Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

LIVE: Sara Milonovich & Jim Gaudet @ The Linda, 12/5/14

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Jim Gaudet and Sara Milonovich

Jim Gaudet and Sara Milonovich

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

When singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Gaudet and fab fiddler Sara Milonovich teamed up for an evening at WAMC-FM’s The Linda earlier this month, it was indeed “A Blue(Grassy) Christmas,” as advertised.

But it wasn’t strictly holiday fare. They were joined by Greg Anderson (of Milonovich’s band Daisycutter) and mandolinist Sten Isachsen (of Gaudet’s band the Railroad Boys) for plenty of fine down-home pickin’ and singin’.

At once relaxed and energetic, the homespun show also showcased Gaudet’s wry wit and considerable storytelling prowess.

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Five Firsts: Brian Wellbrock of Hawbuckees

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Hawbuckees

Hawbuckees

NAME: Brian Wellbrock
BAND AFFILIATION: Hawbuckees
INSTRUMENT: Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Daydream. First 45? “Red Rubber Ball” by the Cyrkle

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Blockhouses Bring New Single, New Drummer

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Blockhouses

Blockhouses

As the NYC rock trio Blockhouses get set to play a pair of dates around Nippertown with the Figgs this weekend, they’ve also just released a brand spankin’ new single, the super-catchy “One More Time to Get Home” b/w “Little Sweetie.”

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LIVE: Rick Springfield @ The Egg, 11/21/14

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

“You know I feel so dirty when they start talking cute
I wanna tell her that I love her, but the point is probably moot”

– from “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield

No question about it, Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” is a great pop song, an iconic audio artifact of the ’80s and the only No. 1 hit in rock history to feature the word “moot” in its lyrics.

As an ’80s hitmaker, rocker Rick Springfield specialized in arena-ready nuggets of well-crafted power-pop. But in his solo “Stripped Down” concert at The Egg’s Hart Theatre recently much of the power was drained from his pop gems.

He’s an exceptionally ingratiating performer, and that came through loud and clear during his 100-minute show, a kind of cross between MTV’s “Unplugged” and VH1′s “Storyteller.” But without the muscle of a band behind him, too many of the songs never really took off. Seated on a stool at centerstage surrounded by a phalanx of guitars, Springfield launched his show with the opening volley of “I Get Excited” and “An Affair of the Heart,” strumming his acoustic guitar with abandon. And right from the start, it was clear that this wasn’t really a solo show – without coaxing, the crowd sang along with him in full voice.

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LIVE: Hot Tuna @ The Egg, 12/7/14

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen

Review by Richard Brody
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The shouts of “Jorma!” that came from the near-capacity crowd were an indication that there were few, if any, first time Hot Tuna fans in The Egg’s Hart Theatre. Accompanying Jorma Kaukonen and co-founding bass man Jack Casady was frequent Tuna member mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff, as well as a trio of the band’s Woodstock family – drummer Justin Guip, vocalist Teresa Williams and her husband/string master Larry Campbell on fiddle, pedal steel and guitar.

The band kicked off the show with one of their staples, Kaukonen’s “True Religion,” that was highlighted by Mitterhoff’s sweet mandolin solo and Campbell’s shimmering slide guitar that brought the song to its conclusion.

Hot Tuna has always been about the country blues that howl about the sins of Saturday night and the gospel-flavored songs that ask for forgiveness in church on Sunday morning. Casady strutted, pogoed and drove the band on Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied.” His bass anchored and pushed both Kaukonen’s vocals and the guitar solos from Kaukonen and Campbell. As fine a guitarist as Kaukonen is, his voice would not fit in a church choir. Enter Williams, who brought the “amen” to Reverend Gary Davis’ “Children of Zion” that included great supporting solos from Mitterhoff’s mandolin, Kaukonen’s guitar and Campbell’s slide. They stayed in church for the next number, a roof-raising rendition of “Wade in the Water” that was once again led by Williams’ powerhouse vocals.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Pete Curry of Los Straitjackets

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Los Straitjackets

Los Straitjackets

NAME: Pete Curry
BAND AFFILIATION: Los Straitjackets
INSTRUMENT: bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASThe BIG Sounds of the Drags!

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Other Voices: New Live Music Venue Poll

Monday, December 15th, 2014
The Google Street View of 69 North Pearl Street, Albany

The Google Street View of 69 North Pearl Street, Albany

Here’s an interesting post from Steve Barnes’ Table Hopping blog:

Chris Pratt, who co-owns multiple bars in Albany, including two on North Pearl Street, tells me he is interested in opening a music venue at 69 North Pearl St. The space is the former home of Buddha Tea House, which yesterday had its liquor license canceled by the State Liquor Authority to satisfy charges filed after three altercations at the club earlier this year.

While this is all extremely preliminary, Pratt says would like to gauge public interest in a music venue similar to Upstate Concert Hall (the former Northern Lights) in Clifton Park Helsinki, Hudson in Hudson and Vapor in Saratoga Springs. This would be a place to see live music or comedy, not a nightclub or restaurant, which Pratt hopes will make the city most receptive to the idea. Pratt says he has yet to hear back from Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s office about whether he should pursue it. (He previously wanted to open a music venue in Albany’s warehouse district but couldn’t get zoning approval; 69 North Pearl already has the necessary zoning, though a cabaret license would be needed.)

GO HERE to add your voice to a poll indicating how often you would patronize a new live music venue in downtown Albany…

LIVE: Nels Cline & Julian Lage @ The Egg, 11/20/14

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Nels Cline and Julian Lage

Nels Cline and Julian Lage

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Bender Melon

“This is gonna be, well, what it is. It’s out of our wheelhouse. But I’m a sentimental man, and today is Duane Allman’s birthday,” Wilco guitarslinger Nels Cline admitted as he and fellow guitar great Julian Lage sat down and eased into “Little Martha” for their encore at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last month.

Unexpected? Oh yeah, but when these two fretmasters get together, it’s best to throw expectations out the window and just sit back and soak it all up, as you learned if you caught their Nippertown debut at Wilco’s 2013 Solid Sound fest at MASS MoCA.

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