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LIVE: Sean Rowe @ Cohoes Canal Square, 8/1/14

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Sean Rowe

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Singer-songwriter and Troy native Sean Rowe has been playing a lot of house concerts lately, but he stepped out on a real stage – the Ernie Williams Stage at Cohoes’ Canal Square – last month for a knock-out free Friday evening show that offered a sneak peek at some of the tunes from his upcoming third album, Madman, due out next Tuesday (September 9). You don’t have to wait til then to hear the album, though. It’s currently streaming at NPR’s First Listen

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LIVE: Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival @ MASS MoCA, 7/16-8/2/14

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Here’s a quick, minute-and-a-half recap of the two-and-a-half week annual residency of Bang On a Can at MASS MoCA in North Adams this summer. It’s always challenging and always fun, too, full of the unexpected. If this looks like fun to you, stop by next summer…

LIVE: Sensemaya @ the Empire State Plaza at The Egg, 8/15/14

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Video by Timothy Reidy

Nippertown’s fave Latin jazz combo Sensemaya wasn’t gonna let a little rainstorm wash out their Made in the Shade of The Egg concert on Albany’s Empire State Plaza, so instead of the usual Wednesday lunchtime performance slot (slated as part of the New York State Food Festival), pianist Dave Gleason and the boys postponed their show and took the stage on Friday, August 15.

LIVE: The Zac Brown Band @ SPAC, 8/24/14

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Zac Brown Band

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

No question about it, the Zac Brown Band is one of the biggest groups on the today’s contemporary country circuit, and they delivered a two-hour super-smackdown of a concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs last weekend.

But their concert – which included a number of cover songs stretching from Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” (without a piano, by the way) – also begs the question: Just how do you define country music these days?

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LIVE: Searson @ Riverlink Park, 8/9/14

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Searson

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

The Canadian sisters Erin and Colleen Searson led their band Searson through a Celtic blend of high-energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing as they entertained the crowd at Riverlink Park in Amsterdam earlier this month.

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LIVE: Holly & Evan @ Wiswall Park, 8/14/14

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Holly & Evan

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The blues-and-more trio of Holly & Evan – bolstered by drummer Rob Morris – kicked out the jams earlier this month at Ballston Spa’s Wiswall Park.

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LIVE: Dom Flemons @ Caffe Lena, 8/15/14

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Don Flemons

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Joseph Deuel

Is there anything that the multi-talented Dom Flemons can’t do? And do well…

He’s been going it alone since parting ways with the Grammy Award-winning black string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops last year, and if you were worried about his ability to captivate a crowd without Rhiannon Giddens and the rest of his former CCD bandmates, worry no more. Earlier this month, Flemons made his Caffe Lena debut in support of his new solo album, Prospect Hill, proving beyond a doubt that he was thoroughly capable of wowing a full house on his own.

Flemons is the complete package as a performer – a stellar musician on at least a half dozen instruments (guitar, four- and six-string banjos, harmonica, bones and a pan flute-related instrument called the quills); a thoroughly engaging, charismatic all-around entertainer; and a straight-A student of the music, who offered insight and educational background on a wide variety of the songs (and the songwriters) that filled his songbag.

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LIVE: Stephane Wrembel @ MASS MoCA’s Courtyard Café, 8/23/14

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Stephane Wrembel

Stephane Wrembel

Review and photographs by J Hunter

It’s kind of sad to think this night of technically acoustic, but spiritually electric, music wasn’t even supposed to happen. The Courtyard Café was supposed to belong to the Lost Bayou Ramblers, a Grammy-nominated Cajun rock band from (Where else?) Louisiana, but they had to cancel. By sports standards, a substitute is never as good as the player he or she replaces, but I’ve seen Mose Allison pinch-hit at Caffe Lena, so bang goes that stereotype. As last-minute gets go, MASS MoCA hit the lottery with Stephane Wrembel, whose past appearances in Greater Nippertown are the stuff of legend.

For someone who came to New York City in 2000 with only $300 in his pocket, the French guitar wizard has done tremendously well: World tours, six recordings (seven if you count the one coming out on September 13) and music in two Woody Allen films. The latter point is crucial, particularly when you factor in Allen’s longtime love affair with the music of Django Reinhardt. There are more than a few groups out there perpetuating the sound created by Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France, but – like MASS MoCA – Wrembel thinks outside the box, augmenting Reinhardt’s iconic sound with influences from Africa, India, Japan, and a host of places Wrembel has seen on his personal & professional journey.

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