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LIVE: Conjunto Chappotin y Sus Estrellas @ the Music Haven, 7/20/14

Friday, July 25th, 2014
Conjunto Chappotin y Sus Estrellas (photo by Stanley Johnson)

(photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Stanley Johnson
Additional photographs by Richard Brody

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary season, the Music Haven in Schenectady’a Central Park has always lived up to its motto – “Traveling the world one concert at a time.”

Last Sunday (July 20), the free Sunday night concert series landed in Cuba, and following Maria Zemantauski’s opening set of spark-inducing flamenco guitar music, Conjunto Chappotin y Sus Estrellas took the stage, fired up the crowd and set the evening ablaze with their irresistibly percolating music.

“In all the years that I’ve been going to these concerts, I can’t remember the last time that I saw so many people dancing at the Music Haven,” declared one veteran concert-goer.

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LIVE: Riverlink Jamboree @ Riverlink Park, 7/12/14

Friday, July 25th, 2014
The Nellies

Gene Lemme and Peggy Lecuyer of the Nellies

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Led by Karen Ann Gilpin and Peggy Lecuyer, Nippertown’s own Nellies were once again on hand to host the sixth annual Riverlink Jamboree at the Beechnut Bandshell at Riverlink Park on the banks of the Mohawk River on a beautiful Saturday in Amsterdam.

Joining in the afternoon acoustic Americana hoedown was Dark Don’t Catch Me Here, a Alston, Mass.-based rowdy, roots-rockin’ duo featuring Evan Gavry and Laura Jean Dargus.

Meanwhile, straight outta Asheville, North Carolina, the Locust Honey String Band – featuring Chloe Edmonstone (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Grace Van Hof (banjo) and Meredith Watson (guitar, vocals) – captured hearts and tore ‘em asunder with their old-timey fiddle tunes and aching country harmonies, as they showcased selections from their latest album, Never Let Me Cross Your Mind.

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LIVE: David Bromberg & Larry Campbell @ The Falcon, 7/16/14

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Famed multi-instrumentalists David Bromberg and Larry Campbell played an inspiring two-and-a-half-hour set of sparkling acoustic music to an nearly jam packed crowd last week, kicking off their two-night stand at the Falcon in Marlboro.

The music encompassed the whole gamut of roots-Americana musical history, ranging from the bluegrass of Doc Watson, Bob Dylan covers, Celtic music and the blues of Skip James.

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LIVE: The Last Conspirators @ the Low Beat, 7/19/14

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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Photographs by Rich Krissel
Additional photograph by Tracey Leach

The Last Conspirators stormed into the Low Beat in Albany last Saturday night (July 19), debuting their new lineup, with a blistering set of originals, peppered with a few surprise cover songs by the Morons, the Ramones and David Bowie, two of which featured Max “The Sax” Media sitting in with the band.

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LIVE: Ester Rada @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 6/26/14

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Ester Rada

Ester Rada

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Twenty-something Ester Rada is a thoroughly captivating Israeli singer-songwriter of Ethiopian heritage who made her Nippertown debut last month at WAMC-FM’s Performing Arts Studio, The Linda in Albany in support of her recently released self-titled debut album.

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LIVE: Eric Lindell & Co. @ Shepard Park, 7/16/14

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Eric Lidell and Will McMains

Eric Lindell and Will McMains

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Swamp-soaked Louisiana bayou blues guitarslinger Eric Lindell and his band roared into Shepard Park in Lake George last week. Their sound was sweet and sweaty. There was southern soul music in the air, glazed over with some saucy funk and some finger-lickin’ good country licks. It’s genuine roots-rock, no foolin’ around, no kiddin’.

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LIVE: Super 400 / Wild Adriatic @ Rockin’ On the River, 7/2/14

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Super 400's Kenny Hohman  and Joe Daley

Super 400′s Kenny Hohman and Joe Daley

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Yes, every once in a long while, the Rockin’ On the River concert series veers off the path dedicated to tribute-bands-and-nothing-but-tribute-bands to showcase some of the Local 518′s finest – bands that actually play their own music.

That certainly was the case earlier this month when two of Nippertown’s hardest rockin’ trios – Super 400 and Wild Adriatic – teamed up for a dynamic double bill in the Troy’s Green Island Bridge parking lot earlier this month.

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LIVE: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, 7/17/14

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Nickel Creek at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (photo by Dave Weiland)

Nickel Creek at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (photo by Dave Weiland)

Review by Bokonon
Photograph by Dave Weiland

Thursday night at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is usually something of a warm-up. That doesn’t mean it’s any lesser quality, simply that the biggest names tend to hit Friday and Saturday evening. Not so for 2014. The 25th Anniversary Reunion of Nickel Creek was easily the biggest news of the fest, and deservedly so.

Chris Thile and Sean and Sara Watkins, who evidently started picking in the womb, were long favorites of the fest, wowing everyone with their prodigious skills and raw youth. The trio is older now, sort of, with Sean topping out at a whopping 37 and the other two checking in at a withered and wizened (not!) 33.

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