One More Video from Wizapalooza

March 11th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

Yes, another video from the marathon musical memorial for John Wisniewski that was held at the Hibernian Hall in Albany on Saturday, February 26. It’s the epic, 12-minute rendition of “Fifteen & Gone” by the reunited Stomplistics, who wrapped up the eight-hour celebration with their deep-dish funk groove.

The musicians are guitarist Michael Eck, percussionist Shawn Connors, saxman Cliff Lyons, trumpeter John Hines, drummer John Lapi, vocalist-bassist Dave Macks, guitarist Bernie Mulleda and percussionist Ralph Spillinger.

Video by Tom Lindsay

You can also view another video of this performance filmed by Dan Hogan

Wizapalooza review and video of Johnny Rabb & Dave Macks’ “California Sun”
Video of John Tichy’s “Midnight Shift”
Video of Alison Jacobs’ “You Can Have My Husband”


Another Video from Wizapalooza

March 9th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Sara

Here’s another song recorded live on Saturday, February 26 at Wizapalooza, the day-long memorial concert and tribute to the late John Wisniewski.

This is Alison Jacobs at the microphone, backed by Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers as she wails through a sassy cover of Koko Taylor’s classic “You Can Have My Husband”:

In addition to Alison Jacobs, the line-up of musicians features Scotty Mac, Dave Maswick, Mark Foster, Johnny Rabb, Buck Malen, John Tichy and Cliff Lyons. What a crew…

And if you’re looking for more photos from Wizapalooza, Daniel Hogan has posted a batch on his Facebook page.

Video by Tom Lindsay

Wizapalooza review and video of Johnny Rabb & Dave Macks’ “California Sun”
Video of John Tichy’s “Midnight Shift”

Another Video From Wizapalooza

March 4th, 2011, 11:31 am by Greg

Over at Albany’s Hibernian Hall, last Saturday’s benefit concert to honor the late great John Wisniewski brought together a great batch of Nippertown’s finest musicians for a day-long blast of fine music. So much music, in fact, that we thought we’d give you some more.

Earlier this week, we published our review of the day’s festivities, as well as a video of Johnny Rabb (with his band, the Jailhouse Rockers, and a batch of friends) duetting with the Stomplistics’ Dave Macks on the classic “California Sun.”

Here’s another clip – Special guest John Tichy taking over the microphone for a rave-up on Buddy Holly’s “Midnight Shift” with Rabb and his wrecking crew:

The line-up on this one features: Scotty Mac, Dave Maswick, Mark Foster, Johnny Rabb, Buck Malen and John Tichy

Video by Tom Lindsay

LIVE: Wizapalooza @ Albany Hibernian Hall, 2/26/11

March 2nd, 2011, 3:24 pm by Greg

“It’s like a who’s-was of the Albany music scene.”

Yes, last Saturday was something of an Oldtimers’ Day on the Nippertown scene, as family and friends packed into the Albany Hibernian Hall to celebrate the life of John Wisniewski, a longtime music fan, artist and bartender extraordinaire, who passed away earlier in the month.

And the musicians came out of the woodwork to play in honor of John and to help raise funds to pay the medical and hospital bills that he left behind.

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The Schedule for Wizapalooza @ the Albany Hibernian Hall, 2/26/11

February 23rd, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg

John Wisniewski

John Wisniewski

Wizapalooza, a benefit for the late, great John Wisniewski, will take place at the Albany Hibernian Hall from 2-10pm on Saturday. There will be a silent auction, a free buffet dinner (while it lasts), a 50/50 raffle and one serious parade of live local music.

Here’s the tentative schedule of performers who are donating their talent in celebration of John’s life:

2-2:30pm: Folding Sky
2:45-3:15pm: Ramblin Jug Stompers
3:30-4:15pm: The Erin Harkes Band
4:30-5:15pm: Doc Scanlon’s Hot 4
5:30-6pm: The Franklin Micare Duo
6:15-7pm: Bert Pagano & the Big Idea / Downtime Alumni Reunion
7:10-7:15pm: Dave Maswick (of the Stony Creek Band)
7:15-8:15pm: Johnny Rabb’s Jailhouse Rockers with Commander Cody, John Tichy & Scotty Mac
8:30-9:30pm: The Stomplistics Reunion
9:30-10pm: Jam Session

Suggested donation for Wizapalooza is $20, and all proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward John’s unpaid hospital and medical expenses.

Hell Freezes Over: Reunions We Never Thought We’d See…

February 23rd, 2011, 1:54 pm by Greg

The McKrells

The McKrells

With bad blood, litigation and the ever popular “personal differences” apparently now out the window, the McKrells have announced a surprise reunion concert at The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Friday, April 8.

Singer-songwriter Kevin McKrell will once again lead the classic Celtic-bluegrass line-up of the McKrells – featuring guitarist Craig Vance, banjo master Chris Leske and fiddler Doug Moody – in an evening of rousing fan favorites from one of Nippertown’s most popular bands.

Priced at $20, tix went on sale this morning.

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