LIVE: Sawyer Fredericks @ Freedom Park, 6/21/17

June 23rd, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg
Sawyer Fredericks

Sawyer Fredericks

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

The 2017 season of free concerts in Scotia’s Freedom Park kicked off with a bang earlier this week.

Fultonville’s bowler-hatted singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks – the 2015 winner of NBC-TV’s singing competition “The Voice” – took the stage on Wednesday night, playing to one of the biggest crowds that has filled Freedom Park since it opened in 1976.

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LIVE: Elysia Crampton @ EMPAC at RPI, 5/26/17

June 23rd, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg
Elysia Crampton

Elysia Crampton

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

A rapidly rising star in the Latinx scene, severo electronic experimentalist Elysia Crampton launched the inaugural summer season at EMPAC at RPI last month in support of her acclaimed album Demon City.

Russell E.L. Butler kicked off the ear-expanding evening.

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FESTIVAL FEVER: Round-Up of This Weekend’s Music Festivals

June 23rd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Mountain Jam

So many festivals crammed into one weekend...

Photograph by Dan Hogan

The summer festival fever is bustin’ out all over. Big-time. Here’s a round-up of the festival scene for this weekend:


Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
Featuring “Forward into Light: The American Women’s Suffrage Movement in New York State in Song and Story,” the Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen, Tom Lewis, the Short Sisters, the Waxwing Four, the Jeremiahs, Keith Murphy, Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes, Joe Jencks & Si Kahn, John Roberts

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The Linda Hosts Capital Region Blues Network’s Blues Challenge

June 22nd, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Amy Ryan Band

The Amy Ryan Band

By Wanda Callagy

Love the blues? At 7pm on Saturday (June 24) the Capital Region Blues Network is hosting its fifth annual Blues Challenge at The Linda in Albany.

Four bands – the Amy Ryan Band, Misty Blues, Sly Fox & the Hustlers and Wyld Blu – will perform, competing for the chance to represent CRBN in Memphis at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Competition in January.

Prizes for Saturday’s battle of the blues bands include $1500 cash and support from CRBN with a fundraiser and other opportunities to play to help finance the trip. The winner will be determined by a voting process which is weighted evenly between the balloting of the audience and the voting of CRBN’s panel of judges.

Later in the year, CRBN will host another competition in the solo/duo blues category.

Here’s more about the four competing bands:

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LIVE: Bobby Whitlock @ The Egg, 6/16/17

June 22nd, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg

Review by Steven Stock

Bobby Whitlock may not be a household name, but the 100-plus discerning music aficionados who turned up at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last Friday had high expectations, and to judge by the lengthy standing ovation at the end of the show, few of us were disappointed.

Accompanied by his longtime companion CoCo Carmel on acoustic guitar and saxophone, as well as electric guitarist Reuben Chess, Whitlock revisited many of the highlights from Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs and shared some of the stories behind the songs.

Whitlock was the first white artist signed to Memphis-based Stax Records. After a formative period woodshedding with Sam & Dave and Booker T. & the MG’s, Whitlock moved to Los Angeles in 1968 to join Delaney & Bonnie and Friends. “I was the first to join that band and the last to leave,” he said with a chuckle last Friday night.

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JUNE 22: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

June 22nd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg


Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph of Lucius, Solid Sound at MASS MoCA, 6/22/13 by Andrew Gregory

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 June 22 concerts through the years…

2016: Lucius, Margaret Glaspy @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
2015: Eli & the Hot Six, Rebecca Sullivan @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield
2014: Iron & Wine, the Secret Sisters @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2013: Solid Sound featuring Wilco, Neko Case, Low, Sean Rowe, Foxygen, Sam Amidon, Mark Mulcahy, Yo La Tengo, the Dream Syndicate, Lucius, more @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2012: Matthew Sweet, A Fragile Tomorrow @ The Egg, Albany
2011: The Cast Before the Break, Boyish Good Looks @ Savannah’s, Albany
2010: Ted Nugent, Val Halla @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2009: Boz Scaggs @ The Egg, Albany
2008: Dan Hicks @ The Linda, Albany
2007: Burning Human, Last Call @ Northern Lights, Clifon Park
2006: The Flutie Brothers Band, Raisinhead @ Alive at Five, Albany
2005: Dennis McCafferty @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
2003: Santana, Angelique Kidjo @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

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Song o’ the Week: Robert Capowski’s “Sometimes You Stumble”

June 22nd, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Robert Capowski takes the stage at One Caroline Street Bistro in Saratoga Springs at 6pm on Friday (July 21) in support of his new album, Back to Blue

LIVE: The Average White Band @ Alive at Five, 6/15/17

June 21st, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Cliff Lyons

Cliff Lyons

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Ed Conway

“This is the Cliff Lyons Show,” declared Alan Gorrie, as the Average White Band took the stage for Alive at Five, plugged in and prepared launch a 90-minute batch of vintage funk.

Gorrie (bass, guitar and vocals) and guitarist Onnie McIntyre co-founded the band in Scotland more than 40 years ago, and they’re both still at the helm.

But Gorrie was right. It was a homecoming show for Albany native Lyons, and the spotlight was on him. The saxman has played with at least a dozen bands in Greater Nippertown over the years, from Downtime to Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys to the Lustre Kings.

And he came roaring out of the block, engaging in a ferocious sax duel with tenor saxman Fred Vignor on the opening “Oh, Maceo.” And Lyons and Vignor were still red-hot as they funked up the final encore, “Pick Up the Pieces.” But it was his roaring, hot-blooded solo during “A Love of Your Own” that ranked as Lyons’ highwater moment.

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