Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

LIVE: Bahamas @ The Linda, 7/25/15

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Bahamas

Bahamas

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie – a working class town in rural Ontario.

But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009, he’s been making music under the name Bahamas – writing songs about sunsets, love affairs and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs.

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LIVE: Blue Oyster Cult & Blotto @ Alive at Five, 8/6/15

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Eric Bloom, Richie Castellano and Buck Dharma (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Eric Bloom, Richie Castellano and Buck Dharma (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Rudy Lu, Stanley Johnson, Ed Conway, Tim Reidy, Richard Brody

The Blot & Blue Tour, back together again for one night only!

Blotto and Blue Oyster Cult originally teamed up for a tour that took place back in February and March of 1983. They reunited for one of the largest Alive at Five concerts in Albany’s Corning Preserve in August of 1996.

Earlier this month, the two bands shared the stage again, this time at Jennings Landing, wrapping up the 2015 Alive at Five concert season in front of the largest crowd of the summer.

From “Godzilla” to “Goodbye, Mr. Bond,” from “Don’t Fear the Reaper” to “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard,” the evening jam packed with rockin’ riffs, some hearty laughs and too much fun.

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“Lit” @ Albany International Airport Gallery [Get Visual]

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Scott Nelson Foster, Real and Imaginary Houses 12 - oil on panel

Scott Nelson Foster, “Real and Imaginary Houses 12″ – oil on panel

Review by David Brickman

The sky was performing spectacularly at the end of a stormy day, which provided the ideal preparation for Lit, a theme show about phenomena of light at Albany International Airport Gallery that runs through Sunday, September 13. As with all the shows presented at this generous venue, Lit is intelligent and friendly, and features outstanding artists from the greater Capital Region as both a showcase of regional talent and an oasis of uplifting culture for weary travelers.

But you don’t have to be traveling to enjoy these exhibitions – the gallery area is open to the public, parking is free for the first half-hour, and the hours (7am-11pm daily) make it the most accessible high-quality art space anywhere. I was drawn to this show particularly by the inclusion of a few of my favorite artists from around these parts, but also by the theme. After all, without light, we wouldn’t exist.

Lit features six artists and a collaborative: a spare number, yet enough to cover a lot of bases here, including sculpture, industrial design, two extremely different approaches to photography, drawing, painting and projection. The work in the show is approximately evenly divided between color and monochrome, with most of the color coming from the palettes of sculptor Victoria Palermo and painter Scott Nelson Foster.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

LIVE: Ampevene @ Parish Public House, 7/14/15

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Ampevene

Ampevene

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Two of Nippertown’s hottest up-and-coming bands – Gabe Stallman’s Ampevene and Better by Morning – teamed up with New Jersey’s Mad Kings for a rockin’ triple bill at the Parish Public House in Albany last month.

UPCOMING: Both of the Local 518 bands will be back in action on Saturday, September 12. Better by Morning will be playing the free PearlPalooza street festival on Albany’s North Pearl Street, while Ampevene will be up at Saratoga Springs’ Putnam Den opening for Consider the Source.

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Palace Theatre Adds a New Comedy Show

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle

Last week, the Palace Theatre in Albany announced that superstar comedian Dave Chappelle would be making a tour stop there on Sunday, October 4. Tickets for the 7pm show went on sale earlier this week, and sales were so strong that that Palace decided to add a second show that same evening at 9:30pm.

Tickets for the 9:30pm show are currently on sale, priced at $58. There is a four-ticket purchasing limit.

LIVE: Blotto @ the Low Beat, 8/5/15

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
(photo by Martin Benjamin)

(photo by Martin Benjamin)

Photographs by Martin Benjamin, Timothy Reidy

Blotto – those merry pranksters of ’80s pop culture – slipped into the Low Beat in Albany last week, whipping through a run-through of such vintage gems as “My Baby’s the Star of a Driver’s Ed Movie,” “Goodbye, Mr. Bond” and even “Metal Head” in preparation for their big Alive at Five concert with Blue Oyster Cult the following evening.

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LIVE: Home Body @ the Low Beat, 7/9/15

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Home Body

Home Body

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

WHO: Home Body
WITH Slowshine
WITH Eternal Crimes
WHERE: The Low Beat, Albany
WHEN: Thursday, July 9

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LIVE: Shuggie Otis @ The Egg, 7/26/15

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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Review by Steven Stock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Shuggie Otis’ biography raises an intriguing question: how could a musician who achieved so much at such a young age end up being essentially blacklisted from the record industry for 39 years? Otis’ brief but occasionally dazzling performance at The Egg’s Lewis A. Swyer Theatre provided some clues but no definitive answers.

Born on November 30, 1953, Johnny Alexander Veliotes Jr. first strummed a guitar at age two and within ten years was backing his father at club gigs, donning dark glasses and a moustache to avoid being booted by club owners eager to keep their liquor licenses. Dad Johnny Otis was a fixture on the West Coast R&B circuit, as a bandleader, disc jockey and impresario. The senior Otis is himself a fascinating figure, a Greek who said he was “black by persuasion.”

Shuggie (a derivative of sugar coined by his black/Filipino mother) was all of 15 when Al Kooper recruited him to play on Kooper’s second super session record, filling the shoes of Steven Stills and Mike Bloomfield. Frank Zappa invited Otis to play bass on “Peaches en Regalia” from 1969’s classic Hot Rats LP. This quickly led to a contract with CBS/Epic and a strong debut album in 1970, Here Comes Shuggie Otis. Guitar Player magazine quoted B.B. King calling Shuggie his “favorite new guitarist.” Soon Otis was playing with luminaries such as Richard Berry, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Etta James, Louis Jordan and Eddie Vinson.

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