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LIVE: Soul Sky @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 8/15/15

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Guitarslinger Mark Emanatian has been a longtime mainstay on the Local 518 music scene, from his days as the bandleader for Ernie Williams & the Wildcats to the blues-rockin’ Folding Sky to his more recent foray into the Celtic side of things with Shadowland.

With Soul Sky, Emanatian is still front and center, but he usually shares the guitar heroics with Jeremy Walz. Sometimes, though, he shares the guitar spotlight with fellow local legend Joe Mele for a night of fretboard fireworks, as he did at Soul Sky’s recent Dinosaur Bar-B-Que gig in Troy.

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LIVE: Sirsy @ Freedom Park, 8/15/15

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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Photographs by Timothy Reidy

It takes two to tango…

And in the case of Sirsy, it only takes two to knock out a rollicking set of alt-pop-rock, too, as drummer-vocalist Melanie Krahmer and guitarist Rich Libutti proved once again during a free concert last month in Scotia’s Freedom Park.

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LIVE: The Lone Bellow @ The Egg, 7/10/15

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by L.R. Durocher

Following earlier performances this year at MASS MoCA in North Adams and the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival, the Lone Bellow finally made their Albany concert debut at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, and it was sublime.

Lead vocalist-guitarist Zach Williams, lead guitarist Brian Elmquist and mandolinist-keyboardist Kanene Donehey Pipkin opened the show with the almost a cappella “I Let You Go,” accompanied only by a single, nearly inaudible (on purpose) acoustic guitar that showcased the trio’s truly heavenly vocal harmonies.

They could have played the whole concert in that fashion, and few in the crowd would have complained. But after a couple of more songs as a threesome, they brought out their rhythm section, adding considerable heft and drive to the remainder of the show, especially the chugging “Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold.”

It was almost as though they were two different bands – a hushed, intimate folk trio and a rollicking, free-wheelin’ folk-rock quintet. And both bands were mighty, mighty fine.

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LIVE: Ian Hunter & the Rant Band @ Club Helsinki, 8/29/15

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Review by Bokonon

“It’s a mighty long way down rock and roll/from the Liverpool docks to the Hollywood Bowl/ and you climb up the mountains and you fall down the holes/all the way from Memphis…”

Ian Hunter, more than most, knows just what a mighty long way it is. Bursting out of Herefordshire in 1969, Hunter and Mott the Hoople (along with producer Guy Stevens) forged an eccentric version of rock and roll that quickly toughened up as it moved ever towards glam. Hunter’s songs for Mott made good on Lou Reed’s promise of rock and roll for adults, while effortlessly copping a British Bob Dylan version of the tossed-off aside. When Bowie teamed up, all bets were off.

Like Keith Richards, Hunter has since found the rock star fountain of youth in Connecticut, remaining strong and making new music worthy of the legend.

Hunter hit Club Helsinki in Hudson last Saturday with the five-piece Rant Band in tow, led by by former Bongo James Mastro. At 76, Hunter’s not as fierce as he once was — Mott had a certain malevolence that’s long gone — but his sheer blokiness more than makes up for missing teeth.

And his voice — it’s easy to forget what a glorious rock and roll instrument Hunter owns — is intact and then some. He’s clearly not pushing 80 in his head!

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LIVE: The Nellies @ Dana Park, 8/10/15

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Who knew that Albany’s tiny little pocket park at the corner of Lark Street and Madison Avenue could hold so much music? The summer-long Monday evening concert series in Dana Park played host to an eclectic mix of Local 518 music this summer, including the Nellies, the rootsy alt-country band led by Karen Ann and Peggy Lecuyer with bassist Gene Lemme and Dobroist extraordinaire Kevin Maul.

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LIVE: Counting Crows @ SPAC, 9/1/15

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
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Counting Crows

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Led by lead singer Adam Duritz, Counting Crows winged their way back to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday night (September 1), with Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown opening the show.

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LIVE: Felicia Collins @ the Music Haven, 8/9/15

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
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Felicia Collins

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Stanley Johnson, Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

“Traveling the world one concert at a time…” That’s the theme of the free concert series that Mona Golub presents each summer at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park. And after a world-class season of globe-trotting through the marvelous musics of Peru, Spain, Great Britain, India, New Orleans, Mali and Indonesia, it seemed only fitting that the series should conclude its summer-long journey with a richly rewarding homecoming concert.

If you were a regular viewer of “The Late Show With David Letterman,” then you already know what a mega-talent Felicia Collins is. She was a guitarist in the late night talk show’s house band – known as as the CBS Orchestra, aka the World’s Most Dangerous Band – since Letterman switched to CBS-TV back in 1993. And as led by keyboardist/Letterman-foil Paul Shaffer, that band was known for its eclectic nature and uncanny ability to play almost any song imaginable.

So, there was one big question before Collins played the season-closing show at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park – What kind of music would she play as a bandleader? The short answer is … the blues, but she mixed in some soul and funk during her 85-minute show on a perfect summer evening.

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All’s Fair: From Altamont to Schaghticoke, from Fonda to Chatham

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
A young man relaxes with his cow in the afternoon.

A young man relaxes with his cow in the afternoon.

Photographs by Michael Seinberg

It’s September, and that means that the Local 518 county fair season is kicking into high gear with plenty of animal judging, fried dough, racing pigs, karaoke, cotton candy, amusement rides on the midway and all-around last-gasp-of-summer fun…

Nippertown contributor Michael Seinberg captured the fab fair fun at last month’s Altamont Fair, which has closed for another year, but there are still quite a few other nearby fairs that you won’t want to miss:

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