Posts Tagged ‘Dan Hogan’

LIVE: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band @ Times Union Center, 12/2/14

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Bob Seger

Bob Seger

Review by Dan Hogan
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

In age of tribute bands and auto-tune pop stars, it is refreshing to see that Bob Seger is still out on the road. Bob is 69 years old now, and he is touring behind a new album, but I was part of the packed Times Union Center crowd that came to hear his hits from the 1970s. We would not be disappointed.

For over 50 years, Bob Seger has been a staple of American Music. As a kid, I still remember the first time I heard the Bob Seger System’s “Ramblin,’ Gamblin’ Man” on WKBW-AM in Buffalo. What was that, I wanted to know?

On the strength of the albums “Beautiful Loser,” the hugely successful “Live Bullet” and “Stranger in Town,” Seger would go on to be a huge star in the mid to late ’70s. I hadn’t listened to his music in quite a long time, but the double-bill with the J. Geils Band was enough to make me curious. Looking around the arena, I saw a crowd that looked a lot like me that was here to have a good time listening to those hits of the ’70s.

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LIVE: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band @ the Fountain, 4/11/14

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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Photographs by Dan Hogan

Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” But if it’s the second weekend of the month there’s one more thing that’s certain – Skip Parsons and his Riverboat Jazz Band are playing at the Fountain in Albany. Clarinetist-bandleader Parsons and his musical crew have kept their monthly residency gig going continuously since 1971.

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LIVE: Rhett Tyler & Early Warning / Soul Sky @ Fuller Roadhouse Grille, 4/11/14

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Rhett Tyler

Rhett Tyler

Photographs by Dan Hogan

The fourth annual Blues Bash was held last weekend at the Fuller Roadhouse Grille in Albany, as a fundraiser for the Capital Region Blues Network. It was a knock-down, drag-out night of fiery guitar pyrotechnics from one of the Local 518’s finest guitarslingers Rhett Tyler and his band Early Warning, in support of their latest CD, The Rhythm The Power The Blue. The stage simply couldn’t contain him…

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LIVE: Scotty Mac Meets Mark Emanatian @ Smokin’ Joe’s Barbecue, 6/22/13

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Scotty Mac meets Mark Emanation

Photographs by Dan Hogan

Yeah, it was pretty darned hot out there in the parking lot during the mid-afternoon concert at Smokin’ Joe’s in East Greenbush, but it wasn’t as hot as the music. Two of Nippertown’s finest blues guitarslingers – Scotty Mac and Mark Emanatian – joined forces with a crack rhythm section featuring drummer Charlie Clifford and bass man Tom Dolan.

Heck, the band didn’t even have a name…

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LIVE: Anders Osborne @ Putnam Den, 5/31/13

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Anders Osborne

Anders Osborne

Review & photographs by Dan Hogan

What a deal, folks! Anders Osborne in Saratoga for $15! Who could refuse such a deal? Not me, so I contacted my bud, Bernie and we made plans to go to this show. We began our evening with a late breakfast at the Gateway Diner on Central Avenue in Albany. The service was hyper and efficient, the coffee was pretty darn good and the food was okay – better than cooking.

Heading up the Northway, we soon arrived in downtown Saratoga and found a place to park. Saratoga was hopping, but I was worried when we parked and got out of the car only to hear a cover band playing “Margaritaville.” Bad omen, I thought, but it was nice to see so many young people out on a Friday night, drinking, dancing and having fun, misguided though they may be.

We found the Putnam Den – it was set back from the street – and went in to find out we were about the ninth and tenth patrons of the night. I asked the doorman “Where are the peeps?” and he said it was early. Early allowed us to walk up to a table right in front of the stage and take our seats. The Den is a very good venue. It has a large stage with professional light and sound, ready to hold a couple hundred rabid fans. They just weren’t there yet. The long bar goes along the far side of the place, and like some of those bars in NYC about 20 years, they feature patrons’ bras hanging above the bar. I wanted to donate my bra, but it was early, and I am shy and, well, I don’t have one, so I kinda felt left out and such.

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LIVE: Pete Anderson @ Yours Jazz Club, 8/18/11

Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Pete Anderson and Greg Hanna

Pete Anderson and Greg Hanna

You didn’t know Pete Anderson was playing a show in Schenectady last Thursday night, did you?

On Tuesday morning my good friend, Bernie, contacted me and asked if I liked Pete Anderson. “Heck yes!,” I said. Then he asked me if I would be willing to work the door for the band. I asked where and when and was told they would be playing at Yours Jazz Club in the Electric City. I’ve been working in Schenectady for five years, and I had never heard of the place, so I looked it up on Google and found the club – only a couple of blocks from where I work. The only notice I found of the show was on ReverbNation, but I assumed the show was publicized, and I just didn’t see an announcement. Regardless, I was happy to have another brush with the music bidness and figured it would be cool to meet Pete and his band.

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LIVE: Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, 6/4/11

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
Mountain Jam

Mountain Jam

It’s been a long time since I went to a “Festival” type concert, but at the urging of a friend who was calling me lame, I bought a one-day pass for Mountain Jam. When I looked at the schedule for Saturday, a couple of performers jumped out at me – Mavis Staples and the North Mississippi Allstars Duo, and a chance to see Gov’t Mule. So, this 54-year old headed up the mountain wearing a NYRA “Alabama” hat, a Buck Dharma Archive T-shirt and comfortable shoes. I packed one of the kid’s backpacks with everything I needed to enjoy the concert – a change of clothes, with a hoodie and heavy sweat pants for when it got cold, a camera, binoculars (never used them once), bug spray, sunscreen, Aleve, my medicine, a big water bottle and a flashlight. With a Coleman camp chair, I was ready!

We found a place a couple of hundred feet from the stage, and claimed (or so we thought) our ground for the day and began 12+ hours of music and people watching. The crowd was very diverse – families with very young kids up to people I would consider old. The weather was spectacular – sunny with a breeze and in the mid-70s – and as we got there, the Ryan Montbleau Band started playing. Never heard of them before, have no idea what any of the songs were called, but it was a vibrant performance that swung and rocked and fit the bright weather. The guitar player was excellent and had one of the best, if not the best solo of the day. These guys ended their set by saying they play house parties! I don’t know the names of the songs, but I am going to find out.

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