LIVE: NYS Presenters Network Music Showcase @ The Egg, 10/28/14

November 25th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Villalobos Brothers

The Villalobos Brothers

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

The New York State Presenters Network held its annual conference in Albany last month, and in conjunction with the various workshops and panel discussions, the conference also hosted a showcase concert at The Egg that was free and open to the public.

The concert highlighted a wide variety of New York State musical talent from children’s singer-songwriter Dan Zanes to Latin jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his quartet, from Mexican music group the Villalobos Brothers to the cutting edge classical ensemble Sybarite5 and jazz saxman Michael Blake.

All in all, it was a delightfully diverse mix of jazz, folk and contemporary classical and Latin music…

More of Andrzej Pilarczyk’s photographs of this concert at Albany Jazz
More of Timothy Reidy’s photographs of this concert at Autobus Pour 3 Garcons

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The Egg Announces New Concerts

September 15th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg
The Zucchini Brothers

The Zucchini Brothers

The Egg in Albany has announced the schedule of performances in its Family Wonders series, which includes the annual holiday concert by Local 518 faves the Zucchini Brothers, as well as a chance to sing-along with a Grammy Award winner.

The Zucchini Brothers Christmas show has been an annual tradition at The Egg for more than a decade, and it will be returning once again at 2pm on Sunday, December 14. Tickets are $12.

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LIVE: Dan Zanes and Friends @ The Egg, 1/23/10

January 25th, 2010, 2:02 pm by Greg

“Well, it’s up to you,” Dan Zanes explained to the crowd who packed the dance floor into front of the stage at The Egg on Saturday afternoon. “We can have a concert, or we could have a wild party. A foot-stomping, sing-along kind of party.”

The crowd – most members were under three feet tall – roared back their answer. Zanes just smiled and launched into the rousing “The Fine Friends Are Here,” which immediately set to crowd to dancing. OK, well, maybe not exactly “dancing,” as Arthur Murray would know it. More like jumping around in wild abandon. Let’s call it a matinee mosh-pit for the mini-set.

Zanes has been doing the kids-music thing for more than a decade now, and he’s got it down cold. He and his band – drummer Colin Brooks, stand-up bassist Saskia Sunshine Lane, guitarist-vocalist Sonia de los Santos and violinist-trumpeter Elena Moon Park – know they’ve got to keep it interesting and fast-paced.

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Dan Zanes, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

January 19th, 2010, 2:43 pm by Greg

“Yeah, it was either ‘American Pie’ or Cat Stevens’ ‘Teaser and the Firecat.’ It was one of those two. I really liked both of those records.

Growing up, I was much more attuned to the singer-songwriter sound as opposed to the big rock ‘n’ roll stuff.”

Dan Zanes & Friends bring their family-friendly concert to The Egg in Albany for 3pm matinee on Saturday (January 23).

Dan Zanes, What Was the First Song That You Ever Performed in Public?

July 3rd, 2009, 10:30 am by Greg


“It was ‘Morning Has Broken’ by Cat Stevens.

I think I was in the fourth grade or maybe the fifth grade. I played it all by myself for a school assembly.

Boy, I was really nervous.”

Dan Zanes – Grammy Award-winning children’s performer and former bandleader of the Del Fuegos – brings his friends along for a family show at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. at 3pm on Sunday, July 5.

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