Posts Tagged ‘Erin Harkes’

LIVE: Richard Thompson @ The Egg, 10/12/14

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Review by Erin Harkes
Photographs by Rudy Lu

I would never listen to Richard Thompson on Pandora or Spotify. I would probably end up being insulted by whomever they pick to be similar music. Because in my opinion, nothing compares to Richard Thompson.

As a professional musician, I never take a night off of work. No ‘vacation leave’ or ‘sick time’ when you’re self employed. But when Richard Thompson comes to town, I am there.

For his solo concert at The Egg last Saturday evening, he started softly with “Stony Ground” and “The Ghost of You Walks” before blasting us with “Valerie” in a manner that would make you think the concert was over – it was an encore caliber rendition. “Saving the Good Stuff For You” is one of his newer songs yet is reminiscent of a traditional Irish tune. It was my first time hearing it, and yet I was singing it to myself later that night.

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LIVE: Women of MOVE @ McGeary’s Pub, 4/27/14

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Jocelyn Arndt

Jocelyn Arndt

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

After the overkill of the Saturday MOVE Music Festival festivities – nearly 100 bands playing at 11 different locations during a 12-hour period – things thankfully got quite a bit more manageable on the Sunday with just one single event to wrap up the fest weekend at McGeary’s Pub in Albany.

The Women of MOVE Music Festival Showcase added some estrogen to the musical marathon with Erin Harkes, Margo Macero, Jocelyn Arndt (of the Dependents) and Bridgette Guerrette in the tent in front of Tess’ tavern.

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LIVE: Harx @ River Street Pub, 8/28/13

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Erin Harkes

Erin Harkes

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

One of the Local 518’s most popular and versatile singer-songwriters, Erin Harkes pulled triple-duty on Wednesday, August 24. She started her day at 7:30am in her first stint as special guest host on Rock 100.9FM’s “Wolf in the Morning.”

In the afternoon, she headed over to Riverfront Park in Troy, where she strapped on her guitar to help wrap up the Rockin’ On the River concert series as the opening act for the tribute band Almost Queen.

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LIVE: Almost Queen @ Riverfront Park, 8/28/13

Monday, September 9th, 2013
Almost Queen

Almost Queen

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Another summer of tribute bands in Troy came to a close as the free Rockin’ On the River concert series wrapped up in Riverfront Park with a high-octane performance by Almost Queen, featuring Joseph Russo in the Freddie Mercury role.

Local 518 musical powerhouse Erin Harkes kicked off the evening’s festivities with a stellar solo performance.

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LIVE: Aziz Ansari @ the Palace Theatre, 5/14/13

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Review by Erin Harkes

Aziz Ansari performed at the Palace Theatre last Tuesday night, and I’m still laughing days later.

The show opened with an announcement by “DJ Eggplant Parm,” who was clearly and hilariously Anzari. Set some ground rules for behavior that should go without saying but, alas, never does. Here are some common sense manners. Please and thank you.

Opener Moshe Kasher was succinct and hilarious. Flawlessly opened with the typical “insert-your-city-here” joke, which every crowd eats right up. Referred to his attire as “Hipster Dockworker,” which was uproarious. Recognized and poked fun at the overall whiteness of the audience and then teased everyone with his sexual ambiguity. His set time was the absolute perfect length – just enough to warm up, but still leave the audience wanting to Google him soon after.

Then, without introduction or fanfare, Aziz Ansari took the stage to gradual erupting applause. It was an interesting approach that made most audience members kind of go, “Oh, wow, look who it is!” Anzari took the stage in a stylish three-piece suit, opening the show by telling the audience how obnoxious and distracting it is to have his picture taken during the performance… so if you must take a picture, take it now. While the flashes went off in the audience, he joked about how the pictures wouldn’t come out anyway, and everyone would be confused later when looking at them. He went on to ask that people not play with their phones because there’s nothing that can’t wait an hour, and regardless of the hundreds of other attentive audience members he was most likely going to notice you. Then he endeared us with a bit of vulnerability. He even got this iPhone addict to put hers away for the rest of the show’s entirety.

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LIVE: Amy Schumer @ The Egg, 4/13/13

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Review by Erin Harkes

I went to see Amy Schumer at The Egg not really knowing what to expect. My past experience watching her was limited yet impressive. I’ve seen a few of her clips; a minute here, a minute there. I saw her as a guest on other’s shows such as “The Burn with Jeff Ross” and “The Jesselnik Offensive.” Most notably I laughed uncontrollably when I saw her on the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr. So with that limited experience I guess I had no right to expect more from her full one-hour show … but I did.

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LIVE: San Cisco @ the Bayou Cafe, 4/7/13

Thursday, April 11th, 2013
 Jordi Davieson (photo by Timothy Reidy)

San Cisco’s Jordi Davieson

Review by Erin Harkes
Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Anyone who says there’s nothing to do in Albany doesn’t listen to WEQX-FM.

This great radio station presents some amazing (and often free!) shows – pairing up Local 518 greats with touring indie rock bands. The results are usually epic, and Sunday night’s free show was no exception.

The Australian four-piece indie-pop band San Cisco performed at Albany’s Bayou Cafe to a packed crowd of reveling hipsters. The band opened with “Golden Revolver,’ which set the ebullient tone for the evening. The second song was led by Scarlett Stevens’ pulsing bass drum as though she were leading a parade. “Lyall” had a punk/surf beat which brilliantly contrasted with the almost reggae feel of the following song “Hunter” before bringing it back to pop with the slower and catchy “Beach.” “Reckless” was sweet and ethereal. I couldn’t help falling in love with the line, “I wouldn’t mind loving that girl.”

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Parade of Shoes

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
Beth Zaje

Beth Zaje

Timothy Reidy shot these photos of fine footwear from WILDWOODstock at the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs, 5/6/12.

Olivia Quillio

Olivia Quillio

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