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LIVE: Roger Noyes @ Albany Public Library, 2/25/15

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Roger Noyes

Roger Noyes

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

At the Albany Public Library, Ralph Ellison’s classic 1952 novel “Invisible Man” was brought to life through readings of the novel and original music inspired by the novel by composer-guitarist Roger Noyes and his band.

The library’s program Reading Music showcases new, original music inspired by great works of literature. In previous installments, M.R. Poulopoulos tackled the works of William Kennedy and Michael Eck and Matt Durfee wrote songs in the spirit of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” but this was the first Reading Music program to feature jazz and a full band.

In addition to playing the Fats Waller composition, “Black and Blue,” which is seminal to the novel, Noyes & Co. also played three original compositions inspired by passages in the novel.



LIVE: The Holly & Evan Band @ Cafe NOLA, 2/13/15

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Holly & Evan Band

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

It was Friday the 13th. It was the eve of Valentine’s Day. But most importantly, when the Holly & Evan Band cranked up their batch o’ blues at Cafe NOLA in Schenectady earlier this month, it was the kick off the big Mardi Gras weekend. And fresh from recent big bashes like First Night Saratoga and the Capital Area Indie Fest, singer-guitarist Holly Taormina, bassist Evan Conway and drummer Rob Morris certainly do know how to throw down a party.

You can catch the Holly & Evan Band at 9pm tonight at Sharp Shooters Billiards in Amsterdam, where they’re sharing the stage with pop-rock duo Sirsy. Admission is $5.


LIVE: Woodchuckwood / The Wheel @ the Low Beat, 2/6/15

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Review by Joel Patterson

Grateful Dead cover bands, in my opinion – and I’m never one to shy away from a central heresy – lots of times are far better than the original: more precise, more driving, more in command of the material, more dramatically conveying all its many colors and implications. Obviously! They’ve had years to go over it, and fine tune it, and also hopefully they’re not hobbled by wheezing, whiny, creaky voices.

The Wheel is just exactly what I’m talking about. Lead singer and guitarist Andy Morse leads this crisp quartet through Deadland with fervor and a dreamy, casual effortlessness, which you get when a lot of attention has gone into precisely mapping the unfolding of each song – musicians refer to this as arrangements, I think. His sister Meg Bassinson plays the keys with a swirling, delicate, bubbly touch. Dave Pallas (bass) and Gordon Wilson (drums) are monumentally rock solid in delivering the intricate, intoxicating motion of this music seamlessly.


LIVE: Dryer @ Caffe Lena, 2/13/15

Thursday, February 26th, 2015


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was a reunion plus. After an extended hiatus, the three Dryer cohorts – guitarist Bob Carlton, bassist Rachael Sunday and drummer Joel Lilley – have recently returned to the Local 518 spotlight… with a new addition: guitarist Brian Akey, formerly of Winterpills.

And given that the show was at the folk haven Caffe Lena, you might have imagined that they’d be strumming acoustic guitars and tapping away on bongos. But oh no, not these guys. Plugged in and rockin’, Dryer returned to the Caffe stage for the first in two decades, and they were armed with some smart golden oldie tunes that they hadn’t played in a long, long time. And some hot, brand spankin’ new tunes, too.

Now the question is, “Where will the newly expanded Dryer pop up next?”


LIVE: Sirsy @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 2/14/15

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Sirsy – the dynamic pop-rock duo of Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti - spent their Valentine’s Day warming the hearts of fans at Troy’s Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

They’re playing one more Local 518 gig – Friday night (February 27) at Sharp Shooters Billiards in Amsterdam with the Holly & Evan Band – before heading south on a tour that will take them to Austin for SXSW.


LIVE: Meredith Monk @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, 2/13/15

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk

Review & photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

For a small college, Saratoga Springs’ Skidmore College presents some pretty major arts events. Between the Zankel Music Center and the Tang Museum alone – not to mention the Dance Theater, the Bernhard Theater or Filene Hall – the campus has hosted an amazing number of world-class performances, exhibits and events over the years with world-renowned visiting composers, musicians, choreographers, actors and artists who have been invited for residencies ranging from a few days to weeks, as they oversee workshops, recitals and rehearsals bringing their work to life.

This semester the brilliant and innovative composer Meredith Monk made her debut working with the college’s music department, the Office Of the Dean of Special Programs and the Ensemble ACJW (members of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Institute).

For a half century now, Monk has done pioneering work as a cutting-edge composer, vocalist, choreographer and creator of a new style of opera and music theater. Her accolades the world over are too numerous to mention – but let’s just say if you watched feature films by France’s Jean-Luc Godard or the Coen brothers or have followed the recent HBO series, True Detective, chances are you’ve heard her work. Monk’s compositions are involving, both emotionally and intellectually, and have been recorded for the past few decades on ECM Records.


LIVE: Wild Adriatic / Conehead Buddha @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 2/6/15

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Video and photographs by Tim Reidy

Before heading down to the Lone Star State for a month-long Texas tour, Saratoga’s Wild Adriatic teamed up with Conehead Buddha for a jam-packed, sold-out night at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany.

Wild Adriatic will be releasing their new EP, Never Enough, on Tuesday, March 17. And you can GO HERE to hear the lead-off single, “Strange Persuasions”…


LIVE: Nicole Atkins @ Club Helsinki, 2/14/15

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Review by Fred Rudofsky

Threats of white-out, Polar Vortex conditions could not keep a hearty Valentine’s Day crowd from falling in love with Nicole Atkins at Club Helsinki. Amazingly, it was the New Jersey native’s first time playing the venerable Hudson venue.

The dance floor was transformed into a sea of tables for couples, though some poor soul who couldn’t get a date for the show found himself a table anyway q0 feet from the stage. Beneath the stage marquee was a deep crimson backdrop; two microphones were positioned at the center while a stool and music stand were set off to the side.

Shortly after 9pm, a beguilingly naked voice and acoustic guitar emerged from the middle of the audience on the first tier. It was Atkins, singing the title track to her 2007 debut Neptune City. Decked out in a black and silver gown with a Polynesian motif, she was in absolute command and fine humor, strolling through the crowd and singing her heart out. A waitress passed by, set a plate down at a table during the song, and Atkins went right up to the couple and exclaimed, “There’s your steak!” By the end of the song (a bittersweet ode to her hometown), she was joined by Mark Muller on second acoustic guitar.


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