Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

LIVE: Boz Scaggs @ The Egg, 8/5/14

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

“Polite” is a word that you never want to read in a review of a rock concert. Or a blues concert. Or a soul concert.

But at The Egg’s Hart Theatre recently, veteran soul man Boz Scaggs was simply polite. He simmered, but he never reached the boiling point.

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LIVE: Jackson Browne @ the Palace Theatre, 8/14/14

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Jackson Browne

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

One guy…
One baby grand piano…
One massive display of nearly two dozen guitars…
And two sprawling solo sets that spanned nearly two-and-a-half hours…

It’s one thing to keep your options open, as Jackson Browne did as he glided through a concert at the Palace Theatre in Albany last week – especially a solo show, where he was free to radically alter his set list on a whim – or the crowd’s demand… and the crowd was mighty demanding, yelling out requests at every opportunity.

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Q&Art: Dana Hoey

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Love Your  Enemy: a photograph by Dana Hoey

Love Your Enemy: a photograph by Dana Hoey

Here’s a quick Q&A with photographer Dana Hoey, whose work is currently on exhibit at the Albany Institute of History & Art in the group show, “Summer Exposure: Photographic Works.”

Q: WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO OR FAVORITE CHARACTERISTIC OF THE HUDSON VALLEY?

A: Incredible light! I am a natural light photographer and though I stage my photographs and am rather content driven (as opposed to straight or “discovery” orientated photographers), I just love the light!!

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Five Firsts: F. Lee Harvey Blotto of Blotto

Monday, August 18th, 2014
F. Lee Harvey Blotto (photo by Gayle Miller)

F. Lee Harvey Blotto (photo by Gayle Miller)

NAME: F. Lee Harvey Blotto
BAND AFFILIATION: Blotto
INSTRUMENT: Drums

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Mr. Gasser (Big Daddy Ed Roth) and the Weirdos’ Hot Rod Hootenanny

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LIVE: Sheila E. @ Alive at Five, 8/7/14

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Sheila E.  (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Sheila E. (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Stanley Johnson, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

The 2014 Alive at Five concert series ended the same way it started – at the rain site under the highway at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch – surely the most inhospitable music venue to be found anywhere around Nippertown. And yet Sheila E. didn’t let the setting get her down. And while it looked something like the set of “The Warriors” or “West Side Story” – and sounded worse – the veteran singer-percussionist turned the evening into a party nonetheless.

“It’s gonna be a lovely day, now that the rain is gone,” she sang early on in her show during the bouncy, pop ballad, “Lovely Day,” and sure enough, she somehow managed to chase the rain away for the rest of her performance.

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LIVE: Jeffrey Osborne @ the Empire State Plaza, 8/2/14

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jeffrey Osborne was on hand as the headliner for the recent African American Family Day festival at Albany’s Empire State Plaza, and at the age of 66, his silky soulful voice sounds as inviting as it did back in his hit-making days.

Osborne offered a number of throwback tunes from his tenure as the frontman with L.T.D. back in the ’70s, mixing them in with his solo hits from the ’80s. His band was mighty funky, and after about a half-dozen songs, Osborne stepped offstage and regaled the crowd as he wandered through the audience, singing all the while and shaking hands with his fans.

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Q&Art: William Jaeger

Monday, August 11th, 2014
William Jaeger: Couches in Snow

William Jaeger: Couches in Snow

Here’s a quick Q&A with longtime Nippertown photographer William Jaeger, whose work is currently on exhibit at the Albany Institute of History & Art in the group show, “Summer Exposure: Photographic Works”.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO OR FAVORITE CHARACTERISTIC OF THE HUDSON VALLEY?

A: The river itself, and the tendrils that come from it (and to it), are steeped in history and lore. Around us are the vestiges of a lot of this, like the huge Burden ironworks in Troy which is just some shards in the ground and some artifactual proof.

The people who live here are a product of all of this, and the Hudson and its influence
becomes the culture of the land, including the Erie Canal (I’m working on a photographic
response to Clinton’s Ditch for the bicentennial) and the little river towns I love (like beautiful Coxsackie, maligned and still really interesting). Even the Contemporary Artists Center in South Troy is the direct descendant of all of this, occupying the Burden family church chapel with residency and exhibition spaces. Full circle, or full spiral.

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LIVE: Grand Funk Railroad @ Alive at Five, 7/31/14

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Grand Funk Railroad: Mel Schacher and Don Brewer

Grand Funk Railroad: Mel Schacher and Don Brewer

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

“We’re comin’ to your town. We’ll help you party it down. We’re an American band…”

No word whether Sweet Sweet Connie from Little Rock was in attendance at Albany’s Alive at Five bash last Thursday, but Grand Funk Railroad partied it down nonetheless…

With guitar hero Mark Farner long ago departed from the line-up, the original rhythm section of Don Brewer (drums) and Mel Schacher (bass) anchored a beefed up band of Funk-ateers that expanded the band’s classic power trio format to a qunitet with the addition of former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, vocalist Max Carl and keyboardist Tim Cashion.

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