Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

LIVE: Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, 7/12/14 (Day One)

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Trombone Shorty And New Orleans Avenue

Trombone Shorty And Orleans Avenue

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

This year marked the 28th anniversary of the Green River Festival. Held in mid-July at the picturesque grounds of the Greenfield Community College – a two-hour drive from Albany – it featured more than 30 bands drawn from an array of genres worldwide.

Whereas other outdoor music events generate false hype, book predictable bands and/or cater to the lowest common denominator – the semi-coherent twentysomething who views the world through a selfie lens – the Green River Festival remains an eclectic, cordial, downright fun and affordable two-day gathering ($70 for the weekend!) that you could take your kids or grandparents to without hesitation. It is also a place of progressive ideas – throughout the site there are vendors promoting the arts, education, grass-roots causes concerning the environment (easy to use recycling bins did abound), etc. Add an eclectic choice of foods, hot air balloon rides, rock climbing walls, second-line parades, and new this year a fine selection of craft beers, and it is obvious why the festival sold out quickly.

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LIVE: Sarah McLachlan @ SPAC, 7/16/14

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Cozy, cozy, cozy…

Singer-songstress Sarah McLachlan turned her pavilion-only concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center into an intimate house concert. Not quite sure how she did it, either. Perhaps it’s just that inherent Canadian charm. Her stage set featured some living-room furniture, and she invited fans to come up and sit on the sofa. She did a Q&A session, sometimes doing the Q-ing, and sometimes doing the A-ing.

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LIVE: Ester Rada @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 6/26/14

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Ester Rada

Ester Rada

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Twenty-something Ester Rada is a thoroughly captivating Israeli singer-songwriter of Ethiopian heritage who made her Nippertown debut last month at WAMC-FM’s Performing Arts Studio, The Linda in Albany in support of her recently released self-titled debut album.

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LIVE: Eric Lindell & Co. @ Shepard Park, 7/16/14

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Eric Lidell and Will McMains

Eric Lindell and Will McMains

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Swamp-soaked Louisiana bayou blues guitarslinger Eric Lindell and his band roared into Shepard Park in Lake George last week. Their sound was sweet and sweaty. There was southern soul music in the air, glazed over with some saucy funk and some finger-lickin’ good country licks. It’s genuine roots-rock, no foolin’ around, no kiddin’.

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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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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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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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LIVE: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ SPAC, 6/29/14 (Day Two)

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
The Eddy Palmieri Orchestra (photo by Rudy Lu)

The Eddie Palmieri Orchestra (photo by Rudy Lu)

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu
Additional photographs by Richard Brody, Cheri Bordelon, Andrzej Pilarczyk, J Hunter

“We’d like to close our set…” altoist/alt-jazz music mogul Tim Berne began his intro to “Static,” earning a hearty laugh from the Gazebo Stage crowd. True, Berne and his whip-smart quartet Snakeoil – Dave Douglas Quintet pianist Matt Mitchell, reedman Oscar Noriega and (making his second appearance at the Gazebo that weekend) percussionist Ches Smith – had just turned our heads around several times with 15 minutes of free-form madness to kick off Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival’s Sunday bill at SPAC, but there was no way these guys were going to play one tune for 45 minutes… right?

Well… sort-of right: “Static” turned out to be a careening multi-chapter suite that had the ensemble alternating off-its-head rubato with wildly complex melodies and figures – some pounding, some silky soft – that only seemed to lift the soloists to dizzier and dizzier heights. Noriega’s bass clarinet repeatedly traveled the distance between sub-sonic and shrieking, sometimes taking over the foundation so Mitchell could have room to express himself. If Smith played a straight beat, then I missed it, because when the deranged-looking stick figure wasn’t soloing, he was on the fill whether he was on drums or vibes. (Surprisingly, Smith’s vibes work was extremely tender in places.) Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence may have spun the Gazebo like a roulette wheel to close the Saturday bill, but Berne’s off-world excursions made Brown’s explorations seem simple in comparison.

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