Posts Tagged ‘Lake George’

LIVE: Eric Lindell & Co. @ Shepard Park, 7/16/14

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Eric Lidell and Will McMains

Eric Lindell and Will McMains

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Swamp-soaked Louisiana bayou blues guitarslinger Eric Lindell and his band roared into Shepard Park in Lake George last week. Their sound was sweet and sweaty. There was southern soul music in the air, glazed over with some saucy funk and some finger-lickin’ good country licks. It’s genuine roots-rock, no foolin’ around, no kiddin’.

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Festival Fever: The LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Elvis Presley

All Elvis, all the time…

If that sounds good to you, then Lake George is where you want to be this week, as the 2014 LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival takes over New York State’s retro-vacation mecca for five days of non-stop Elvis entertainment, including a three-day preliminary for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

Yes, it’s the annual Invasion of the Presley People…

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Festival Fever: Bands ‘N Beans @ Roaring Brook Ranch, 3/2/14

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Big Fez & The Surfmatics

Big Fez & The Surfmatics

The Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George will serve up a day of hot chili and even hotter music from 2-7pm on Sunday (March 2) for the Lake George Arts Project’s annual fundraising bash, Bands ‘N Beans.

Bands performing on two stages throughout the day include Rich Ortiz & Friends, Stony Creek Band, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Chris Ballini, Rick Rourke, Dirt Cheap, Black Mountain Symphony and Tim Wechgelaer & Friends.

The beans part of the event will feature more than 30 area restaurants who will compete in a chili cooking contest. Everyone in attendance is invited to vote for their favorite chili of the day.

Admission is $20, with tickets available at the door.

Festival Fever: Jungle Boogie Music Carnival @ Roaring Brook Ranch, 10/25&26/13

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Now that the frost is officially on the pumpkin, you might assume that festival season is all over for the year. Au contraire…

This weekend, you can rock and roll your way through the Jungle Boogie Music Carnival, a Halloween-themed resort carnival featuring bands, DJs, performance art, dancers, fire spinners, art vendors, killer sound, lights, lasers, visuals, and creative decorations all on three stages for two days.

The bash takes place at Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George, and, of course, wild costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $60 for the weekend, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help save endangered wildlife.

Here’s a line-up of who’s performing:

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LIVE: Jazz at the Lake @ Shepard Park, 9/15/13 (Day Two)

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Vi -Juris, Tony-Marino and Dave Liebman (photo by Rudy Lu)

Vi Juris, Tony Marino and Dave Liebman (photo by Rudy Lu)

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu and J Hunter

In our last episode, I mentioned that Joel Harrison recorded this knockout take on Gregg Allman’s “Whipping Post” where strings were featured prominently. Christian Howes’ violin was one of those strings, and he played a death-defying solo on that recording that helped Harrison take a southern rock anthem to a totally new place. Although the quintet Howes brought to Jazz at the Lake was called Southern Exposure, he wasn’t planning to reboot the Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse’s vastly under-appreciated country-jazz fusion outfit. Late last year, Howes teamed with world-class accordionist Richard Galliano to record a whip-smart take on “nueva tango,” Astor Piazzola’s answer to the happy marriage of jazz and samba. Although Galliano didn’t make this gig, Howes did bring Victor Prieto, a squeeze-box master in his own right who Howes feels a real kinship with, in that they are two guys who play classical instruments that want to be part of “‘La Real’ – the real jazz music scene!”

“Jazz is a verb,” Howes told us while his bandmates were literally taping their music down to battle the incessant winds off Lake George. “It’s an attitude. It’s a way of being… a way of interacting together in an honest way!” Howes and his partners certainly had the interaction part down as they warmed us up with a glowing mix of originals and new looks at Piazzola (the gorgeous ballad “Oblivion”) and Brazilian icon Ivan Lins (a modern-day version of “Aparecido”). “Tango Doblado” translates to “bent tango,” and Howes’ composition covered both ends of the equation: The opening segment showed clear respect for the Argentinian musical tradition… and then that tradition was shot right towards Jupiter with a soaring exploration led by Howes’ rampant violin and Micah Thomas’ explosive piano. Thomas is only 15 years old, and he already has a sense of lyric that players twice his age will never achieve. Thomas and Prieto helped power Howes’ driving “Cubano Chant,” bringing this opening set to a thunderous close.

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LIVE: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez @ Shepard Park, 8/28/13 (Extended Version)

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Review by Denise Borden
Video by Joel Patterson

On Christine Ohlman’s latest album, The Deep End, she teamed up with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci to record a version of “Cry Baby Cry,” a song originally recorded by Van & Titus back in 1968.

When Ohlman and her band Rebel Montez made their Caffe Lena debut in Saratoga Springs in April, George Brantley (aka Van of Van & Titus) drove up from Knoxville, Tennessee to meet Christine and hear her perform his song for the first time. It was a great night at the sold-out Caffe. During that evening, Brantley was also introduced to artist Joseph Simone – a former friend of Lena Spencer and former resident of Saratoga Springs – who currently lives in Virginia Beach. Joseph was so taken by Brantley and his story that he offered to do an original oil painting of him, and he did so from a photograph taken of Brantley standing in front of Caffe Lena…

Fast forward to Wednesday, August 28, the evening of Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez’s Lake George Arts Project concert in Lake George’s Shepard Park… Ohlman graciously offered to have Simone present the newly finished portrait of George Brantley to during her show. Caffe Lena’s Sarah Craig and Stanley McGaughey were on hand to introduce Brantley and Simone for the presentation.

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Five Firsts: Dave Liebman of the Dave Liebman Big Band

Friday, September 13th, 2013

NAME: Dave Liebman
BAND AFFILIATION: The Dave Liebman Big Band
INSTRUMENT: soprano sax

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … not sure of THE first, but something like “Herbie Mann at the Village Gate”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … at Birdland Xmas week of 1961, the Count Basie Big Band and Gerry Mulligan Nonet

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Five Firsts: Joel Harrison of the Joel Harrison/Anupam Shobhakar Quintet

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Joel Harrison

Joel Harrison

NAME: Joel Harrison

BAND AFFILIATION: Joel Harrison/Anupam Shobhakar Quintet
INSTRUMENT: Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASRubber Soul, the Beatles

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Supremes and “Little” Stevie Wonder

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