Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

LIVE: Bahamas @ The Linda, 7/25/15

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Bahamas

Bahamas

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie – a working class town in rural Ontario.

But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009, he’s been making music under the name Bahamas – writing songs about sunsets, love affairs and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs.

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LIVE: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra @ the Tang Museum, 7/31/15

Monday, August 17th, 2015
Alex Torres

Alex Torres

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

2015 has been a big year for Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra. Not only is the spicy salsa band celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, but they also toured China for the first time, and their music was picked up for a number of television and film projects, including the Netflix series “Bloodlines,” USA Network’s “Complications” and the feature comedy “Drunk Wedding.”

Bu the Amsterdam-based band led by bassist Alex Torres haven’t forgotten about their loyal Nippertown fans. In addition to their regular gigs at Saratoga Springs’ Newberry Music Hall, the Latin Orchestra also fired it up Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, turning the rooftop into a dance floor at a recent installment of the museum’s free UpBeat On the Roof concert series.

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LIVE: Lake George Blues & Roots Festival @ Wood Park, 8/2/15 (Day Two)

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar

Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Cheri Bordelon

Sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project, the inaugural Lake George Blues & Roots Festival took over Wood Park recently, showcasing a stellar line-up of local (guitarslinger Joe Lowry and his band, the Kevin Maul-led Mississippi Hot Dogs) regional (Mulebone, Atlas Gray) and international (the pairing of British guitar hero Albert Lee and steel guitar great and Woodstock native Cindy Cashdollar) talent.

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LIVE: Lake George Blues & Roots Festival @ Wood Park, 8/1/15 (Day One)

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LIVE: The Joey Alexander Trio @ the Music Haven, 8/2/15

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Joey Alexander

Joey Alexander

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Rudy Lu

It was a perfect summer evening, and there were plenty of young kids playing in Schenectady’s Central Park – running around, riding their bicycles, playing on the swing sets. Then there was 12-year-old Joey Alexander, who was also playing in the park. And he was swinging, too – as the headlining musician for the Music Haven’s pentultimate concert of the season. And what a concert it was…

He’s no up-and-coming “ooo-baby-baby” tween-pop star, either. The pint-sized piano prodigy’s bag is jazz, and just the day before his Electric City concert, he was playing at the most prestigious jazz fest in the land – the Newport Jazz Festival – where fans were literally climbing the walls to watch him perform selections from his sparkling debut album, My Favorite Things.

In Schenectady, the crowd filled the seats as well as the park’s natural amphitheater, and while some may have come purely out of the curiosity factor, they stayed because the Indonesian-born, NYC-based Alexander is a really good musician. Not just really good for a kid. Really good. Period.

Confidently leading his trio – featuring the skin-tight and oh-so-enthusiastic bassist Russell Hall and drummer Sammy Miller – Alexander tore through such jazz standards as Wayne Shorter’s explosive “Footprints,” Billy Strayhorn’s bittersweet “Lush Life” and Thelonious Monk’s solidly swinging “I Mean You,” which earned him a rare – and well deserved – mid-show standing ovation.

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LIVE: Slipknot @ SPAC, 7/31/15

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
Slipknot

Slipknot

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It seems as though top-notch nights of headbangin’ have been pretty few and far between this concert season, but the Saratoga Performing Arts Center cranked up the volume for those masked metalheads Slipknot, as they came roaring into the Spa City on their Summer’s Last Stand Tour on the last day of July.

With Slipknot in the headlining slot, the four-band mini-fest bill also featured pummeling performances from Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White.

Now that’s what we call headbangin’ time…

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LIVE: The Edgar Winter Band @ Alive at Five, 7/23/15

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Stanley Johnson

Texas blues-rocker/multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter brought his current band – guitarist Doug Rappoport, bassist Koko Powell and drummer Jason Carpenter – to town for a free Alive at Five concert last week – exactly 12 years after playing a free concert at the Empire State Plaza…

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LIVE: Kim Waters @ Empire State Plaza, 7/8/15

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Kim Waters

Kim Waters

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: Kim Waters
WITH: Alex Bugnon and the Jazzy Four
WHEN: 5pm Wednesday, July 8, 2015
WHERE: The Empire State Plaza, State Street, Albany
UPCOMING: The Black Arts & Cultural Festival at the Empire State Plaza from 12noon-7pm on Saturday, August 1 featuring headliner Will Downing, the Prince of Sophisticated Soul. Admission is free.

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LIVE: Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, 6/27/15 (Day Two)

Monday, July 13th, 2015
Wilco's Glen Kotche

Wilco’s Glen Kotche

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Richard Brody

Somwehere in the middle of their headlining set on Saturday night, Wilco played “Sunken Treasure,” and bandleader Jeff Tweedy sang, “Music is my savior, and I was maimed by rock and roll/I was tamed by rock and roll/I got my name from rock and roll.” And the crowd out in Joe’s Field let out a mighty roar of appreciation.

Yes, Solid Sound was back at MASS MoCA. The fourth incarnation of the Wilco-curated festival – now a biennial affair – took over the sprawling MASS MoCA campus for three days, holding forth at four different performance locations, as well several of the museum’s galleries. And while rock and roll (in its broadest definition) was the focus, Saturday’s 12-hour line-up stretched from the hushed folk of Jessica Pratt (perhaps a bit too intimate for a festival setting) to the hip-hop of Shabazz Palaces, from the electro-funk of Cibo Matto to John Hodgman’s comedy revue.

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