LIVE: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, 9/15/17 (Day One)

September 19th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth

Photographs by Anthony Tassarotti

There was a great batch of music lined-up up to kick off the seventh annual FreshGrass festival last weekend. Railroad Earth, the Brothers Comatose, the Lil Smokies, the Last Revel and the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow each grabbed their moment in the spotlight at the various stages – both indoors and out at MASS MoCA’s sprawling North Adams campus – to live up to the fest’s slogan, “Great Music Uprooted.”

But it was the fest’s opener – the mega-taltented, multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Sarah Jarosz – who may have arguably been the highlight of the Day One festivities, as she launched into the world premiere of “Blue Heron Suite,” a new song cycle comissioned by FreshGrass and inspired by the symbol of peace, patience and strength that the Great Blue Heron has represented to Jarosz and her family during their travels to the Texas coast.

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LIVE: Super 400 @ Troy Pig Out, 7/15/17

September 19th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Super 400

Photographs by Stan Johnson

Greater Nippertown’s premier power trio Super 400 were among the bands providing the free entertainment at the tenth annual Troy Pig Out, along with Legacy, Rechorduroys, the Bryan Brundige Collective and M.R. Poulopoulos.

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LIVE: Jazz in the Valley @ Waryas Park, 8/20/17

September 18th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Chief Babb Neil Clarke’s Santamaria Centennial Project

Chief Babb Neil Clarke’s Santamaria Centennial Project

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Celebrating its sixth year at Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park, the 2017 Jazz in the Valley festival commemorated the centennial of the birth of the great conguero Mongo Santamaria with a full day of music that featured plenty of percussion and Latin dance rhythms.

The main stage opened with the Jeff Siegel Sextet playing mostly selections from their latest CD, King of Xhosa. This band is composed of musicians that are a regular part of the Greater Nippertown jazz scene, including Francesca Tanksley, Erica Lindsey and Dylan Canterbury.

Cuban-born pianist Elio Villafranca brought his Jass Syncopators project to the stage with Dion Parson on drums and Miguelita Valdes on percussion.

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LIVE: Yemen Blues @ Music Haven, 8/13/17

September 15th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg
Ahmed Alshaiba and Ravid Kahalani

Ahmed Alshaiba and Ravid Kahalani

Photographs by Stan Johnson

Led by ferociously charismatic founder Ravid Kahalani, Yemen Blues wrapped up another stellar, globe-trotting season at Central Park’s Music Haven in Schenectady last month. Opening the show was oud master Ahmed Alshaiba.

Next summer, the Music Haven concert series promises to be an even better experience – if that’s possible – as major renovations to the stage and the seating are currently underway.

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LIVE: Boz Scaggs @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 9/12/17

September 14th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Mark Alexander Hudson

The question Tuesday night at Boz Scaggs’ performance at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall was which Boz would show up. Would we see the roots-rocker of his early years, fresh out of his sideman gig with the original Steve Miller Group? Or perhaps the slick, suave, suited blue-eyed-soul hitmaker of his late ’70s heyday? Or even the jazz and blues explorer of his more recent body of well-considered work?

In truth we got a combination of all three, in a hugely enjoyable journey through his career.

Boz didn’t have to win the crowd over. They were in his pocket as soon as he ambled on stage and flashed a sheepish grin. “We’re going to play some songs you may know from the radio or CDs or, uh, 8-tracks,” he cracked, acknowledging the amount of grey hair present both on stage and in the audience.

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SEPTEMBER 14: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

September 14th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg
Gary Burton (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Gary Burton @ Jazz at the Lake, 9/14/13

Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Stan Johnson

2016: Donovan @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2015: The Adam Rogers Group @ The Falcon, Marlboro
2014: Jazz at the Lake featuring Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee, Jane Bunnett’s Maqueque, the Raymond Scott Orchestrette @ Shepard Park, Lake George
2013: Jazz at the Lake featuring the Brian Patneaude Quartet, the Harrison-Shobhakar Quintet, Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba, the New Gary Burton Quartet @ Shepard Park, Lake George
2012: The Tom Harrell Quintet @ A Place for Jazz, Schenectady
2011: Olivia Quillio @ Tricentennial Park, Albany
2010: Francisco Lopez @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy
2009: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany
2008: Sam Phillips @ The Linda, Albany
2007: Irish 2000 Festival featuring Flogging Molly @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
2006: Craig Morgan @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2005: Chiodos, Fall of Troy, Save Your Breath @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
2004: Gloria Estefan @ Pepsi Arena, Albany
2003: Jazz at the Lake featuring Empire Jazz Orchestra, Lou Solff, Ted Nash, Bud Shank @ Shepard Park, Lake George
2002: Mose Allison @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
2000: Keller Williams, Round Bale Conspiracy @ Savannah’s, Albany
1999: Dan Hicks @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
1998: John Scofield, Charlie Hunter @ the Palace Theatre, Albany

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LIVE: Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Concert @ the Low Beat, 9/8/17

September 13th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas

Photographs by Ed Conway

Some of Greater Nippertown’s finest took the no-pepper stage at the Low Beat last week for a Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Concert to raise money for the Galveston County Food Bank.

The line-up of performers included Gay Tastee, Andy Sink & the Pool Boys, Bryan Thomas, Graham Tichy & Ian Carlton, Steve Candlen, knotworking, Elrod/MotherJudge & the Hick Engine Ears and Michael Eck & Friends.

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LIVE: The Sea The Sea @ Rockin’ on the River, 7/12/17

September 13th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg
The Sea The Sea

The Sea The Sea

Photographs by Tim Reidy

Greater Nippertown faves The Sea The Sea opened for Saintseneca at Troy’s Riverfront Park back in July as part of the free Rockin’ on the River concert series, and they’ve been increasing their Local 518 presence ever since.

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