Stephen Clair and the Millionaires
Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Carl Smith
“Skinny jeans, vasectomies, memory loss. I mean, who are we?” were the first words that Stephen Clair sang last Saturday night.
Back in the ’90s, Clair (aka Steve Ferguson) was a major mover ‘n’ shaker on the Albany music scene, playing in a variety of bands (Glaze, Cactus Loveseat, Wag, Sabotage & the Wrecking Crew, to name a few), publishing books of poetry, editing and publishing the audio-cassette magazine Talk Work, running the Central Avenue music venue Godfrey’s and more.
After rumbling around the country, he finally settled just downriver, where he’s ignited a vibrant music scene in Beacon – not only as a musician, but also as a concert producer (as Local 845) and music school founder/teacher (Beacon Music Factory).
Last weekend, when Clair returned to Albany for his first concert in recent memory, he was almost unrecognizable as he stepped out onstage at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre. But, yes, that was him wielding his guitar under underneath a wild-maned, electric blue woman’s wig.
No, he hasn’t gone glam…