LIVE: Airborne Toxic Event @ Upstate Concert Hall, 6/20/13

June 25th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Airborne Toxic Event: Anna Bulbrook,  Mikel Jollett , Daren Taylor, Noah Harman, Steven Chen

The Airborne Toxic Event: Anna Bulbrook, Mikel Jollett , Daren Taylor,
Noah Harman, Steven Chen

Review and photographs by Amaal Yehia

I was lucky enough to see first see the Airborne Toxic Event when they made their Capital Region debut, gracing the stage of Northern Lights back in 2011 and putting on a performance that was truly unforgettable.

Two years later, following the release of their third album, Such Hot Blood, they returned to returned to the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park (Yes, it’s Northern Lights with a new name.)

The concert showcased ATE’s skill in incorporating indie rock with a touch of orchestral arrangements. Although they have a reputation for playing with various symphony orchestras, the solo band was in no way lacking instrument diversity. I have to admit I’m a total sucker for a string section and was beyond thrilled when Noah Harman managed to swap his electric bass for a beautiful dark brown, semi acoustic upright, while Daren Taylor’s drum beats hypnotized our feet with his steady, enticing intros.

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LIVE: Lost Radio Rounders & Friends @ McKownville United Methodist Church, 4/19/13

April 25th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay

Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay

Review by Wes Seneca
Photographs by Amaal Yehia

To those who have followed his three decade musical journey, it came as no surprise that Michael Eck was performing on his 49th birthday. The Jug Stomper, solo artist and Frank Jaklitsch sideman joined his Lost Radio Rounders cohort Tom Lindsay in the Old Chapel of McKownville United Methodist Church in Albany for the finale of the 2013 Third Friday Charity Concert Series. The concert was a sing-along program which also featured multi-instrumentalist Mike Kelley (the Sharks, Blotto) and percussionist Sam Zucchini (the Zucchini Brothers, Rodeo Barons).

Zucchini transitioned to guitarist and vocalist for Gary Davis’ “I Belong to the Band,” and second set opener “Angel Roll the Stone Away.” Mike Kelley’s vocals and dobro were featured on “Jesus on the Mainline,” and he and Rounder Tom Lindsay shared harmonies on “Kneel at the Cross.” Some of the biggest cheers of the evening came after Kelley’s performances at the Old Chapel’s upright piano.

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