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LIVE: PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, 9/17/16

Monday, October 24th, 2016


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Last month’s seventh annual PearlPalooza was quite possibly the best one yet with perfect early-autumn weather and a cavalcade of great bands graced both stages throughout the day.

The Los Angeles quartet Warpaint – vocalist-guitarists Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman, bassist-vocalist Jenny Lee Lindberg and drummer-keyboardist-vocalist Stella Mozgawa – turned PearlPalooza into a big CD release party for their new album, Heads Up, on the Rough Trade label.

And New Orleans favorites Galactic turned PearlPalooza into a massive, full-fledged dance party led by the Crescent City backbeat of drummer Stanton Moore. The quintessential Big Easy band served up a veritable gumbo of spicy sounds from jam to jazz, revitalizing the classic street-strut of the Meters. And when singer Erica Falls stepped up to the microphone, well, the funk just boiled over…



LIVE: Darling Valley @ Tricentennial Park, 9/21/16

Friday, October 21st, 2016


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Darling Valley (formerly Accents) entertained the lunchtime crowd last month in Albany’s Tricentennial Park as part of the weekly September in the City Art Fair series.


LIVE: The Bumper Jacksons @ the Massry Center for the Arts, 9/23/16

Thursday, October 20th, 2016


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

They’ve played Caffe Lena and the BSP Lounge before, but the Bumper Jacksons’ recent show kicking off the fall season at the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts was their Greater Nippertown concert venue debut, and the six-piece Washington, DC-based Americana band made the most of it with a blend of roots-jazz, country swing and street blues.


OCTOBER 20: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz @ The Egg, 10/20/14

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 20 concerts through the years…

2015: Peter Frampton @ The Egg, Albany
2014: Sarah Jarosz, the Milk Carton Kids @ The Egg, Albany
2013: Susan Werner @ the Eighth Step, Schenectady
2012: M.R. Poulopoulos @ More Bread & Jam, Cohoes
2011: The Gibson Brothers @ Lillian’s Restaurant, Saratoga Springs
2010: Brooks Williams @ The Linda, Albany
2009: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2008: Five Finger Death Punch @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2007: Phil Lesh & Friends @ Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls
2006: Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin @ Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls
2005: Townhall, Ryan Montbleau Band @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2004: Bruce Hornsby, Jonatha Brooke @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2003: Oneside @ the Larkin, Albany
2002: David Poe, John Brodeur, Bryan Thomas @ the Larkin, Albany
2000: Buena Vista Social Club @ Proctors, Schenectady
1999: Tuck & Patti @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
1998: Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, Olu Dara @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
1997: Leftover Salmon @ Bogie’s, Albany
1996: Merl Saunders @ Park West, Clifton Park
1995: Capital Area Music Association’s inaugural Hall of Fame Ceremony & Concert featuring Ernie Williams, Nick Brignola, Blotto, more @ The Egg, Albany
1994: Shawn Colvin, David Grey @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
1993: Bloom, Dugans, Crawdad, 100 Acre Wood, North Again @ Bogie’s, Albany
1992: The Dronez, the Lost, Ultra Bide @ QE2, Albany
1991: Problem Child, 8 Ball @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1990: The Rude Girls @ the Eighth Step, Albany
1989: Dan Hicks, Joe Roy Jackson @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1988: John Hartford, Poncho @ Rolls Touring Co., Troy
1987: Todd Nelson, Even the Odd @ QE2, Albany
1986: Mike Maloney, Robbie O’Connell, Jimmy Keane @ Old Songs, Vooheesville
1973: The Carpenters @ RPI Field House, Troy

LIVE: The Chuck Lamb Band @ Universal Preservation Hall, 10/1/16

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
The Chuck Lamb Band

The Chuck Lamb Band

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

It could be said that Dave Brubeck started fusing jazz with other musical styles way before the jazz-rock fusion movement that caused both of these genres to morph in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Chuck Lamb was part of this latter movement, as the keyboard player of Dry Jack. And he has completed the circle with his 15-year association with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, who have continued and expanded on their father’s work.

Leading his own band at Saratoga Springs’ Universal Preservation Hall recently, Lamb led off the evening with the Lennon/McCartney sad ballad about the ending of a relationship ”For No One.” His delicate piano along with the sensitive playing of guest cellist Petia Kassarova accentuated the poignancy and genius of the Beatles. The other members of the band slowly entered the song bringing it to its melodic fullness.

“Raggity Waltz” is Chuck’s rewriting of the Dave Brubeck classic “It’s a Raggy Waltz,” and the band played with odd time signatures such as 7/4 and 5/4 frequently during the song and throughout the evening.

The interplay of the different musicians and different musical styles was what made this performance so special. The musicians each brought their own set of influences to the table.


LIVE: The Albany Jazz Festival @ Corning Preserve Boat Launch, 9/10/16

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Lucky Chops

Lucky Chops

Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

Things were a little crazy…

This year’s Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival got renamed the Albany Jazz Festival when it was moved to Washington Park from its Jennings Landing home due to construction in Corning Preserve. But then due to the threat of bad weather, it was moved again – this time back down to the riverside at the dreaded Corning Preserve Boat Launch parking lot.

Then the day before the fest, headliner Ellis Marsalis bowed out of the line-up due to illness. Fortunately, the festival organizers managed to snag an impressive last-minute substitute – Grammy Award-winning New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton.


LIVE: Elvin Bishop @ The Egg, 9/18/16

Monday, October 17th, 2016


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Blues guitarslinger Elvin Bishop has been slingin’ the blues since the ’60s when he was an ace axman with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Last year, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and earlier this year, and earlier this year he was also inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis.

He’s 73 years old now, but he hasn’t slowed down. Last month at The Egg, Bishop and his band – Ed Earley (trombone, percussion), Bob Welsh (guitar), Ruth Davis (bass), S.E. Willis (keyboards, accordion) and Bobby Cochran (drums) – returned with an age-defying, barn-burning show.


LIVE: Cameron Brown’s OC DC @ The Falcon, 9/4/16

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Cameron Brown's OC DC

Cameron Brown’s OC DC

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

OC DC. These initials are short hand for avant garde jazz pioneers Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry, who loomed large in the illustrious career of veteran bassist Cameron Brown. So it’s no surprise that their compositions have become the foundation for Brown’s latest project, a piano-less quartet dedicated to this liberating music.

Last month at The Falcon in Marlboro, Cameron led the virtuoso band – also featuring Jane Ira Bloom (soprano saxophone), Dave Ballou (trumpet) and Anthony Pisciotti (drums – through an evening of compositions by these jazz giants. The work was performed with the sincerity, intensity and sense of adventure of the original recordings.


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