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LIVE: Luke Bryan @ SPAC, 8/17/14

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

Remember the days not too long ago when the Saratoga Performing Arts Center simply couldn’t figure out how to sell tickets to country music concerts? Well, things have changed… and of course, so too has country music.

Luke Bryan, the reigning country music superstar, was back in the spotlight again last Sunday evening, after selling out approximately 25,000 tickets at SPAC last summer on his Dirt Road Diaries Tour 2013.

No surprise, the Luke-ster sold out SPAC once again with his That’s My Kind of Night Tour, featuring support acts Cole Swindell and Lee Brice.

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LIVE: Boz Scaggs @ The Egg, 8/5/14

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

“Polite” is a word that you never want to read in a review of a rock concert. Or a blues concert. Or a soul concert.

But at The Egg’s Hart Theatre recently, veteran soul man Boz Scaggs was simply polite. He simmered, but he never reached the boiling point.

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LIVE: Jackson Browne @ the Palace Theatre, 8/14/14

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Jackson Browne

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

One guy…
One baby grand piano…
One massive display of nearly two dozen guitars…
And two sprawling solo sets that spanned nearly two-and-a-half hours…

It’s one thing to keep your options open, as Jackson Browne did as he glided through a concert at the Palace Theatre in Albany last week – especially a solo show, where he was free to radically alter his set list on a whim – or the crowd’s demand… and the crowd was mighty demanding, yelling out requests at every opportunity.

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LIVE: The Ghost Train Orchestra @ the Music Haven, 8/10/14

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
(photo by Stanley Johnson)

Ghost Train Orchestra’s Brian Carpenter (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Stanley Johnson, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Richard Brody

The motto of the Music Haven Concert Series in Schenectady’s Central Park has always been “Join us in traveling the world one concert at a time.” And the 2014 series did indeed travel from Africa to Ireland to Cuba to Chicago to Louisiana. But in wrapping up their 25th anniversary season with the Ghost Train Orchestra, the series took a slightly different tact, traveling not around the globe, but rather back in time.

The brainchild of Brian Carpenter – composer, arranger, trumpeter, vocalist – the GTO draws from the deep well of jazz by such early 20th century bandleaders as Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Tiny Parham, Fess Williams, Charlie Johnson and others.

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LIVE: Liz Longley / Barnaby Bright @ Caffe Lena, 8/13/14

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Liz Longley

Liz Longley

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Sarah Craig – who for nearly two decades has served as the general manager Saratoga Springs’ Caffe Lena, the most marvelous coffeehouse on the planet – must have had divine inspiration to book two of the most fantastic singer-songwriter acts in one fabulous evening last week.

The headliner, Liz Longley, was lovely to the ear and to the eye. Though young in years, she presented a seasoned and mature command of dynamics using her voice and guitar prowess. Whether playing a Van Morrison number(which dovetailed into Gershwin’s “Summertime”) or any of the songs from her heartfelt bag of originals, she beguiled the crowd, presenting an exemplary, hour-plus set of captivating music.

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LIVE: Sheila E. @ Alive at Five, 8/7/14

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Sheila E.  (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Sheila E. (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Stanley Johnson, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

The 2014 Alive at Five concert series ended the same way it started – at the rain site under the highway at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch – surely the most inhospitable music venue to be found anywhere around Nippertown. And yet Sheila E. didn’t let the setting get her down. And while it looked something like the set of “The Warriors” or “West Side Story” – and sounded worse – the veteran singer-percussionist turned the evening into a party nonetheless.

“It’s gonna be a lovely day, now that the rain is gone,” she sang early on in her show during the bouncy, pop ballad, “Lovely Day,” and sure enough, she somehow managed to chase the rain away for the rest of her performance.

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LIVE: Rascal Flatts @ SPAC, 8/3/14

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Rascal Flats

Rascal Flatts

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was a country-pop triple-header at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center last Sunday night. Headlining the big bash was Rascal Flatts, and lead vocalist Gary LeVox led the band through a hit-filled hour and a half in the Saratoga spotlight.

Grammy Award-winning pop singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow has shifted to the country end of the music spectrum without changing her sound at all. Her hour-long set featured such hits as “All I Wanna Do,” “Soak Up the Sun” and “Every Day Is a Winding Road.”

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LIVE: The Moody Blues @ SPAC, 8/4/14

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues

Review by Don Wilcock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Of all the rock legends from the ’60s still performing, the Moody Blues are the best at stopping time. Justin Hayward’s lyrics are inspired by the romantic British poetry of Byron, Keats and Shelley blended with classical music buoyed by Hayward’s perfectly executed rock guitar that, if anything, has more edge than it did back in 1967. It’s a sumptuous and lush sound that made the band the most blatantly British of a cadre of rockers, the rest of whom were selling American roots music back to the colonies half a century ago.

At Monday night’s Saratoga Performing Arts Center performance, drummer Graeme Edge announced that the band had just celebrated their 50th anniversary the night before. They ended their first set with one of their newest songs, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” a mid-’80s hit. They built their second hour-long set around ever more familiar waves of hits that included “Isn’t Life Strange” from Seventh Sojourn; their first American hit from Days of Future Passed, “Tuesday Afternoon;” “Higher and Higher” with Edge on vocal from To Our Children’s Children’s Children; “Singer in a Rock and Roll Band” from Seventh Sojourn; and they encored with “Ride My See Saw” from In Search of a Lost Chord. Most songs prompted repeated standing ovations from a crowd of all ages, and they closed with their signature song “Nights in White Satin” from the 1967 breakout album Days of Future Passed.

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