Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

MOVE Music Fest Announces Complete Line-Up of 99 Bands

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Party Boat (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Party Boat (photo by Timothy Reidy)

The three-day MOVE Music Festival is back in town once again from Friday-Sunday, April 24-26, taking over 11 showcase venues throughout Albany.

In addition to showcasing approximately 100 bands, the fourth annual fest will also feature interactive roundtable discussions, industry panels, and a keynote speech by Tony Shimkin, songwriter for Madonaa, Taylor Dayne, Wild Orchid and others.

Venues hosting MOVE Music Fest showcases include Justin’s, McGeary’s Pub, Blue 82, the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, the Lark Tavern, the Fuze Box, the Barrel Saloon, Stout, the City Beer Hall, the Parish Public House and the Pearl Street Pub.

Three-day, all-fest tickets are currently available for $20.

MOVE Music Festival organizers announced the first 50 bands of the fest earlier this month. Now they’ve announced 49 more to complete the line-up. Here’s the list of all 99 bands:



LIVE: Asleep at the Wheel @ The Egg, 3/8/15

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Asleep at the Wheel’s new album is titled Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, but of course, long tall Texan Ray Benson and his band have been celebrating Bob Wills’ music since they first formed 45 years ago.

So, there really weren’t any surprises during their concert at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre earlier this month – just good ole, flat-out, rollicking western swing, as they glided through gems like “Big Balls in Cowtown,” “Route 66″ and, of course, “Miles and Miles of Texas.”

Benson is the only remaining original member, but he always surrounds himself with top-notch players, and the Wheel’s current incarnation is no exception, fueled by keyboardist Emily Gimble, fiddler Katie Shore and saxophonist/pedal steel guitarist Eddie Rivers, as well as the ace rhythm section of drummer Dave Sanger and bassist Dave Miller.


LIVE: Leo Kottke @ The Egg, 3/7/15

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Leo Kottke

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

There are good guitarists, and there are great guitarists. Then there are guitar players who are somehow able to completely re-invent the instrument and what it can do.

Leo Kottke is one of those guitar players, as he proved once again in concert at The Egg in Albany earlier this month…


LIVE: Bridge Jazz Festival @ the Massry Center, 2/28/15 (Day Two)

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
Cecile McLorin Salvant

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

To my mind, a really great jazz festival should give you a lot more than terminal heartburn and a farmer’s tan; it should give you the biggest picture possible of what this genre is all about. If the second night of the inaugural Bridge Jazz Festival is any indication, we may be seeing the first blooms of a really great jazz festival! While Night One at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall featured some of the best concert jazz around, Night Two at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts would show that jazz could have a beautiful intimacy while maintaining (to steal from the late Leonard Nimoy’s signature character) infinite diversity in infinite combinations.

Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton have been developing their own sense of intimacy for a number of years now, with the vocalist and the multi-instrumentalist writing for – and singing on – each other’s projects. Recently, they decided to see what they could create when they didn’t have other musicians to make room for, either onstage or in the mix. As such, it was just Hampton with his various axes (including ukulele, which he played on his opening composition “Every Living Part”), Parlato with a few shakers, and a joint harmonic that was as gorgeous as it was unique that led us into this relatively early evening. Hampton’s vocal style won’t ever be confused with Kurt Elling; he’s more like Paul Simon with a little more steel. Between that and his seemingly infinite range, he’s a perfect vocal partner for Parlato, who almost always stays within her sultry alto.


The Inaugural MOVE Music Video Awards

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Move Music Video Awards

Albany’s fourth annual MOVE Music Festival – which will be taking over nearly a dozen live music venues throughout Albany from Friday-Sunday, April 24-26 – has announced a new addition to the 2015 schedule – the MOVE Music Video Awards, which are scheduled to be held at 6pm on Sunday, April 26 at the Madison Theater in Albany. Live music – performers TBA – will follow the awards ceremony.

Awards will be presented in three categories – Best Video, Creative Achievement and Best Live Video. Submissions are now being accepted, and the deadline to enter is 12midnight on Sunday, April 5.

Terrance Simien, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Terrance Simien

Terrance Simien

“I’m going to have to think hard on that. You know what? I think the first album that I ever bought was by Chuck Mangione. I think that was it.


LIVE: J.J. Grey & Mofro @ The Egg, 2/19/15

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

J.J. Grey & Mofro

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: J.J. Grey & Mofro
WITH: The London Souls
WHERE: The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany
WHEN: Thursday, February 19

J.J. Grey – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Anthony Cole – drums
Andrew Trube – guitar
Anthony Farrell – piano, organ
Todd Smallie – bass
Dennis Marion – trumpet
Jeff Dazey – saxophone


LIVE: Roger Noyes @ Albany Public Library, 2/25/15

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Roger Noyes

Roger Noyes

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

At the Albany Public Library, Ralph Ellison’s classic 1952 novel “Invisible Man” was brought to life through readings of the novel and original music inspired by the novel by composer-guitarist Roger Noyes and his band.

The library’s program Reading Music showcases new, original music inspired by great works of literature. In previous installments, M.R. Poulopoulos tackled the works of William Kennedy and Michael Eck and Matt Durfee wrote songs in the spirit of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” but this was the first Reading Music program to feature jazz and a full band.

In addition to playing the Fats Waller composition, “Black and Blue,” which is seminal to the novel, Noyes & Co. also played three original compositions inspired by passages in the novel.


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