Live: LarkFEST, Part II

September 27th, 2010, 2:30 pm by Greg

Chris Barron (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Chris Barron (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)


Well, you couldn’t have asked for a better day in Albany, although the hot sun and soaring temperatures made it feel more like the Fourth of July instead of mid-September.

We didn’t catch all of the music – with two stages running simultaneously all day long – it was nearly impossible, especially after 2:30pm when the rapidly growing crowd made the stage-to-stage dash difficult, to say the least.

But we saw a lot of music – and it was all pretty good stuff.

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Real Good for Free: Charlie Watts Riots @ Albany Tulip Festival, 5/8/10

May 4th, 2010, 9:30 am by Greg


Charlie Watts Riots have been a buzz band ever since emerging on the Nippertown music scene two years ago. It’s another case of old faces-new band, and in this case, the chemistry combusted nicely.

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Real Good for Free: Tern Rounders’ “Moonlight Jamboree” @ Bread & Jam Cafe, 2/6/10

February 4th, 2010, 11:04 am by Greg

The Tern Rounders performing at Crumbs Nite Out in 2009


Nippertown alt-country faves Tern Rounders have been exploring the many facets of Americana on the first Saturday of each month at the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes.

The monthly shindig is called the “Moonlight Jamboree,” and it’s rapidly becoming a must-be-there night out for musicians and fans of the local roots music scene.

On Saturday, “Moonlight Jamboree” will definitely be rockin’ the house. Eric Erkinnen will launch the evening’s festivities with a solo set at 7:30pm, followed by the Charlie Watts Riots stripping down their high-energy rock to an unplugged format. The honky-tonkin’ Tern Rounders will wrap up the night with a closing set of their own, featuring selections from their fine debut CD, “A Different Land.”

And, yes, admission is free.

Joe Putrock, the Mayor of Warren Street

September 3rd, 2009, 11:35 am by Greg

You’ve seen his photographs in Metroland.
You’ve seen his photographs in the Times Union.
You’ve seen his photographs on gallery walls.
Yes, Joe Putrock‘s photographs sometimes seem to be everywhere.

Joe Putrock

Joe Putrock

And now you can also see them at Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson. The exhibit – which also features the work of Melinda McDaniel and Arnold Kastenbaum – opens today and will remain on view through Sunday, October 11.

The opening reception for the show takes place from 6-8pm Saturday, September 5, and Putrock has decided to make a whole night of it.

Following the reception at the gallery, Putrock will dash across Warren Street to Jason’s Upstairs Bar, where he’ll slip behind the drums to play with his band, the Charlie Watts Riots.

That’s right, a little bit of intimate, small-scale photography and a little bit of crank-it-up, blast-it-out rock & roll. Joe Putrock, you’re the Mayor of Warren Street – at least for a night.

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