Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

LIVE: The Daniel Kelly Trio / the Seeing With Photography Collective @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 5/9/15

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

The dynamic Daniel Kelly Trio – featuring pianist-bandleader Daniel Kelly, drummer Rob Garcia and bassist Matt Pavolka – took the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy last month for a unique concert that fused together elements of both music and art.

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LIVE: “Raise the Rafters” @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, 5/16/15

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

We should be celebrating Caffe Lena every day, but, of course, we tend to take it for granted because it’s always there. OK, well not exactly “always” – but for 55 years. And for the past 20 of those years, it’s been the guiding hand of manager Sarah Craig that’s has been at the helm, steering the Caffe into the 21st century with a delicate balance of adventure and tradition.

So for “Raise the Rafters” – the dual anniversary concert celebration for Craig and the Caffe – Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs hosted a half-dozen Caffe favorites from the past two decades. There was the jugband vaudeville of the Wiyos, the father-and-son Beaucoup Blue duo, the wry bluegrass of Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, the fab fiddling Sara Milonovich & Greg Anderson, rollicking one-man band the Suitcase Junket and the husband-and-wife team of Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion – each playing a short, 20-minute sampler set.

Yes, it was a delightful sonic smorgasbord that somehow stretched from blues to ballads, from a reggae-tinged polka to a Cajun two-step, and tunes plucked from the songbags of folks from Woody Guthrie to Led Zeppelin.

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LIVE: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience @ the Palace Theatre, 5/19/15

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Jason Bonham

Jason Bonham

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
WHERE: The Palace Theatre, Albany
WHEN: Tuesday, May 19

Jason Bonham: drums
Tony Catania: guitar
James Dylan: vocals
Alex Howland: keyboards/guitar
Dorian Heartsong: bass

Tribute bands are all the rage these days, and Led Zep tribute bands are at the top of the heap. Already this year we’ve seen Get the Led Out (the Palace Theatre, 2/6/15) and Hammer of the Gods (The Egg, 3/7/15) roll into Nippertown concert venues, and there are more on the way, of course, including Zepperella at Mountain Jam (6/5/15), Led Zeppelin 2 at SPAC (8/1/15) and Zoso at Troy’s Rockin’ On the River concert series (8/12/15).

So what makes Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience stand out from the pack?

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LIVE: Albany Tulip Festival @ Washington Park, 5/9/15 (Day One)

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
The Kooks

The Kooks

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

Albany’s Tulip Festival is typically the harbinger of spring, the first big volley into the vast array of outdoor music fests that populate the Nippertown concert calendar. But with temperatures in the mid-80s and the sun blazing down in Washington Park all afternoon for Day One of the fest, it felt more like a hot, mid-summer celebration.

And the Kooks delivered the goods with a bristling headlining set on the Parade Grounds’ main stage, drawing from a surprisingly wide variety of contemporary pop styles. Led by singer-guitarist Luke Pritchard, the British quartet (plus one guitarist-backing vocalist semi-hiding behind a stack of amplifiers), cracked open their 75-minute show with “Around Town,” the opening track of their latest album, “Listen.” They quickly won over the crowd – which was seemingly at least twice as large as it was for the two earlier bands – diving right into the call-and-response of “Bad Habit,” with the audience heartily shouting back at the band.

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LIVE: Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show @ Caffe Lena, 5/10/15

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

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Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jean Rohe (guitar, vocals); James Shipp (vibes, percussion); Liam Robinson (accordion, keyboards); Matt Aaronoff (bass); Jordan Peterson (drums)

Sarah Craig has been hitting them out of the park lately, both musically and with attendance records at Caffe Lena. The Mothers Day concert by Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show was more of a musical triumph then one of breaking attendance records, but this is an artist that Craig, the Caffe’s executive director, intends to bring back to the Caffe time and again in the future to build up a regional following for them.

That’s a smart move because the band – made up of Berklee School of Music and Purchase School of Music grads – is one of the finest ever to play the Caffe. Their ability to traverse the most subtle note to the hardest, is uncanny. The five-piece outfit shot out one song after another from Rohe’s newest, self-titled album with the most exquisite interwoven rhythms from India, the Middle East, Europe and, of course, the American roots-music pantheon, with Rohe’s lovely voice sailing in and around every note.

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LIVE: Heather Maloney @ The Linda, 4/25/15

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Northampton-based singer-songwriter Heather Maloney took the stage at WAMC-FM’s The Linda recently, celebrating the release of her new album, Making Me Break on Signature Sounds Recordings.

Will Dailey opened the show with an impressive performance of his own.

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LIVE: Ed Kowalczyk @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, 4/25/15

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk

Ed Kowalczyk

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Last year, Ed Kowlaczyk – the former frontman for ’90s alt-rockers Live – rolled into The Egg in Albany as part of his I Alone Tour, a stripped down show accompanied only by guitarist Zak Loy. Sonically, it was a far cry from Live’s glory days as booming arena-rockers. But Kowlaczyk’s passion as a vocalist and unbridled intensity as a performer threw plenty of heat, lifting the show to Live-like levels, while bringing an increased sense of dynamics to the music.

Obviously, Kowalczyk is enjoying the more minimalist approach, and last month he returned to The Egg with Loy in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Live’s sophomore album, Throwing Copper. The album was Live’s big breakthrough, and this time around, Kowalczyk and Loy played the album in its entirety, as well as churning through various other Live gems and nuggets from Kowalczyk’s solo career. And the results were the same – a little band, but a big, big sound.

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LIVE: Godsmack @ Glens Falls Civic Center, 5/6/15 [Glens Falls Chronicle]

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Godsmack

Godsmack

Review by Jason Irwin
Phtographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After catching a musical performance of a “little” different type (watching my son, Julian, and his classmates rocking out at the Abraham Wing School Spring Concert), I hopped over to the Glens Falls Civic Center to check out the action.

It was nice to see the arena FULL when I came in for the big Godsmack show — and it was early still, as opening act Hellyeah were just finishing their set.

More than 3,000 people attended the show, I was told.

It reminded me a little of the old Adirondack Red Wings days: Elbow to elbow — except the crowd attire was a little different, where the sea of red and white hockey jerseys were now traded for black concert tee-shirts.

The vibe was similar, though — enthusiastic.

Click to read the rest at Glens Falls Chronicle

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