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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LIVE: Chris Barron @ the Van Dyck, 1/30/10

February 5th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Sara

Chris BarronLast Saturday night Chris Barron, the lead singer of the Grammy-nominated, gold and platinum-selling Spin Doctors, rolled into Schenectady with his stripped-down acoustic duo show. It was his third area appearance in less than a year, and his second in front of a sold-out house in the Van Dyck.

Accompanied by Jon Loyd on keyboards, Barron served up an impassioned night of catchy original songs that were beautifully crafted, revealing multiple layers of emotional lyricism. Most came from his newest independent release “Pancho and the Kid,” but there were a couple of older ones pulled from his earlier solo outing, “Shag.”

With his latest release, the man who penned two of the three Spin Doctors’ Billboard-charting hits (“Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes”) proved that he has evolved into a first-rate songwriter/composer complete with charts that employed violins, mandolins, a cello and an entire choir of singers.

On Saturday evening, he took the audience on a journey through the entire emotional spectrum from heartache to hope to happiness – better known to most of us as romantic love. And it was intriguing to hear how much Barron has evolved as an artist from the days when his pockets were filled with Kryptonite and his face graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Review and photos by Andrzej Pilarczyk

LIVE: River Street Festival Wrapup

June 22nd, 2009, 11:09 am by Sara

A little rain never hurt anybody. And it certainly didn’t keep many folks away from downtown Troy for the sixth annual River Street Festival on Saturday, June 20.

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Although armed with only an acoustic guitar, Rob Dickinson somehow managed to conjure up the massive wall of sound of his old band, the Catherine Wheel.

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Chris Barron declared, “Yes, I’m that guy from the Spin Doctors,” as he delivered a solo performance of Spin Docs classics and tunes from his new solo album, “Pancho and the Kid.”

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Mike Doughty wasn’t the headliner, but you’d never have known it from the enthusiastic crowd reaction. Barefoot violinist Caroline Pook joined him for most of his rain-soaked set.

Straight outta Connecticut, the Alternate Routes served up the festival’s opening set.

The festival’s second stage showcased a lot of Nippertown’s homegrown musical talent, including Simple Theory.

“Whip it…

…whip it good!”

And of course, no festival on River Street would ever be complete with a sidewalk chalk painting competition. Among the entries were dog portraits, Van Gogh wanna-bes, cartoon characters, landscapes, trippy abstracts and more…



And in addition to presenting the massive exhibition of the Fence Show artwork in the galleries, the Arts Center of the Capital Region also hosted performances by Eddie Ade Knowles and Ensemble Congeros:

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

Now that’s what I call some percolating percussion…

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