Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

LIVE: Broncho @ Vapor, 1/30/15

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Broncho

Broncho


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: Broncho
WITH Dreamers and Party Boat
WHERE: Vapor, Saratoga Springs
WHEN: Friday, January 30

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LIVE: Capital Area Indie Fest @ The Linda, 2/7/15

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Chris Dukes Band

Chris Dukes Band (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review and photographs by Ed Conway
Additional photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Linda was the scene of a wild musical party on a snowy Saturday night earlier this month. The occasion was the Capital Area Indie Fest, a fundraiser for the Columbia Arts Team and WEXT-FM. Organizer Andrew Gregory invited a diverse group of seven bands to share the stage. The performers ran the gamut from solo singer-songwriter to full out rock band, with each showcasing their own original songs. With seven bands in a finite time span, each band was limited to 25-30 minutes, but they made the most of it; unselfishly sharing the stage and supporting each other throughout the evening.

First up was co-organizer Sandy McKnight and his band the Idea, who set the tone for what was to become a rocking night. Next up was Legendary Losers, a power trio fronted by Dave Graham. Accents followed, calming things down slightly with wonderful harmonies during their set of Americana originals. The Holly & Evan Band heated things up again with a rocking set of blues-influenced indie rock, sprinkled with some brand new originals.

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LIVE: Jay Farrar @ The Egg, 2/7/15

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Jay Farrar

Jay Farrar

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Let’s face it, singer-songwriter Jay Farrar is not a charismatic performer. He doesn’t deliver any gyrations or gymnastics in the spotlight or on his guitar. He pretty much just stands there and strums his six strings at a deliberate, slow-to-mid tempo and sings his songs in a sweet, slightly clenched, country drawl.

He doesn’t talk much between tunes, either, which was a bit of a disappointment, as his concert at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany last Saturday night was billed as a career retrospective, and it would have been nice if he’d chatted just a bit about the hows or whys of any of the nearly two dozen songs that he churned his way through during his short, 75-minute performance. But that was not to be…

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LIVE: Sean Rowe @ Caffe Lena, 1/19/15

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Sean Rowe

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After his Sunday evening concert at Caffe Lena quickly sold out, Troy troubadour Sean Rowe added a second show – a 3pm matinee on Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. And, yes, that show also sold out.

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LIVE: First Night Saratoga @ various locations, 12/31/14

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
The Lustre Kings

The Lustre Kings at First Night Saratoga

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Once again, the annual First Night Saratoga celebration was a fabulous New Year’s Eve smorgasbord of music and more, all crammed into a six-hour period that not only ushered in 2015, but also the 100th anniversary of Saratoga Springs’ incorporation as a city.

The largest New Year’s Eve celebration in New York State outside of NYC, the annual all-around-town extravaganza featured more than 70 regional and touring performance groups at over 30 venues spread all throughout historic downtown Saratoga Springs. Obviously it was impossible to catch all of the performances – or even half of them for that matter – but intrepid Nippertown photographer Andrzej Pilarczyk certainly did his best, roaming one end of town to the other, soaking up plenty of live music, dance, comedy and the evening-capping fireworks display along the way.

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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.

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