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LIVE: Cyrille Aimee @ Shepard Park, 8/12/15

Thursday, September 17th, 2015


Photographs by Richard Brody

The irresistibly charming French jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee made quite an impression in her Greater Nippertown concert debut a year ago at the annual Jazz at the Lake festival. But the weather forced the performances to the rain site at the Lake George High School auditorium.

So it was fortunate indeed that the fine folks at the Lake George Arts Project brought her back to town to headline one of their weekly Wednesday evening summer concerts last month, and she finally got her chance to sing in Shepard Park with the lake shimmering behind her…



A FEW MINUTES WITH… Paul Pines, Curator of Jazz at the Lake

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
Paul Pines

Paul Pines

Interview and photographs by J Hunter

I’ve emceed a few concerts in my time, and it’s a pretty cush gig – tell a joke or two, give a shout-out to sponsors and/or dignitaries, and try not to mispronounce the name of the act you’re introducing. No heavy lifting is involved, there’s usually food & drink backstage, and occasionally you get a free t-shirt out of the deal. You gotta love that, right? Well, as I discovered when I first attended Jazz at the Lake in 2005, Paul Pines definitely takes the other road.

Sure, the Brooklyn native tells jokes, and he always gets the artists’ names right. But Pines takes the job three steps further – he educates the audience about what they’re about to see, and how it relates to what has come before in jazz. When I first saw Pines do his thing at the jazz fest in Lake George’s Shepard Park, he talked about how one of that day’s acts – vocalist Giacomo Gates – sang “in the spirit of Eddie Jefferson.” Forget that I didn’t know Jefferson was one of a cadre of jazz royalty who played the Tin Palace, a jazz club Pines ran in the ’70s just down the street from CBGB’s; I didn’t know who Eddie Jefferson WAS… but you can be damned sure that I found out, and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who did some digging into jazz history after the show was over.

It’s not just that Pines is one of the best minds I know when it comes to this genre; his stage patter isn’t about showing off how much he knows. As the longtime curator of the free Jazz at the Lake festival – which returns to Shepard Park in Lake George this Saturday and Sunday (September 19 & 20) – Pines has taken great pains to make his weekend as far from the “standard jazz festival” experience as possible, and part of that is avoiding the kind of lightweight, commercial fare that’s come to dominate your typical mega-festival. Unlike the bookers for those shows, Pines assumes his audience is of more than average intelligence, so he books bands that don’t insult that intelligence. That said, because of the death-defying – and, occasionally, ear-piercing – qualities of some of his acts, Pines’ introductions are sometimes less about education and more about preparing the crowd for the coming storm.


LIVE: Lake George Blues & Roots Festival @ Wood Park, 8/2/15 (Day Two)

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar

Albert Lee and Cindy Cashdollar

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Cheri Bordelon

Sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project, the inaugural Lake George Blues & Roots Festival took over Wood Park recently, showcasing a stellar line-up of local (guitarslinger Joe Lowry and his band, the Kevin Maul-led Mississippi Hot Dogs) regional (Mulebone, Atlas Gray) and international (the pairing of British guitar hero Albert Lee and steel guitar great and Woodstock native Cindy Cashdollar) talent.

LIVE: Lake George Blues & Roots Festival @ Wood Park, 8/1/15 (Day One)


LIVE: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys @ Shepard Park, 8/5/15

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Kevin Wimmer and Steve Riley

Kevin Wimmer and Steve Riley

Photographs by Rudy Lu

This summer the weekly Wednesday night concerts in Lake George’s Shepard Park have had a decidedly Louisiana-centric focus – and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. Following earlier shows by second generation zydeco master C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band and the Gulf Coast boogie woogie of piano pounder Marcia Ball, the Lake George Arts Project’s free concert series hosted the captivating Cajun sounds of Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys last week.

And while there’s still more Louisiana music on tap for Shepard Park (the soulful squeezeboxer Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience close out the series on August 26), this week’s show takes a different spin with the irresistibly charming French jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee stepping into the spotlight at 7:30pm on Wednesday (August 12). And, yes, admission is free…


LIVE: Marcia Ball @ Shepard Park, 7/8/15

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015


Photographs by Rudy Lu

The rollickin’ Gulf Coast pianist Marcia Ball and her band brought their tasty party-time gumbo of Louisiana blues and Texas honky-tonkin’ to Lake George’s Shepard Park last week for the second installment of the Lake George Arts Project’s weekly free Wednesday night concert series.

The series continues at 7:30pm tonight (Wednesday, July 15) with the homegrown Celtic band Get Up Jack.

GO HERE for the complete schedule of concerts…


FREE: Fridays at the Lake Concert Series @ Lake George

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Wild Adriatic (Video by Timothy Reidy)

The Fridays at the Lake concert series at Lake George’s Shepard Park kicks off on Friday (July 10) with Funk Evolution.

The free concerts take place on Fridays throughout the summer, with the opening acts at 4pm and the headliners at 6pm, except where noted.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2015 Fridays at the Lake concert series:


LIVE: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band @ Shepard Park, 7/1/15

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015


Photographs by Rudy Lu

Carrying on the musical tradition of his father – Clifton Chenier, the late great King of Zydeco – accordionist C.J. Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band kicked off the annual Wednesday night concert series in Lake George’s Shepard Park last week.

And they were a most appropriate opener, too, because the free weekly concert series, sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project, features a cornucopia of Louisiana musical talent this summer – including honky-tonkin’ pianist Marcia Ball (Wednesday, July 8), Cajun favorites Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (August 5) and the rollickin’ season closer Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience.

The free concerts begin at 7:30pm each Wednesday throughout the summer. GO HERE for a complete schedule… and let the good times roll!


FEST: American Music Festival for the Lake in Lake George

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Sawyer Fredericks – the teenage Fultonville farmboy who took home top honors in the recent singing competition on NBC-TV’s “The Voice” – has been announced as one of the headliners at the American Music Festival for the Lake in Lake George.

The second annual festival will be held at Wood Park in Lake George on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 & 27.

And Fredericks isn’t the only 16-year-old wunderkind in the festival’s line-up – blues guitarslinger Quinn Sullivan (whose mentor is the great Buddy Guy) will also fire it up. Sullivan performed at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC in both 2013 & 2014.

But it’s not all about youth at the fest – veteran bands Blotto and Donna the Buffalo will also be featured performers during the weekend. With nearly a dozen bands playing at the featival, the music will range from country to rock, from reggae to bluegrass.

This year’s festival includes more than just world class music with the addition of a kids activities zone, a food truck rodeo, a craft beer garden and the ecoLocal Village vending expo.

Saturday-only tickets for the fest are $25 in advance; $35 at the gate. Saturday-only VIP tickets are $35 in advance; $45 at the gate. Sunday-only tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the gate. Sunday-only VIP tickets at $40 in advance; $50 at the gate. Children under age 12 are FREE.

Two-day tickets for the fest are priced at $45 in advance; $55 at the gate; VIP two-day tickets are $55 in advance; $65 at the gate.

Here’s the schedule of bands for 2015′s American Music Festival for the Lake:


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