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LIVE: Stefon Harris @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, 9/25/14

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Stefon Harris

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jazz vibraphone virtuoso and Albany native Stefon Harris returned to town recently for a homecoming concert at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady, helping to raise funds for the Ring of Hope Boxing Club’s youth program, as well as test-driving a new group of musicians for a possible new band.

Now 41 years old, Harris may no longer qualify as a wunderkind, but there’s no question that he’s certainly still wonderful. With his mallets often flying faster than the eye could see, Harris anchored a stellar group of musicians, including acclaimed bassist Linda Oh, guitarist Mike Moreno, 25-year-old drummer Jonathan Pinson and 19-year-old pianist James Francis.

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LIVE: Chris Isaak @ The Egg, 9/16/14

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Chris Isaak

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Resplendent in a flashy, royal blue, sequin-spangled suit, crooner Chris Isaak explained to the nearly sold-out crowd at The Egg’s Hart Theatre, “If you see someone wearing a suit like this, you’re either going to see some figure skating… or some semi-professional entertainment.”

His self-deprecating kidding aside, Isaak didn’t lace up any skates. And the entertainment level was way above the semi-pro level. It was, in fact, like a rock ‘n’ roll show from some bygone era, as slick as his signature pompadour, but never so overly polished that it got in the way of some great music.

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LIVE: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony @ Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space, 9/19/14

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Review and photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk, courtesy of The Glens Falls Chronicle

The Friday night’s biting chill kept many a fan away from seeing Cleveland’s own hip-hop super-stars Bone Thugs-n-Harmony at the Festival Space at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George. Everything had been laid out in the park from food and drink vendors to the constructed huge metal stage with whirling lights and layers of smoke. A hooded DJ played an assortment of house music filled with rap and hip-hop gems. But the unseasonably cold air kept the staff and producers scratching their heads and wondering who would come… and how many.

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LIVE: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space, 9/21/14 (Day Two)

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
New Riders of the Purple Sage (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

New Riders of the Purple Sage (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Stanley Johnson

On Day Two of the inaugural American Music Festival for the Lake at the Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space in beautiful Lake George, the focus shifted from Saturday’s rock ‘n’ roll menu to a more country-oriented line-up on Sunday, but the basic concept remained the same – featuring a mix of national headliners (country-rock veterans the New Riders of the Purple Sage, bluegrass stars the Claire Lynch Band), regional favorites (Boston’s Girls Guns & Glory, Mississippi band Roscoe Bandana) and homegrown Local 518 heroes (the long-running Stony Creek Band, a surprise return appearance by Rich Ortiz, who also opened the fest on Saturday).

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LIVE: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space, 9/20/14 (Day One)

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Robert Randolph & The Family Band (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Robert Randolph & the Family Band (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Stanley Johnson and Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was built on the site of the old Gaslight Village amusement park, whose slogan promised “yesterday’s fun today.”

But there was no nostalgia for the Good Ole Days of Yore during the grand opening weekend at the Charles R. Wood Park’s Festival Space. It was a solidly rockin’ first day of the American Festival for the Lake, a full day of music that featured bona fide headliners (Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ), regional rockers (Paranoid Social Club) and top notch homegrown talent (Wild Adriatic, the North & South Dakotas, Rich Ortiz).

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LIVE: G. Love / John Hammond @ Skidmore’s Zankel Music Center, 9/7/14

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
G. Love

G. Love

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Lena Spencer first opened the doors to Caffe Lena more than a half century ago, and thanks to Sarah Craig – who’s been the director and guiding light of the little-coffeehouse-that-could for the past 20 years – two generations of Caffe favorites came together on the stage of Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center earlier this month in a blues-soaked benefit for the enduring Saratoga folk music haven. It was a night of Blues Hall of Famer John Hammond and his ’90s hit-making acolyte G. Love.

Hammond made his debut at Lena’s way back in 1962, but at the Zankel, only his silver hair that gave away his status as a 71-year-old blues veteran. Looking fit and trim and still sounding like a howling hurricane, Hammond opened the show with a crackling, foot-stomping, hour-long set that served as something of a career retrospective as he sat alone on a center-stage stool with his guitar and harmonica, rumbling through a dozen tasty tunes that dipped deep into the songbags of the blues greats that influenced him – from Lightning Slim to Buddy Guy, from Howlin’ Wolf to Blind Willie McTell, from Bobby Bland to Sleepy John Estes.

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LIVE: The Clifton Anderson Quintet @ A Place for Jazz, 9/12/14

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Clifton Anderson

Clifton Anderson

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

A Place for Jazz kicked off its 2014 fall concert season at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome earlier this month with a stellar performance by the veteran jazz trombonist Clifton Anderson. The former member of Sonny Rollins’ band set the pace with the opening “And So We Carry On” and kept things solidly swinging throughout the evening’s performance.

Bolstered by an ace band – featuring bassist Paul Beaudry, drummer Steve Williams, saxman Eric Wyatt and pianist Victor Gould – the 56-year-old Anderson served up a tasty sampling of standards (Duke Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone”), originals (the show-closing “Been Down This Road Before”), show tunes (“Tomorrow” from “Annie”) and a curve ball or two, as well (a wild interpretation of the ’60s Japanese pop hit “Sukiyaki,” aka “You Took Your Love Away from Me”).

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LIVE: Snarky Puppy @ Upstate Concert Hall, 9/11/14

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Snarky Puppy

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Led by bassist-guitarist-composer-arranger Michael League, the Grammy Award-winning instrumental collective Snarky Puppy kicked off the US leg of their tour at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Thursday, September 11. Local 518 faves Mister F opened the show.

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