The Troy Bike Rescue hosted its final show on Monday night. (Actually, it was just the final show at TBR’s old 51 3rd St. address in Troy. Look for TRB is open at its new, bigger location 3280 6th Ave. in North Troy later this spring.) It was packed with a happy audience and nice entertainment. It started quietly with a sit-down performance by Ashley Pond that got half the crowd sitting, too.
(from left) Katie Haverly, Matt Mac Haffie, Matt Durfee, Eugene M. Falco, Nick Reinert and Ashley Pond
We just love it when somebody comes along and mixes up music with the visual arts, so we are indeed pleased that the second annual heARTS aligned performance will be taking place at the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes at 7:30pm on Saturday.
Organized by Matt Durfee – who was one of the performers at last year’s inaugural event – heARTS aligned pairs up local songwriters with visual artists. Here’s how it works: The visual artists use the songwriter’s music to inspire art works that they’ve created during the past several months. On Saturday, images of the artwork are projected above the stage. The songwriters perform their songs under the projected images, according to a lottery set list. The artwork is then given away to lucky members of the audience.
Sunday’s Local Harvest Festival at Washington Park Lakehouse came with a much needed break in the weather. The the lovely fall day and the promise of good, and good for you, food in small sampler cups drew steady lines.
WRPI’s Laura Glazer served as host, and with that unmistakable voice of hers introduced the live music. A pair of the area’s brightest and best young and gifted singer /songwriters went on early and stole the show. The Ashley Pond Band in quartet form kicked it all off sporting a solid mix of great songs and fall fashion. A stripped down duo version of Railbird, or as Sarah Pedinotti quipped, Le Petit Railbird, were in rare form. Chris Kyle later informed me that the intimate and haunting duo arrangements were made up on the spot.
The Albany Public Library kicked off its second annual Garage Bands in the Garage free summer series concert series on Friday, June 19, with something a little different – an actual garage band in the form of Johnny Mystery and the Mysteios and their newly expanded line-up.
A number of other bands were on hand for the June edition of the bash, including Ben Karis-Nix, Sea of Trees and the Ashley Pond Band (seen above), who were celebrating the one-week anniversary of the release of their new CD, “The Warning.”
(No label listed, 2009): There was an exquisite, slowly swirling sense of mystery that permeated Ashley Pond‘s 2007 debut, “Dala” on the Rev Records.
On her new sophomore effort (with now finds her banded together with bassist Sarah Clark and drummer Scott Smith), the air remains thick and dark. And that’s a good thing.
As strong as “Dala” was as a first effort, “The Warning” is better – more confident, deeper, richer – without sacrificing the debut’s captivating charm.
At her heart, Pond is a blues singer, but she only hits you over the head with it on the album’s title track, a John Lee Hooker-styled boogie that seems a bit out of place – or perhaps just too obvious and cliched – in the midst of the rest of this hypnotic album.
Pond’s attitude sports more sway than swagger, and as a vocalist she has much more in common with Cowboy Junkies’ Margot Timmins than a classic blues shouter like the late great Koko Taylor. That’s not to say that you won’t hear ’70s-styled blues-rock mannerisms sprinkled throughout – especially on “The Dirt” and the churning “The River” – but the trio makes them distinctly their own.
The Ashley Pond Band celebrates the release of “The Warning” with a party and performance at Valentine’s on Saturday, June 13. Joining in the festivities will be Space Lounge and Ben Karis-Nix.
With Rob Jonas celebrating the release of “Take Me Anywhere” downstairs at Valentine’s, Saturday night turns into a double-barrelled party.
And violinist Meg Prokorym will likely be getting a lot of exercise running up and down the stairs – she played on both Jonas’ and Pond’s CDs.
In early August of 1927, Alvin Pleasant Delaney Carter, his wife Sara and his sister-in-law Maybelle made the bumpy trip on rutted roads from their home in Maces Springs, Virginia to Bristol, Tennessee American music would never be the same.
The Carter Family recorded half-a-dozen songs in Bristol for Mr. Ralph Peer of the Victor Talking Machine Company, at a series of makeshift recording sessions sometimes called “the Big Bang of Country Music.”
Now, the Gospel Train – featuring Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck – honor the rich musical legacy of A.P., Sara and Maybelle with a special concert, “Wildwood Flower: Songs of the Original Carter Family,” at Caffe Lena at 7pm Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. The date also happens to be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mother Maybelle.
Along with her daughters June, Helen and Anita, Mother Maybelle continued the Carter Family musical tradition into the 1970s, while performing with famous fans like Mike Seeger, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and, of course, Maybelle’s son-in-law Johnny Cash.
The Gospel Train's lineup for the Carter Family show: Joe Gumpper, Michael Eck, Tom Lindsay, Ryan Dunham, and Ashley Pond (photo by D. Lockrow/ART Photography).
Joining the Gospel Train for the show at Caffe Lena will be three very special guests. Albany singer-songwriter Ashley Pond, who is still riding high on the reviews of her debut album, “Dala,” will sing classics like “Wildwood Flower” and “Single Girl, Married Girl.” And harmonica ace Ryan Dunham and fiddler Joe Gumpper – both from the roots-rock band Red Haired Strangers – will bring an additional musical flair to the evening, especially on such American standards as “Worried Man Blues,” “Keep On The Sunny Side” and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”
The Carters were a prime influence on important artists like Cash and his forebears, Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie. Their music – a combination of mountain folk songs, parlor ballads and original compositions – continues to hold sway even today, and its strains can be heard in the sounds of Emmylou Harris, Dave Alvin, The White Stripes and Bruce Springsteen.
In recognition of the Mother’s Day holiday, and in an effort to make mom’s life a little easier, Caffe Lena has also partnered with the legendary Hattie’s restaurant to present a special Mother’s Day buffet in conjunction with the show. The meal, just right for a Sunday country supper, will feature Hattie’s famous fried chicken, red beans and rice, cornbread and coleslaw. The buffet, available for an additional $15 charge, begins at 6pm.
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