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The Andrew Wheeler Band Is Headed to Memphis

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Andrew Wheeler (photo: Ed Conway)

Andrew Wheeler

Photograph by Ed Conway

Our congrats go out to Andrew Wheeler and his bandmates, who took home the first place trophy at the Capital Region Blues Network’s International Blues Challenge on Saturday night at The Linda in Albany.

In addition to the cash and the music gear that comes with the win, the band will also be headed to Memphis to represent Greater Nippertown in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in January.

Actually, Wheeler – who recently released his debut CD, Stone Cross – heads to the big Blues Challenge for the second year in a row. Last year he represented the CRBN in the solo division, but in January he’ll be bringing along the whole band.

Congrats, and best of luck in Memphis!


CANCELLED: ZZ Top @ the Times Union Center

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
ZZ Top

ZZ Top

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

On Monday, we announced that due to health reasons, Gregg Allman had cancelled his co-headlining show with ZZ Top at Albany’s Times Union Center on Wednesday, August 24.

Now, the Times Union Center has announced that the concert has been cancelled altogether. Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

CANCELLED: Gregg Allman @ the Times Union Center

Monday, August 8th, 2016
Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Due to serious health issues, Gregg Allman has cancelled the first leg of his upcoming tour, including his co-headline show with ZZ Top, which was scheduled for Albany’s Times Union Center on Wednesday, August 24.

Allman is currently under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic.

“I want to thank my fans and friends for supporting me while I rest up and focus on getting better and back on the road as soon as I can,” Allman said. “I’ve been working hard with my band, my pride and joy, to play our music for everyone. We’ll see y’all in October.” Allman’s first show back is scheduled to be a performance at his own Laid Back Festival at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta on Saturday, October 29.

There’s been no word yet from the Times Union Center, but on Saturday (August 6), ZZ Top posted on their Facebook page: “We are disappointed that Gregg Allman’s health precludes his touring with us. We wish our friend a speedy recovery. Notwithstanding, our fall tour dates will go on as planned and expect to give you an update on these in the very near future. Stay tuned!”

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Saratoga Shots

Monday, August 1st, 2016
Undefeated 3 year old filly phenom Songbird is walked in the paddock before the $300K Coaching Club Oaks before the race.

Undefeated 3 year old filly phenom Songbird is walked in the paddock before the $300K Coaching Club Oaks before the race.

Photographs by Martin Benjamin


Remembering Ralph Stanley

Monday, June 27th, 2016


By Paul Jossman
Photograph by Martin Benjamin

If you listen to the music of Ralph Stanley, from his first recordings with his brother Carter in the 1950s to those made after the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” introduced him to a larger audience, it is unchanged – essential, no frills, old time country and sacred music.

The story of the song was foremost, and the instrumental breaks were in the service of the melody and not the aggrandizement of the player. He was faithful to this ideal his whole life, and with the Biblical authority acquired over the course of his long career, he was a true legend.

Of course, there will never be anyone like him again as he came out of a time and place that doesn’t exist anymore. As he enjoyed renewed success in his late career, he certainly enjoyed remembering tghose early years of touring, playing high school auditoriums and 5am radio shows and selling albums out of the trunk of the car.

And that haunting voice, he sounded like an old man when he was in his twenties… and it just got better.

Among fans of traditional music he was known simply as Ralph. There was only one.

RIP: Ralph Stanley, 1927-2016

POSTPONED: Fears of Strangers Reunion

Monday, June 27th, 2016

The Fear of Strangers reunion concert that was originally slated for the Hollow Bar + Kitchen on Thursday (June 30) has been postponed due to injury. New date to be announced…

Here’s are the details from FoS bassist Steve Cohen:

“Val [Haynes] fractured her foot; it’s a stress fracture, but the doctor told her that she has to stay off it for 6 weeks or it’ll result in complications. Therefore we have to postpone our show. We’re going to try to find a date in the fall that works for all of us. Obviously this really sucks but there’s no other choice. Val’s not the kind of performer who’s going to sing sitting down, after all. That just wouldn’t work on several levels. We’ve all been putting a lot of work into this and we’re all tremendously disappointed, but health comes first and doctors’ orders rule.”

RIP: Ralph Stanley, 1927-2016

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Ralph Stanley, Whose Mountain Music Gave Rise to Bluegrass, Dies at 89 (The New York Times)
Ralph Stanley, bluegrass legend, dead at 89 (The Tennesseean)
Ralph Stanley: His 10 Greatest Performances (Rolling Stone)

The Demise of the Saratoga Music Hall? [Silverpen Productions]

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

By Jenna Caputo

Incensed. That is the word I would use to describe what I felt when I found out that the City of Saratoga wants to replace the historical Music Hall with offices…

Those of us involved with the arts world know just how important the arts are. There is now a lot of scientific proof about how they affect so many things in our world and our bodies in a positive way. Nothing else really compares! And yet, we are seeing arts programs quickly disappearing from schools. Movie houses are closing down left and right. School music programs slashed from the curriculum. Dance studios forced to close their doors. The list, unfortunately, goes on & on.

Living in such a historical town as Saratoga (hey, it even says on the signs, “Health, History, Horses”), a place known for its involvement in the arts as well as horses, a place that has significant historical significance, I naively never thought I’d see the day when they would erase such a significant part of its history.

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