Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

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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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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