Posts Tagged ‘Red Square’

Win FREE Tickets to See Mikaela Davis & Banshee Tree @ Red Square on Thursday

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Mikaela Davis is a singer-songwriter from Rochester. But don’t expect the usual guitar strumming or piano plunking from her. Davis’ instrument of choice is the harp.

Currently studying at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, Davis began harp lessons at the age of eight, and her musical career has continued to blossom ever since. But her classical music background is only the beginning. There’s more to the multiple music award winner… She’s also a fine songwriter and vocalist, blending influences from Tori Amos and Cowboy Junkies to trance and Ravel.

Davis is headed into Red Square in Albany at 9pm on Thursday (March 27) in support of her new EP Fortune Teller, and she’s bringing along Alex Coté on drums and percussion, as well as Cian McCarthy on guitar, sitar and keys. Opening the show is Banshee Tree featuring Tom LaFond and Kalyn Penbridge. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, 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. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Thursday (March 27), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Thursday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.


LIVE: Matt Durfee @ Red Square, 11/23/13

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Matt Durfee

Matt Durfee

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Local 518 singer-songwriter Matt Durfee celebrated the release of his long-awaited debut solo CD, Little World, with a performance and party at Red Square in Albany last month.


New Release Rack: Harvest o’ Hip-Hop

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Three new homegrown hip-hop albums are dropping around Nippertown this weekend, and here’s the info on where the parties are:

Friday (October 18), 9pm
Red Square, Albany
$10 in advance; $13 at the door; first 50 will get the new albums by JPlus & Sin-City FREE
with Sin-City (see below), MIRK, the Ameros, Knowle’ge, Jaja Gibore, Ghostryder, Nerezza, Appocalypz
JPlus’ sixth solo album, Tripolar, explores the three personas J has created to survive his childhood in the post-industrial urban ghetto. Jessie is a hopeful, intelligent young man who wants to have the same opportunity to succeed, regardless of color, creed or culture. JPlus is entrepreneurial and confident — the Urban King — whose street-smarts allow him to escape the toils of the ghetto. Muzzle Off is the third, the darkest,and most ruthless, the metabolite of societal churning: he is a hateful monster who stews in blame — blame towards a world that stole his humanity and forced a personal choice between poverty or violent crime.


LIVE: Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ Red Square, 9/5/13

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy

If you were up at the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC back in June, then you already know that New Orleans’ Big Sam’s Funky Nation pump out a mighty blend of jazz, funk and hip-hop that has everyone within earshot shakin’ their booty.

And when you squeeze the powerhouse combo into an intimate setting like Red Square in Albany, you just know that they’re gonna raise the roof, especially if Local 518 funkateers the Chronicles are signed on to open the evening’s festivities. But when bandleader-trombonist-vocalist Big Sam Williams slid onstage to wail with the Chronicles, well, let’s just say that the funk bomb was detonated early, and the party was in full force before the Funky Nation even took the stage.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Big Sam’s Funky Nation


LIVE: Chic Gamine @ Red Square, 6/28/13

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Chic Gamine

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Herb Karnes

It’s all too rare that you hear music that simply glows, but that’s the only description for the glorious sounds of Canadian quintet Chic Gamine, who made their Albany debut at Red Square last month.

Their voices almost visibly shimmered in the air… hypnotizing, mesmerizing, utterly captivating.


Five Firsts: Jordan Bumgarner of Lucrezio

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013



NAME: Jordan Bumgarner
INSTRUMENT: guitar & vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Metallica’s Black Album



LIVE: The Midnight Society @ Red Square, 5/25/13

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
The Midnight Society

The Midnight Society

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Local 518 folk-pop band the Midnight Society – helmed by Deidra Knauth (keyboard, vocals) and Jim DeSario (guitar, vocals) – took over Red Square in Albany over Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the release of their new 10-tune album, Footprints.


Win FREE TICKETS to American Babies at Red Square on Saturday

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

After honing his chops and earning serious road-dog status with electro-rockers the Brothers Past, Tom Hamilton ventured off on his own, forming the American Babies, a like-minded collective of a band with a more organic Americana sound. With a revolving line-up of musicians, Hamilton and American Babies have released a pair of acclaimed albums – their 2008 self-titled debut and 2011′s Flawed Logic – and earned rave reviews at their live performances, including high profile gigs at such prestigious festivals as Bonnaroo, SXSW and the Newport Folk Festival.


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