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LIVE: The California Guitar Trio @ the Van Dyck, 10/22/16

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
The California Guitar Trio

The California Guitar Trio

Review & photographs by Rudy Lu

Not merely a concert, it was also a lesson in pop music history and guitar techniques when the California Guitar Trio returned to the stage of the Van Dyck after a five year absence.

This virtuoso trio of guitarists – Bert Lams, Paul Richards and Hideyo Moriya – met while studying with Robert Fripp (King Crimson) at his legendary Guitar Craft course in 1987, and then toured with his League of Crafty Guitarists. They branched out on their own to form their current band in 1991.

Opening with an instrumental rendition of the Beatles’ “I Dig A Pony” (now there’s a Fab Four song that you don’t hear covered very often), the band proceeded through an incredible array of diverse musical styles and moods at the Van Dyck, all performed as a trio of semi-acoustic guitars.



LIVE: Shonen Knife @ the Low Beat, 11/1/16

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Shonen Knife

Shonen Knife

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Celebrating their 35th anniversary, veteran Japanese bubblegum-punk band Shonen Knife grabbed the small stage at the Low Beat and set the house to rockin’.

Led by guitarist Naoko Yamano – the only remaining member of the line-up since they made their most recent Greater Nippertown appearance at the late Valentine’s Music Hall five years ago – the trio mixed in songs from their new album Adventure (“Jump Into the New World,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll T-Shirt,” “Wasabi”) with such catalog favorites as “Twist Barbie” and “Buttercup (I’m a Super Girl),” with bassist Atsuko Yamano and drummer Risa Kawano pumping up the Ramones-like beat with verve and charming ferocity.


DECEMBER 1: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

Thursday, December 1st, 2016


Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph of Celine Dion at the Pepsi Arena, 12/1/98 by Martin Benjamin

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 December 1 concerts through the years…

2015: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
2014: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany
2013: Peter Rowan, Yungchen Lhamo @ The Hangar, Troy
2012: Ira Glass’ “Reinventing Radio” @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2011: The Mississippi Hot Dogs @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs
2010: Matisyahu, Dub Trio @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2009: E.P. Hall, Julianna Spallholz & Matthew Loiacono, Bailiwick @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs
2008: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany
2007: The Bobs @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2006: Greg Brown @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2005: Benevento/Russo Duo, Lotus @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2004: Mary Ellen Strom, Ann Carlson @ RPI’s West Hall, Troy
2003: Phish @ the Pepsi Arena, Albany
2002: The Erotics, Coal Palace Kings, Gay Tastee, Bible Study, the Sixfifteens @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2000: Steve Turre @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
1999: Pat Metheny @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1998: Celine Dion, Dakota Moon @ the Pepsi Arena, Albany
1997: Mike Iwanos & the Bottom Feeders @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1996: Sick of It All, Ensign, One King Down @ QE2, Albany
1995: Subduing Mara, Trunkapeet, Stephen Clair @ the Playdium, Albany
1994: Dude of Life, moe. @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1993: The Lawn Sausages @ Bogie’s, Albany
1992: Barleycorn @ Eamonn’s Loudon House, Loudonville
1991: Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys @ the Bijou, Saratoga Springs
1990: Josh White Jr. @ Mother’s Wine Emporium at RPI, Troy
1989: Mick Taylor, Stomplistics @ RPI McNeil Room, Troy
1988: Tiny Lights @ QE2, Albany
1987: Mambo-X, Made in Austria @ QE2, Albany
1984: Ariel @ Skinflint’s, Albany

LIVE: Folk’d Up Country @ the Tang Museum, 11/7/16

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was the night before the election. You remember the presidential election, don’t you?

So beneath an exhibition of American flags (artist Mel Ziegler’s “Flag Exchange” project) Skidmore College’s Tang Museum hosted an evening of experimental acoustic music. Featuring five performers and stretching on for nearly three hours, the festivities bore the prescient title, “Folk’d Up Country.”


LIVE: Hot Tuna @ The Egg, 11/20/16

Monday, November 28th, 2016
Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen and Justin Guip

Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen and Justin Guip

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Hot Tuna – a band that began as a side project for guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady of the Jefferson Airplane has continued to be vibrant and relevant, long after the Airplane transformed into the Starship and crash-landed in the pop wasteland.

The electric, power trio version of Hot Tuna played two solid sets of their brand of blues-drenched, roots/jam-band rock and roll before a full house in The Egg’s Hart Theatre earlier this month.

Jorma Kaukonen, a very young 75, displayed that virtuosity on guitar that originally made the Airplane fly so high. His musical partner of over 50 years, 72-year-young Jack Casady on bass interwove the beat almost telepathically.

Meanwhile, drummer-producer Justin Guip (Levon Helm Band and studios) provided the back beat for the band.


NOVEMBER 24: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

Thursday, November 24th, 2016
The Rascals

The Rascals @ the Palace Theatre, 11/24/13

Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Ted Were

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 November 24 concerts through the years…

2015: Arlo Guthrie @ the Guthrie Center, Great Barrington
2014: Upstate @ The Falcon, Marlboro
2013: The Rascals @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2012: Katie Haverly, Rosary Beard @ the Foundry, Cohoes
2010: Ember Swift @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2008: Red Haired Strangers, Tern Rounders @ Revolution Hall
2007: Sean Rowe @ Red Square, Albany
2006: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2004: Cher, the Village People @ the Pepsi Arena, Albany
2003: Terra Naomi, Tyler Hilton @ the Larkin, Albany
2002: Eric Bogle @ the Masonic Lodge, Altamont
2000: The Stylistics, Blue Magic @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
1999: Rocky Velvet, the Lawn Sausages @ Positively Fourth Street, Troy
1998: Todd Rundgren, John Powhida @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
1997: Sick of It All, Strife, Ensign, Day in the Life @ Bogie’s, Albany
1996: Arlo Guthrie @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
1995: Sick of It All, Ignite, H2O @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1994: MotherJudge @ the Lark Tavern, Albany
1993: EB Jeb @ Charity’s, Clifton Park
1992: Doomsday, 3 Deep @ Bogie’s, Albany
1991: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Four Horsemen @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1990: The Black Crowes @ The Chance, Poughkeepsie
1989: Utah Phillips @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1988: The Chaser Band @ Petar’s, Troy
1987: Carmaig deForest, Lisa Atkinson @ QE2, Albany
1984: The Tips @ the Shoestring Inn, Albany

LIVE: Frank Wakefield @ the Parting Glass, 11/11/16

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016


Photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

One of the original pioneers of progressive bluegrass mandolin, Frank Wakefield and his band – featuring Deane Lewis on banjo and Pat Mullaly on guitar – took the stage at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs earlier this month…


LIVE: NRBQ @ The Egg, 11/11/16

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016


Review by Steven Stock
Photographs by Michael Hochanadel

Terry Adams brought the latest version of NRBQ to The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last Friday, and this time the Whole Wheat Horns featured two longtime members of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson in addition to stalwart ‘Q sideman Klem Klimek.

This tour is ostensibly to support the band’s new five-disc anthology, High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective, which was officially released on the day of the concert. And while they didn’t play all 100-plus tracks from that collection, the band did take a wide-ranging stroll through their impressive catalog, ultimately playing somewhere around 35 songs (I was having so much fun I lost count – sue me!).

Adams, the sole remaining original member, is, of course, the heart of the band, a towheaded, grinning, mischievous, overgrown Dennis the Menace character pounding his two keyboards with technique that would leave piano teachers shaking their heads in dismay but nonetheless sounded damn good. Adams shared vocal duties with bassist Casey McDonough (who boasts an appealing tenor yelp well-suited to songs of yearning such as “I Want You Bad”) and guitarist Scott Ligon, who handled the more straight-forward, rootsy Americana tracks.


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