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LIVE: NYS Presenters Network Music Showcase @ The Egg, 10/28/14

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
The Villalobos Brothers

The Villalobos Brothers

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

The New York State Presenters Network held its annual conference in Albany last month, and in conjunction with the various workshops and panel discussions, the conference also hosted a showcase concert at The Egg that was free and open to the public.

The concert highlighted a wide variety of New York State musical talent from children’s singer-songwriter Dan Zanes to Latin jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his quartet, from Mexican music group the Villalobos Brothers to the cutting edge classical ensemble Sybarite5 and jazz saxman Michael Blake.

All in all, it was a delightfully diverse mix of jazz, folk and contemporary classical and Latin music…

ALSO SEE:
More of Andrzej Pilarczyk’s photographs of this concert at Albany Jazz
More of Timothy Reidy’s photographs of this concert at Autobus Pour 3 Garcons

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LIVE: Hiromi: The Trio Project @ The Egg, 11/14/14

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Review by J Hunter

Normally, I choose concerts the way I bet on horses at Saratoga: I go on track record, and what I’d heard from Hiromi did not fill me with enthusiasm for her recent appearance at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre. The Japanese pianist’s recordings were beautiful, to be sure, but too classical, too technical. Well, you know how some people place a bet solely on what they heard from “some guy with a hot tip”? That’s what I was doing here, because earlier this year, Greg Haymes had told me in no uncertain terms that I HAD to see Hiromi in concert! When Greg Haymes enthuses, I listen… and BOY, I’m glad I did.

Sound shields covered the end of Hiromi’s grand piano, presumably so the vibrations from bassist Anthony Jackson’s singular bass sound. As it turned out, the shields may have been there to protect Jackson (who played the entire concert sitting next to the piano) from Hiromi’s jet exhaust. That concept wasn’t even hinted, though, as Hiromi bounced onstage, looking for all the world like a typical teenager – big friendly smile with accompanying wave, fun frizzed-up hairdo held in place by a black band with a white fake flower, white sleeveless top, black tights, black-and-white striped sneakers. No WAY this sweet little girl could hurt us, right?

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LIVE: The Stray Birds @ Caffe Lena, 11/19/14

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Stray Birds

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Back in April the Pennsylvania-based Stray Birds trio swooped down to perch on the stage of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs to create quite a lovely ruckus of rural Roots-Americana sounds. Afterward they flew off to entertain in other parts of the country, only to return to the region and land this past June at the Old Songs Festival at the Altamont Fairgrounds.

Migrating back to Caffe Lena on a recent, cold Wednesday night, the room was busting at the seams with people and songs. Celebrating the release of Best Medicine, their new album – yup, it’s available on vinyl, too – the fab folk trio of Maya de Vitry (vocals, guitar, banjo & fiddle), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitar, resonator & fiddle) and Charles Muench (vocals, bass & banjo) dazzled the audience with their three-part harmonies and instrumental prowess.

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LIVE: The Phryg / Oobleck @ the Low Beat, 11/6/14

Monday, November 24th, 2014
The Phyrg

The Phryg

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Brooklyn-based progressive funkateers the Phryg roared into the Low Beat earlier this month, detonating a mighty funk bomb. And sharing the stage was the Local 518′s own Oobleck, who upped the funk ante considerably.

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LIVE: The Lawn Sausages / Off the Record @ the Hangar, 11/7/14

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Review by Fred Rudofsky

A perfect amalgam of good and bad influences, the Lawn Sausages delivered an “aporkalypse” of music and mayhem to an appreciative Friday night hometown crowd spanning three generations at The Hangar in Troy.

Off the Record, “a ’60s futuristic trio” from Albany, covered all the groovy bases in their impressive 16-song opening set. Sporting a red beehive and Ann-Margret-like figure poured into a black dress, singer Joanna Palladino was easy on the eyes. Backed by Lou Sansiero on Epiphone guitar and vocals and Bob Resnick on various forms of percussion, she was also soothing and rousing to the ears. The classic girl groups (the Crystals, the Dixie Cups, the Ronettes) and iconic female singers (Eydie Gormé, Nico, Nancy Sinatra) were featured, but perhaps most impressive were the forays into soul, garage and pop-rock gems.

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LIVE: Crystal Bowersox @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 11/6/14

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Crystal Bowersox @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

As the runner-up on season 9 of “American Idol,” Toledo singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox grabbed the national spotlight, and she’s been rolling along ever since.

With two albums to her credit since then, Bowersox made her headlining theater debut at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy two weeks ago, accompanied by bassist-vocalist Rachel Coates.

Singer-songwriter Caroline Glaser opened the concert.

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LIVE: Consider the Source / Mister F @ the Parish Public House, 10/31/14

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Consider The Source

Consider the Source

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

There’s always a big batch of entertainment options on Halloween, but the Parish Public House in Albany presented wild double bill that was quite worthy of your attendance.

It was a night of tricks and treats, and Consider the Source – purveyors of their patented “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion” sound – served up a bonus treat as they celebrated the release of their new EP, World War Trio, Part I, featuring the six-part suite, “Put Another Rock in That Bag.” Yeah, that’s a Halloween trick, to be sure…

Not only that, but they churned it all out while dressed as those mischievous little Droogies from “A Clockwork Orange.”

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LIVE: The Quiet Music Festival @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, 10/23/14

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Rosary Beard

Rosary Beard

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Portland, Oregon has been hosting the annual Quiet Music Festival since 2011, but last month the fest had its East Coast premiere at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs with an evening-long performance by a roster of talent that stretched from Gang Gang Dance vocalist Lizzi Bougatsos to Greenwich’s monologuist David Greenberger and A Strong Dog to Sun Foot (led by Quiet Music Fest founder Chris Johanson).

Other performers throughout the evening included poet Trinie Dalton, Brian Mumford’s avant-folk project Dragging an Ox Through Water, the acoustic guitar instrumental duo Rosary Beard (featuring Matthew Loicacono and Hunter Sagehorn) and others.

It was a very varied evening of performances, and they weren’t all about the low-key and low-volume.

One attendee described the night as “a snooze fest.” But organizer Chris Johanson didn’t take offensive at the remark. In fact, as he explained, the Quiet Music Fest is “the only festival where sleeping is encouraged.”

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