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LIVE: Consider the Source @ Freedom Square, 9/10/16

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The third annual Peacestock festival took place at Freedom Square in Troy earlier this month. In addition to all the free BBQ, henna tattoos and lots of fun, there was, of course, plenty of free music to be soaked up during the day-long fest.

Among the many performers throughout the day were the Andrew Wheeler Band, Maurizio, the Forever Young Band, Doctor Magnum and Eric Lewis, all capped off with a magnificent headlining performance by Consider the Source. Featuring Gabriel Marin (double-neck guitar), John Ferrara (bass) and Jeff Mann (drums/percussion), the power trio blew through a set of what they call “progressive sci-fi Middle Eastern fusion,” and, well, that’s as good a description as any.

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LIVE: Buscabulla @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, 9/16/16

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
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Buscabulla

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs hosted a free back-to-school concert earlier this month featuring the New York City-based Buscabulla, the Spanish language experimental pop project led by Raquel Berrios and Luis del Valle. Milwaukee-based rapper Milo opened the concert.

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LIVE: Chronogram Block Party @ Kingston, 8/20/16

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
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Big Mean Sound Machine

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Hudson Valley arts & lifestyle magazine Chronogram threw its fourth annual, free Block Party on Wall Street in Kingston last month, featuring food trucks, dunking booth, beer & wine garden and, of course, lots of live music.

This year’s line-up of bands included the Big Mean Sound Machine, And the Kids, Mad Satta, Kyle & the Pity Party, Karma Darwin and POOK for a full day of rockin’ the block.

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LIVE: Jim “Kimo” West @ Proctors’ Underground, 6/17/16

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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Review and photographs by Ed Conway

As an appetizer for the Weird Al Yankovic’s Proctors concert later in the day, Jim “Kimo” West played an afternoon concert at Proctors’ Underground. Many people know West as the long time guitarist in Weird Al’s band, but what is lesser known is that he’s also a master of the Hawaiian slack key style guitar.

Slack key refers to the tuning of the guitar – instead of the normal tuning, the guitar is tuned to what is called open tuning where some of the strings are loosened of “slackened” down, usually so that when strummed, they formed chords without additional fingerings. When combined with a fingerstyle of playing, rather than using a pick, it results in a ringing quality to the chords. This harkens back to the Mexican vaqueros, who were brought in to teach the Hawaiians how to tend their herds of cattle. They brought their guitars with them. These guitars were left behind and picked up by the locals who, not knowing how to tune them, just did so to what sounded good to them, resulting in several different tunings.

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LIVE: Robin & Linda Williams @ Riverlink Park, 8/27/16

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Virginia-based husband and wife Robin & Linda Williams wrapped up this summer’s fabulous Riverlink Park concert series in Amsterdam with a duo performance of old-time folk and country music. It’s such a shame more people didn’t come to see these two past regulars on NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion” and frequent guests on “Mountain Stage.”

Six years ago they helped celebrate Caffe Lena’s 50th anniversary by playing a double-bill with Arlo Guthrie at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center with a sold out evening of great music. And they’ve been regulars on the Greater Nippertown circuit, from the Eighth Step to the Old Songs Festival.

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LIVE: The Summer Hoot @ Ashokan Center, 8/26/16

Monday, September 26th, 2016

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Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Old-timey music meets bluegrass meets roots Americana meets psychedelic rock – the fourth annual Summer Hoot festival at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge had a little something for everybody.

Giving a nod to the folk origins of this festival, the two outdoor performance stages that were next to each other were named the Pete Stage and the Toshi Stage.

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LIVE: Heard @ the Empire State Plaza, 8/17/16

Monday, September 26th, 2016

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Photographs by Tim Reidy

Led by keyboardist-vocalist-percussionist-composer Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, the Local 518 jazz-meets-world-beat ensemble Heard offered a cool breeze of sound last month on Albany’s Empire State Plaza as part of the free lunchtime concert series, Made in the Shade of The Egg.

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LIVE: Jazz in the Valley @ Waryas Park, 8/21/16

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Charenée Wade and Oscar Perez

Charenée Wade and Oscar Perez

The Jazz in the Valley festival was held in Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park last month, celebrating the fifth year in this scenic location with the usual celebration of the music known as jazz featuring a wide variety of performers in the genre.

The festival opened up with Charenée Wade and her band celebrating the music of the late great Gil Scott Heron. Wade’s interpretation of Heron’s potent lyrics which are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them in the late ’70s and ’80s. The performance was accented by the performance of her brilliant band, in particular Lakecia Benjamin on alto saxophone.

Trombonist Craig Harris paired up with vocalist Carla Cook to provide the audience with a funky, highly danceable set that included a performance by Harris on didgeridoo.

Jazz by Five, a one-off quintet of jazz all stars blazed through a set of jazz standards. Led by saxman (and the fest’s musical director) Javon Jackson, the A-list ensemble also featured trumpeter Randy Brecker, bassist Eddie Gomez, pianist George Cables and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Now that’s a bona fide supergroup…

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