LIVE: Hudson @ The Bardavon, 10/4/17

October 19th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Super-groups often do not live up to their expectations because although the musicians separately are indeed virtuosos/superstars by themselves, the group may not gel because they lack purpose and a common vision. This is not the case with Hudson, a band that is comprised of jazz all-stars living in the Hudson Valley (hence the name).

They had played together initially as a unit at a jazz festival in Woodstock back in 2014. They had a good time but did not get a chance to play and record again until earlier this year at NRS studios in Catskill, where they recorded their self-titled debut CD that was released in June. The intent and feel of the recording was to reinterpret the music of the Hudson Valley on their terms.

This band appeared earlier this summer at the Freihofer Saratoga Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and they were back in Greater Nippertown this month for a homecoming concert at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie.

Opening with a cover Jimi Hendrix’s “Wait Until Tomorrow,” they covered that spacey composition based upon the call/response structure of old R&B tunes and launched it from Hendrix’s galaxy into outer space with electronic sounds emanating from John Medeski’s keyboards, Wes Montgomery-like octaves from John Scofield’s guitar building into serious rock riffage.

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LIVE: The Sam Bush Band @ The Egg, 10/14/17

October 19th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

In support of his latest album, Storyman, Sam Bush – mandolin virtuoso and the Godfather of Newgrass – brought his band back to The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last week for another evening of eclectic acoustic music.

OCTOBER 19: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

October 19th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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 October 19 concerts through the years…

2016: Louie CK @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2015: In the Valley Below @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
2014: Drive-By Truckers @ The Egg, Albany
2013: Grandpa Jones’ 100th Birthday Bash featuring Lost Radio Rounders, Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2012: Lost Radio Rounders, M.R. Poulopoulos, Kim Kilby, Ryan Dunham, Bob Ristau, Mat Kane @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany (CD release party for Heaven’s Radio)
2011: Tedeschi Trucks Band @ The Egg, Albany
2010: Empire Jazz Orchestra @ Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady
2009: Attack Attack @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2008: M Shanghai String Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2007: Anthony Braxton @ the Chapel + Cultural Center, Troy
2006: Los Straitjackets, Kaiser George, the Pontani Sisters @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2005: Los Straitjackets, Big Sandy @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2004: Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players @ The Linda, Albany
2003: Good Charlotte, Something Corporate, Mest @ Pepsi Arena, Albany
2002: Mickey Rooney @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2000: Ominous Seapods, Peter Prince @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1999: Ratt, Chlorine @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
1998: Mudhoney, Kent 3 @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany

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LIVE: Brand X @ The Egg, 10/12/17

October 18th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Steven Stock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

There was nothing generic about Brand X’s engrossing performance at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last week. Although the band’s heyday was the late ’70s, when Brand X often featured a moonlighting Phil Collins on drums, the current five-piece incarnation proved there’s still a place for a bracing fusion of jazz, rock and progressive music well into the 21st century.

Guitarist John Goodsall and the mesmerizing fretless bass player Percy Jones are the only holdovers from the original 1975 lineup, but change has always been a constant for Brand X. During the group’s initial run from 1975 to 1980 fourteen members cycled though, with a further six joining the band’s first reboot from 1992 to 1999.

After a long layoff, Brand X reformed again last year, with keyboardist Chris Clark, percussionist Scott Weinberger and returning alumnus Kenwood Dennard on drums. That version of the band recorded the excellent double album But Wait… There’s More! Live 2017 in January. Since then Kenny Grahowski replaced Dennard, becoming the 23rd member of Brand X’s rotating cast.

At The Egg, Brand X’s performance was instrumental (like most of their catalog, although Collins sang occasionally) so obviously there were no words to spell out emotions, no narrative tension. But rest assured there was plenty of drama and suspense in the unexpected musical twists and turns that enlivened epic versions of “Nightmare Patrol” and the Collins-composed “And So to F.”

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LIVE: The Bobs @ Caffe Lena, 10/15/17

October 18th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

The Bobs have been making regular tour stops at Saratoga Springs’ venerable Caffe Lena for many years now, so it was no surprise that their many Greater Nippertown fans sold out the Caffe again this past weekend.

It was, however, a bittersweet affair. After 16 albums and more than 35 years of forward-thinking vocal pyrotechnics, the a cappella quartet is calling it quits.

If you missed Matthew Bob Stull, Richard Bob Greene, Angie Bob Doctor and Dan Bob Schumacher at the Caffe, you’ll have one last chance to see them in concert at the Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon at 8:30pm on Friday (October 20) before their Farewell Tour comes to an end.

Thanks for all the music, Bobs – especially “Psycho Killer.”

LIVE: Psychedelic Furs @ Upstate Concert Hall, 10/8/17

October 17th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Steven Stock

Irrepressible vocalist Richard Butler returned to Clifton Park with the same raspy croon and the same gifted backing quintet as on his last visit to the Upstate Concert Hall, back in August, 2015. You’d think that these guys might need some new songs to keep them interested – the Psychedelic Furs’ last record of original material was 1991’s World Outside – but nearly three months (and three continents!) into their current tour the band still seemed fully engaged by its impressive litany of hits.

Despite his limited range as a singer, Butler is a riveting presence onstage, virtually illustrating each song with outsized arm gestures, occasionally kneeling to clasp hands with audience members. There’s often an intriguing tension between his unsparing lyrics and seemingly tender delivery, perhaps best exemplified by a crowd-pleasing rendition of “Pretty in Pink.”

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LIVE: Brad Terry @ Spring Street Gallery, 9/28/17

October 16th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Mark Kleinhaut, John Menegon and Brad Terry

Mark Kleinhaut, John Menegon and Brad Terry

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

There is a new jazz concert series in Saratoga Springs, taking place at the intimate 50-seat Spring Street Gallery. Presented by Capital District Jazz, the Jazz at the Spring series takes place on the fourth Thursday of every month (except December).

The inaugural concert in the series was held last month, and it was sold out, featuring veteran clarinetist Brad Terry accompanied by Mark Kleinhaut on guitar and John Menegon on bass. Terry’s musical career has stretched over more than 60 years, starting with lessons as a teenager from friend and neighbor Benny Goodman. He then went on to perform with Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Cheatham, Buddy Tate and many others.

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LIVE: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins @ The Egg, 10/8/17

October 12th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Bryan Lasky

“Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Tearing yourself away from me now you are free
And I am crying
This does not mean I don’t love you I do that’s forever
Yes and for always
I am yours,
you are mine,
you are what you are
You make it hard…”

– “Suite Judy Blue Eyes”

Stephen Stills wrote it.

Judy Collins inspired it.

And now nearly 50 years later, there they were, together onstage at The Egg’s Hart Theatre in front of a sold-out crowd, winding their way through their rich musical pasts, as well as mining the songbags of the great songwriters of the baby-boomer era, including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell.

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