Be Here Now: The Ashley Pond Band @ Alive at Five

June 22nd, 2009, 3:01 pm by Greg

For the second consecutive week, it looks like there’s a shake-up in the original line-up for the Alive at Five concert series in Albany’s Riverfront Park.

Last week, the Outlaws stepped in to replace the Marshall Tucker Band after the wife of Tucker’s singer Doug Gray passed away, forcing the band to cancel the NY leg of their tour to return home.

This week singer-songwriter-violinist Deni Bonet and her band were slated to open the show for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at 5pm on Thursday, June 25, but Bonet won’t be playing after all.

Here’s how she explains the situation:

“As most of you know, I was booked to appear on the bill next week with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, for the City of Albany’s Alive at Five concert series – the concert was billed as ‘Girls Night Out’, and the events department were excited about putting such a strong bill together.

Yesterday, my manager received a pretty distraught phone call from a
representative of the City (he was genuinely upset), to say that despite us having had this on the books for months, AND a signed contract, Grace Potter’s management had refused to allow me to be on the bill, and wanted to choose their own opening act. This is less than a week to go before the show! So now I’m writing to you all to say that unfortunately, I won’t be appearing on Thursday in Albany.

According to the City, they pleaded with the Grace Potter people for a week, but her management representative refused to give a reason, other than they wanted to choose an act of their own. The City events dept. have promised me a replacement show as soon as they can find a suitable event, so I hope we’ll have something to tell you before too long. Just thought you’d want to know the kind of bullshit that occurs all too often in this crazy biz of music.”

Fortunately, that’s turned into quite a lucky break for the homegrown Ashley Pond Band, who have been quickly signed up to replace Bonet on the bill. The APB just released their stunningly good new album, “The Warning,” two weeks ago.

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)


JEFF BUCKLEY’s “Grace Around the World”

June 2nd, 2009, 10:16 am by Greg

(Columbia/Legacy, 2009)
When he drowned in Memphis a dozen years ago, 30-year-old Jeff Buckley had completed only one full-length album. But that album was 1994’s audacious “Grace,” and it cemented Buckley’s legacy as a cult icon.

Now that stunning debut album is being celebrated on the occasion of its 15th anniversary with “Grace Around the World,” a CD/DVD combo that presents previously unreleased live versions of the songs from the album. (Benjamin Britten’s “Corpus Christi Carol” is absent from the new compilation. In its stead is the Qawwali-influenced “What Will You Say.”)

The live renditions are culled from a variety of concerts and television appearances in London, New York, Frankfurt, New Orleans, Tokyo and Chicago. It’s pretty amazing stuff, perfectly capturing Buckley’s fearless adventurousness.

Serious fans will want to go the extra bucks for the deluxe package which includes a second DVD – the hour-long, award-winning documentary, “Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley,” by directors Laurie Trombley and Nyla Bialek Adams.

Jeff Buckley: Grace-Around The World Deluxe Edition (CD/DVD+DVD Documentary Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley)

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