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LIVE: Ballroom Thieves @ Caffe Lena, 1/12/17

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

Following six months of major renovations, Caffe Lena re-opened just three weeks ago, and the venerable coffeehouse’s facelift has been astounding patrons ever since.

It’s been one sold-out show after another, from post-modern one-man-band the Suitcase Junket (on the grand re-opening night) to local Gypsy jazz kingpins the Hot Club of Saratoga.

Add the Ballroom Thieves to the list of jam-packed, sold-out shows. Last Thursday night the Caffe was packed with a crowd mesmerized by the eclectic, electrifying music created by guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters and drummer Devin Mauch.

And there’s still more top-notch entertainment on tap at the Caffe this weekend with the Philly father-and-son Beaucoup Blue on Friday; a Local 518 all-star tribute to the music of Tom Waits on Saturday; and the retro Americana of Ramblin Jug Stompers debuting their new train time show, “The Last Boxcar” on Sunday…


JANUARY 19: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Black Taxi @ Jillian's1/19/12 (photo by Brian Tromans)

By Greg Haymes
Photograph of Black Taxi @ Jillian’s, 1/19/12 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 January 19 concerts through the years…

2016: Joe Bonamassa @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston
2015: Sean Rowe, Anthony Prezio @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2014: Swear & Shake, Anthony Da Costa @ Club Helsinki, Hudson
2013: Yung Wu, East of Venus, Wild Carnation @ BSP Lounge, Kingston
2012: Black Taxi, Wild Adriatic, Around the World & Back @ Jillian’s, Albany
2011: The Last Sons, Surface, A Day Like Sunday @ Savannah’s, Albany
2010: The Twisted String Band @ Jose Malone’s, Troy
2009: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany
2008: Terry Allen @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2007: So Percussion @ RPI’s Academy Hall, Troy
2006: Clasiq, Kingscastle, Katrina Marie @ Red Square, Albany
2005: Planet Smashers, Public Access, Kicking Sicily @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2003: Nogoodnix, Plastic Jesus, Two Dollars Short, Mr. Wednesday @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2002: Shemekia Copeland, Olu Dara @ The Egg, Albany
2001: Frank Black & the Catholics @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2000: Kevin Thompson @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1999: Smith & West, 3-Eyed Willie @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
1998: Sergio Sericolo @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
1997: Dash Rip Rock, Queer for Astro Boy @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1996: Smokehouse Prophets, Swingset @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1995: O.Z. Willis, Bone Box @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1994: Lowen & Navrro, Billy Falcon @ Bogie’s, Albany
1993: Snaggletooth Blues Band @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
1992: Jimmy Rogers @ The Egg, Albany
1991: EDO, Very Pleasant Neighbor @ Godfrey’s, Albany
1990: Artie Traum, Amy & Leslie @ RPI McNeil Room, Troy
1989: The Chesterfield Kings, Immaculate Hearts @ QE2, Albany
1988: Taj Mahal @ QE2, Albany
1986: Stomplistics, Chefs of the Future @ Bogie’s, Albany

LIVE: “Rock & Roll Replay” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, 1/15/17

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Review by Rudy Lu. Photos by Rudy Lu and Charise Isis.

We aging baby boomers nostalgically remember the Greater Nippertown music scene of the 1970s-’80s as the golden era. In conjunction with their current exhibit, “Rock & Roll Icons: The Photography of Patrick Harbron,” last weekend the Albany Institute of History & Art hosted “Rock & Roll Replay,” a panel discussion about the Capital Region’s music scene of that time.

The panel participants were all quite active in the scene of that era (and are still part of the scene today), including John Cooper (former manager of WQBK-FM, aka Q104, now senior vice president of iHeartMedia); Greg Haymes (publisher/editor of, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Blotto), Paul Rapp (entertainment lawyer, The Alt, Blotto) and Michael Eck (Ramblin Jug Stompers, Lost Radio Rounders, freelance music writer, Proctors publicist).

There was no real agenda for the forum, and there shouldn’t have been. Just fond memories of the music during that period and reminiscences of the old clubs where fans got the opportunity to see future superstars as struggling artists. The punk scene fueled many of these clubs, including such pioneering venues as the Hulla-Baloo, J.B. Scott’s and QE2. Can you imagine seeing the Police, U2 or Talking Heads playing in a small club with just a small audience? All of this was part of our music scene once upon a time.


LIVE: Cliff Brucker’s Full Circle @ the Van Dyck, 12/22/16

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Full Circle

Full Circle

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Holiday treats started early for fans of bebop and post-bop jazz when Cliff Brucker’s Full Circle played two full sets of the music for a roomful of avid fans packed into the Van Dyck in Schenectady.

The trumpet of accomplished arranger and trumpeter Dylan Canterbury and veteran saxophonist Leo Russo were the classic trumpet/saxophone lead. Having a piano player and guitar player in the persons of Larry Ham and Mike Novakowksi made for a fuller than expected sound. With Cliff Brucker on drums and Otto Gardner as the rhythm section driving the tunes, made for an evening of pleasurable listening to fans. And as an added treat, Teresa Broadwell sat in as vocalist for the second set.


JANUARY 12: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Evan Dando

The Lemonheads' Evan Dando @ Northern Lights, 1/12/12

Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

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 January 12 concerts through the years…

2014: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ The Egg, Albany
2013: Marshall Crenshaw @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
2012: The Lemonheads, Charlie Watts Riots, Meredith Sheldon, Mascherino @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2011: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and the Dancing On the Air Orchestra, Matt Glaser, Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand @ The Linda, Albany
2010: Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2008: John Gorka, Susan Werner @ the Eighth Step, Schenectady
2007: Swamp Lords @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2006: Tragic Bliss, Erveryday Red @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2005: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Artie Traum @ The Linda, Albany
2003: Dan Bern @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2002: Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Sean Costello Blues Band @ The Egg, Albany
2000: Kevin Thompson @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1999: Sonny & Perley @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
1998: Leo Russo Octet @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1997: Frank Wakefield @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs
1996: The Matt Smith Band @ the Metro, Saratoga Springs
1995: Go to Blazes @ Bogie’s, Albany
1994: The Staziaks, Jacobs Grove @ Bogie’s, Albany
1993: Busone & Mele @ Rolls Touring Co., Troy
1992: Satan & Adam, Backdoor Benny @ Cafe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1991: doubtingthomas, the T-Bones @ Godfrey’s, Albany
1990: The Persuasions, Five Blind Boys of Alabama @ The Egg, Albany
1989: John Renborn & Stefan Grossman, Dennis D’Asaro @ Rolls Touring Company, Troy
1988: The Cliff Lyons Quartet @ Justin’s, Albany

LIVE: The Suitcase Junket @ Caffe Lena, 12/30/16

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Glenn Kaplowitz

Since it first opened in May of 1960, the Spa City’s legendary Caffè Lena has been hailed for presenting the brightest new stars of the folk and roots music world. That tradition continued as the Suitcase Junket christened the stage for the grand re-opening of the Caffe.


LIVE: Cherish the Ladies @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 12/15/16

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Dancers Garrett Coleman, Julie Fitzgerald and Jason Oremus

Cherish the Ladies with dancers Garrett Coleman, Julie Fitzgerald and Jason Oremus

Photographs by Timothy Raab

Led by founder Joanie Madden, the Irish music and dance ensemble Cherish the Ladies returned to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last month with their annual Celtic Christmas celebration.


LIVE: Trio Da Kali @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 11/9/16

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Trio Da Kali are a bona fide Malian supergroup featuring vocalist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté (the daughter of the great Kassé Mady Diabaté), Lassana Diabaté (master of the ancient West African wooden xylophone, the balafon, formerly with Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra) and ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté (the eldest son of the great Bassekou Kouyaté).

And during their recent concert at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, they lived up to their superstar status.


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