Parade of Shoes: MotherJudge

August 24th, 2012, 1:30 pm by Sara
The motorcycle boots of MotherJudge at Troy's River Street Festival in June (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

The motorcycle boots of MotherJudge at Troy’s River Street Festival in June, 2011 (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)


“A Night at Tess’ Lark Tavern” Benefit @ The Linda, 6/10/10

May 18th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

Keith Pray leading his ensemble at Tess' Lark Tavern

Keith Pray leading his ensemble at Tess' Lark Tavern (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

The Tess’ Lark Tavern regular performers will gather together to present “A Night at Tess’ Lark Tavern: A Benefit Celebration featuring the House Bands of the Lark Tavern” at The Linda in Albany at 7pm on Thursday, June 10.

Performing will be Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble, MotherJudge & the Best Damn Open Mic EVER! Band, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Albany Poets’ Poets Speak Loud and special guest Bryan Thomas. These are the performers who have graced the stage at the Lark on a regular weekly or monthly basis for years – performers who have literally taken up residency at Tess’.

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Be Here Now: Ladies Sing the Blues @ Caffe Lena, 2/6/10

February 4th, 2010, 1:07 pm by Greg



At 8pm on Saturday (February 6), some of Nippertown’s finest female vocalists will band together to present a one-time-only tribute to some of the all-time great blueswomen at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.

Sponsored by the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society, “Ladies Sing the Blues” will feature performances by Mikki Bakken, the Dwyer Sisters, MotherJudge, Sarah Pedinotti (of Railbird), Thomasina Winslow, Annie Rosen (of Annie & the Hedonists), Gail Sparlin and Becky Walton (of Big Medicine).

MotherJudge, for example, will be paying homage to Memphis Minnie and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, two women whose brand of the blues owes a debt to the gospel music tradition. She’ll be accompanied by guitarist Mark Tolstrup of Street Corner Holler.

Blues greats such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Billie Holiday and more will also be honored throughout the evening.

“Ladies Sing the Blues” is a special benefit for Caffe Lena, which is celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Tickets are $20.

LIVE: More on LarkFest, 9/19/09

September 22nd, 2009, 5:19 pm by Greg

MotherJudge and Bob Buckley

MotherJudge and Bob Buckley

Yes, those LarkFest tidbits just keep rolling in. Here MotherJudge offers the view from the Hometown Stage, while Mark Rose of Ten Year Vamp gives us a Main Stage perspective from the Madison Avenue end of things:

1. Were there any particularly vivid moments for you – either in your onstage or offstage mode?
MOTHERJUDGE: Waking up in the morning knowing there was zero chance of rain made facing LARKfest 2009 much more pleasant than years past. Good weather brings the stress level wa-ay down.
MARK ROSE of TEN YEAR VAMP: It’s always great on stage, especially looking out into a sea of people. And it’s even more special when we see so many Ten Year Vamp shirts out in the crowd. Offstage, the best moment was signing CDs after our set. We were still signing CDs 30-45 minutes after our set. Company of Thieves started their set and we were still signing… nothing is more special than that.

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