Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

LIVE: PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, 9/12/15

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Eastbound Jesus

Eastbound Jesus

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Yes, there were three free music festivals in downtown Albany on Saturday, September 12, but the Hispanic Heritage Celebration was held indoors at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, and the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival was wisely re-located to the rain site. But the sixth annual PearlPalooza – with two outdoor stages on North Pearl Street in Albany – got hammered with the rain storm that rolled in mid-afternoon.

While there were indeed a few hardy souls who didn’t mind cavorting in the rain, attendance was way down by the time headliner Matisyahu took his turn at the microphone.



LIVE: Peter Case @ The Linda, 9/12/15

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Peter Case has played a number of Local 518 shows during the past couple of years, most recently at the Low Beat exactly one year prior to his return earlier this month.

This time around, though, he took to the stage across the street at WAMC-FM’s The Linda. And once again he shared the stage with Greater Nippertown’s roots singer-songwriter Michael Eck.


LIVE: Olivia Quillio @ Dana Park, 8/31/15

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
Olivia Quillio

Olivia Quillio

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

You probably drive-by it all the time without even ever really noticing it, except maybe for that big rock. Dana Park is that tiny, little pocket park in the heart of Albany at the intersection of Lark Street and Madison Avenue. And for the past seven years, it’s been home to the annual Dana Park Concert Series on Monday evenings all summer long.

It ain’t no big woo-hah like Alive at Five or Rockin’ On the River, but rather an intimate gathering of folks under the streetlights and an up-close chance to listen to some of the Local 518′s primo homegrown musical talent – from jazz (the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra, the New York Jazz Duo) to Americana (the Nellies, Ramblin Jug Stompers) and beyond.

The always charming barefoot singer-songwriter Olivia Quillio wrapped up this year’s eight-concert series with a lovely performance in support of her new album, Get Down and Pray. ‎Meara Mctague & Friends opened up the musical festivities for the evening.


ArtBeat: Scott Brodie Retrospective @ Albany Center Gallery [Get Visual]

Monday, September 28th, 2015
Scott Brodie - Waputki 2, oil on canvas 2015

Scott Brodie – “Waputki 2,” oil on canvas 2015

Review by David Brickman

There’s one thing nearly all painters have in common: They love to push paint around. A power-packed retrospective of nearly 40 years of work by Scott Brodie at Albany Center Gallery (on view through Saturday, October 3) amply illustrates this fact and equally demonstrates that it is true whether the image is photo-realistic, totally abstract or anything in between.

And, if you think it’s not possible for a painter to work in such (apparently) divergent styles while maintaining a singular voice, think again. We all evolve over time, but even in a long-term retrospective an artist should show consistency – if they don’t, it’s a sign of inadequate commitment to a vision. Yet Brodie’s show, despite its diversity, makes clear that his vision has remained quite clear over the long haul and, in my opinion, has grown stronger of late.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

CD Release Party: The Parlor @ the Hollow on Saturday

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The Parlor - Wahzu Wahzu

Led by Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans, the Parlor is finally about to drop their long-awaited sophomore album, Wahzu Wahzu. The band is celebrating their new disc with a CD release party at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (September 26). Joining in the festivities will be Party Boat and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, back from a lengthy hiatus. Tickets are $10.

Mixed and mastered by Anthony Molina (of Mercury Rev), Wahzu Wahzu was created with an amalgamation of acoustic and electronic instruments, anchored by a deep pulsing rhythm section of upright bass, drum machines and live drums. It was meant to be a dark but meaningless candy-pop album. It was supposed to be all syrup and fluorescent. Instead, the album became a subconscious philosophic exploration into the act of creation, an album full of submarine secrets and gritty glitter. It sounds both new and old; simultaneously familiar and fresh.

As you can hear for yourself here

And the album has already generated plenty of big buzz. The song “Wishes in the Sheets” premiered on the music blog PopMatters, and the album’s first single, “The Surgeon’s Knife,” landed a premiere on Pitchfork, who described the tune as “a dream-sequence rendering of the Daft Punk ‘MTV Unplugged’ special that never happened in 2001.” The Parlor was also recently featured on Bandcamp Weekly
with an interview with O’Connor, as well as the debut of several new tracks from the album.

WHAT: CD Release Party for Wahzu Wahzu
WHO: The Parlor
WITH: Party Boat and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned
WHERE: The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
WHEN: Doors open at 8pm Saturday (September 26)

LIVE: Cracker @ Empire State Plaza, 8/12/15

Monday, September 14th, 2015


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

It was the annual New York State Food Festival on Albany’s Empire State Plaza, and to be sure there was a wide variety of food options for your dining or grazing pleasure.

But there was also plenty of music. Led by guitarists David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, veteran indie rockers Cracker were in the headlining slot, churning out tunes from their back catalog, as well as showcasing selections from their latest album, Berkeley to Bakersfield.

Also on hand to keep the music pumping with soul-rockers Gedeon Luke & the People and Local 518 blues-rockers Soul Sky, led by guitarslinger Mark Emanatian.


LIVE: The Vespers @ the Low Beat, 8/7/15

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015


The Vespers

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

WEXT-FM’s annual birthday bash was a tad belated this year – actually, by about a month – but when you’re talking about a party, late is indeed better than never.

The celebration took place at the Low Beat in Albany featuring rollickin’ Nashville-based Americana band the Vespers in support of their new album, Sisters and Brothers. And, yes, the title also serves as an apt description of the band. The festivities also included Local 518 faves Pony in the Pancake.


LIVE: The Nellies @ Dana Park, 8/10/15

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Who knew that Albany’s tiny little pocket park at the corner of Lark Street and Madison Avenue could hold so much music? The summer-long Monday evening concert series in Dana Park played host to an eclectic mix of Local 518 music this summer, including the Nellies, the rootsy alt-country band led by Karen Ann and Peggy Lecuyer with bassist Gene Lemme and Dobroist extraordinaire Kevin Maul.


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