LIVE: Ian McLagan @ the Bearsville Theater, 6/21/13

July 1st, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Review by Fred Rudofsky

“I thought every one of you would be wearing tie-dyed!” cracked Ian McLagan, dressed in black, standing behind his keyboards at mid-set to the conservatively dressed crowd in the bar area of the Bearsville Theatre. The subsequent laughter made him smile wider, raise his drink, and continue on with an engaging series of flashbacks to the peaks and pitfalls of the 1960s music scene when he was in the Small Faces with Steve Marriott, Kenney Jones and Ronnie Lane.

Joined for a majority of the set by John Notarthomas on bass, guitar and vocals, McLagan was in fine form, and honored to be playing in a venue that had deep historical connections to the Band. Glancing at the vintage photos that surrounded the bar area, McLagan opened the show with a brief reference to owning the late Richard Manuel’s piano, the instrument upon which “Hello Old Friend,” a song for Ronnie Lane, was written. (For those who may not know, Lane, who died in 1997 after 20 years of battling MS, wrote some of the best songs in rock era as bassist for the Small Faces and the Faces, as well as releasing some excellent solo albums, too).

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Happy Birthday, Bob! It’s the Bob Dylan Birthday Bash in Woodstock on Sunday

May 21st, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Bob Dylan Birthday Bash @ The Bearsville Theater

On Friday (May 24), Bob Dylan – who is slated to head up the Americanarama Music Festival at SPAC on Sunday, July 21 – will celebrate his 72nd birthday.

And to mark the occasion, the Bearsville Theater – in Dylan’s old hometown of Woodstock – will host the annual Bob Dylan Birthday Concert on Sunday (May 26), organized by Happy Traum. An all-star conglomeration of Woodstock musicians will interpret the music of Mr. Dylan in a benefit concert for the Woodstock Day School.

Doors open at 6:30pm. The Woodstock Day School Rock Band plays from 7-7:30pm, followed by the Bob Dylan Bash at 8pm.

Among the many players donating their time and talent are:

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LIVE: Cathy @ Bearsville Theater, 9/14/12

September 21st, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

Review and video by Joel Patterson

There’s a certain kind of geekiness that’s quite at home with blistering power-pop.

Remember, geeks are good with obsessions – find one who’s obsessed with delivering short, sweet, raging tributes to testosterone, the tribulations of twenty-something-dom and maybe even true love, and you’ve probably found Jeremy Willis, who brought his Brooklyn quartet Cathy up to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock last Friday night to open for the Catbirds.

Jeremy is none other than the nephew of Catbirds bassist, the legendary Chandler Travis. But the kid has a winning way of his own that’s highly infectious.

“We are Cathy,” Willis said, introducing the band, “and so are you.”

Larry Coryell, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

July 31st, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Murali and Larry Coryell (photo courtesty of

Murali & Larry Coryell (photo courtesty of

“It was a Chet Atkins album. I can’t remember the title of it, but I remember that the first song on the album was `Swedish Rhapsody.’

I can’t remember whether I already owned a guitar at that point or whether I just had a ukulele, but I’ll tell you, I had never ever heard anybody play guitar like that before. That was some serious guitar playing.”

Jazz guitar great Larry Coryell teams up with blues guitarist Murali Coryell for a rare father-and-son performance at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Saturday (August 4). Tix are $30.

Five Firsts: Scott Petito of Python Soup

July 2nd, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Python Soup: Simon Phillips, Don Byron, David Spinozza, Scott Petito and Pete Levin

Python Soup: Simon Phillips, Don Byron, David Spinozza, Scott Petito and Pete Levin

NAME: Scott Petito
BAND AFFILIATION: The Fugs, Python Soup

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour”

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Vonda Shepard, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

May 18th, 2012, 10:40 am by Greg
Vonda Shepard

Vonda Shepard

“Natalie Cole’s ‘Inseparable.’”

Singer-pianist and two-time Emmy Award-winner Vonda Shepard – best known for her stints on the TV show, “Ally McBeal” – steps into the spotlight at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Saturday (May 19). Although she’s touring in support of her latest album, “Solo,” Shepard will be performing with her trio, which also includes guitarist James Ralston and bassist Jim Hanson. All tix are general admission, priced at $30.

CD Release Celebrations Galore This Weekend!

April 6th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

If April showers bring May flowers, then Albany winters must bring a blossoming of new CDs…

By our count, there are five big CD release celebrations going on around Nippertown this weekend. You won’t be able to catch ’em all, but here’s the lowdown:


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Five Firsts: Jay Collins of Jay Collins & the Kings County Band

April 3rd, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Jay Collins

Jay Collins

NAME: Jay Collins
BAND AFFILIATION: Jay Collins & the Kings County Band. I also regularly play with the Gregg Allman Band, the Levon Helm Band and the Dukes of September (Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald)
INSTRUMENT: Saxophone, flute

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Elvis Presley Solid Gold Hits.” I bought it from a TV ad, and it came in the mail in a paper cover with no info on it – just the names of the songs.

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