Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

LIVE: The Touré-Raichel Collective @ The Egg, 11/22/14

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
The Toure/Raichel Collective

The Touré-Raichel Collective

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The phrase “world music” has been over-used and abused since it was first coined. These days it seems to apply to just about any form of music that sounds “exotic” or is sung in a foreign language.

But the recent captivating concert by the Touré-Raichel Collective at The Egg in Albany, truly was a global gathering, a musical summit meeting between Malian guitarist Vieuz Farka Touré and Israeli jazz pianist Idan Raichel.

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LIVE: Slayer @ Washington Avenue Armory, 11/25/14

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Slayer

Slayer’s Kerry King

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Furious and ferocious, a trinity of thrash titans roared into Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory just before Thanksgiving, and Nippertown metalheads in attendance had plenty to be thankful for.

With Steve “Zetro” Souza back at the microphone, Exodus kicked off the show with a rip-roaring half-hour set, before Suicidal Tendencies upped the ante – and the volume – with a 45-minute, high-wattage blast.

But it was Slayer, those kings of the metal mountain, that everyone was waiting for. It was the band’s first Local 518 performance since the death of co-founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman last year. But from the opening tear through the 2009-vintage “World Painted Blood,” it was clear that Slayer wasn’t about to disappoint the fans. Led by powerhouse riffmeister Kerry King and the thundering howl of bassist Tom Araya, the band burned white-hot throughout the hour-and-a-half relentless sonic assault. It was a beautifully brutal, ear-bleeding rampage.

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LIVE: The J. Geils Band @ the Times Union Center, 12/2/14

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

I never took a course in Physics, so I’ve always been somewhat flummoxed by Newton’s Law which says something like, “A body in motion tends to stay in motion.” Then I saw Peter Wolf fronting the J. Geils Band at the Times Union Center last week…

Once he hit the stage and launched into “Hard Drivin’ Man” (following the band’s opening around-the-horn, instrumental rave-up of “Sno-Cone”), Wolf simply could not stop moving.

11 songs.

50 minutes.

Dancing… Twirling… Testifying… Stalking the stage. Shaking those skinny legs and all. Wearing his sparkling, sequined jacket, he was like a human mirror ball. Or a glittering Tasmanian devil.

And the man is 68 years old…

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LIVE: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band @ Times Union Center, 12/2/14

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Bob Seger

Bob Seger

Review by Dan Hogan
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

In age of tribute bands and auto-tune pop stars, it is refreshing to see that Bob Seger is still out on the road. Bob is 69 years old now, and he is touring behind a new album, but I was part of the packed Times Union Center crowd that came to hear his hits from the 1970s. We would not be disappointed.

For over 50 years, Bob Seger has been a staple of American Music. As a kid, I still remember the first time I heard the Bob Seger System’s “Ramblin,’ Gamblin’ Man” on WKBW-AM in Buffalo. What was that, I wanted to know?

On the strength of the albums “Beautiful Loser,” the hugely successful “Live Bullet” and “Stranger in Town,” Seger would go on to be a huge star in the mid to late ’70s. I hadn’t listened to his music in quite a long time, but the double-bill with the J. Geils Band was enough to make me curious. Looking around the arena, I saw a crowd that looked a lot like me that was here to have a good time listening to those hits of the ’70s.

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LIVE: Thanksgiving Super Soul Fest @ The Egg, 11/28/14

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Kurtis Blow

Kurtis Blow

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Thanksgiving Super Soul Fest was a smorgasbord of old-school, exquisite R&B, rap and soul. First up, Fonda Rae was to-die-for gorgeous with a voice to match as she weaved her way through her ’80s club hits like “Over Like a Fat Rat,” “Heobah” and “Touch Me,” not missing a note and, like all the performers, with a DJ backing the vocals. MC Stik-E had the folks at The Egg dancing in their seats between performers. Vocalist Jeff Redd brought back the vocal times of Isaac Hayes and Otis Redding with his distinctive style of soul crooning on numbers like his “I Found Lovin’” and others that hit the charts in the ’90s.

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LIVE: “American Songwriters” @ The Linda, 11/14/14

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Gary Nicholson

Gary Nicholson

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

An outgrowth of the SongwritingWith:Soldiers program, which uses the power of collaborative songwriting with armed forces veterans to transform pain and isolation into hope and the ability to move forward, an award-winning bunch of singer-songwriters took to the stage of WAMC-FM’s The Linda recently for a free concert.

Veteran Texas tunesmith Darden Smith, acclaimed folk troubadour Mary Gauthier and number one hit songwriter and two-time Grammy Award-winning producer Gary Nicholson impressed the crowd with their deeply emotional songs. And they were joined by Local 518′s own Americana faves the North & South Dakotas.

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LIVE: The Jayhawks @ The Egg, 10/30/14

Monday, December 1st, 2014
The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The last time that alt-country pioneers the Jayhawks flew into Nippertown was nearly 10 years ago. In February 2005, Mark Olson and Gary Louris launched into the final song of their first set at The Egg and sang “Blue” – “Hard to sing with someone, won’t sing with you,” they sang, their magnificent harmonies tightly woven together.

While Louris has been the band’s one constant throughout all the years, Olson has been in a here-today/gone-tomorrow mode. And unfortunately, he was missing in action at the Jayhawks’ recent return to The Egg.

Fortunately (and surprisingly), it wasn’t all that big a deal. Louris has learned to work around Olson’s absence, and the band’s reunited 1997 line-up – featuring Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan, Karen Grotberg and Kraig Johnson – delivered the goods.

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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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