Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
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The Upstate Concert Hall has run into a particularly rough patch lately with concert cancellations. Just last week, three consecutive concerts were cancelled – Sleigh Bells on Sunday, November 17; the double-bill of 3Lau and Carnage on Tuesday, November 19; and Timeflies on Wednesday, November 20.
Now the Clifton Park nightspot has announced yet another cancellation – the eagerly anticipated concert by Italian prog-rock band and soundtrack kingpins Goblin with opening act Zombi, who were originally slated to take the stage on Sunday, December 8. According to promoters Step Up Presents, “No reason was given.”
Refunds are available at the place of purchase…
NOTE: At least we’re calling them the Capital Area Live Music Awards because that was the first title of the event that we saw. (Elsewhere on the event’s website, they are also referred to as “Capital District Live Music Awards,” “Capital Area Music Awards,” “the Jammys” and “the Jammy’s.”)
The event is described as “an evening of awards honoring music artists from all genres who perform in the greater Albany, NY region.” Fans submitted nominations, and the top four nominees in each category became the final nominees. The winners in each of more than two dozen categories were chosen by an “anonymous panel comprised of radio DJs, members of musical community that represent each genre listed, promoters, venue owners, live audio engineers and select non-partisan live music fans.”
Story and photographs by Wanda Callagy
Sly Fox & the Hustlers have been busy in the recording studio, but they’ll be stepping back into the spotlight at 8pm on Thursday (November 21) when they bring their soulful blues-rock sounds to the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, opening for harmonicat John Popper and his jam-band faves Blues Traveler.
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk
The folks from Tier One Talent have announced the nominees for the inaugural Capital Area Live Music Awards, slated to take place at Trick Shot Billiards & Sports Pub in Clifton Park at 8pm on Friday, November 22.
NOTE: At least we’re calling them the Capital Area Live Music Awards because that was the first title of the event that we saw. (Elsewhere on the event’s website, they are also referred to as “Capital District Live Music Awards,” “the Jammys” and “the Jammy’s.”)
The event is described as “an evening of awards honoring music artists from all genres who perform in the greater Albany, NY region.” Fans submitted nominations, and the top four nominees in each category became the final nominees. The winners in each of more than two dozen categories will be chosen by an “anonymous panel comprised of radio DJs, members of musical community that represent each genre listed, promoters, venue owners, live audio engineers and select non-partisan live music fans.”
Rich Ortiz leads all nominees with a total of four nominations: Best Acoustic Solo, Best Country Singer-Songwriter, Best Pop Artist Solo/Band and Best Indie Solo. But the only real winner so far is Ill Funk Ensemble, who are guaranteed to walk off with a trophy. Why? Because they’re the only nominee in the category of Best R&B Solo/Band.
The awards show will be hosted by Mike the Enforcer and will also feature performances by a number of Local 518 bands and performers, including Skeletons in the Piano, Bway, Lock Nine, Second Heat, Probing Digit, Big Sky Country, Santa & the Effects of Clause, JJ Savage, Mark Slavin and others…
Here’s the list of nominees in each category:
Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte
After talking to a good amount of people at the show at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park last week, it was clear that there were at least a handful of people at the show primarily to see Ghost Beach, the support act who followed openers Mister F. Originating in New York City, Ghost Beach is an alternative-pop band working on their debut album, which is expected to be released early next year. With a number of people in the crowd anticipating their performance, I was interested to see what they would bring to the stage. The three-piece band was much better than I had expected. Playing their new single, “Miracle,” the band overall seemed to really enjoy what they were doing, showing their enthusiasm both on the stage and off while conversing with fans after the show. They won me over with their performance, and I too will be looking forward to their album debut next year.
With an elaborate and high-tech stage setup, headliner Robert DeLong was a one-man electro-pop band playing a number of songs off of his recently released debut album, Just Movement. While playing some of his radio singles like “Global Concepts” and “Happy,” DeLong controlled his laptops and keyboards with a Wii controller, then quickly jumped on to a traditional drum set playing complex drum solos on the side of the stage, then ended up running back to his keyboards. As I watched him and his crew set up his equipment before the show, I wondered how it was humanly possible for one person to play and keep track of so many laptops/instruments at once.
Review and photographs by Amaal Yehia
I was lucky enough to see first see the Airborne Toxic Event when they made their Capital Region debut, gracing the stage of Northern Lights back in 2011 and putting on a performance that was truly unforgettable.
Two years later, following the release of their third album, Such Hot Blood, they returned to returned to the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park (Yes, it’s Northern Lights with a new name.)
The concert showcased ATE’s skill in incorporating indie rock with a touch of orchestral arrangements. Although they have a reputation for playing with various symphony orchestras, the solo band was in no way lacking instrument diversity. I have to admit I’m a total sucker for a string section and was beyond thrilled when Noah Harman managed to swap his electric bass for a beautiful dark brown, semi acoustic upright, while Daren Taylor’s drum beats hypnotized our feet with his steady, enticing intros.