Five Firsts: Kelleigh McKenzie

January 27th, 2010, 11:04 am by Greg

Kelleigh McKenzieNAME: Kelleigh McKenzie
INSTRUMENT: banjo, guitar, stompbox

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … either the Beatles’ “White Album” or Steve Martin’s “Let’s Get Small” – can’t remember which. When I first discovered the Beatles, I had no idea that the band hadn’t been together for years. My sister eventually broke the news, and I think I wept for days. And Steve Martin, well, I could recite his albums from beginning to end and did so often – much to my family’s dismay. Years later when I finally sold my record collection, the only ones I couldn’t bear to part with were the albums by the Beatles and Steve Martin. Still have them to this day.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … a summer jazz festival with my dad in Oregon, which is where I grew up. I was dazzled by the energy and the way the musicians all seemed to communicate without talking, like they were all in on some hilarious joke. It was joyful, spontaneous and there was a crackle in the air. I had to hold my breath, I was so excited!

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Be Here Now: “Dancing on the Air” @ The Linda

July 7th, 2009, 10:55 am by Greg

The monthly gathering of Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and the Dancing on the Air Orchestra (aka, Peter Davis and Sam Zucchini) at The Linda in Albany is always worth a visit. It’s an acoustic extravaganza that can stretch from bluegrass to jazz, from blues to country at the drop of a beat.

And each month, there are different special guests, making each evening, well, special. This week – at 8pm Wednesday, July 8 – “Dancing on the Air” makes it a little extra special, as the guest list includes Jane Rothfield (of such old-timey ensembles as Red Hen, Jane’s Gang, Atlantic Bridge and more), Italian guitar dazzler Beppe Gambetta and the utterly delightful, foot-stomping, banjo-thrumming, Woodstock-based, award-winning singer-songwriter Kelleigh McKenzie, whose album “Chances” was one of my favorites of last year.


If that’s not enough of a reason to get you over to The Linda, the theater is now partnering with the Food Pantries of the Capital District as part of their Tins for Tickets program. So now you can bring along a canned good item or two and get a $2 discount off of the regular $12 ticket price.

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