Posts Tagged ‘Collette & the Mudcats’

LIVE: Downtown Albany Blues Music Competition, 5/4/12

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
George Boone

George Boone

Review and photographs by Eric Gleason

One of the greatest sounds known to man is the natural reverb of the drums and screaming guitar of a hot blues band careening off the canyon walls deep in a city. That sound returned to Albany’s Pearl Street for the first time in recent memory Friday night as 13 bands participated in the Business Improvement District’s inaugural Blues Music Competition. In the late ’90s and early 2000s, blues around Nippertown was at its peak, and on any given weekend you could easily have a hard time choosing between any number of great local acts, not to mention the regional and national acts that would often roll into town. The scene started to slow down several years ago, but if Friday night’s event is any indication, we are witnessing a resurgence.

Playing for pride and an opportunity to play on a larger stage at Alive at Five this summer, it was clear that each of the contestants came ready to strut their stuff, none more than perennial Schenectady blues man George Boone. Boone has always been a passionate performer and entertaining front man, but he was clearly playing for keeps to a packed crowd at the Pearl St. Pub. The George Boone Blues Band was the obvious top contender, with everyone else playing for second place, and he was rewarded by being voted one of the three winning artists.

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Five Firsts: Collette Drennan of Collette & the Mudcats

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

 Collette & the Mudcats

Collette & the Mudcats

NAME: Collette Drennan
BAND AFFILIATION: Collette & the Mudcats
INSTRUMENT: vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Well…I hate to be honest, but it was Shawn Cassidy. Oh come on… what girl didn’t have a crush on him? He was the Hardy Boy hottie?! My first REAL album was one that I commandeered from my brother, AC/DC’s “Back In Black.”

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LIVE: Collette & the Mudcats @ Alive at Five in Riverfront Park, 6/9/11

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Dennis Centofranchi and Collette Drennan

Dennis Centofranchi and Collette Drennan

Call me Lightning.

One of the best things about summer in the Nippertown area is the free concerts series, the chance to catch a local opener at the Alive at Five series, especially so. Collette & the Mudcats did the honors in support of the Marshall Tucker Band. The Northeast is no stranger to blues bands, but you can grow old in a bar doing the blues – that is, unless an injection of new blood is transfused into the venerable genre. I’m here to tell you Collette & the Mudcats are just that shot in the arm, brothers and sisters!

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