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LIVE: The Baseball Project @ Club Helsinki, 7/23/14

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The Baseball Project @ Club Helsinki, 7/23/14

Review and photograph by Ross Marvin

By the time the Baseball Project roared into Hudson on Wednesday, they had played more than a double-header, appearing on “The Dan Patrick Show” and later on WAMC-FM (lunch was apparently quinoa burgers at Howard Glassman’s the Low Beat) before cruising south to Club Helsinki.

Despite the long day, the veteran rockers played with the spirit of newly signed bonus babies. Keyboardist Josh Kantor (who is also the official organist of the Boston Red Sox) threw the first pitch with some tasty ballpark sounds on his B3, and the band – Scott McCaughey (guitar/vocals), Steve Wynn (guitar/vocals), Mike Mills (bass/vocals) and Linda Pitmon (drums) – took the stage like the home team in the top of the first (OK, OK, enough of the baseball puns, but I could go all night).

For anyone who doesn’t know, this indie supergroup has released three albums of story songs about America’s pastime. From the obscure (Doc Ellis’ ejection for hitting three Cincinnati Reds in a row) to the infamous (A-Rod and Pete Rose), the band is a dream come true for those true blue-blooded Americans who love their baseball with a side dish of power pop.

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LIVE: Sarah McLachlan @ SPAC, 7/16/14

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Cozy, cozy, cozy…

Singer-songstress Sarah McLachlan turned her pavilion-only concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center into an intimate house concert. Not quite sure how she did it, either. Perhaps it’s just that inherent Canadian charm. Her stage set featured some living-room furniture, and she invited fans to come up and sit on the sofa. She did a Q&A session, sometimes doing the Q-ing, and sometimes doing the A-ing.

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LIVE: Debo Band @ Freedom Square, 7/11/14

Monday, July 28th, 2014
(photo by Rudy Lu)

(photo by Rudy Lu)

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Additional photograph by Jon Flanders

Freedom Square in Troy was filled with the joyous, high energy sounds of Debo Band once again earlier this month. The band made their Freedom Square debut back in 2011, christening the new community gathering space in fine fashion. Back then there was no colorful mosaic wall that now serves as a backdrop for the stage.

The band was making the Troy tour stop between shows at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Green River Festival, and this time around the brightly colored backdrop of the now finished Freedom Square Stage certainly added to the excitement of Debo’s performance. The band played exotic and infectious Ethiopian dance-pop music, featuring highly complex rhythms and jazz-like instrumental solos shaded with elements of funk and rock.

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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
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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
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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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