LIVE: Cracker @ Empire State Plaza, 8/12/15

September 14th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

It was the annual New York State Food Festival on Albany’s Empire State Plaza, and to be sure there was a wide variety of food options for your dining or grazing pleasure.

But there was also plenty of music. Led by guitarists David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, veteran indie rockers Cracker were in the headlining slot, churning out tunes from their back catalog, as well as showcasing selections from their latest album, Berkeley to Bakersfield.

Also on hand to keep the music pumping with soul-rockers Gedeon Luke & the People and Local 518 blues-rockers Soul Sky, led by guitarslinger Mark Emanatian.

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LIVE: Cracker @ Revolution Hall, 1/12/10

January 15th, 2010, 2:19 pm by Greg

David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven (left) and David Lowery of Cracker (right)

David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven (left) and David Lowery of Cracker (right)

Singer-guitarist-bandleader David Lowery almost did the impossible on Tuesday night at Revolution Hall in Troy. He nearly upstaged himself.

That is to say, in front of a jam-packed and very enthusiastic crowd, opening act Camper Van Beethoven nearly stole the show from headliners Cracker. Almost, but not quite.

Lowery, you see, heads up both bands. And he did a yeoman’s job pulling double duty, as did drummer Frank Funaro.

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Johnny Hickman, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

January 11th, 2010, 1:51 pm by Greg

” ‘Rubber Soul’ by the Beatles. I was a little kid and had bought several singles – as we called them in the day – by the Beatles and Bob Dylan before that, but once I had heard ‘Norwegian Wood’ and ‘Drive My Car’ on the radio, I knew I needed the whole thing.

I saw the album cover, and I said, ‘Wow, I’m gonna buy this album, and I might need a brown suede jacket, too.’ My dad was military, and so I saved my allowance money for over a month and bought the album at the Air Base Exchange or BX.”

Johnny Hickman and his bandmates in Cracker pull into Revolution Hall in Troy on Tuesday (January 12) in support of their latest album, “Sunrise in the Land of Milk & Honey.” Camper Van Beethoven opens the show.

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