Bad weather forced the opening volley of the Wiswall Park Concert Series indoors last Thursday, but it didn’t put a damper on the party, as Sirsy and Ra Ra Riot rocked the second floor of the Factory Eatery in Ballston Spa.
Ra Ra Riot rolls into Wiswall Parkthe Factory Eatery at 6pm tonight, kicking off the Ballston Spa free concert series like a summer thunder storm. (UPDATE: Apparently, that thunder storm metaphor was a bit too appropriate: tonight’s concert has been moved to the rain site – the second floor of the Factory Eatery.) The band traces its origins to the hill that is Syracuse University, but its reach extends as far as the radio airwaves that they’ve captured through out the world. Albany has not escaped their mastery of frequencies, as the band is in rotation on at least two commercial stations with-in earshot of Nipper.
Ra Ra Riot comes armed with some serious street cred. Last year, they released their second album “The Orchard,” which was produced by the band and Andrew Maury. Nine of the ten tracks were mixed by Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla, while the remaining one was mixed by Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend.
The six-piece former major-now-indie group is comprised of four dudes who handle the guitar, bass, drums and vocal duties as well as two women who bow a mean violin and cello. Their music is powerful but always anchored in a strong sense of melody.
With live gigs from Reykjavík to Austin, why question the fortuitous routing. Check ‘em out. Local duo Sirsy is slated to open the show at 6pm tonight. Admission is, of course, free.
They didn’t say anything about it from the stage, but last Monday’s concert by Syracuse chamber-popsters Ra Ra Riot was something of a homecoming for the band, considering that they recorded their latest album, “The Orchard,” right here in the Local 518 at Black Dog Recording Studio in Stillwater.
On the other hand, Ra Ra Riot wasn’t very chatty at all on Monday. Maybe they were tired – their show at Jillian’s in Albany was their last concert of the year. Or maybe they were zipping through their show in order to rest up for the taping of their national television spot on “Late Show With David Letterman” the following afternoon.