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LIVE: Snowapple / Fish & Bird @ Caffe Lena, 3/13/15

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Snowapple

Snowapple

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Though the Snowapple concert was on Caffe Lena’s calendar for weeks prior to their Friday night show, no advanced tickets had been sold as late as Wednesday. Sarah Craig, the Caffe’s manager was worried. A while back she had discovered the amazing, three-part harmonies of the female Dutch trio and signed them on to appear at Lena’s. And she had excitedly whispered in the ears of several dozen Caffe regulars that this was the one not to miss. Yet here it was two days before the show, and no advanced tickets had been sold.

Craig spring into action and boldly reached out to the press, patrons and the public to generate interest. She knew that this was too good a show to cancel; it had to go on, and people had to know about it.

The trio played within the folk-acoustic idiom, but they also embraced their European musical traditions, as well as a heap of influences from American folk and contemporary pop music. Their layered and powerful three-part vocal harmonies coupled to their instrumental prowess put them squarely in the company of the Wailin’ Jennys, Red Molly and the Boxcar Lilies – same stylistic approach, but with a decisive twist in their repertoire choices. It’s a unique and fun experience to hear – for example, a Kanye West song done up in a singer-songwriter folk arrangement, albeit with three voices, keyboards, acoustic mandolin and guitar.

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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.

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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…

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LIVE: Caladh Nua @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/11/15

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Review by Brett Williams
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Videos and photographs by Timothy Raab

As she finished an a cappella passage during the first set of Caladh Nua’s Wednesday night show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, lead singer Lisa Butler looked slowly, wonderingly up from her microphone, apparently delighted by the legendary acoustic quality of the Capital Region’s most under-appreciated venue. Though she probably couldn’t see it, staring back at Ms. Butler was an audience equally delighted with the performance put on by one of Ireland’s best young traditional music ensembles.

Midway through a tour of the Midwest and Northeast, quintet Caladh Nua became the latest installment of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s annual pre-St. Patrick’s traditional Irish music concert which has, in recent years, featured the likes of the Chieftains and Danú. And while Caladh Nua – which translates roughly to “New Haven” – may lack the stateside name-recognition of those other acts, that takes nothing away from their playing, which was as technically good as it was stirring – by turns lilting and melancholy, contemplative and rousing. Everything, in short, traditional Irish music should be.

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LIVE: Robbie Dupree & the Woodstock Allstars @ the Van Dyck, 2/20/15

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Robbie Dupree

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

On a cold winter’s night singer-songwriter Robbie Dupree rolled into town to take the stage at the Van Dyck with his Woodstock Allstars. Dupree is best remembered for his two Top 10 singles, “Steal Away” and “Hot Rod Hearts,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1980. He had lesser hits in following years with “Brooklyn Girls” and, for those older World Wrestling Federation fans, “Girls in Cars.”

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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

THE BAND
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

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LIVE: Dryer @ Caffe Lena, 2/13/15

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Dryer

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was a reunion plus. After an extended hiatus, the three Dryer cohorts – guitarist Bob Carlton, bassist Rachael Sunday and drummer Joel Lilley – have recently returned to the Local 518 spotlight… with a new addition: guitarist Brian Akey, formerly of Winterpills.

And given that the show was at the folk haven Caffe Lena, you might have imagined that they’d be strumming acoustic guitars and tapping away on bongos. But oh no, not these guys. Plugged in and rockin’, Dryer returned to the Caffe stage for the first in two decades, and they were armed with some smart golden oldie tunes that they hadn’t played in a long, long time. And some hot, brand spankin’ new tunes, too.

Now the question is, “Where will the newly expanded Dryer pop up next?”

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LIVE: Meredith Monk @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, 2/13/15

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk


Review & photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

For a small college, Saratoga Springs’ Skidmore College presents some pretty major arts events. Between the Zankel Music Center and the Tang Museum alone – not to mention the Dance Theater, the Bernhard Theater or Filene Hall – the campus has hosted an amazing number of world-class performances, exhibits and events over the years with world-renowned visiting composers, musicians, choreographers, actors and artists who have been invited for residencies ranging from a few days to weeks, as they oversee workshops, recitals and rehearsals bringing their work to life.

This semester the brilliant and innovative composer Meredith Monk made her debut working with the college’s music department, the Office Of the Dean of Special Programs and the Ensemble ACJW (members of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Institute).

For a half century now, Monk has done pioneering work as a cutting-edge composer, vocalist, choreographer and creator of a new style of opera and music theater. Her accolades the world over are too numerous to mention – but let’s just say if you watched feature films by France’s Jean-Luc Godard or the Coen brothers or have followed the recent HBO series, True Detective, chances are you’ve heard her work. Monk’s compositions are involving, both emotionally and intellectually, and have been recorded for the past few decades on ECM Records.

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