Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

LIVE: Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show @ Caffe Lena, 5/10/15

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jean Rohe (guitar, vocals); James Shipp (vibes, percussion); Liam Robinson (accordion, keyboards); Matt Aaronoff (bass); Jordan Peterson (drums)

Sarah Craig has been hitting them out of the park lately, both musically and with attendance records at Caffe Lena. The Mothers Day concert by Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show was more of a musical triumph then one of breaking attendance records, but this is an artist that Craig, the Caffe’s executive director, intends to bring back to the Caffe time and again in the future to build up a regional following for them.

That’s a smart move because the band – made up of Berklee School of Music and Purchase School of Music grads – is one of the finest ever to play the Caffe. Their ability to traverse the most subtle note to the hardest, is uncanny. The five-piece outfit shot out one song after another from Rohe’s newest, self-titled album with the most exquisite interwoven rhythms from India, the Middle East, Europe and, of course, the American roots-music pantheon, with Rohe’s lovely voice sailing in and around every note.

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LIVE: Heather Maloney @ The Linda, 4/25/15

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Northampton-based singer-songwriter Heather Maloney took the stage at WAMC-FM’s The Linda recently, celebrating the release of her new album, Making Me Break on Signature Sounds Recordings.

Will Dailey opened the show with an impressive performance of his own.

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LIVE: Ed Kowalczyk @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, 4/25/15

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk

Ed Kowalczyk

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Last year, Ed Kowlaczyk – the former frontman for ’90s alt-rockers Live – rolled into The Egg in Albany as part of his I Alone Tour, a stripped down show accompanied only by guitarist Zak Loy. Sonically, it was a far cry from Live’s glory days as booming arena-rockers. But Kowlaczyk’s passion as a vocalist and unbridled intensity as a performer threw plenty of heat, lifting the show to Live-like levels, while bringing an increased sense of dynamics to the music.

Obviously, Kowalczyk is enjoying the more minimalist approach, and last month he returned to The Egg with Loy in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Live’s sophomore album, Throwing Copper. The album was Live’s big breakthrough, and this time around, Kowalczyk and Loy played the album in its entirety, as well as churning through various other Live gems and nuggets from Kowalczyk’s solo career. And the results were the same – a little band, but a big, big sound.

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LIVE: Godsmack @ Glens Falls Civic Center, 5/6/15 [Glens Falls Chronicle]

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Godsmack

Godsmack

Review by Jason Irwin
Phtographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After catching a musical performance of a “little” different type (watching my son, Julian, and his classmates rocking out at the Abraham Wing School Spring Concert), I hopped over to the Glens Falls Civic Center to check out the action.

It was nice to see the arena FULL when I came in for the big Godsmack show — and it was early still, as opening act Hellyeah were just finishing their set.

More than 3,000 people attended the show, I was told.

It reminded me a little of the old Adirondack Red Wings days: Elbow to elbow — except the crowd attire was a little different, where the sea of red and white hockey jerseys were now traded for black concert tee-shirts.

The vibe was similar, though — enthusiastic.

Click to read the rest at Glens Falls Chronicle

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LIVE: The April Verch Trio @ The Linda, 4/24/15

Monday, May 18th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Canadian fiddler, singer and step dancer April Verch is a bona fide world-class talent. She’s been a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and a teacher at Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp. She’s the 1997 Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and the 1998 Canadian Open Fiddle Champion. And she performed at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Recently, Verch and her band – which also features bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin – took over WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany to celebrate the release of their tenth album, The Newpart.

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LIVE: Ed Sheeran @ the Times Union Center, 5/13/15

Friday, May 15th, 2015
Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was the fastest sell-out in the 25-year history of Albany’s downtown arena. And when British popster Ed Sheeran stepped out on the stage of the Times Union Center on Wednesday evening (May 13), the roar of the predominately young female fans who snapped up the tickets told the whole story.

Opening with “I’m a Mess,” the ginger-haired 24-year-old singer-songwriter performed with confidence and a casual, audience-friendly attitude as he melded his pop style with a decided hip-hop edge. And he did it all by himself – no band, no pre-recorded backing tracks and other than a wall of video screens, no stage set of any kind. It was just a guy, his guitar and his looping station.

And as it turned out, that was all that he needed. It takes a special kind of solo performer to captivate a sold-out crowd in a hockey rink, but Sheeran did just that, playing his hits (including his brand new single, “Photograph”) as well as album tracks, along the way dropping in bits ‘n’ pieces of cover tunes that ranged from Bill Withers to Iggy Azalea, from Stevie Wonder to 50 Cent.

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LIVE: Noura Mint Seymali @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 4/29/15

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Where do you go around Nippertown to hear some authentic, high-energy African music? The answer is simple – the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

Following recent knock-out shows by the Nile Project and Tal National, the Sanctuary hosted its third concert of African music in just five weeks when Noura Mint Seymali took the stage and captivated the crowd recently.

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LIVE: The Wailin’ Jennys @ The Egg, 4/30/15

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
The Wailin’ Jennys

The Wailin’ Jennys

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

With a clever band name like the Wailin’ Jennys, you might assume that you’d be in for a rowdy gaggle of gals with guitars pumping out ornery, twangified cow-punk tunes, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Jennys have been “wailin’” for more than a dozen years now, and when they finally made their long-overdue Albany debut at The Egg’s Hart Theatre recently, they delivered an evening of sublime, subtle, harmony-laden songs that leaned heavily toward the countrified folk end of the musical spectrum.

But it really didn’t matter where the songs came from. The focus was squarely on the intricate intertwining of the three glorious voices of Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse. All three are exquisite songwriters, and the bulk of their 75-minute concert featured their original songs – highlighted by Moody’s gospel gem “Glory Bound,” the jazzy swing of Masse’s “Cherry Blossom Love” and Mehta’s haunting ballad “Arlington.”

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