CRBN’s Battle of the Blues Bands Now Accepting Submissions

May 10th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

The Capital Region Blues Network.

The Capital Region Blues Network is now accepting entries for its fifth annual Blues Band Competition, which will culminate with a battle of the bands at The Linda in Albany on Saturday, June 24.

The winner of the contest will receive a $1500 cash prize and Premium Guitar Setups from Kokotele Guitar Works, as well as the right to represent the Local 518 at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Competition in Memphis in January.

In order to enter, at least one member of the band must be a current dues-paying member of CRBN. (GO HERE for membership info….) Each group must play primarily blues music and have at least one original blues song. The deadline for entries in Wednesday, May 31…

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CANCELLED: Mysteryland USA @ Bethel Woods

April 18th, 2017, 9:30 am by Greg

Due to the ever-popular “unforeseen circumstances,” the Mysteryland USA festival that was originally slated to take place at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts this summer has been cancelled.

The four-day electronic dance music fest was originally slated to be held from June 9-12 with headliners G-Eazy, LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer, along with dozens of other acts.

The announcement of the cancellation was made on the Mysteryland website, explaining, “Dear Nomads, due to unforeseen circumstances, Mysteryland USA will no longer take place in 2017.”

Local 518 Nominees for Just Plain Folks Awards

February 24th, 2017, 10:30 am by Greg

Kevin McKrell: I Wish I Had A Boat

Just Plain Folks is a community of more than 51,500 songwriters, recording artists and music industry professionals from around the globe. And beginning in 1999, the grassroots organization also began hosting the JPF Music Awards, the world’s largest independent music awards.

After 18 months of screening 17,400 albums and 240,000 songs the folks at JPF have announced the 2017 nominations in more than 70 genres of music. Several Greater Nippertown musicians had the honor of receiving nominations, including Kevin McKrell, who leads the pack with five nominations.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 29.

Here’s a round-up of Greater Nippertown nominees:

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RIP: Terry Hayden, 1966-2017

January 24th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Terry Hayden – a devoted fan of folk music and an integral member of Greater Nippertown’s folk music scene – died last week after a short illness. She was 50 years old.

Hayden was the longtime host of WRPI-FM’s “Mostly Folk” and on Sunday evening (January 22), the radio show broadcast a special tribute edition devoted to her memory. GO HERE to listen to the broadcast.

A memorial service will be held at the RPI Chapel + Cultural Center in Troy at 11am on Saturday, February 11 with a reception to follow.

GO HERE to read Terry Hayden’s obituary…

RIP: The Rev. Bethenia Rouse, 1936-2016

December 29th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg

By Don Wilcock

The Rev. Bethenia Rouse passed away on Wednesday (December 28) at age 81. The pastor of the Christian Faith Church in Schenectady, she along with TV talk host Carla Page and the late Marva Robinson, were the tenuous but inspirational thread that tied together my activities in blues, gospel and soul with the local African American community. I have seen the healing powers of music bring the races closer together, and Rev. Rouse was a cornerstone to my ongoing efforts to facilitate those connections.

In the early ’90s before my wife Shelly and I started the Northeast Blues Society, Rev. Rouse performed a gospel set at Takin’ It to the Streets, a music festival we presented in Schenectady’s Central Park. Joan Osborne, who was also on the bill, was so moved by Rev. Rouse’s performance that she took her into a recording studio with the Holmes Brothers and recorded an album, A Change Will Come. This was years before “One of Us” established Joan Osborne as a hit maker with its question of what God would be like if he were just “a slob” like the rest of us.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

December 20th, 2016, 8:31 am by Greg

Who’s in? Who’s not? Let’s the debates begin… again.

More than 900 historians, members of the music industry and artists (including every living inductee) have cast their ballots, and the six inductees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 are:

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RIP: Bob Blood, 1924-2016

December 8th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg
A Bob Blood Sculpture in the Central Park Rose Garden

A Bob Blood sculpture in the Rose Garden in Schenectady’s Central Park

We are saddened to learn of the death of Bob Blood, Niskayuna artist and sculptor whose work can be found on display throughout Greater Nippertown. He died on December 1 at the age of 92.

To learn more about the life and work of Bob Blood, see Richard Brody’s story and photographs from 2012…

Where to See the Grammy Nominees in Concert

December 7th, 2016, 1:30 pm by Greg
Ravi Coltrane (photo: Rudy Lu)

Ravi Coltrane

Photograph by Rudy Lu

The Grammy nominations were announced on Tuesday (December 6), and considering the amount of great music produced in 2016, the results of the Recording Academy members’ ballots were disappointing, to say the least. On the other hand, when was the last time that the Grammys got it right, eh?

But for those who care:

With nine nominations for Lemonade, BeyoncĂ© leads the pack, including nods in each of the big three categories – Best Album, Best Record and Best Song. Leading her competition in those categories, whoever in Adele, who earned five nominations in total.

You can GO HERE for the full list of nominations…

But if you want to know where to catch the new nominees in concert around Greater Nippertown, then this is the list that you want (in chronological order):

YO-YO MA @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, Thursday (December 8) (with the Albany Symphony Orchestra)
Best Music Film (“The Music of Strangers”) (with the Silk Road Ensemble)
Best World Music Album (Sing Me Home) (with the Silk Road Ensemble)

RAVI COLTRANE @ The Egg, Albany, Friday (December 9) (with the Jack DeJohnette Trio)
Also at The Falcon, Marlboro, Sunday (December 11) (with the Jeff “Tain” Watts Quintet)
Best Improvised Jazz Solo (“In Movement”)

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