The Chainsmokers have probably elicited the biggest (and most heated) divide between critics and fans since, well, Nickleback.
Of course, non-fans weren’t likely to shell out the bucks for tickets, and the 8,000 fans in attendance seemed to thoroughly enjoy the show, from the opening “The One” to the encore of “Last Day Alive.”
The Eric Harland Trio brought their interpretation of jazz for a recent concert at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs. Drummer-composer Harland was joined by Larry Grenadier on bass and Taylor Eigsti on piano as he led the audience through a complex set of subtle soundscapes.
A performance by Giacomo Gates is always a laid back evening of true hipness. His recent performance at Kingston’s Senate Garage was no different.
Even though his usual musicians weren’t backing him up, the veteran trio that supported him had all played with him before although for some, it had been more than 20 years!
The trio – led by bassist Don Miller with Larry Ham on piano and Thomas Xiques on drums – easily blended into Giacomo’s wry, hip, swinging vocals, the lyrics liberally sprinkled with his famous scat singing.
In her return to The Linda, powerhouse Brooklyn-based singer Alexis P. Suter artfully blurred the lines between blues, soul and rock, backed by her five-piece band.
Meanwhile, Suter has been nominated for Contemporary Blues Female Artist at the Blues Music Awards on Thursday, May 11 in Memphis. She’s facing some pretty stiff competition from the likes of Ana Popovic, Janiva Magness, Shemekia Copeland and Susan Tedeschi.
At the Cohoes Music Hall earlier this month, the Garcia Project played a sold-out concert, performing the Jerry Garcia Band’s set list from September 18, 1976 at Ithaca College’s Ben Light Gymnasium in Ithaca.
Singer-songwriter Kate Campbell’s recent concert at the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Education Center was chock full of her patented tongue-in-cheek humor and engaging storytelling about southern folks’ culture, social customs and their dog-gone ways of doing things. Born in Louisiana and raised in Mississippi, Campbell has lived most of her adult life in Nashville and through an acute observational eye, she has amassed a trunk full of stories and anecdotes about her southern roots and day-to-day life that she shares with the audience.
She’s criss-crossed the country playing coffee houses, concert halls and festivals as a socially conscious troubadour with an acoustic guitar, so she knows something about the country and its people, drawing comparisons from east to west and from north to south.
But I wonder, when she plays for Southern audiences, do they laugh as hard as the Eighth Step crowd did that night when she sings about us northerners with our own set of peccadilloes?
Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph of Glen Campbell @ Turning Stone Casino, 4/20/12 by Gary Goldberg
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 April 20 concerts through the years…
2016: Recycled Percussion @ Proctors, Schenectady
2015: Sick of Sarah, Kimono Dragons, the Money$ @ the Low Beat, Albany
2014: Harm’s Way, Maggot Brain, Ego Destroys, Relentless, Trenchfoot @ Bogie’s, Albany
2013: M.R. Poulopoulos, Caroline Cotter @ More Bread & Jam, Cohoes
2012: Glen Campbell @ the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona
2011: Rusted Root, Adam Ezra Group @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs
2010: Joe Bonamassa @ The Egg, Albany
2009: Dr. Jah & the Love Prophets, IMI @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2008: Dan Tyminski @ The Egg, Albany
2007: Third Eye Blind, Upwelling @ Union College, Schenectady
2006: Zen Tricksters, Revision @ Red Square, Albany
2005: Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard @ Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona
2004: Sissel @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2003: Swungover @ the Inn at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs
2002: John Prine, Greg Trooper @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2000: Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs
1999: George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
1998: Noise Therapy, the Jason Bonham Band @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1997: Bruce Cockburn @ The Egg, Albany
1996: George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic @ Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
1995: The Delevantes, Hair of the Dog @ Mill Road Acres, Latham
1994: Prison Shake, All Fall Down @ Bogie’s, Albany
1993: Flotsam & Jetsam, Attica @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1992: Sambarama @ Mother Earth Cafe, Albany
1991: Blue Man Group @ Proctors II @ Union College, Schenectady
1989: Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials @ the Bijou, Saratoga Springs
1988: The Broadcasters, Too Much Joy @ QE2, Albany
1985: Squareone @ Bogie’s, Albany
1984: Ariel @ the Shoestring inn, Albany
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