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LIVE: Tom Rush @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 5/15/15

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Tom Rush

Tom Rush

Review by Don Wilcock
Photographs by Mary Kozlowski

Tom Rush calls himself simply “a generalist,” a self-deprecating understatement that proved way insufficient in defining his sumptuous nearly three-hour, two-set concert at the Eighth Step at Proctors recently. His tour-de-force performance featured his own signature song “No Regrets” from early in his career as Boston’s best voice of the ’60s folk boom and his career-defining The Circle Game, which introduced Joni Mitchell’s songwriting to the world.

Criss-crossing genres, he re-invigorated Dobie Gray’s pop ode to the palliative properties of music on “Drift Away,” and encored with an energetic acoustic version of “Who Do You Love” that somehow managed to inject as much potency into that Bo Diddley rockin’ blues classic as Diddley himself did in the ’50s with his plugged-in rectangular guitar. Rush joked about songwriter Lee Clayton telling him he’d written the outlaw country number “Ladies Love Outlaws” especially for Tom and then postulated that Lee probably said the same thing to Waylon Jennings, who had a hit with it.



LIVE: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience @ the Palace Theatre, 5/19/15

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Jason Bonham

Jason Bonham

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
WHERE: The Palace Theatre, Albany
WHEN: Tuesday, May 19

Jason Bonham: drums
Tony Catania: guitar
James Dylan: vocals
Alex Howland: keyboards/guitar
Dorian Heartsong: bass

Tribute bands are all the rage these days, and Led Zep tribute bands are at the top of the heap. Already this year we’ve seen Get the Led Out (the Palace Theatre, 2/6/15) and Hammer of the Gods (The Egg, 3/7/15) roll into Nippertown concert venues, and there are more on the way, of course, including Zepperella at Mountain Jam (6/5/15), Led Zeppelin 2 at SPAC (8/1/15) and Zoso at Troy’s Rockin’ On the River concert series (8/12/15).

So what makes Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience stand out from the pack?


LIVE: Albany Tulip Festival @ Washington Park, 5/9/15 (Day One)

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
The Kooks

The Kooks

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

Albany’s Tulip Festival is typically the harbinger of spring, the first big volley into the vast array of outdoor music fests that populate the Nippertown concert calendar. But with temperatures in the mid-80s and the sun blazing down in Washington Park all afternoon for Day One of the fest, it felt more like a hot, mid-summer celebration.

And the Kooks delivered the goods with a bristling headlining set on the Parade Grounds’ main stage, drawing from a surprisingly wide variety of contemporary pop styles. Led by singer-guitarist Luke Pritchard, the British quartet (plus one guitarist-backing vocalist semi-hiding behind a stack of amplifiers), cracked open their 75-minute show with “Around Town,” the opening track of their latest album, “Listen.” They quickly won over the crowd – which was seemingly at least twice as large as it was for the two earlier bands – diving right into the call-and-response of “Bad Habit,” with the audience heartily shouting back at the band.


Tanglewood Announces New Concerts

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Tanglewood in Lenox has announced two new popular artist concerts slated to take place during the Labor Day weekend.

Multi-talented musician, singer, songwriter, actor and “American Idol” judge Harry Connick, Jr. will step into the spotlight at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at 7pm on Friday, September 4, performing music from his vast songbag, including selections from his most recent albums Smokey Mary and Every Man Should Know. To date, Connick has released 29 albums, sold more than 28 million albums and garnered three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. He last performed at Tanglewood in summer 2013. Tickets for Connick’s concert range from $29 to $109.

Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth — widely known for defining the role of Glinda in the hit musical “Wicked” — will join the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and conductor Thomas Wilkins for an evening of music from the Broadway stage, Saturday, September 5 at 8:30 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The concert will feature an evening of music from the Broadway stage, followed by fireworks over the Stockbridge Bowl, bringing Tanglewood’s summer season to a close. Tickets for Chenoweth’s concert range from $25-$121.

Tickets for both of these concerts will go on sale to the general public on Monday (June 1).

In addition, British comedian Eddie Izzard takes the stage of the Koussevitzky Music Shed at 7pm on Thursday, August 27. Priced from $54-$109, tickets are currently available for this pavilion-only performance.

MAY 28: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Snoop Dogg @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park

Photograph of Snoop Dogg @ Northern Lights by Andrzej Pilarczyk, 5/28/11

It’s Throwback Thursday. So we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of May 28 concerts through the years…

2014: Takao Run Folk Song & Arts Group @ The Egg, Albany
2013: Old Crow Medicine Show, Shakey Graves @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2011: Snoop Dogg @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2010: Keith Kane @ the Bread & Jam Cafe, Cohoes
2009: Grant Hart @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2008: Straitjacket Nation @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2006: Vernon Reid, Liquid Soul @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2005: Dave Attell @ The Egg, Albany
2004: The Living End, Small Axe, Stand Up Citizen @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2003: Cave Cat Sammy @ the Ale House, Troy
2000: Erin McKeown, Paddy Kilrain @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
1999: The Staziaks, Crabapple @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1997: Combustible Edison @ QE2, Albany
1996: Fishbone @ Pearl Street, Northampton
1995: Mindy Jostyn, Margo Hennebach @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1994: Physical Graffiti, Hung Jury @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1993: The Figgs, Gravel Pit @ the Metro, Saratoga Springs
1992: Hand Held Moon @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1991: Marshall Crenshaw @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
1989: The Neighborhoods, Gigolo Aunts @ QE2, Albany
1988: Camp Union featuring Let’s Active, Eek-a-Mouse, Treat Her Right @ Union College, Schenectady
1987: Megadeth, Overkill @ the Colonie Coliseum, Latham
1986: Agnostic Front, Fit for Abuse, Youth of Today, Rest in Pieces @ VFW Hall, Albany
1984: Bambi Manor, Bang Zoom @ Bogie’s, Albany

COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

In support of their upcoming Sub Pop album, Depression Cherry, Beach House – the Baltimore-based duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally – steps into the spotlight at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Monday, August 24. Tickets are $24 in advance; $27 at the door and will go on sale at 10am on Friday (May 29). Also at UCH, State Champs take the stage at 7pm on Saturday, July 18. Joining them will be Hit the Lights, Tiny Moving Parts, Let It Happen and Northbound. Tickets are on sale now priced at $15 in advance; $17 at the door. San Antonio’s Nothing More rattles the rafters of UCH at 8pm on Saturday, August 8. Tickets are $10.35 in advance; $12 at the door. And New Found Glory teams up with Yellowcard for a co-headlining tour that’s slated to make a stop at UCH at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 27. Tiger Jaw opens the show. Priced at $23.50 in advance; $27 at the door, tickets go on sale at 12noon on Friday (May 29).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The magnificent slide guitarist Ry Cooder is teaming up with mandolin master Ricky Skaggs and his wife, vocalist Sharon White, for a concert at The Egg in Albany. Tickets go on sale on Friday (May 29).

We’re wondering if the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has attracted the eyes of a hot new promoter because they’ve raised the bar with their bookings during the past couple of weeks. New shows announced this week include the maverick Amanda Palmer & Friends with PWR BTTM and Lady Moon & the Eclipse at 9pm on Monday, July 6 ($25, on sale at 10am Friday); the New Pornographers with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down at 8pm on Thursday, July 9 ($35, on sale at 12noon Friday); and fab ska vets the Slackers with Los Thujones at 9pm on Friday, July 31 ($20).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Brand New wraps up the summer concert season at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown with a two night stand.


LIVE: Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show @ Caffe Lena, 5/10/15

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015


Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jean Rohe (guitar, vocals); James Shipp (vibes, percussion); Liam Robinson (accordion, keyboards); Matt Aaronoff (bass); Jordan Peterson (drums)

Sarah Craig has been hitting them out of the park lately, both musically and with attendance records at Caffe Lena. The Mothers Day concert by Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show was more of a musical triumph then one of breaking attendance records, but this is an artist that Craig, the Caffe’s executive director, intends to bring back to the Caffe time and again in the future to build up a regional following for them.

That’s a smart move because the band – made up of Berklee School of Music and Purchase School of Music grads – is one of the finest ever to play the Caffe. Their ability to traverse the most subtle note to the hardest, is uncanny. The five-piece outfit shot out one song after another from Rohe’s newest, self-titled album with the most exquisite interwoven rhythms from India, the Middle East, Europe and, of course, the American roots-music pantheon, with Rohe’s lovely voice sailing in and around every note.


FIVE FIRSTS: Robert Capowski of Capowski

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Robert Capowski (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Robert Capowski

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

NAME: Robert Capowski

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … the Allman Brothers Band’s Brothers and Sisters. I had a record player with different speeds – 33, 45, 78 RPM and also 16 RPM – so I would play the record at 16 RPM, which would transpose the music down an octave, so I could play in the same key, but it would slow the song down to where I could figure out Dickey Betts’ lead guitar parts on “Jessica” and “Southbound.” The song I loved the best on that record though was “Come and Go Blues” – the way Gregg Allman sang really got to me.


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