Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

LIVE: The Gibson Brothers @ Caffe Lena, 12/7/14

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

North Country bluegrass favorites the Gibson Brothers have graduated from the regional spotlight to the big time several years ago. In fact, they were named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers of the Year for two consecutive years.

So the opportunity to catch the pickin’ and singin’ aces recently in the intimate confides of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs was a real treat.

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LIVE: Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue @ The Egg, 12/19/14

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets (photo by Ed Conway)

Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets (photo by Ed Conway)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Ed Conway

Fittingly, the concert of 2014 – Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue – closed out a year filled with tremendous live music events in Nippertown. The sold-out night was tinged with a bittersweet vibe, though.

The gregarious spirit of Ian McLagan, who passed away on the eve of the tour earlier in the month, was present in conversations in The Egg’s lobby. (In October, McLagan told me after his remarkable set at The Linda about how much he was looking forward to a tour with his Yep Roc label mates: “Can you believe it? Nick Lowe! Los Straitjackets! Me! What a revue it’ll be! Albany’s in for a treat!”).

Minutes before the show, Eddie Angel lamented, “I never got a chance to meet Mac, but I loved his music and what he meant to so many bands.”

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LIVE: Rockin’ Christmas 2014 @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall,

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Whitney Wolanin

Whitney Wolanin

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Pop singer and Albany native Whitney Wolanin and her band the Shenanigans headlined the B95.5-FM Rockin’ Christmas 2014 celebration at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall earlier this month. Proceeds from the concert benefitted Siena College’s Rockin’ Christmas Scholarship Fund.

LIVE: Sara Milonovich & Jim Gaudet @ The Linda, 12/5/14

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Jim Gaudet and Sara Milonovich

Jim Gaudet and Sara Milonovich

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

When singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Gaudet and fab fiddler Sara Milonovich teamed up for an evening at WAMC-FM’s The Linda earlier this month, it was indeed “A Blue(Grassy) Christmas,” as advertised.

But it wasn’t strictly holiday fare. They were joined by Greg Anderson (of Milonovich’s band Daisycutter) and mandolinist Sten Isachsen (of Gaudet’s band the Railroad Boys) for plenty of fine down-home pickin’ and singin’.

At once relaxed and energetic, the homespun show also showcased Gaudet’s wry wit and considerable storytelling prowess.

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LIVE: Rick Springfield @ The Egg, 11/21/14

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

“You know I feel so dirty when they start talking cute
I wanna tell her that I love her, but the point is probably moot”

– from “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield

No question about it, Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” is a great pop song, an iconic audio artifact of the ’80s and the only No. 1 hit in rock history to feature the word “moot” in its lyrics.

As an ’80s hitmaker, rocker Rick Springfield specialized in arena-ready nuggets of well-crafted power-pop. But in his solo “Stripped Down” concert at The Egg’s Hart Theatre recently much of the power was drained from his pop gems.

He’s an exceptionally ingratiating performer, and that came through loud and clear during his 100-minute show, a kind of cross between MTV’s “Unplugged” and VH1′s “Storyteller.” But without the muscle of a band behind him, too many of the songs never really took off. Seated on a stool at centerstage surrounded by a phalanx of guitars, Springfield launched his show with the opening volley of “I Get Excited” and “An Affair of the Heart,” strumming his acoustic guitar with abandon. And right from the start, it was clear that this wasn’t really a solo show – without coaxing, the crowd sang along with him in full voice.

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LIVE: Hot Tuna @ The Egg, 12/7/14

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen

Review by Richard Brody
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The shouts of “Jorma!” that came from the near-capacity crowd were an indication that there were few, if any, first time Hot Tuna fans in The Egg’s Hart Theatre. Accompanying Jorma Kaukonen and co-founding bass man Jack Casady was frequent Tuna member mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff, as well as a trio of the band’s Woodstock family – drummer Justin Guip, vocalist Teresa Williams and her husband/string master Larry Campbell on fiddle, pedal steel and guitar.

The band kicked off the show with one of their staples, Kaukonen’s “True Religion,” that was highlighted by Mitterhoff’s sweet mandolin solo and Campbell’s shimmering slide guitar that brought the song to its conclusion.

Hot Tuna has always been about the country blues that howl about the sins of Saturday night and the gospel-flavored songs that ask for forgiveness in church on Sunday morning. Casady strutted, pogoed and drove the band on Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied.” His bass anchored and pushed both Kaukonen’s vocals and the guitar solos from Kaukonen and Campbell. As fine a guitarist as Kaukonen is, his voice would not fit in a church choir. Enter Williams, who brought the “amen” to Reverend Gary Davis’ “Children of Zion” that included great supporting solos from Mitterhoff’s mandolin, Kaukonen’s guitar and Campbell’s slide. They stayed in church for the next number, a roof-raising rendition of “Wade in the Water” that was once again led by Williams’ powerhouse vocals.

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LIVE: Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 12/6/14

Monday, December 15th, 2014
Transcendence

Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

Environment is important, and the environment for Jaimeo Brown’s appearance at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy was certainly different from that blazing-hot June day at SPAC when his group Transcendence knocked everyone’s socks off at the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival Gazebo stage. On the plus side, this show was inside the Sanctuary’s cozy confines, so there was no danger of losing any of the power these three tremendous young musicians are able to harness; on the minus, it was cold and wet and trying to snow, which usually tends to pick off the more weather-averse concert-goer. Whether it was the viral marketing that went with this show or just the memory of the wild ride Transcendence took us on that summer, the place was almost packed at showtime.

It was great to hear emcee/booker Susan Brink confirm my recollection about how entranced the crowd had been at the Gazebo. “The entire audience was as one,” she told us during her glowing introduction. After Brown, altoist Jaleel Shaw and guitarist-loopmaster Chris Sholar had come on stage, Brown split time between thanking us profusely for braving the weather and explaining about how this music “celebrates community,” and how at its root is the Gee’s Bend, Alabama community where the field recordings that inspired Brown were created. “This music is homegrown,” he added. “And you are part of our community now!”

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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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