Five Firsts: Matt Durfee of Palatypus

June 29th, 2010, 12:02 pm by Greg

Matt DurfeeNAME: Matt Durfee
BAND AFFILIATION: Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies, Palatypus

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Hmmmm, tough to say, owned many tapes early on, but the first one I bought for myself was probably Bon Jovi’s “New Jersey.” I remember getting yelled at for singing along with it in while I had headphones on when we were vacationing in Florida. Apparently, I didn’t get the concept that only YOU can hear headphones… The cooler album would’ve been Zep’s “Houses of the Holy,” which I owned and played down to nothing around the same time, but since I think I stole it from my dad’s cassette collection, can’t really claim that I “bought” that one.

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LIVE: The Roots Music Festival @ The Linda, 3/27/10

April 1st, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

Sten Isachsen

Sten Isachsen

After a couple of years at Red Square – where the attendance was sparse to say the least – the annual Roots Music Festival moved uptown to The Linda, and the new home was a perfect fit.

Emceed by Chris Wienk of WEXT-FM, it was a splendid night – four and a half hours of non-stop music, all for a good cause. The fest was a benefit concert for the JC Club, which provides lunches for hungry inner-city kids in Albany.

The Blackwell Sinners – a family quartet led by siblings Chris and Courtney Blackwell – kicked off the evening with some back-porch country tunes, and by the time the very pregnant Courtney leaned into the microphone to sing the ballad, “Please Say Hello,” there was already a couple waltzing around the back of the theater.

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