Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

LIVE: Johnnyswim @ The Egg, 6/23/14

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Johnnyswim
Photographs by Andrezej Pilarczyk

Johnnyswim – the Nashville-based husband and wife team of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano – made their Nippertown concert debut recently with a passionate, charming performance at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany.

Backed by their band, Sudano (the daughter of the late disco superstar Donna Summer) and Ramirez took the stage in support of their recently released debut album, Diamonds, and like their album title, they simply sparkled in concert.

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New Show Announced for The Egg

Monday, July 21st, 2014
Carly Aquilino

Carly Aquilino

Stand-up comedian Carly Aquilino of MTV’s “Girl Code” will be stepping into the spotlight at The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, September 27.

Priced at $25 and $50, tickets are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday. Ticket prices will increase $5 the day of the show.

THEATER: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” @ Capital Repertory Theatre

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Actors Benjamin Mapp and Christopher Brasfield make their Capital Repertory Theatre debuts in the toe-tapping

Actors Benjamin Mapp and Christopher Brasfield make their Capital Repertory Theatre debuts in the toe-tapping “Smokey Joe’s Café” at Capital Repertory Theatre through August 10

Review by Greg Haymes

The annual summertime offering at downtown Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre is all about a feel-good, light-hearted, music-laden revue, and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller” fits the bill perfectly.

For theater-goers of a certain age, it’s a sweet, sentimental stroll through the soundtrack of their youth. For younger viewers, it’s a rompin’ musical history lesson about the earliest days of rock ‘n’ roll when black was black, and white was white, and rarely if ever did the twain meet until the teenage songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller came along.

There’s no over-riding narrative arc to get in the way. There’s no story-line at all – unless you consider the lyrics of the 39 songs to be individual single-scene plays. Unlike other jukebox musicals based on songs from roughly the same era – “Leader of the Pack” or the current “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” for instance – it’s not a biographical portrait of struggling songwriters who finally hit it big. It’s not even really about Leiber and Stoller, the two songwriters who helped lay the foundation for rock ‘n’ roll.

In fact, there’s no dialogue at all. It’s all about the music.

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LIVE: Lord Huron @ Alive at Five, 7/10/14

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Lord Huron (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Lord Huron (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photos by Stanley Johnson and Andrzej Pilarczyk
Video by Timothy Reidy

Originally a solo project for singer-songwriter Ben Schneider, the Los Angeles-based indie folk band Lord Huron has grown into a full ensemble, and the band made quite an impression last week in their Nippertown debut at Jennings Landing in Albany. Headlining the latest installment of the free Alive at Five concert series, Lord Huron is touring in support of their debut album, Lonesome Dreams, and they’ve landed such choice gigs as South by Southwest, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza.

Opening the show was Saratoga singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan, who came armed with an all-star batch of backing musicians for her set in support of her latest album, Skin and Bone.

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Five Firsts: Jerry Kitzrow of the Flurries

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
The Flurries

The Flurries

NAME: Jerry Kitzrow
BAND AFFILIATION: The Flurries
INSTRUMENT: Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist. Guitars used on Colour Show: Gretsch Country Gentleman, Vintage 1967 Rickenbacker 12 String, Fender Esquire Custom 1962 Model

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Hmmm… I think The Best of George Harrison… and I would do it again! His Beatles songs on Side 1, Solo songs on Side 2. It was the first time I had ever heard “If I Needed Someone” or “Taxman.” His mastery of weaving in and out of minor and major chords, and seductive melodies floating over interesting and unique rhythms always felt like a musical kinship for me (and not to mention his rockabilly Gretsch twang).

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LIVE: Queens of the Stone Age @ the Palace Theatre, 7/13/14

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age

Review by B. Patrik
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

As fantastic as last year’s Queens of the Stone Age comeback album …Like Clockwork was (and I’d argue it was the best album of 2013, bar none), it came nowhere close to the exuberance, energy and raw rock ‘n’ roll thrill of the band’s performance Sunday night (July 13) at the Palace Theatre in Albany.

In fact, none of the band’s six studio records can hold a candle to its live show, and that’s saying something. For more than a decade now, QOTSA guitarist, vocalist and mastermind Josh Homme has collaborated on record with some of the best in the business. …Like Clockwork alone featured stellar performances from Foo Fighter and drummer extraordinaire Dave Grohl, former QOTSA and Kyuss bassist Nick Oliveri, the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor and Elton John.

For nearly two hours the five-piece band slammed away at songs from throughout its career, including a whopping eight of the 10 cuts from …Like Clockwork. And not only was nothing lost in the translation of these songs­­­ – in most instances, something was gained.

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Real Good for FREE: Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Party Boat (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Party Boat

Photograph by Timothy Reidy

The Garage Bands in the Garage concert series returns to the Albany Public Library this summer with three special monthly shows from July through September. The all-ages, after-hours concerts feature live music by great Local 518 bands playing in the garage of the Main Library at the rear parking lot on Elk Street. All shows run on select Friday evenings from 6-8pm. and also feature a CD garage sale with $1 items.

The 2014 Albany Public Library Garage Bands concert line-up features:

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Real Good for FREE: Pine Hills Summer Concert Series @ Albany Elks Lodge Lawn

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Missing Link

Missing Link

The Pine Hills Summer Concert Series returns to the lawn of the Elks Lodge on South Allen Street in Albany. Sponsored by the Beautify Upper Madison Project, the concert series takes place at 7pm on Monday evenings beginning tonight (July 14) with the band Missing Link. The rain location for the shows is inside the Elks Lodge. Admission is FREE.

Here’s the schedule for the 2014 Pine Hills Summer Concert Series:

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