LIVE: Naughty by Nature @ Alive at Five, 6/22/17

June 28th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Naughty by Nature

Naughty by Nature

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Albany’s Alive at Five concert series welcomed some old-school hip-hop to Jennings Landing in Albany’s Corning Preserve last week.

The free weekly Thursday concert series played host to Naughty by Nature, the Grammy Award-winning New Jersey-based hip-hop group best known for their ’91 smash hit, “O.P.P.,” as well as “Everything’s Gonna Be All Right,” “Feel Me Flow,” “Hip Hop Hooray” and “Uptown Anthem.”

Members of the Beat*Shot Productions roster – including DJ Trumastr, Paul Nice and rapper JB aka Dirty Moses – kicked off the evening and kept the beat pumpin’.

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LIVE: FLY92 SummerJam @ SPAC, 6/3/17

June 28th, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg
Flo Rida

Flo Rida

The 92FLY SummerJam has been an annual kick-off to the summer season since the days when it was held at the now torn-down Starlite Music Theatre in Latham. This year’s bash at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center featured rapper Flo Rida headlining while a batch of up-and-coming pop stars keeping the party flowin’ all day long.

Flo Rida certainly got the crowd worked up, especially when he pulled out a big fistful of dollars and threw them out into the audience.

Sabrina Carpenter, Bebe Rexha, Daniel Skye, Hey Violet and Max & the Party Pupils rounded out the seven-hour celebration.

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LIVE: WildwoodStock @ the Parting Glass Pub, 6/4/17

June 27th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Photographs and video by Timothy Reidy

For the past decade, Davey Graham of the Legendary Losers has organized WildwoodStock, the annual, all-day benefit bash for Wildwood Programs, a non-profit organization in Schenectady that provides comprehensive services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, complex learning disabilities and other developmental disabilities.

Earlier this month, the 10th and final WildwoodStock was held at the Parting Glass Pub in Saratoga Springs were a primo line-up of homegrown Local 518 musical talent, including Sirsy, the Erin Harkes Band, Talia Denis, the E-Block, WoW, the 317 and, of course, the Legendary Losers.

A good time for a good cause, to be sure…

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LIVE: John Mayall @ the Cohoes Music Hall, 6/6/17

June 27th, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

John Mayall, who only after Alexis Korner, is the Godfather of British Blues having discovered a pantheon on world-class guitarists and incorporated them into his bands through the decades: Eric Clapton, Peter Green (one of the founders of Fleetwood Mac), Mick Taylor (a past Rolling Stone), Walter Trout and Coco Montoya, among others. Though he’s not as well known as his sidemen, he’s still one of the greatest bluesmen alive.

This time out he was without a guitarist, but who missed that? Not anyone in the audience, at the Cohoes Music Hall, for sure. He was with a stellar trio – Greg Rzab on bass and Jay Davenport on drums – and at 80-plus-years-old, he rocked the house with the spirit of the blues and beyond. His newest album, Talk About That, features American guitar-master Joe Walsh on a few cuts. It doesn’t get better than that. Just like seeing him with his trio in Cohoes.

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LIVE: Eric Johnson Electric Band @ Cohoes Music Hall, 5/22/17

June 26th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

But in October, guitarslinger Eric Johnson made a solo stop at the Cohoes Music Hall in support of his first-ever acoustic album, EJ, and he showcased his unplugged firepower.

But with featured spots on the all-star Experience Hendrix tour-stops at the Palace Theatre in recent years, he’s proven what he can do when he plugs in and rocks out.

So fans old and new were on hand to welcome Johnson back to Greater Nippertown last month, as he brought along his electric band – drummer Joe Travers and bassist Chris Maresh – for a return engagement at the Cohoes Music Hall.

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LIVE: Los Straitjackets & Marshall Crenshaw @ Daryl’s House, 6/23/17

June 26th, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg

Fresh from wrapping up a European tour with the E Street Band’s Garry Talent, guitarslinger Eddie Angel reconvened with Los Straitjackets and hit the road with veteran popmeister Marshall Crenshaw, playing their own twang-filled instrumentals, as well as serving as Crenshaw’s backing band.

Last weekend, they played Daryl’s House in Pawling, and that’s about as close as the tour is coming to Greater Nippertown.

If you didn’t catch the show in person, here’s the next best thing – a live video of the full concert. There are a few audio glitches near the start, but overall, it’s a great vid…

LIVE: Sawyer Fredericks @ Freedom Park, 6/21/17

June 23rd, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg
Sawyer Fredericks

Sawyer Fredericks

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

The 2017 season of free concerts in Scotia’s Freedom Park kicked off with a bang earlier this week.

Fultonville’s bowler-hatted singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks – the 2015 winner of NBC-TV’s singing competition “The Voice” – took the stage on Wednesday night, playing to one of the biggest crowds that has filled Freedom Park since it opened in 1976.

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LIVE: Elysia Crampton @ EMPAC at RPI, 5/26/17

June 23rd, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg
Elysia Crampton

Elysia Crampton

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

A rapidly rising star in the Latinx scene, severo electronic experimentalist Elysia Crampton launched the inaugural summer season at EMPAC at RPI last month in support of her acclaimed album Demon City.

Russell E.L. Butler kicked off the ear-expanding evening.

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