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LIVE: “A History of the Blues” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 6/1/13

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Sonny Speed and the Resonators with Holly & Evan

Sonny Speed and the Resonators with Holly & Evan

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The blues is a musical genre spawned by spirituals, work songs and field hollers from the South. But it’s also the forefather of so many more contemporary American roots music forms, from rock & roll to jazz to R&B.

And last Saturday night, the Saratoga acoustic blues duo Low ‘N Lonesome and their friends traced the history of the blues from the ’20s to the dawn of rock & roll in a sprawling, across-the-years concert at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park.



Concert Series Announced for the Sand Lake Center for the Arts

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park has announced the line-up of performances for its 2013 Squire Jacob concert series. Each of the concerts will take place at 8pm on Saturday evenings.

Tickets are $16; under age 18 $10. A season pass to the concert series – one ticket to each of the shows and one free beverage per concert – is also available for $84.

Here’s the schedule of 2013’s concert series:


Five Firsts: Mike Dimin

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Mike Dimin

Mike Dimin

NAME: Michael Dimin
BAND AFFILIATION: Many. Besides being a solo bassist (yeah, you heard that correctly), I also perform with the jazz trio A3, an Americana/Roots ensemble Kylie & the Sympathetic Strangers, an Irish band Emerald Dawn (when they can afford me), as well as my long-standing bass-and-percussion duet with Brian Melick.
INSTRUMENT: Electric Bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASInnervisions by Stevie Wonder. I am much prouder of that, then the first single I ever bought (which shall remain nameless). Just admitting that I bought an album dates me.


Five Firsts: Sally Barris

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Sally Barris

Sally Barris

NAME: Sally Barris

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASLadies of the Canyon by Joni Mitchell


Five Firsts: Stefanie Fix

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
Stefanie Fix

Stefanie Fix

NAME: Stefanie Fix

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … an album called “The Early Beatles.” It was compilation of early Beatles songs, though technically I didn’t buy it. I was five years old, and I begged and begged my parents to buy me a Beatles album for my birthday. That and a pony. I never got the pony, but I did get the album. To read more about this, you can go to my blog.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden. My friend’s brother chaperoned. I still have the t-shirt that I bought at that show. We had what is often referred to as “the nose-bleed seats.” All the way at the top. Looking down from those seats, he was the size of peanut. Nevertheless, I was in awe of the man and just thrilled to be there.


Festival Fever: Sand Lake Summer Fest @ Butler Park, 7/2-4/10

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The Sand Lake Kiwanis Summer Fest takes over Butler Park in Averill Park Friday-Sunday for a big three-day Fourth of July celebration.

The weekend-long festivities amusement rides, children’s activities, food booths, a parade, sports tournaments, a variety talent show, crafts and much more fun for the whole family.

In addition, a popular local band will perform each night of the festival. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, 7:30pm: The True Tones
Saturday, 7:30pm: The Electric City Horns
Sunday, 7:30pm: Overture

And there will be fireworks not just on Sunday night, but on Saturday night as well. That’s right, two big nights of fireworks – Saturday and Sunday at about 9:15pm.

And it’s all free!

Pearl-Palooza @ Pearl St., Albany, 7/3
Columbia Family Fest @ Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham, 7/3
Fabulous Fourth Festivities & Fireworks @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 7/4
The WGNA Countryfest @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 7/10
The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 7/15-18
The Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, Mass. 7/16-18
The Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., 8/13-15
moe.down @ Gelston Castle Estate, Mohawk, 9/3-5
Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 9/18-19/10

Musical Maverick Malcolm Cecil & SuperStringz @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 3/13/10

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Malcolm Cecil at Justin's on March 5, 2010. Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Malcolm Cecil at Justin's on March 5, 2010. Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk

If you were at Justin’s in Albany last Friday night, you probably noticed the white-haired gentleman crouched over the over-sized mixing board. While jazz guitar master Ron Petrides was firing up his six-string alongside dynamic Castleton drummer David Calarco and bassist extraordinaire John Menegon, engineer Malcolm Cecil was busy recording and filming the evening’s musical magic for an upcoming live DVD release.

This Saturday night, Cecil will take off his headphones, pick up his bass and step into the spotlight to join Petrides and cellist Garfield Moore as they kick off the 2010 concert season at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park. The trio calls themselves SuperStringz.

But that’s only the latest chapter in the long and revolutionary musical career of London-born Malcolm Cecil.


Real Good for Free: Sand Lake Summer Fest

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Sponsored by the Sand Lake Kiwanis, the annual free Summer Fest bash will take place in Butler Park in Averill Park from Friday, July 10 thru Sunday, July 12. There will be plenty of food, rides, races, children’s activities, fireworks, and yes, some music, too. Showtime is 7:30pm:

Friday, July 10: Red Haired Strangers
Saturday, July 11: Aged in the Hills

Real Good For Free: Chestertown
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson

Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem
Real Good For Free: AHMF @ Lake George
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park
Real Good for Free: The Clark @ Williamstown
Real Good For Free: Skidmore Jazz
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum
Real Good For Free: Rockin’ on the River, Troy
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie
Real Good For Free: Lake George
Real Good For Free: Schodack
Real Good For Free: Art on Lark
Real Good For Free: River Street Festival
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie
Real Good For Free: Guilderland
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5
Real Good For Free: Powers Park

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