New Release Rack: The Ill Funk Ensemble

August 22nd, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
The Ill Funk Ensemble

The Ill Funk Ensemble

The Ill Funk Ensemble is gearing up for the official release of their sophomore album, “The Duality.” The follow-up to their debut “Catching Wreck” is scheduled to drop on Friday (August 24), and the band will be celebrating with a CD release party at the Icehouse in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Friday, which just happens to be Travers Eve.

The Ill Funk Ensemble: The Duality

But you don’t have to wait til Friday to soak up the sounds of “The Duality.” The album is currently available for pre-release streaming here. With versatile vocalist-freestyler Jermaine Wells leading the way, the new, 12-track album is a sizzling blend of old-school funk, neo-soul and hip-hop. Their genre-fusing, pop culture-populated style is highlighted by “Beatin’ the Heat” (which deftly employs a sample of Quincy Jones’ theme from the old Redd Foxx sit-com, “Sanford & Son,” otherwise known as “The Streetbeater”) and “She’s Fearless (Reprise)” (which offers a tip of the hat to Sarah Connor of “Terminator” fame).

In addition to Friday’s celebration, you can also catch the Ill Funk Ensemble in action at the Sport Island Pub in Northville at 9pm on Saturday (August 25), and you can bet that the party will still be kickin’…

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Festival Fever: 51BassCamp @ Solid Rock Ranch, 8/26-28/11

August 25th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg

Originally slated to take place at Mulligan’s in Ballston Lake, 51BassCamp has been moved to Solid Rock Ranch in Northville in order to accommodate the crowds and offer onsite camping. (Since it’s also Travers weekend at the track, hotels are definitely going to be scarce.)

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Festival Fever: Strawberry Jam Music Festival, 5/12-15/11

May 11th, 2011, 3:20 pm by Greg

Strawberry Jam Music FestivalIf last weekend’s Albany Tulip Fest merely whetted your appetite for the onslaught of outdoor music fests, well then, the place to be this weekend is the Solid Rock Ranch in Northville, where you can groove at the Strawberry Jam Music Festival, a four-day benefit bash to help raise funds for two charities: Strangers Helping Strangers and the Rock Solid Ranch Horse Rescue Mission.

Actually, the fest gets a jump on the weekend, starting up tomorrow (Thursday) with a pre-fest party featuring Hannah’s Field (5pm), Kevin MacConkey (6:30pm), THC (8pm), Reggae Resistance with Annette & George (9:30pm) and Family Dawgz (11pm).

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