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LIVE: David Amram Trio @ The Falcon, 2/5/17

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
David Amram

David Amram

Review & photographs by Rudy Lu

How can one summarize a musical career that spans more than 60 years, including collaborations with such legends as Jack Keruoac, Pete Seeger and Leonard Bernstein as well as composing symphonies, conducting the New York Philharmonic, writing soundtracks for such classic films as “Splendor in the Grass” and “The Manchurian Candidate” and playing jazz French horn with such giants as Charlie Mingus, Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie? (And this is only a partial list…)

You really can’t, but a great attempt was made at David Amram’s recent performance at The Falcon in Marlboro.

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LIVE: The Arch Stanton Quartet’s “Shadow & Act” @ the Book House, 2/18/17

Monday, February 27th, 2017
The Arch Stanton Quartet

The Arch Stanton Quartet

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

I’m all in favor of putting live jazz in spaces not associated with live music. It’s simple mathematics: The more places we put the music, the more chances we have to turn somebody on that might not have been exposed to the real thing.

The Arch Stanton Quartet’s latest gig was at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, but for once, the group’s “garage-band jazz” wasn’t the sole star on the afternoon. This show would be the second time the ASQ would perform compositions inspired by one of the most powerful works in American literary tradition: Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.” I first read the book in 2015 while flying from Albany to San Jose, and when I’d finished, I felt like someone had spent the eight-hour journey smacking me upside the head with the book.

Published in 1952 and set in the early 20th century, Ellison’s unnamed narrator takes the reader on a winding, episodic journey that stretches from his small hometown in the South, through a black college loosely modeled after Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee University, and straight into the heart of New York City, where we find the narrator hiding in a basement and reviewing his life.

Throughout the book (which guitarist-composer Roger Noyes calls “an American ‘Ulysses,’” though I see parallels to Homer’s “The Odyssey”), the narrator finds himself in – or is literally thrown into – social, professional, political and physical situations that prove racism is not exclusive to the southern bigots he grew up with; indeed, he discovers that there is as much racism on the liberal side of the scale as there is on the conservative side.

I missed the debut of this music two years ago at Albany Public Library, but I literally had a front-row seat (and a nice, cushy front row seat, at that) for “Shadow & Act” when Noyes made the introductions at the Book House. Noyes writes non-fiction as well as music, and his love for the words and mental pictures Ellison stitched together was more than evident, as the guitarist set up a seemingly simple premise: How does something you read turn into music?

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LIVE: San Fermin/NOW Ensemble @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 1/26/17

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

At the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the NOW Ensemble played a short set of several classical-tinged compositions, and then without a break in their performance, they were joined on stage by the San Fermin band. It was looking to be a straight-through concert with no intermission, far different from San Firmin’s performance at Skidmore College’s Zankel Theater a couple of years back.

This time out San Fermin was less aggressive and in your face than they were in Saratoga. In the hallowed Troy Savings Bank Music Hall they were superb collaborators and ensemble players with a whole other band in tow, presenting a more layered, nuanced musical palette.

Once on stage San Fermin lead the collaboration with the NOW Ensemble, showcasing a sublime and dynamic spirit in their performance and holding the audience captive in anticipation. The music traversed a wide variety of different styles and genres across the musical spectrum – a little of this and that and a whole new bag to boot. What would be best described as “art music” permeated the Music Hall.

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FEB. 23: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
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Ken Stringfellow @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 2/23/13

Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Alan 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 February 23 concerts through the years…

2016: Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
2015: Kongos, Sir Sly, Colony House @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
2014: Band of Horses @ The Egg, Albany
2013: Ken Stringfellow @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2012: Jill Sobule @ Club Helsinki, Hudson
2011: Rain @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2010: Blissed Out, Fossils from the Sun, Rambutan, 1983 @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
2008: Dumpstaphunk @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2007: Oregon @ The Egg, Albany
2006: Seether, Shinedown @ Nothern Lights, Clifton Park
2005: Nicole Peyrafitte @ Firlefanz Gallery, Albany
2004: Dresden Dolls, Broadcast Live @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2003: Yonder Mountain String Band @ The Egg, Albany
2002: The Tiger Lillies @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2000: Smashing Pumpkins @ Colonie Center, Albany
1999: Bil Krauss @ Positively Fourth Street, Troy
1998: Bliss @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
1997: Del McCoury Band, Banjo Dan & the Midnight Plowboys @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs
1996: Francis Dunnery @ the Metro, Saratoga Springs
1995: The Staziaks, Glaze @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1994: 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Tadpole @ Bogie’s, Albany
1993: Eric Burdon, Smokestack Lightning @ Charity’s, Clifton Park
1992: Ani DiFranco @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1991: Shawn Colvin, Mary Lou Lord @ Skidmore College’s Filene Hall, Saratoga Springs
1990: EPMD, Troop, Kwame @ Palace Theatre, Albany
1989: Even the Odd, Binky Philips @ QE2, Albany
1988: Loudon Wainwright III, Bert Sommer @ QE2, Albany
1986: Queen Ida @ the Town Crier, Pawling

LIVE: Deb Cavanaugh @ Eden Cafe, 2/4/17

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Video by Joel Patterson

Veteran singer-songwriter Deb Cavanaugh played some “Far Out Folk” – including “Driving Me Crazy” – at the Eden Cafe in Loudonville earlier this month. And she’s slated for a return to the cafe at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 29. Admission is free…

LIVE: The Wood Brothers @ the Massry Center for the Arts, 2/3/17

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Photographs by Glenn Kaplowitz

Every time the Wood Brothers roll into Greater Nippertown, it seems like it’s a sold-out concert, and their latest Local 518 tour stop at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts in Albany was certainly no exception.

Led by vocalist-guitarist Oliver Wood and bassist Chris Wood – whose Medeski Martin & Wood bandmate John Medeski stole the show at the Palace Theatre as the keyboardist in the Last Waltz 40 Tour just a night earlier – the soul-based folksters captivated yet another capacity crowd.

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LIVE: Caroline Doctorow @ Guilderland Public Library, 1/8/17

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Photographs by Tim Reidy

Singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow – yes, the daughter of acclaimed novelist E.L. Doctorow – has made a number of tour stops throughout Greater Nippertown in recent weeks, including a free concert at the Guilderland Public Library last month.

In support of her latest album Dreaming in Vinyl, Doctorow was joined in concert by multi-talented Gary Oleyar, who accompanied her on guitar and fiddle.

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LIVE: Scotty Mac’s Rock Show @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 2/3/17

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Review by Fred Rudofsky

He can give an extended toast to an audience in fluent Polish, impersonate Peter Falk, Jerry Lewis and Jimmy Stewart with uncanny accuracy, and play blues guitar toe to toe with the best that this great nation has to offer. He’s also an unabashed fan of British rock music circa 1960-1980. Welcome to the genius and versatility of Greater Nippertown native son, Scotty Mac.

A decent-sized crowd at Troy’s Dinosaur Bar-B-Que got to hear over three dozen songs on a recent Friday night billed as Scotty Mac’s Rock Show. Backed by fellow Rockin’ Bonneville Johnny Ellis (bass/vocals), Donnie Moore (drums/vocals) and George Doody (guitar/vocals) – the latter from the All Paul Show, a Beatles cover band that Mac has also played in – Mac’s two sets covered indelible classics as well as deep cuts that appealed to connoisseurs of the British Invasion. “If you liked it in high school, the song’s in!” quipped Scotty Mac.

Opening with a gritty take on “I Hear You Knockin’,” a 1971 hit by Dave Edmunds, the band, which began last April, showed they meant business. The first of five Yardbirds songs for the evening, “I’m Putty in Your Hands,” featured a sinister push-pull rhythm and some stinging lead guitar work.

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