LIVE: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Wood Park, 9/26&27/15

October 28th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review and photographs by Cathy DeDe (courtesy of The Glens Falls Chronicle)
Additional photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The American Music Festival for the Lake retains its position as the likely high-water mark for successful events at the Festival Commons at the Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George — but on a slightly weird foundation this year.

Last year’s event, also produced by locals Robert Millis of Saratoga and Dave Ehman of Lake George, was the site’s first real success story.

This year, they scored a true coup: One of few appearances here by Capital Region success story Sawyer Fredericks, the soulful young guitarist-songwriter-singer, he of the bowler hat and long blonde hair, winner of Season 8 of “The Voice,” TV’s music contest.

Sawyer drew a massive crowd of between 2,100 and 2,300 people, Mr. Millis tells The Chronicle, for his Saturday evening gig. Many came early enough to catch the lead-in acts as well — but most left almost immediately after young Sawyer was done on stage.

Well, except for the 300 who had paid to stand in line and get autographed CDs and pictures with the young phenom.

That had to be a little galling to the next act up, stellar reggae-rock group Crucial Fiya, who played to a significantly emptied lawn and a sea of empty VIP chairs previously held by members of “Team Sawyer.”

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LIVE: The Philadelphia Orchestra with Tony DeSare & Montego Glover @ SPAC, 8/17/12

September 5th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Review by Cathy DeDe
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Reprinted with permission from The Glens Falls Chronicle

We here at The Chronicle — like many of our readers — have been following Tony DeSare’s career from his teenaged gigs at local joints to the big time outings with Don Rickles, Bucky Pizarelli, Joe Piscopo, at Carnegie Hall and around the globe.

So, what’s one more feather in the cap of this 36-year-old Hudson Falls graduate, valedictorian of his class of 1994, someone we regularly refer to as a “rising star” on the international jazz-standards scene?

Yet, there was a little thread of a buzz Friday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, local-to-local making eye contact on the lawn, in the amphitheater, bumping into familiar hometown folks as the sizable crowd swelled despite the rain.

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