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LIVE: The Figgs @ the Low Beat, 4/4/14

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Mike Gent regales the crowd

Mike Gent regales the crowd

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Although Howard Glassman’s new music club the Low Beat quietly opened back in February, he celebrated his new Central Avenue joint in grand style on Friday, April 4 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan during the day. At night, the Figgs — whose “Sucking in Stereo” poster features prominently behind the club’s newly refurbished bar — christened the place with a nearly three-hour set that contained elements both old and new, like the Low Beat itself.

There were new songs from an upcoming album that the band was in the midst of recording at Seth Powell’s Soundcheck Republic studio in East Greenbush. And one of the oldest songs of the night was a rare live version of “Apple Brown Betty,” a jazzy, funky instrumental by bassist Pete Donnelly that appeared on the long out-of-print Put Me Up cassette-only release by the pre-Figgs band the Sonic Undertones.



LIVE: The Sword / Big Business @ Upstate Concert Hall, 2/25/14

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Kyle Shutt (left) and J.D. Cornise of The Sword

Kyle Shutt (left) and J.D. Cornise of The Sword

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Sci-fi stoner band the Sword hit the crowd with a never-ending barrage of heavy riffage during their show at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park last week, fueled by the churning guitars of J.D. Cronise and Kyle Shutt.


LIVE: MaryLeigh Roohan @ the Parting Glass, 11/8/13

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
MaryL eigh Roohan with Jason Brown

MaryLeigh Roohan with Jason Brown

Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

At the Parting Glass earlier this month, Saratoga singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan celebrated the release of Skin and Bone by performing the entire album from start to finish – backed by a rotating cast of musicians that included Jason Brown, Joel Brown, Chris Carey, Meg Duffy, James Gascoyne and Sam Zucchini.


LIVE: John Fogerty @ the Times Union Center, 11/10/13

Friday, November 15th, 2013
(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk and Martin Benjamin

There was a hefty amount of nostalgia running through John Fogerty’s marathon concert at the Times Union Center on Sunday night. Before the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman came on stage for the two-hour-plus show, a backdrop screen displayed a montage of video clips and photographs from the ‘60s and ‘70s: flyers from sold-out CCR gigs and old interviews with Fogerty wearing various shades of flannel plaid and a mop of brown hair.

He hasn’t changed much since then: same hair, same flannel.


Real Good for FREE: Local Harvest Fest @ Washington Park, 10/6/13

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
The Luck Jukebox Brigade (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

The Lucky Jukebox Brigade (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Good food…
Good music…
Good times…

The Honest Weight Food Co-op is presenting its fifth annual Local Harvest Festival at the Lakehouse in Albany’s Washington Park from 12noon-4pm on Sunday (October 6). The focus of the free fest is a Local Foods Marketplace with more than 50 vendors, but there will also be children’s activities, chef demonstrations, crafters and, of course, a healthy serving of homegrown Local 518 music, too.

Here’s the schedule of bands performing at Sunday’s Local Harvest Festival:


LIVE: Restoration Festival @ CAC Woodside, 9/7/13 (Day Two)

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Man Man with a young dancer  (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Man Man with a young dancer (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson and Timothy Reidy

The second day of this year’s Restoration Music & Fun Festival, held for the first time at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside – a Neo-gothic stone complex perched precariously on a hillside in South Troy – got started early in the afternoon on Saturday with quiet, reverent music. We were in a former church, after all.

Architecturally, the new Rest Fest location – although historically important – couldn’t quite match the towering St. Joseph’s Church in Albany, which last year provided a stunning setting of both beauty and decrepitude: high vaulted ceilings and gorgeous stained glass windows along with chipped walls, leaky ceilings and crumbling plaster depictions of Jesus.

Ownership of St. Joseph’s Church has since returned to the city of Albany, so the purpose of the annual music and arts fest – started four years ago by local music collective B3nson Recording Company to raise funds for the church’s restoration – shifted this year to an equally worthy cause in the Contemporary Artists Center, which is transforming the long vacant church and chapel at Woodside into an arts venue.

Festivalgoers trickled into Woodside’s church with its heavy wooden monastic doors on Saturday as the Accents kicked off the afternoon with subdued and soul-baring folk on the “church stage.” Tor & the Fjords, a project of Albany librarian and songwriter Tor Loney, had just opened the day on the festival’s “chapel stage” with a set of introspective indie. And Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies followed with dark-tinged emotional pop highlighted by a murder ballad based on a true-life love triangle that ended disastrously in Cohoes.


LIVE: Party Boat @ Bailey’s Cafe, 8/9/13

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Party Boat

Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Saratoga Springs’s own Party Boat are getting a fair amount of airplay on WEXT-FM with their song “Don’t Be Bummin’ at the Party,” and that’s pretty damn good advice any time Party Boat hits the stage, like they did at Bailey’s Cafe in Saratoga Springs last month.


Sammyfest: Benefit for Birthdays @ Putnam Den, 9/5/13

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Sammy Yager at Valentine’s Music Hall, 5/3/13

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Sammy Yager, the Saratoga musician behind the experimental music of Birthdays, was involved in a serious bicycle accident in July that left him hospital and in a coma.

He is slowly recovering at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center, showing signs of improvement daily, as he builds his strength. You can follow his progress online at the Babydude Blog.

Now a number of Local 518 bands and musicians are banding together to support Yager’s recovery and to raise money to alleviate the cost of his mounting medical bills. The benefit concert Sammyfest will be held at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Thursday. Admission is a $10 minimum donation.

Here’s the line-up of bands who are graciously donating their time and talent for Sammyfest:


Caffe LenaHolly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Leave Regular Radio BehindArtist Charles HaymesKeep Albany BoringThe LindaBerkshire On StageHudson SoundsG.C. HaymesDennis Herbert Art