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LIVE: Steely Dan/Steve Winwood @ SPAC, 7/10/16

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Review by Steve Nover

I would like to think one can be bias-free at a concert where you love both acts, but it’s not easy.

I’ve been a fan of Steve Winwood throughout his 50-year career, and he bookended his show by going back to the beginning. At the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, he began his one-hour set with the Spencer Davis Group’s “I’m a Man” and closed his too-short set with “Gimme Some Lovin'” – the band’s two Top 10 U.S. hits. (They were even bigger in England, where “Keep on Running” hit No. 1, enabling the 16-year-old Winwood to buy a Hammond B-3 organ.)

Traffic was Winwood’s next band, and after a one-album side-trip to Blind Faith, he returned to reform Traffic. The SPAC audience was treated to a beautiful version of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” (with Winwood on guitar) and three Traffic numbers, beginning with “Pearly Queen” featuring tasty solos by Winwood on organ. His guitarist-flute player also supplied fireworks on sax for most of the set and took over the organ on Winwood’s two forays on guitar – the other being “Dear Mr. Fantasy.”



The Egg Announces Two New Concerts

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Yes, we’re in the midst of a July heatwave, but the fine folks at The Egg are gearing up for December and the winter holiday season – which brings us to the pair of new concerts that they’ve announced today.

Tickets for the shows are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (July 29).

Here are the details:


FEST: Camp Springer in Castleton This Weekend

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Camp Springer | 2016 Artist Lineup from Camp Springer on Vimeo.

Two days. Nine bands. Two stages…

It’s Camp Springer at Stable Gate Winery in Castleton on Friday and Saturday (July 29 & 30). And in addition to all of the music, the fest will also feature a silent disco, an art gallery, yoga and meditation sessions and a 5K run. And it all kicks off at 4pm on Friday with a screening of The Band’s classic farewell concert film, “The Last Waltz.”

Single day-pass tickets are $50 for Friday (July 29) and $70 for Saturday (July 30). All weekend music and camping tickets are $120.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2016 Camp Springer:


FREE: North Greenbush Summer Concert Series

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
The Tichy Boys

The Tichy Boys: August 7

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The North Greenbush Summer Concert Series is back at Town Hall Park in Wynantskill at 6pm on Sundays through the end of August.

Here’s the complete 2016 concert schedule:


LIVE: Phish @ SPAC, 7/1/16

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Pete Mason’s review and Darren Kemp’s photographs at NYS Music
David Johnson’s review at The Saratogian
Skyler Gilbert’s review at The Spot 518
Excerpt from David Singer’s review at The Daily Gazette: “The first of a three-night run at SPAC, the four guys, all 50-plus in age, showed no signs of wear and tear. In fact, they play cleaner, crisper and more to the point than ever. While they may reserve their chops a bit when they can, they held back little for this show. When they finished ‘Bathtub Gin’ for the classic big set-closer, everyone seemingly satisfied with the full set, Anastasio turned to his band members and asked to do one more song — for no apparent reason other than to play more. ‘Bathtub Gin’ was clearly sufficient, the audience screaming the line ‘we’re all in this together,’ capturing the general feel of the band’s one-of-a-kind fan base. The energy was high here, and went higher for the bonus song ‘The Squirming Coil,’ a melodic tune that led to a well-behaved jam.”


Song o’ the Week: Justin Michael Williams’ “Here With Me”

Monday, July 25th, 2016

“A dedication to those we’ve lost too soon – we love you, we’ll never forget you…”

LA-based conceptual artist and yoga/meditation instructor Justin Michael Williams serves up a potent music video for his song “Here With Me,” from his upcoming debut album, Metamorphosis, slated for release on September 23…

HEARD: Playlist, 7/18-24/16

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Just so you know where our ears have been at, here’s a rundown of what we’ve been spinning at Nippertown HQ this past week (CDs, vinyl, streaming and maybe even a cassette or two):

The Airborne Toxic Event: Songs of God and Whiskey (Epic, 2015)
Charles Mingus: Charles Mingus with Orchestra (SLG, 2009)
Bill Evans: Undercurrent (Blue Note, 2002)
M Shanghai: Bedlam (M Shanghai, 2016)
Clem Snide: Girls Come First (Zahpwee Music, 2015)
Jack & Amanda Palmer: You Got Me Singing (Eight Foot, 2016)
The Equals: Baby Come Back (Sleeping Giant, 2011)
Code Blue: Code Blue (Warner Bros., 1980)
Various artists with R. Crumb & Jerry Zolten: Chimpin’ the Blues (John Heneghan, 2013)
Lucinda Williams: Lucinda Williams (Koch, 1998)
Richard Hickox & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Delius’ Paris: The Song of a Great City (EMI, 1991)
Toby Twining Music: Shaman (Catalyst, 1994)
Various artists: Creole Kings of New Orleans (Specialty, 1992)
Scott Walker: Climate of Hunter (Virgin, 2006)
Mumford & Sons: Wilder Minds (Glassnote, 2015)
Peggy Lee: Is That All There Is? (Capitol, 2011)


Fear of Strangers Reunion Rescheduled

Monday, July 25th, 2016


OK, let’s try this again…

Just days before they were scheduled to play a rare reunion concert last month, Fear of Strangers – one of Greater Nippertown’s most popular bands in the early ’80s – the show was derailed when lead vocalist Val Haynes suffered an injury.

The show was postponed until she could recover, and now finally a new date has been set for the concert. Haynes and her old bandmates – guitarist Todd Nelson, bassist Steve Cohen and drummer Al Kash – along with special guest keyboardist Mike Kelley – will step back into the spotlight at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 9pm on Friday, September 23. The show will feature FoS playing two sets, no opening act. Tickets are now on sale, priced at $15.

The show will be the band’s first performance since the J.B. Scott’s Reunion at Michael’s Banquet House back in May, 2012.

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