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LIVE: Randy Houser @ Secret Star Acoustic Jam at Proctors, 4/16/14

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

So who were the mystery country stars at Proctors in Schenectady last night (April 16)?

The show was titled “WGNA-FM’s Secret Star Acoustic Jam,” and it featured three country music stars. WGNA-FM’s website explained it like this: “The stars are introduced one by one, each taking a moment to interact with the crowd, then performing one of their many hit songs. Once all three stars are on stage, they each take a turn performing their hits and interacting with you, the audience, in a very unique setting.”

The hitch? WGNA wouldn’t say just who it was who would be stepping into the spotlight, and ticket-buyers wouldn’t find out who they were, either, until they hit the stage.

As it turned out, the three country stars were Easton Corbin, Justin Moore and Randy Houser – not a bad line-up for an $25 ticket price.

GO HERE to see photographs from the concert…

NOTE: And, yes, it’s all happening again – presumably with different country music stars – at Proctors in Schenectady at 7pm on Tuesday (April 22).

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LIVE: The Rodeo Barons Trio w/ Kevin Maul @ One Caroline Street Bistro, 4/10/14

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Rodeo Barons

Review and photographs by Tim Mack

It turns out what holds true in theater holds true for alt-country: The show must go on.

The Rodeo Barons have endured all manner of interruption during their winter-long residency at Saratoga Springs’ One Caroline Street Bistro: heavy snow, bitter cold, a special Samuel Adams dinner night and now paternity leave. With guitarist Mike O’Donnell and his wife celebrating the birth of their first child, this past Thursday’s show meant a change on the chalk board marquee. For one night only, it would be the Rodeo Barons Trio with special guest Kevin Maul on pedal steel guitar.

And for a venue well suited to jazz music, there’s nothing wrong with a little improvisation.

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LIVE: Maurizio @ Brunswick BBQ & Brew, 4/11/14

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Review & video by Joel Patterson

Newly anointed as the Local 518′s No. 2 solo performer in Metroland’s 2014 Readers’ Poll (behind the ultra-vivacious Erin Harkes), Maurizio has at last become one of these people with only one name… and for good reason. He does the singer-songwriter thing in his own unique, quite winning way. When he first steps up to the mic, as last Friday evening (April 11) at the Brunswick Barbecue & Brew (which has steadily evolved into one of Nippertown’s premier live music venues), he’s all sheepish caution and subtlety, but an hour later, he’s rolling – unstoppable, a one-man fireworks display, melting guitar picks with furious abandon. (I have seen this – not pretty.)

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LIVE: Persiflage @ Proctors, 4/11/14

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Persiflage

Persiflage

Review and photographs by J Hunter

“This is a curated series,” Matt Steckler told us as his quintet Persiflage arranged itself on the huge Oriental rug in the middle of the GE Theatre’s floor. Steckler ought to know, since the Schenectady High alum isS the curator of Proctors’ “Party Horns NYC” series. To be fair, though, Steckler hasn’t put a foot wrong, because in musical terms, every group he’s convinced to take a drive up the NY Thruway has hit it out of the park. But every time Steckler’s made the trip himself, his gonzo big unit Dead Cat Bounce has accompanied him. It was Steckler’s surprising choice to bring his “other band” to Proctors this year that made me choose this show over watching Chick Corea “paint” Cubist portraits of his audience at Massry Center.

Don’t misunderstand me: When I first saw Dead Cat live (at Party Horns 2012), my jaw dropped like a turkey from a helicopter; their 2011 Cuneiform release Chance Episodes is still my favorite disc from the burgeoning list of Greater Nippertown musicians who’ve left our scene for bigger and better things. What’s more, the times I’ve seen Corea in a non-group setting (solo at Massry in 2012, and in duet with Gary Burton – twice – and Bela Fleck) remain some of my best live-show memories. The deal-breaker was the possibility of seeing a player and composer I deeply respect in a setting I hadn’t experienced before. Ergo, off I went to Proctors. QED.

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LIVE: Rhett Tyler & Early Warning / Soul Sky @ Fuller Roadhouse Grille, 4/11/14

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Rhett Tyler

Rhett Tyler

Photographs by Dan Hogan

The fourth annual Blues Bash was held last weekend at the Fuller Roadhouse Grille in Albany, as a fundraiser for the Capital Region Blues Network. It was a knock-down, drag-out night of fiery guitar pyrotechnics from one of the Local 518′s finest guitarslingers Rhett Tyler and his band Early Warning, in support of their latest CD, The Rhythm The Power The Blue. The stage simply couldn’t contain him…

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LIVE: Rebel Darling @ Caffe Lena, 4/6/14

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Video by Tom Lindsay

Rebel Darling – featuring singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos and friends – shared the stage with the Nellies at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs recently for a special Sunday afternoon benefit concert for the Amanda’s Journey Foundation.

Rebel Darling plays another special show at the Albany Public Library at 7pm on Wednesday (April 16), when they perform Poulopoulos’ “The Albany Cycle: Songs Inspired by William Kennedy Novels.” Part book discussion, part music performance, the evening promises to be a one-of-a-kind event, and the first of a new discussion series from the Music Reading Group, featuring works of literature that have inspired works of song. Admission is free.

LIVE: The Nellies @ Caffe Lena, 4/6/14

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Karen Ann Gilpin and Peggy Lecuyer

Karen Ann Gilpin and Peggy Lecuyer

Photographs by Tom Lindsay

Two of Nippertown’s finest roots-oriented outfits teamed up for a Sunday matinee and a good cause at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, donating their time and considerable musical talents at a benefit concert to raise funds for the Amanda’s Journey Foundation, a local charity that assists children who are battling Mitochondrial Diseases and raises awareness about these genetic disorders.

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LIVE: The Figgs @ the Low Beat, 4/4/14

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Mike Gent regales the crowd

Mike Gent regales the crowd

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Although Howard Glassman’s new music club the Low Beat quietly opened back in February, he celebrated his new Central Avenue joint in grand style on Friday, April 4 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan during the day. At night, the Figgs — whose “Sucking in Stereo” poster features prominently behind the club’s newly refurbished bar — christened the place with a nearly three-hour set that contained elements both old and new, like the Low Beat itself.

There were new songs from an upcoming album that the band was in the midst of recording at Seth Powell’s Soundcheck Republic studio in East Greenbush. And one of the oldest songs of the night was a rare live version of “Apple Brown Betty,” a jazzy, funky instrumental by bassist Pete Donnelly that appeared on the long out-of-print Put Me Up cassette-only release by the pre-Figgs band the Sonic Undertones.

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