Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

LIVE: Michael Eck @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 4/19/14

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Michael Eck

Michael Eck

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Tom Lindsay

Ten years ago for his 40th birthday, singer-songwriter-musicman about town Michael Eck was honored with a surprise party at Valentine’s Music Hall in which a big batch of his musician pals and bandmates (past and present) took the stage to sing his songs back at him.

Last Saturday, Eck stepped out on the stage of the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany and reclaimed the songs for his own with a combination concert/birthday celebration.

From rough and tumble spitfire (“The Gossip Train,” “Exit Wound”) to tender ballads (“Yellow Ribbons,” “The weight of the World”), Eck ran the musical and emotional gamut, as he served up two generous sets of original tunes culled from his rich, four-album solo catalog.

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LIVE: Rhett Tyler & Early Warning / Soul Sky @ Fuller Roadhouse Grille, 4/11/14

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Rhett Tyler

Rhett Tyler

Photographs by Dan Hogan

The fourth annual Blues Bash was held last weekend at the Fuller Roadhouse Grille in Albany, as a fundraiser for the Capital Region Blues Network. It was a knock-down, drag-out night of fiery guitar pyrotechnics from one of the Local 518′s finest guitarslingers Rhett Tyler and his band Early Warning, in support of their latest CD, The Rhythm The Power The Blue. The stage simply couldn’t contain him…

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Last Chance: 36th Annual Photography Regional @ Albany Center Gallery

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Newbold Bohemia:  Dream Vacation

Newbold Bohemia: Dream Vacation

JUST A REMINDER: Friday (April 18) is the final day to catch the 36th Annual Photography Regional at Albany Center Gallery.

And congratulations go out to the recently announced award winners:
1st Place: Newbold Bohemia
2nd Place: Michael P. Farrell
3rd Place: Stephen Honicki
4th Place: Sean Hovendick
5th Place: Beau Comeaux
6th Place: Michelle Christine Mainella
Honorable Mentions: Perry Burlingame, Justin Baker
Student Award: Brian Williams

LIVE: The Figgs @ the Low Beat, 4/4/14

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Mike Gent regales the crowd

Mike Gent regales the crowd

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Although Howard Glassman’s new music club the Low Beat quietly opened back in February, he celebrated his new Central Avenue joint in grand style on Friday, April 4 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan during the day. At night, the Figgs — whose “Sucking in Stereo” poster features prominently behind the club’s newly refurbished bar — christened the place with a nearly three-hour set that contained elements both old and new, like the Low Beat itself.

There were new songs from an upcoming album that the band was in the midst of recording at Seth Powell’s Soundcheck Republic studio in East Greenbush. And one of the oldest songs of the night was a rare live version of “Apple Brown Betty,” a jazzy, funky instrumental by bassist Pete Donnelly that appeared on the long out-of-print Put Me Up cassette-only release by the pre-Figgs band the Sonic Undertones.

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The Capital Region Blues Network’s Big Blues Bash

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Rhett Tyler and Mark Emanation

Rhett Tyler and Mark Emanatian


Story and photographs by Wanda Callagy

The Capital Region Blues Network is holding its fourth annual fundraising bash tonight (Friday, April 11). Music, raffles and a silent auction will be held at the Fuller Roadhouse Grille in Albany at 7pm.

Rhett Tyler and his Early Warning band and Soul Sky will bring their talents for the evening.

Mark Emanatian has a long history with the CRBN network and says it is important for him to be supportive as the organization does much to educate young artists about the history of blues music by being part of the Blues in Schools programs.

“I have been involved especially playing with Folding Sky and the Ernie Williams band, and I think all these blues societies across the states are a great movement, as they are keeping an essential art form alive,” said Emanatian.

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UPDATE: MOVE Music Festival, 4/25-27/14

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Move Music Festival

As the poster for Albany’s upcoming MOVE Music Festival proudly proclaims, “100 Bands / 10 Venues / 1 Incredible Weekend.”

And, yes indeed, nearly 100 bands/solo musicians are slated to perform at the third annual MOVE Music Festival. That’s a big bargain, no matter how you look at it. (GO HERE to find an alphabetized list of the bands and solo performers.) And nearly all of them are scheduled to perform on Saturday, April 26, when the action is slated to get underway at 3pm and continue until 3am.

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Festival Fever: Albany Word Fest, 4/13-19/14

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Albany Word Fest

April is National Poetry Month, which means that it’s time once again for Albany Word Fest, an annual arts festival that brings together poets, writers and performers from all across upstate New York to celebrate the vibrant poetry and spoken word scene right here in Nippertown.

Organized by Albany Poets, the Albany Word Fest has grown from an afternoon poetry open mic in Thatcher Park in 2001 to this year’s rhyme-a-rama bash – a week-long cavalcade of events taking place at six different venues throughout Albany including featured readings, open mics, poetry slams and more.

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LIVE: Tim Eriksen & the Trio de Pumpkintown @ The Linda, 3/29/14

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Tim Eriksen

Tim Eriksen

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The multi-talented Tim Eriksen – perhaps the only musician to have played with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson (although not at the same time) – led his new “hardcore Americana” band, the Trio de Pumpkintown into WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany last month, as the latest installment of the American Roots Series, hosted by Michael Eck, who also served as the opening act.

The former frontman of such pioneering bands as Cordelia’s Dad (folk-noise), Northampton Harmony (shape-note quartet) and Zabe i Babe (Bosnian folk and pop), Eriksen has performed at the Academy Awards, “Prairie Home Companion” and both CBGB’s and Carnegie Hall, but this was his debut at The Linda, where he was joined by his Pumpkintown bandmates Zoë Darrow (fiddle, vocals) and Peter Irvine (percussion, vocals).

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