The Allan Holdsworth Band exploded into the Van Dyck in Schenectady, and everybody got pretty much exactly what they expected – a fiery, prog-rock-meets-jazz-fusion fandango featuring the fleet-fingered guitarist backed by a dynamic, locked-in-synch all-star rhythm section featuring Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip and Planet X drummer Virgil Donati.
So it was no surprise that the Van Dyck was jammed to the rafters last weekend for a pair of inspiring (and oh-so-sold-out) Saturday night shows.
From Chicago by way of Israel, the muscular, like-minded fusion foursome Marbin opened both shows and managed to hold their own in Holdsworth’s shadow. No easy feat…
Excerpt from Michael Hochanadel’s review at The Daily Gazette: “This is a masterly trio of powerful elements linked closely in Holdsworth’s jazz-rock concept: Holdsworth’s own brilliant guitar fireworks, Haslip’s uncanny ability to hold this careening machine together rhythmically and harmonically and Donati’s imagination and testosterone. Holdsworth cued them with just a glance and they followed instantaneously with nanosecond precision. They played lots of notes, very close together, always the right ones.”
As the unofficial mayor of Nippertown, I do hereby declare this to be Prog Rock Week! Yes, oh yes, this just might be the single most progressive-rock heavy week since the lamb first lied down on Broadway.
We start off with live-local, shred-national fretburner Mike Campese, who lands at Hot Shots in Glens Falls on Monday. The mighty, mighty guitar god Allan Holdsworth graces us with a performance at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, sporting the A-list rhythm section of drummer Chad Wackerman and bassist Jimmy Johnson. Also on Tuesday, the one-man, mandolin-and-sequencer sonic assault team known as the Disposable Rocket Band blasts off at Valentine’s, opening the show for Steve Gaylord/Gay Tastee and the Destroying Angel.
The Big Bash implodes on Friday night – the Montreal-based prog-rock band/theater company the Musical Box, who have made a career out of slavishly recreating the music and live performances of (yes, let us all now bow down) Genesis. At the Mainstage at Proctors they’ll be firing up “A Trick of the Tail,” which sadly enough means that we’ll all be pining for the Peter Gabriel vibe bigtime. Nippertown prog heroes Fear of Flying launch the evening. Also on Friday, Brit power-metal juggernaut DragonForce breathes sonic fire at Northern Lights. Also blasting away at yer eardrums at NL will be the legendary Flordia prog-thrashers Cynic, who are back in the saddle once again.
And wrapping it all up on Saturday night at the Bearsville Theate in Woodstock, guitarmeister Joey Eppard melts his frets as hometown boys 3 pull back the curtains for a sneak preview of their new Metal Blade Records release. Just as cool, the Dear Hunter opens the show.
Oh my goodness gracious, honey, let’s slip into our silver platform boots and wrap those matching faux-silk scarves around our necks. Gas up the car. We got some shows to see…
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