Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

LIVE: Searson @ Riverlink Park, 8/9/14

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014


Photographs by Stanley Johnson

The Canadian sisters Erin and Colleen Searson led their band Searson through a Celtic blend of high-energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing as they entertained the crowd at Riverlink Park in Amsterdam earlier this month.



LIVE: Holly & Evan @ Wiswall Park, 8/14/14

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Holly & Evan

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The blues-and-more trio of Holly & Evan – bolstered by drummer Rob Morris – kicked out the jams earlier this month at Ballston Spa’s Wiswall Park.


Festival Fever: Ecstatic Age @ Collar Works, 8/29/14

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Swamp Baby

Swamp Baby @ Restoration Festival, 9/6/13 (photo: Timothy Reidy)

We Are Architects are bringing the Ecstatic Age to Troy on Friday evening (August 29). The event begins at 6pm at the Collar Works, and while we’re not exactly sure what to expect (which is always part of the fun, of course), here’s what the press release said:

“Ecstatic Age explores ideas, techniques and ephemera related to self-improvement, empowerment, transcendence, fulfillment and ecstasy in an evening of performances and workshops. This event takes the concept of a rave — the quintessential ’90s all-night-long bacchanalian dance party — as a framework for a DIY communal self-help session, dance party and music festival. Unraveling throughout the evening the event begins with gongs and singing bowls, progresses up to dance music, and concludes by decelerating through a series of increasingly emotional and introverted live music acts. Interspersed between music performances will be a variety of self-realization, self-help and affirmational workshops that include a yoga class, and group sessions with a motivational speaker and hypnotist, and closing the night with a period of guided meditation.”


“Reading Music”: Where Books Meet Songs

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Matt Durfee

Matt Durfee (photo: Michael Hochanadel)

At 7pm tonight (Wednesday, August 27), the Albany Public Library is hosting its second “Reading Music” concert. It’s an evening of songs, readings and discussion based on John Steinbeck’s classic novel, “East of Eden.” The evening will feature nearly a dozen brand-spankin’ new original songs penned by Local 518 songsmiths Matt Durfee and Michael Eck. Admission is FREE.

Joining Durfee (vocals, guitar) and Eck (vocals, resonator guitar, resonator mandolin) will be August Sagehorn (bass), Tommy Krebs (drums), Roger Noyes (steel guitar), M.R. Poulopoulos (electric guitar) and Adam Prizio (readings).

You may recall the inaugural “Reading Music” performance back in April featured M.R. Poulopoulos and friends performing a number of original songs based on the novels of Albany’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy, who was in attendance.

8/27/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

MUSIC: The Pine Leaf Boys @ Shepard Park, Lake George. It’s the last concert of the Lake George Arts Project’s Wednesday evening concert series, and it should be a wonderful, swamp-soaked night of Louisiana sounds. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: “Reading Music” @ the Albany Public Library, Albany. An evening of songs, readings and discussion based on John Steinbeck’s classic novel, “East of Eden.” Featuring nearly a dozen brand-spankin’ new original songs penned by Matt Durfee and Michael Eck. 7pm. FREE.

FAIR: Columbia County Fair @ Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham. It’s opening day at the fair with plenty of midway rides, cotton candy, farm animals, demolition derby and fried dough. Gates open at 3pm. $10; Free children 12 & under.

MUSIC: Widowspeak @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. It’s a dream-pop mini fest. With Hand Habits and Sleepers Bells. 8pm. $15.

FAIR: Schaghticoke Fair @ the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke. It’s opening day at the fair with plenty of midway rides, fried dough, a truck pull, farm animals, karaoke competition, zucchini brownies, dairy demonstrations and more. Gates open at 12noon. $5; Free children 13 & under.


LIVE: Dom Flemons @ Caffe Lena, 8/15/14

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Don Flemons

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Joseph Deuel

Is there anything that the multi-talented Dom Flemons can’t do? And do well…

He’s been going it alone since parting ways with the Grammy Award-winning black string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops last year, and if you were worried about his ability to captivate a crowd without Rhiannon Giddens and the rest of his former CCD bandmates, worry no more. Earlier this month, Flemons made his Caffe Lena debut in support of his new solo album, Prospect Hill, proving beyond a doubt that he was thoroughly capable of wowing a full house on his own.

Flemons is the complete package as a performer – a stellar musician on at least a half dozen instruments (guitar, four- and six-string banjos, harmonica, bones and a pan flute-related instrument called the quills); a thoroughly engaging, charismatic all-around entertainer; and a straight-A student of the music, who offered insight and educational background on a wide variety of the songs (and the songwriters) that filled his songbag.


LarkFest Announces Line-up of Bands

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The city street will once again be shut down to traffic, as Larkfest 2014 takes over Albany’s alleged “Greenwich Village” – the stretch of Lark Street from Washington to Madison avenues – on Saturday, September 20.

It’s touted as “New York’s largest one day street festival,” and it’s slated to run from 10am-5:30pm with two stages of live music and entertainment, including top regional bands, fun activities for people of all ages, visual arts, music, poetry, magic acts and more. And, of course, admission is FREE.

For the first time in recent memory, this year LarkFest will feature an all-Local 518 line-up. Eight bands in all will be performing throughout the day – four on each stage.

Here’s the schedule of bands for LarkFest 2014:


Festival Fever: Scumfest 2014 in Duanesburg on Sunday

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Remember the ’80s?

Some of you longtime Local 518 music fans may recall Scumfest, a punk fest that took place back in 1982.

Well, even punks get nostalgic, and last year some of those same musicians – as well as those inspired by them – got together for Scumfest II out in Berne.

Apparently, a great deal of fun was had by all, so they’re doin’ it again. Scumfest 2014 is slated for 12noon on Sunday (August 31) at 618 Humphrey Roadd in Duanesburg – about as far away from the once thriving downtown punk scene as you could possibly get. Admission is a $13 donation, which includes a catered meal (?!?). And while we’re on the topic of things un-punk, we were horrified to hear that some of the bands were actually rehearsing for the fest.

At latest report, the bands slated to ratchet it up for ScumFest 2014 include:


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