Song of the Week: October

October 1st, 2009, 10:11 am by Sara

But wait, there’s more:
October Project: Bury My Lovely
Brian Eno: Late October
Theme to October Sky
Blue October: Say It
UPDATE: Of Montreal: October Is Eternal (TURN DOWN THE VOLUME before you click this). (Thanks, beingiseasy!)
UPDATE #2: James Taylor (and the Dixie Chicks): October Road (Thanks, AndyG!)


LIVE: The Lake George Jazz Weekend, 9/19-20/09

September 23rd, 2009, 12:43 pm by Greg

Billy Harper

Billy Harper

The Lake George Arts Project launched its 26th Jazz At the Lake Festival, better known as the Lake George Jazz Weekend, on Saturday, September 19. Old friends greeted each other and found places to sit down in the Shepard Park amphitheater looking down the hill to the bandstand and the lake.

In the picturesque warmth of the day, veteran jazz pianist Bill Mays and his Inventions Trio presented a sparkling set of chamber jazz. Accompanied by famed trumpeter Marvin Stamm and newcomer cellist Alisha Horn, Mays’ mix of classical and jazz themes drew appreciative applause.

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LIVE: Minus 5, The Baseball Project, Steve Wynn IV @ Valentine’s, 9/21/09

September 22nd, 2009, 12:42 pm by Greg

Linda Pitmon, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of Minus 5

Linda Pitmon, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of Minus 5

1984. The Agora Ballroom. Hartford, Connecticut. The Dream Syndicate opens for R.E.M. Karl Precoda tears the ringing opening notes of “Tell Me When It’s Over” out of an impossibly loud Gibson, and by the time the first chorus desperately thunders out of the shaking PA all is right with the world.

2009. Valentine’s. Albany, New York. The Steve Wynn IV is The Baseball Project is The Minus 5. Peter Buck glides the ringing opening notes of “Tell Me When It’s Over” out of a jangling Rickenbacker, and by the time all the paunchy, balding 45-year-old white guys are bopping their heads to the first chorus all is right with the world again, at least on that little stretch of New Scotland Avenue.

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See Here Now: “Zoo Logic” @ the Lake George Arts Project Courthouse Gallery

August 13th, 2009, 12:24 pm by Greg

Barbara Moody: Moving On

Barbara Moody: Moving On

It’s all about the animals at the current LGAP exhibit, and curator Laura Von Rosk took on the challenge of balancing the diverse work of 15 different artists into a coherent Noah’s Ark-like show at the cozy Courthouse Gallery. But she did an excellent job, and it’s well worth your time to dash up to see it. But hurry, as the exhibit’s last day is Friday, August 14.

The first pieces to grab hold of me were a pair of long, horizontal collages by Reet Das. Gorgeous in color and detail, the matching 80″-long works combine anatomical cross-sections with skulls, birds, rats, maps and more, conjuring a kind of fauna timeline.

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LIVE: The Alan Payette Band, 7/15

July 17th, 2009, 9:45 am by Greg


Veteran guitarist Alan Payette and his band (including tenor saxophonist Keith Pray) played Shepard Park in Lake George on Wednesday, July 15, as part of the Lake George Arts Project’s ongoing free summer concert series.

Featuring a predominantly new line-up, the band pumped out a mix of originals and covers, including funk and rock gems from the likes of the Average White Band, the Isley Bros and Jimi Hendrix.

Next up in Shepard Park is Americana/alt-pop singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell and her band on Wednesday, July 22.


Written and photographed by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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