LIVE: Rustic Overtones @ Rockin’ On the River, 7/22/15

July 28th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Rustic Overtones

Rustic Overtones

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

WHAT: Rockin’ On the River
WHO: Rustic Overtones
WITH: Mirk
WHERE: The Green Island Bridge Parking Lot, Troy
WHEN: 5pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

UPCOMING: The next installment of the free Rockin’ On the River concert series takes place at Troy’s Green Island Bridge Parking Lot on Wednesday (July 29), featuring the Stevie Wonder tribute band Natural Wonder. The Beat*Shot Allstars kick off the show at 5pm.

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LIVE: Rustic Overtones / Mirk @ Vapor, 3/14/15

April 6th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Rustic Overtones

Rustic Overtones

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Vocalist-guitarist Dave Gutter led the way, as the Maine-based rockers Rustic Overtones roared into Vapor in Saratoga Springs for a free concert sponsored by radio station WEQX-FM last month. Pumping up the already enthusiastic crowd were Local 518 faves Mirk.

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Parade o’ Shoes: Tara Merritt of Mirk

June 23rd, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

Parade of Shoes: Tara Merritt

Photograph by Timothy Reidy

It’s a big week for vocalist Tara Merritt and the other members of Mirk, who open for Dwele at Albany’s free Alive at Five concert in Jennings Landing at 5pm on Thursday (June 26)) and then take over the Hollow Bar + Kitchen on Saturday (June 28) for a CD release party in celebration of their new album, Run.

LIVE: Living Colour @ Empire State Plaza, 6/4/14

June 10th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Corey Glover (photo by Rudy Lu)

Living Colour’s Corey Glover (photo by Rudy Lu)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu
Additional photographs by Richard Brody, Stanley Johnston

When the Governor Nelson Rockefeller regime built the Empire State Plaza back in the ’60s, it displaced and destroyed a huge and vital chunk of the City of Albany’s neighborhoods. So it was with no small sense of irony that Living Colour ripped into “Open Letter (To a Landlord)” on Wednesday night from the stage on the very same plaza.

“Now you can tear a building down
But you can’t erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can’t see…”

Whether the band had any idea about the concert site’s history or not is moot. The song was virtually written to be played on that stage, and the added weight of the ESP’s history imbued the ferocious anti-gentrification anthem with a weight that it probably doesn’t carry at most Living Colour concerts.

Then again, maybe they did know exactly what they were singing about – and where they were singing it. Vocalist Corey Glover kicked off their show by declaring, “We finally made it to the Capital, and we’re ready to burn it down.”

And, burn, baby, burn, they did. At least musically speaking.

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LIVE: Mirk @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 1/17/14

February 7th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg

Photographs and video by Timothy Reidy

Mirk funked up Troy’s Dinosaur Bar-B-Que last month, and the intrepid uber fan/photographer Tim Reidy was there, too…

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LIVE: The Neighbourhood @ Vapor, 8/5/13

August 27th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Photographs Timothy Reidy

Led by frontman Jesse Rutherford, California alt-rockers the Neighbourhood made their Nippertown debut at the Vapor Nightclub in Saratoga Springs earlier this month in front of a huge crowd. Sponsored by radio station WEQX-FM, the free Monday night showcase concert also featured fave Local 518 funkateers Mirk.

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LIVE: The Original Wailers @ Alive at Five, 8/1/13

August 7th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Al Anderson of The Wailers

Al Anderson of The Wailers

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

The Original Wailers, led by guitarist Al Anderson – not to be confused with the Wailers, led by Ashton “Family Man” Barrett, who apparently played at Club Helsinki in Hudson the following night – were jammin’ at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch under the currently-under-construction I-787 highway, an alternate site to the original rain site of the Palace Theatre.

The Palace may not have been big enough to hold the large, enthusiastic crowd who came to experience some of the music of Bob Marley, but who also got an introduction to the band’s music from Miracle, the Grammy-nominated EP, produced by Anderson.

The Original Wailers last appeared at an Alive at Five in 2009 with original Wailer Junior Murvin, who has since left the band. Desi Hyson, formerly of the band Culture with Joe Hill, stepped in as keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter of the band’s new music. Also from Culture was bass player Steve Samuels. Tyrone Downie, who has played with many reggae bands including Black Uhuru, Steel Pulse and Burning Spear, returned to double on keyboards. Drummer Francis Paapa Nyarkoh from Ghana, West Africa, and vocalist Erica Newell, formerly with Ziggy Marley’s Melody Makers, added much to the band’s rhythmic sound.

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LIVE: Troy Pig Out & BaconFest NY @ Riverfront Park, 7/13/13

August 5th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Sara
Albert Cummings

Albert Cummings

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Ribs, bacon-flavored cotton candy, pulled pork sandwiches and bacon-flavored ice cream and so much more… Yes, pork products reigned supreme when the annual Troy Pig Out joined forces with BaconFest NY in Troy’s recently renovated Riverfront Park last month.

But in addition to the oodles of eats, the fest also offered up plenty of great music, too, including a headlining show by Blind Pig Records’ blues-slinger extraordinaire Albert Cummings and such Local 518 faves as Mirk, Stellar Young and the Twangbusters.

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