LIVE: Garland Jeffreys @ The Linda, 12/9/17

December 15th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review by Mark Alexander Hudson

Maybe it was the weather… The first night of meaningful snow this season may have kept some people from their intent of going “wild in the streets” last Saturday evening.

Maybe it was the fact that, critically acclaimed as he is, Garland Jeffreys has never really broken through to the mainstream with any major chart-topping hits, despite that aforementioned song having been covered by numerous artists.

In any event, Jeffreys and his two-piece backing band (JJ Jordan on guitar and Nick Biello on bass and keyboards) took to the stage at WAMC-FM’s The Linda before a disappointingly sparse crowd. But if it affected Jeffreys’ mood, it didn’t show. The 74-year-old Brooklyn veteran was mostly in strong and steady voice throughout the night, the only exception being when he flubbed the lyrics to, of all numbers, “No Woman No Cry,” the Bob Marley reggae classic that he covered on his One Eyed Jack album back in 1978. That one needed a couple of false starts before it got going.

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LIVE: Spoon @ Upstate Concert Hall, 12/5/17

December 14th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Steven Stock

Spoon has been touring since February 27 in support of their new LP Hot Thoughts, so it’s hardly surprising that their performance in Clifton Park last week was impeccably executed, full of smooth segues and subtly dramatized by a well-conceived light show. The Upstate Concert Hall was packed with sweaty happy fans, an interesting mix of bearded hipsters, frat boys with baseball caps and quite a few ladies. Spoon have become rock stars without pandering to their audience.

It didn’t take much for front-man Britt Daniel to captivate the crowd: raising his appealing yelp to falsetto for a brief phrase in “Got Nuffin” did the trick, and so did his Townshend-esque windmill guitar-playing on “Everything Hits at Once.”

With an extra musician supplementing the core quartet, Spoon proved to be flexible and versatile, utilizing two keyboards to summon a New Order-inflected sound on tracks such as “Inside Out,” then switching both keys men to guitars for the subsequent “I Turn My Camera On.” Daniel indulged his punk roots with a glorious burst of atonal guitar skronk during “The Beast and Dragon, Adored.”

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DECEMBER 14: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

December 14th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Chronicles (photo by Brian Tromans)

Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph of The Chronicles’ CD release party @ the Bayou Cafe, 12/14/12 by Brian Tromans

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 14 concerts through the years…

2016: Sick Puppies, Trapt, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Citizen Zero @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
2015: Punch Brothers, Gabriel Kahane @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
2014: The Brad Mehldau Trio @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany
2013: The Lawn Sausages, the Knyghts of Fuzz, the Mysteios @ The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy
2012: The Chronicles, Mr. Breakdown @ the Bayou Cafe, Albany (CD release party for The Chronicles)
2011: Jes Hudak @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2010: Bill Kirchen @ the Ale House, Troy
2009: John Kirk & Trish Miller, Linda Schrade, Field Horne, Theresa Bruno @ Christ Church, Ballston Spa
2008: Spyro Gyra @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2007: Rosanne Raneri @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2006: The Hold Steady, Catfish Haven @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2005: Tony Kenny @ The Egg, Albany
2004: Rufus Reid @ Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady
2003: Mike Marshall & Chris Thile @ The Egg, Albany
2002: Taking Back Sunday, Starting Line, Northstar @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
2000: Mahavishnu Project, Free Beer & Chicken, Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1999: Shirley King, Mirinda James @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
1998: Morbid Angel, Skinless, Nile, Dehumanized @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1997: Black 47 @ the Parting Glass Pub, Saratoga Springs

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LIVE: The Victor Wooten Trio @ The Egg, 12/10/17

December 13th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

By Joel Patterson

10 BEST LIST: The 10 best things about the Victor Wooten Trio’s concert at The Egg last Sunday…

1. The Egg: The Swyer Theater is a modest, elegant, well-run venue. Parking is free and easy; the friendly staff is eager to show you the way; every seat in the house is excellent; and the ventilation system is marvelous. (Pack hundreds of people into an enclosed space, and it better be.)

2. The genre: The classic style of funk that Victor cultivates is inherently exciting, arousing and dance-friendly, as many of the ushers demonstrated.

3. The trio: Drummer Dennis Chambers has a red-hot, biting precision and saxophonist Bob Franceschini has an airy, expressive, floating style. The music explodes from the stage as though these guys are tapping into a power source from another dimension.

4. Purity of purpose: Wooten seems like a simple man, in the best sense of the word, unencumbered by dogma or politics or conspiracy theories. The long apprenticeships that each of the players has served on the treadmill of the music business have honed their focus to a single goal – creating music that speaks directly to the soul.

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LIVE: Will Dailey @ Caffe Lena, 11/30/17

December 12th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Sometimes it’s all about the timing…

The annual Victorian Stroll, the new jazz concert series at the Spring Street Gallery and Howard Fishman playing music inspired by art works at The Tang were all going on in Saratoga Springs on the same night that acclaimed Boston-based singer-songwriter Will Dailey was making his Caffe Lena debut. And, yes, it’s fair to say that the odds were stacked against him from the start.

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LIVE: Rose Chancler @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 11/14/17

December 11th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Tim Reidy

In a last minute substitute for Ricochet Duo, pianist Rose Chancler was joined by violist Patricia McCarty and violinist Marilyn Reynolds for last month’s Music @ Noon concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

UPCOMING: The Music Hall’s Music @ Noon series continues at 12noon on Tuesday (December 12) with the Bleecker Consort performing medieval and renaissance music. Admission to the lunchtime concert is free.

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LIVE: Erin Harkes @ Romo’s Pizza, 11/22/17

December 8th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photograph by Tim Reidy

No question about it, Erin Harkes is one of the most popular and hardest working singer-songwriters in Greater Nippertown. Sometimes solo, sometimes as a duo and once in a while with a full band or singing with the Lustre Kings. And all that is in addition to her “other” job as a stand-up comedian and host of the monthly all-female “Chicks Are Funny” show at Guilderland’s Funny Bone.

On Thanksgiving Eve, she was entertaining patrons at Romo’s Pizza in Glenmont.

And this weekend you can catch Harkes in action at
Power’s Irish Pub in Clifton Park at 8pm tonight (Friday, December 8) and the Diamond Club Grill at Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs at 7:30pm on Saturday (December 9). Both performances are FREE.

Friday Flashback Flyer: Peter & Gordon @ RPI Field House, 1964

December 8th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Ah, yes, remember ye olde pre-digital days? Those way-back-when days when bands and clubs actually printed up their schedules on paper to staple to telephone poles around town and actually mail out to fans via the U.S. Postal Service?

Well, we’ve dug deep into the vast Nippertown Research Department Deep Storage Facility to retrieve some vintage Local 518 music scene ephemera before it completely disintegrates. (The ephemera, not the scene…)

This ad was featured on the back of the Great 98 WTRY Big Sound Survey for the week ending December 5, 1964. And a tip o’ the hat to Jimmy Barrett

Missy Bly @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 2005
Blotto’s Prom Night @ JB Scott’s, 1980
The Chance, April, 1984
Jazz for the Arts Festival, 1994
“Live at QE2” Recording Sessions, 1990
Tiger’s Pub, March, 1990

The Avett Brothers @ Revolution Hall, 2007

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