LIVE: Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Putnam Den, 4/3/15

April 30th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Photographs by Eric Gleason

How do you make a Good Friday even better? Throw Robert Randolph & His Family Band onstage and let ’em cut loose with their rip-roaring melange of blues, rock, funk and gospel. If you were at Saratoga Springs’ Putnam Den, well then, you know what I mean.

Steel guitar master Randolph and his funky crew are no strangers to Greater Nippertown, having played a wide variety of Local 518 venues big and small since the days of ye olde Saratoga Winners. And they never disappoint.

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Five Firsts: Mitch Todorov of Klozapin

March 19th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
Mitch Todorov

Mitch Todorov

NAME: Mitch Todorov
INSTRUMENT: Guitar/Vocals

THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASThe Blue Album by Weezer. I had gotten other CDs from my parents before, but this was the first one I had a really strong desire to own. I was nine years old, and my cousins played “In the Garage” for me at their house. I was hooked after that. I’ve listened to this album more than anything else.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Bob Carlton of Dryer

December 26th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Dryer: Bob Carlton, Joel Lilley, Brian Akey, Rachel Sunday

NAME: Bob Carlton
INSTRUMENT: Fender Jaguar/Golden Pipes

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Queen’s The Game and The Best of Doctor Demento. Bought them with money I got for my birthday. I remember my dad asking, “Are you sure?” – and then suggested I put the Queen album back.

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Blockhouses Bring New Single, New Drummer

December 19th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg


As the NYC rock trio Blockhouses get set to play a pair of dates around Nippertown with the Figgs this weekend, they’ve also just released a brand spankin’ new single, the super-catchy “One More Time to Get Home” b/w “Little Sweetie.”

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Win FREE Tickets to See the Samples at Putnam Den on Saturday

July 21st, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly

Hot off the release of their new album America, pioneering jam-band the Samples are hitting the road, and they’ll be playing one of only four East Coast tour dates at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Saturday (July 26).

A quarter century after starting his full-fledged music career with the Samples, Sean Kelly continues to delight fans with music that transcends genres, age and shatters the rules of the established music industry. Throughout his career, Sean has been the driving influence of 20 albums and over 1 million records sold.

Fave Local 518 singer/songwriter, Rich Ortiz will get things started with his solo one-man-band show.

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are $20 advance; $25 at the door.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE tickets to Saturday’s show at Putnam Den. To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter in 12noon on Friday (July 25), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

LIVE: Fishbone @ Putnam Den, 6/21/14

June 27th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Chatting with a fan at the bar before last Saturday’s Fishbone show at Putnam Den, laid-back Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher showed off a cellphone pic of the large crowd the band faced the day before at a Quebec music festival. Following the Saratoga gig, he mentioned the band had to get up unusually early to head toward Buffalo for a concert with Primus in Gratwick Park.

By comparison, the crowd at Putnam Den was modest by the time Fishbone finally went on near midnight, but the long-running band didn’t let that dampen their effort. In fact, frontman Angelo Moore had to stop to towel off several times as the sweat dripping from his face got in the way of his manic saxophone playing. It would be hard to find a frontman as hard-working and eternally energetic as Moore. The guy does it all: blows a mean saxophone, warps sound waves with a theremin, recites spoken word in between songs, surfs the crowd and generally hops around the stage like a crazed man.

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LIVE: Banooba @ Putnam Den, 6/21/14

June 27th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Tim Mack

They didn’t kick things off and they weren’t the headliner at the Putnam Den. But they were worth a night on the town, just the same.

Sandwiched between a low-key acoustic opener from Eli Hargrave and the bombast of headliners Fishbone was Banooba. The New York City-based rock-funk-reggae-whatever band came out last Saturday night and ripped it up with a smile.

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Five Firsts: Dao Jones

May 1st, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

Dao Jones

Dao Jones

INSTRUMENT: Reason 5, Boss RC3 Loop Station, Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Puff Daddy & the Family’s No Way Out



4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … An old ditty titled “Flashback”

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Full Force, with my brother Luke and my friend Steve.

In celebration of his new release, “The 100 Years EP,” Dao Jones steps up to the mic at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Saturday (May 3). The festivities are slated to kick off at 8pm with Don Marko, A.M.J. and High Def. Admission is $1; $10 if under 21.

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