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LIVE: Masters of Tradition @ The Egg, 3/25/14

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Video and photographs by Tim Raab
Additional photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Just because Saint Patrick’s Day has come and gone for another year doesn’t mean that the Irish music scene goes into hibernation til 2015. Not around Nippertown, anyway.

In fact, The Egg in Albany hosted a pair of back-to-back Celtic concerts this week – Masters of Tradition and the Irish Rovers. By far the more traditional – and more satisfying – of the two was Tuesday night’s Masters of Tradition concert at the Swyer Theatre.

Fab fiddler Martin Hayes was at the helm, leading an all-star ensemble of talented musicians – including vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, fiddler Cathal Hayden, guitarists Dennis Cahill and Seamie O’Dowd, accordionist Máirtín O’Connor and uilleann piper David Power. With a variety of Celtic jigs, reels and airs, the evening built from individual musical showcases and various small group configurations through to sometimes powerful, sometimes poignant performances by the entire ensemble.

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LIVE: Jonathan Richman @ the Low Beat, 3/17/14

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Howe Glassman’s new club, the Low Beat, hasn’t even had its official grand opening yet – that comes on Friday, April 4 with the Figgs – but the cozy nightspot has already hosted its first big show – veteran tunesmith Jonathan Richman, aided and abetted by his trusty drummer/right-hand-man Tommy Larkin. And doubling the party atmosphere, the duo just happened to take the stage on St. Patrick’s Day…

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LIVE: Gurf Morlix @ Caffe Lena, 3/21/14

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Gurf Morlix

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

In the folk world, “Texas troubadour” is another phrase for what’s known in the Northeast as a “singer-songwriter.” But Gurf Morlix is much more than that. In addition to being a performer and songwriter, he’s also a producer and a multi-instrumentalist behind of – or in front of – the soundboard for a who’s-who of musicians, including Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon and Patty Griffin, just to name a few.

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LIVE: J.D. McPherson @ the Ale House, 3/3/14

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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J.D. McPherson

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Following his riotous Ale House debut last summer, this was supposed to be his big, triumphant two-night return to the cozy Troy pub. Oh, it was triumphant without a doubt. But J.D. McPherson was grounded in Dallas with travel issues, and he couldn’t make it to town for the first night of his two-night stand.

Never fear, McPherson made it to Troy on Monday, and fans who had purchased tickets for either one of the scheduled shows packed into the House of Ale for one night of seriously rollicking root-rock, fueled by drummer Jason Smay, who has pounded out the big back beat for such favorites as the Lustre Kings, the Hi-Risers and Los Straitjackets.

Monday night has rarely rocked so hard, and the fact that it was Lundi Gras (the day before Mardi Gras) only added to the party atmosphere.

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LIVE: Keb’ Mo’ @ The Egg, 3/20/14

Monday, March 24th, 2014
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Keb’ Mo’

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Bluesman Keb’ Mo’ returned for his annual visit to The Egg in Albany, and although it was billed as a solo show, he had a couple of surprises up his sleeve this time around, bringing along drummer Casey Wasner and bassist/cellist Tim Shinneness to add a bit of sparkle to his deep-rooted Americana tunes.

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LIVE: Harriet Tubman & Cassandra Wilson Present Black Sun @ The Egg, 3/15/14

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Cassandra Wilson and JT Lewis

Cassandra Wilson and JT Lewis

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu and Andrzej Pilarczyk

I think Cassandra Wilson may be about to record her first punk album.

Let me explain: While Wilson may be known as a jazz vocalist, the esteemed vocalist has never been one of those booming, big-band-backed standard shouters; more often than not, she goes the other way, preferring subtlety in both her vocals and in her background instrumentation. Even on past excursions into the blues of her native Mississippi, acoustic guitar was just as prevalent as electric.

But on Wilson’s latest visit to the Egg’s Swyer Theatre, the core members of a group called Harriet Tubman accompanied her. Check this band’s videos out on YouTube if you want a hair-raising experience – one completely in line with players whose resumes include out-there artists like Henry Threadgill, D.J. Logic, Living Colour and the Rollins Band. Tubman’s semi-free-form fusion is about as far from Wilson’s primary work product as Albany is from Alpha Centauri. But as bassist Melvin Gibbs told us in his introductory remarks, the “different kind of energy” Wilson & Tubman create together as Black Sun is what Wilson wanted when this partnership was formed.

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LIVE: The Andy Statman Trio @ The Egg, 3/2/14

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Andy Statman

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Andy Statman is a musician’s musician, a bona fide master of not just one, but two very different instruments – the mandolin and clarinet. Likewise, his captivating, deeply spiritual songs are a blazing blend of bluegrass, jazz and klezmer music.

Making his Nippertown concert debut earlier this month at The Egg in Albany, Statman was joined by bassist Jim Whitney and drummer Larry Eagle.

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LIVE: Zappa Plays Zappa @ The Egg, 2/25/14

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Zappa Plays Zappa

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was flashback time at The Egg recently, as we jumped into the Wayback Machine and set the dial for 1974, when the ever-irreverent Frank Zappa and his batch of Mothers unleashed their live, double-disc, gatefold album Roxy & Elsewhere.

But, of course, it wasn’t Frank in the spotlight at The Egg, but rather his son guitar-wielding Dweezil Zappa, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roxy and carrying on the musical legacy of his dad.

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