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LIVE: Gov’t Mule @ the Palace Theatre, 11/14/14

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Warren Haynes

Warren Haynes

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Two decades is a long time for a band to be on the back burner as a “side project.”

But with the recent retirement of the Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule has finally risen to the top of guitarslinger Warren Haynes’ musical to-do list. And judging by the band’s sprawling two-and-half-hour-plus show at Albany’s Palace Theatre earlier this month the Mule is still kickin’ with the best of ‘em.

The band – drummer Matt Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson and keyboardist-guitarist Danny Louis – laid down a rock-solid foundation, but it was Haynes who made the songs soar, whether it was a reggae-tinged cover of Al Green’s “I’m a Ram” or the soul-scorching encore of “Bring On the Music.”

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LIVE: NYS Presenters Network Music Showcase @ The Egg, 10/28/14

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
The Villalobos Brothers

The Villalobos Brothers

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

The New York State Presenters Network held its annual conference in Albany last month, and in conjunction with the various workshops and panel discussions, the conference also hosted a showcase concert at The Egg that was free and open to the public.

The concert highlighted a wide variety of New York State musical talent from children’s singer-songwriter Dan Zanes to Latin jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his quartet, from Mexican music group the Villalobos Brothers to the cutting edge classical ensemble Sybarite5 and jazz saxman Michael Blake.

All in all, it was a delightfully diverse mix of jazz, folk and contemporary classical and Latin music…

ALSO SEE:
More of Andrzej Pilarczyk’s photographs of this concert at Albany Jazz
More of Timothy Reidy’s photographs of this concert at Autobus Pour 3 Garcons

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LIVE: The Stray Birds @ Caffe Lena, 11/19/14

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Stray Birds

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Back in April the Pennsylvania-based Stray Birds trio swooped down to perch on the stage of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs to create quite a lovely ruckus of rural Roots-Americana sounds. Afterward they flew off to entertain in other parts of the country, only to return to the region and land this past June at the Old Songs Festival at the Altamont Fairgrounds.

Migrating back to Caffe Lena on a recent, cold Wednesday night, the room was busting at the seams with people and songs. Celebrating the release of Best Medicine, their new album – yup, it’s available on vinyl, too – the fab folk trio of Maya de Vitry (vocals, guitar, banjo & fiddle), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitar, resonator & fiddle) and Charles Muench (vocals, bass & banjo) dazzled the audience with their three-part harmonies and instrumental prowess.

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LIVE: Crystal Bowersox @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 11/6/14

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Crystal Bowersox @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

As the runner-up on season 9 of “American Idol,” Toledo singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox grabbed the national spotlight, and she’s been rolling along ever since.

With two albums to her credit since then, Bowersox made her headlining theater debut at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy two weeks ago, accompanied by bassist-vocalist Rachel Coates.

Singer-songwriter Caroline Glaser opened the concert.

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LIVE: The Quiet Music Festival @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, 10/23/14

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Rosary Beard

Rosary Beard

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Portland, Oregon has been hosting the annual Quiet Music Festival since 2011, but last month the fest had its East Coast premiere at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs with an evening-long performance by a roster of talent that stretched from Gang Gang Dance vocalist Lizzi Bougatsos to Greenwich’s monologuist David Greenberger and A Strong Dog to Sun Foot (led by Quiet Music Fest founder Chris Johanson).

Other performers throughout the evening included poet Trinie Dalton, Brian Mumford’s avant-folk project Dragging an Ox Through Water, the acoustic guitar instrumental duo Rosary Beard (featuring Matthew Loicacono and Hunter Sagehorn) and others.

It was a very varied evening of performances, and they weren’t all about the low-key and low-volume.

One attendee described the night as “a snooze fest.” But organizer Chris Johanson didn’t take offensive at the remark. In fact, as he explained, the Quiet Music Fest is “the only festival where sleeping is encouraged.”

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Live: Marty Wendell @ Caffe Lena, 10/26/14

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Marty Wendell

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

2014 marks 50 years of music for Nippertown singer-songwriter Marty Wendell, and he’s made his mark in a wide variety of musical genres from folk to rockabilly, from country to gospel. And among the many memorable moments along the way, he’s toured with Johnny Cash and recorded at Memphis’ famed Sun Studios.

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LIVE: Bria Skonberg Quintet @ A Place For Jazz, 11/7/14

Monday, November 17th, 2014
Bria Skonberg (photo by Rudy Lu)

Bria Skonberg (photo by Rudy Lu)

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

Trumpeter Bria Skonberg lives “Hot Jazz,” a euphemism for jazz created and inspired by the late, great Louis Armstrong. Along with having an annual “Hot Jazz” festival right in her childhood backyard and appearing on Wycliffe Gordon’s Armstrong tribute Hello, Pops, the native of Chilliwack, British Columbia (“The jazz metropolis of Canada,” she informed us) is a volunteer at the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona, Queens. I didn’t see her when I visited the museum last year, but if I had, I’m pretty sure I’d have gotten chapter and verse on Satch’s most colorful life. For Skonberg, making that music live and breathe his her mission. Louis invented it, and then he perfected it, so that settles it, right?

Now, for most of the near-full house at A Place For Jazz, a player like Skonberg is a breath of fresh air – as is her skin-tight backup band, all of whom are down with the “WWLD” (What Would Louis Do) program, right down to reedman Evan Arntzen’s slicked-up hairdo and skinny bowtie. What this group did over two bright, lively sets is right in this concert series’ wheelhouse, and choosing Skonberg to close the 2014 season was a stroke of genius on the part of APFJ’s brain trust. Mind you, for those of us who prefers this music’s future over its past, this was a glimpse of what it might be like if Jazz At Lincoln Center had a summer camp in the Catskills where teenagers re-created the genre’s “good old days.” Not good, right? Well… yes and no.

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LIVE: Ian Anderson @ the Palace Theatre, 11/2/14

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

At Albany’s Palace Theatre, the first hour or so of the concert was an audio-visual event with some theatrical props embellishing the songs, past and present. Most of the songs featured were from Ian Anderson’s new album, Homo Erraticus, but the set closed out with a couple of seasoned nuggets from the rich Jethro Tull catalog, for example, a brilliant, full-length rendition of “Thick as a Brick.”

The second set did away with the stage props and presented the classic Tull music front and center. Anderson was full of vim and vinegar jumping around all over the stage with his flute. The second vocalist, Ryan O’Donnell, shared vocal duties with Anderson, sounding a lot like him in tone and inflections, but while O’Donnell added his vocals to some well-known numbers from the Jethro Tull cannon, Anderson feverishly played his flute behind him at those times only to bring down the flute from his lips and sing at decisive moments of the song-at-hand’s structure.

There was no doubt who the lead vocalist was – it was Ian Anderson, who at 67, was laying down the Jethro Tull sound song-for-song in all the group’s glory.

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