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

July 15th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg


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…

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LIVE: “Sisters in Soul” @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/14/10

March 17th, 2010, 1:59 pm by Greg

Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette

“I’m just trying to hold the fort,” Bettye LaVette told us before she began a smoky take on Ray Charles’ “They Call it Love.” Hold the fort? LaVette commanded it all through her opening set of the Sisters in Soul show at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The 63-year old soul singer doesn’t just sing songs – she inhabits them, with a towering vocal attack and an animated stage presence that makes Tina Turner seem introverted: LaVette wrung every last gram of passion out of Pete Townshend’s “Love, Reign O’er Me”, turned Dolly Parton’s “Little Sparrow”” into a deep dark blues, and she took the message in George Harrison’s “Isn’t It a Pity” far beyond where the ex-Beatle left it.

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Be Here Now: Sisters in Soul @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/14/10

March 12th, 2010, 11:49 am by Greg

Oh boy!

Maria Muldaur, Marcia Ball and Bettye LaVette – all in one concert at 7pm on Sunday and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

We here at are very excited about this concert, and we’re giving away a pair of tix for the show. Just go here for details. We’ll be picking a winner later today, so enter now.

And we were going to write this big, long story about what an incredible soul singer Ms. LaVette is. We were going to rave about previous performances of her’s that we’ve seen at the Iron Horse Music Hall and the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival. But then we realized that we didn’t have to. All we really need to do is give you the opportunity to hear her sing. So here you go, Bettye LaVette singing the Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me” at the Kennedy Center Honors:

We’ll see you at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Sunday!

Comin’ up @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

August 4th, 2009, 11:10 am by Greg

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has announced a dozen performances for its 2009-2010 concert season. It’s got everything from bluegrass (Rhonda Vincent & the Rage) to Celtic sounds (Altan) to swing (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s tribute to the great Cab Calloway).

Best of the batch? No question about it – knockout soul singer Bettye LaVette teams up with piano pounder Marcia Ball and Maria Muldaur for the “Sisters in Soul” concert on Sunday, March 14.

Here’s the line-up of shows:

Saturday, October 24: Robert Earl Keen, Bruce Robison and Todd Snider
Friday, October 30: Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
Sunday, November 1: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
Friday, November 6: 1964 The Tribute
Friday, November 20: Frank Sinatra, Jr.: “Sinatra Sings Sinatra”
Friday, December 11: “Scrooge,” In Concert
Sunday, December 20: The Vienna Choir Boys
Friday, February 12: Jim Brickman
Saturday, February 20: Tommy Emmanuel
Friday, March 12: Altan
Sunday, March 14: “Sisters in Soul” featuring Marcia Ball, Bettye LaVette and Maria Muldaur
Friday, March 19: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: A Tribute to Cab Calloway

Tickets are available to Music Hall members now, and they’ll go on sale to the general public on Thursday, August 6.

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