $18 in advance; $22 at the door.

The fab husband-and-wife banjo greats Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn will be pickin’ and frailin’ at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Saturday, April 8. Tickets go on sale on Thursday (January 19).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: After being cancelled last yesr, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival is coming back to Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson this summer with a line-up that includes Los Lobos, Lake Street Dive, Alejandro Escovedo, Tommy Emmanuel, Toshi Reagon, the Suitcase Junket, Tom Paxton and lots more.


SPAC Announces Another New Concert

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Following yesterday’s announcement of the two-night stand by Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center has added yet another concert.

Third Eye Blind is bringing their Summer Gods Tour to SPAC on Saturday, July 1. Silversun Pickups will open the show at 7:30pm. (Both bands have previously played the free Albany Tulip Festival – Third Eye Blind in 2009; Silversun Pickups in 2013).

At SPAC, Third Eye Blind will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1997 self-titled debut album – which featured the alt-rock hits “Semi-Charmed Life,” “How’s It Going to Be” and “Jumper” – playing it in its entirety.

Priced at $39.95, $49.95 & $96 for reserved amphitheater seats and $20 for lawn general admission, tickets are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Thursday, January 26.

The Egg Adds Another New Show
COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Friday & Saturday, June 16 & 17: Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Tuesday, June 20: Dead & Company
Tuesday, July 18: Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Tuesday, July 25: Chicago, the Doobie Brothers
Saturday, September 2: The Zac Brown Band

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