Posts Tagged ‘Kirsten Ferguson’

LIVE: SAW Barn Bash @ Salem Art Works, 6/7/14

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Mark di Suvero: For Euler, 1997

Mark di Suvero: For Euler, 1997

Story and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

The restoration of an old barn into an impressive new gallery and performance space was cause for celebration at Salem Arts Works’ recent barn bash. SAW founder Anthony Cafritz – whose vision has turned the formerly fallow dairy farm in Salem, New York, into a 119-acre sculpture park, gallery, artist residence and teaching space – was on hand to lead tours to the top of Cary Hill Sculpture Park, where a stunning vista looks out past several massive orange Mark di Suvero pieces to the Green Mountains of neighboring Vermont. SAW is currently at work repurposing over four miles of former logging trails into public hiking and biking trails (with an artistic view).

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LIVE: Fishbone @ Putnam Den, 6/21/14

Friday, June 27th, 2014
Fishbone

Fishbone

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Chatting with a fan at the bar before last Saturday’s Fishbone show at Putnam Den, laid-back Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher showed off a cellphone pic of the large crowd the band faced the day before at a Quebec music festival. Following the Saratoga gig, he mentioned the band had to get up unusually early to head toward Buffalo for a concert with Primus in Gratwick Park.

By comparison, the crowd at Putnam Den was modest by the time Fishbone finally went on near midnight, but the long-running band didn’t let that dampen their effort. In fact, frontman Angelo Moore had to stop to towel off several times as the sweat dripping from his face got in the way of his manic saxophone playing. It would be hard to find a frontman as hard-working and eternally energetic as Moore. The guy does it all: blows a mean saxophone, warps sound waves with a theremin, recites spoken word in between songs, surfs the crowd and generally hops around the stage like a crazed man.

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LIVE: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ the Times Union Center, 5/13/14

Thursday, May 15th, 2014
(photo by Martin Benjamin)

(photo by Martin Benjamin)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Martin Benjamin

Additional photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

“Are you ready to be transformed, Albany?,” Bruce Springsteen shouted in full preacher mode. He had just led his sprawling, 16-piece E Street Band through a rousing rendition of the party-in-the-face-of-despair anthem “Mary’s Place,” an hour into his nearly three-hour concert at the Times Union Center on Tuesday night.

It wasn’t a rhetorical question…

Of course, by then most of the fans at the sold-out concert had already experienced a transformative moment or two. Maybe it was when he simply shouted, “Guitar!,” in the middle of the opening INXS cover “Don’t Change,” and Nils Lofgren and Tom Morello both stepped forward to join Springsteen as a choreographed, front-line guitar army. Maybe it was at the end of “No Surrender” when Springsteen turned his back on the audience and raised his guitar up high over his head, shaking a ferocious blast of feedback from it. Maybe it was “Badlands,” the first full-blown, Church of Rock & Roll sing-along of the night. Of course, it wasn’t the last…

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LIVE: Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric @ the River Street Beat Shop, 4/19/14

Friday, April 25th, 2014
Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric

Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric

Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Last Saturday (April 19) was Record Store Day, and Jimmy Barrett and the rest of the fine folks at the River Street Beat Shop in Troy did it up right, hosting a free, indoor/outdoor doubleheader concert, in addition to offering a big batch of Record Store Day exclusive merch – including the “Bubbles in the Think Tank” colored-vinyl EP and cool seven-inchers by Velvet Underground and Jimi Hendrix from the fine folks at Coxsackie’s Sundazed Music.

The live music was flowing, too, with Nippertown garage-rockers the Mysteios kicking off the afternoon’s festivities with a sneak peek at their upcoming new CD, Planet Action, during an outdoor performance on the sidewalk in front of the store. The celebration moved inside for a fine set by the fab couple Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric that included Rigby’s rockin’ “Dancing With Joey Ramone” and, of course, Eric’s vintage Stiff Records classic, “Whole Wide World.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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