LIVE: The Holly & Evan Band @ Cafe NOLA, 2/13/15

February 27th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

Holly & Evan Band

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

It was Friday the 13th. It was the eve of Valentine’s Day. But most importantly, when the Holly & Evan Band cranked up their batch o’ blues at Cafe NOLA in Schenectady earlier this month, it was the kick off the big Mardi Gras weekend. And fresh from recent big bashes like First Night Saratoga and the Capital Area Indie Fest, singer-guitarist Holly Taormina, bassist Evan Conway and drummer Rob Morris certainly do know how to throw down a party.

You can catch the Holly & Evan Band at 9pm tonight at Sharp Shooters Billiards in Amsterdam, where they’re sharing the stage with pop-rock duo Sirsy. Admission is $5.

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New Release Rack: Gordon St’s “The Electric City”

June 20th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Electric CityGordon St is gearing up for this weekend’s release of their sophomore EP, The Electric City, and the rockers are celebrating with a free concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at 7pm on Saturday (June 21).

Titled for the band’s Schenectady base of operations, The Electric City is a diverse collection of three original songs – “Motion of the Ocean,” “Such a Fool” and “Ripcord” – that showcase Gordon St’s talent at blending multiple rock genres, all underscored with a danceable beat.

“The songs are a bit more grown-up, but they don’t sacrifice the underlying aspect of fun that has always summed up what we’re going for,” explains singer-bassist Dan Noonan. In addition to Noonan, the band features guitarist Ritch Harrigan, drummer Dennis Fatato and keyboardist Mark Bertini.

The Electric City – the band’s follow-up to their 2012 debut, Telenovella – was recorded with engineer John Chiara at Albany Audio.

And if you can’t make it to Freedom Park on Saturday for the band’s CD release party, you’ll have another chance to catch Gordon St in action at 6:30pm on Friday, June 27 at Cafe NOLA in Schenectady.

CD: Frank Jaklitsch’s “One Small Child”

December 14th, 2011, 3:56 pm by Greg

Frank Jaklitsch: OneSmallChild

Singer-songwriter Frank Jaklitsch admits that he’s long asked himself, “Does the world really need another Christmas CD… let alone a Frank Jaklitsch Christmas CD?”

But now that he’s finally recorded one, the answer is quite simply, “Yes. Yes, indeed.”

One of Nippertown’s most prolific recording artists (with 14 previous albums to his credit) as well as one of the most big-hearted (as he’s done with his previous albums, all proceeds from “One Small Child” are being donated to local charities), Jaklitsch has put together an eclectic, very generous 14-song collection of songs that celebrate the spirit of the season without relying on the tried-and-true (and some might say, tiresome) over-recorded classics.

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Be Here Now: Frank Jaklitsch @ Cafe NOLA, 7/22/10

July 20th, 2010, 11:25 am by Greg

Tireless singer, songwriter and all-around generous guy Frank Jaklitsch has been raising funds to help hurricane-devastated New Orleans since Katrina first rolled across the Crescent City. So it actually seems quite natural for a guy who is best known for singing Irish songs to be entertaining at the grand opening of a new New Orleans-style restaurant right here in Nippertown.

Cafe NOLA in Schenectady has been serving food for a couple of weeks now, but the restaurant will celebrate its official grand opening on Thursday, and Jaklitsch will be entertaining from 4-6pm while folks are digging into their crawfish etouffee, alligator po’ boy and red beans ‘n’ rice.

“We have eaten there twice,” Jaklitsch says, “and I find the food very good. Chef Kevin seems to be a very nice guy. It’s a small family-run business.

“To quote the Jimmy Buffett song, ‘I will be working for gumbo,’ ” Jaklitsch says with a chuckle.” I sure hope he makes it…a little bit of Nawlins heaven locally.”

Cafe NOLA and Chef Kevin

Cafe NOLA and Chef Kevin

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