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ArtBeat: Photographer Judy Linn Looks Back

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Judy Linn: Patti With Bolex

Judy Linn: Patti With Bolex

Interview by Richard Brody and Jeanne Flanagan
Photographs by Judy Linn

Recently Nippertown contributor Richard Brody and Esther Massry Gallery director Jeanne Flanagan had an opportunity to chat with photographer Judy Linn about her artwork and her current exhibit, “My Land/Patti Smith and Other Things, Photographs by Judy Linn,” which is currently on view through Friday, February 28 at the Esther Massry Gallery at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.

In conjunction with Albany’s First Friday (February 7), the gallery will host Linn for a book-signing (4:30-5pm) and art reception (5-7pm), followed by an artist lecture at 7pm across the street at the College of Saint Rose’s Saint Joseph Auditorium. These events are free and open to the public.

Q: Your exhibition presents two distinctive bodies of work: Detroit suburban life in the early 1970s and Patti Smith and friends honing their identities in New York City. Can you talk about these experiences?

A: The Detroit suite of prints comes out of a time when I was working for The Detroit Area Weekly News, a shopper. It was the summer of 1972 and the locations were the first ring of white suburbs around Detroit City including Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Grosse Point, Warren, Fraser and East Detroit. By the winter of 1973, I became bored with the job, too many handshakes and checks being passed, and returned to New York City. But I always knew I had something.

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LIVE: Willie Nile @ LarkFest, 9/21/13

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Willie Nile (photo by Richard Brody)

Willie Nile (photo by Richard Brody)

Review and photographs by Richard Brody
Additional photographs by Bryan Lasky

The day-long musical fireworks on Lark Street needed a grand finale, and who better than Willie Nile and his superb band to supply that at LarkFest’s Madison Avenue stage? The crowd was pumped from the opening salvo: “This Is Our Time,” with lyrics, “Can you feel the power, can you feel the drive, can you feel the feeling that it’s good to be alive?” Support came steady from the tight rhythm section of Johnny Pisano on bass and Alex Alexander on drums and Matt Hogan’s slamming lead guitar; band and crowd became one, and the party kicked into an even higher gear.

The set featured a number of songs from Nile’s recent album, American Ride, including “Life On Bleecker Street” about his adopted NYC home and specifically the street on which his career began some 40 years ago. Willie being Willie, this was not a nostalgic trip back home, but rather a humorous and somewhat cynical view of hipsters, stars, wannabees and tourists who all see Bleecker Street as the destination.

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LIVE: The New Music Festival @ Empire State Plaza, 9/713

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Mayer Hawthorne (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Mayer Hawthorne (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Stanley Johnson
Additional photographs by Richard Brody

Granted, the name “New Music Festival” sounds more than a bit generic, but it’s certainly a better moniker for the end-of-summer bash than the previous “Local Legends Live.” Especially considering that this year only two of the five bands on the bill – twang-timin’ guitarslinger Graham Tichy and the garage-rockin’ Mysteios – hail from the Local 518.

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LIVE: Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Jennings Landing, 9/7/13

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Charlie Hunter (photo by Richard Brody)

Charlie Hunter (photo by Richard Brody)

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Richard Brody and Cheri Bordelon

It’s taken a few years, but nowadays I’ll cop to the fact that I’m a pretty negative person. The glass is always half empty, and the weather is “mostly cloudy”, not “partly sunny.” So I had a lot of worries going into the 12th annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival – not about the bill (which was as solid as ever, despite having only two national acts), but about external factors. Forget that there were two decent-sized music festivals happening at the same time as Riverfront: Rest Fest in Troy and the New Music Festival at Empire State Plaza. Was Riverfront going to suffer repercussions from last year’s (albeit necessary) weather-related mid-fest shutdown?

As usual, I should have taken an extra chill pill before heading down to Corning Preserve. It was just like old times, as the early-comers coated themselves with sunblock at the top of the amphitheater more than a half-hour before the first act hit the stage; the crowd was growing nicely by the time Sensemaya was mid-way through their super-sweet set, and both grassy knolls flanking the space were filling up with lawn chairs and blankets. People were bopping and swaying and ready to get stuck in for a good time, and not even the steady drizzle that came down later in the day could dampen their spirits. People just popped their umbrellas or snapped up their hoods and said, “Bring it on! This year, we’re here to stay!”

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LIVE: Dona Oxford @ Music Haven, 8/4/13

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Dona Oxford

Dona Oxford and Johnny Pisano

Review by Richard Brody
Photographs by Stanley Johnson

The lightning and thunder that hit the Music Haven on Sunday night came not from bad weather but from Dona Oxford and her band, who blazed through two soul-stirring sets. Ms. Oxford is known for her high energy performances that show off her dazzling keyboard playing and soulful vocals, and this being a homecoming show for Oxford, who grew up in Nippertown, she held nothing back. And we got close to two hours of hip-shaking, arm-waving, gettin’-down dance music.

One of the highlights of the first set was Dona’s rendition of “Step Up.” The song, written by Ms. Oxford and Barry Goldberg, is about each of us stepping up and communicating respect and understanding for each other so that we might bring our world back into balance. The performance featured powerful singing by Dona with assistance from her back-up singers, Robin Daléa and Amanda Homi, and playing that was highlighted by one of Colin Ryan’s many liquid guitar solos.

While there were certainly elements of boogie woogie all night, Ms. Oxford’s show-stopping turn on “The Boogie Woogie” that closed out the first set had the crowd screaming for more. You could hear the influence of her mentor Johnnie Johnson (Chuck Berry’s piano man for many years) influence and certainly Jerry Lee Lewis as her right hand (the woogie hand, she told us) flew across the keys in a blur.

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LIVE: Maria Muldaur & the Campbell Brothers @ the Music Haven, 7/28/13

Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Maria Muldaur with The Campbell Brothers Band

Maria Muldaur with The Campbell Brothers Band (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Stanley Johnson and Richard Brody

Rain, and the threat of additional rain, may have diminished the turnout, but nothing could dampen the joyful sounds of Maria Muldaur together with the Campbell Brothers on a recent summer Sunday night in Schenectady’s Central Park.

Muldaur, whose career began at roughly the same time and place as Bob Dylan’s, has been prolific and eclectic. The Campbell Brothers, based in Rochester, have carried the sacred steel tradition into the 21st century, oddly to the dismay of some of their church brethren, with several fine recordings and tours with the Slide Brothers and Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Recently Muldaur and the Campbell Brothers joined forces for a collaboration they’re calling “Spirit & the Blues,” and their free concert at the Music Haven was their public performance debut, but one would never know that based on quality of the over dozen songs performed at the Music Haven stage.

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LIVE: J.D. McPherson @ the Ale House, 7/24/13

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
J.D. McPherson and his band

J.D. McPherson and his band

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Richard Brody

On a mid-July Wednesday night in Troy, the music was as hot as the wings and as cool as the over dozen beers offered on the menu. J.D. McPherson – only a few days after playing a memorable set at Green River Festival – brought his band of roots-rocking brothers to the Ale House to entertain a sell-out crowd for over two hours.

Those who could not manage to procure a ticket had to content themselves with listening from the sidewalk on River Street. Inside, the cramped conditions made getting a cold beverage a bit difficult, but that was no matter. McPherson, a native of southeastern Oklahoma, was greeted like a hometown hero by fans who may have caught his appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” heard him on WEXT-FM or picked up a copy of his 2012 debut album Signs & Signifiers on Rounder Records.

The word of mouth on McPherson has been growing exponentially. Before the show began at 8:30pm, several at the bar could be overheard exclaiming that they had come to the show because of recommendations by friends who had attended Bonnaroo in April.

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LIVE: George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic @ Alive at Five, 6/27/13

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
(photo by Rudy Lu)

(photo by Rudy Lu)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Richard Brody, Timothy Reidy

“We want the funk/Give up the funk…”

Maybe you were there back in 2009 when George Clinton and his Parliament-Funkadelic collective served up a nearly five-hour extravaganza at Northern Lights that ended only when the soundman shut down the PA system and walked away at 4am.

“We need the funk/Gotta have the funk…”

Maybe you were there back in 1996 at Skidmore College, when Clinton wore a Mickey Mouse bedsheet as though it were a tent-like, tribal dashiki, while an oversized top hat with a florescent painting of an extraterrestrial on the front only partially covered the Day-Glo, rainbow-colored dreadlocks that hung down to his shoulders.

“We want the funk/Give up the funk…”

Or maybe you were there way back in the day when Clinton landed the actual Mothership on the stage of the Palace Theatre.

“We need the funk/Gotta have the funk…”

Well, if you caught any of those shows, you should consider yourself lucky. I know I certainly do.

And if you came for George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic’s legendary costumes, theatrics, stage sets and play-all-night-stamina of those psychedelic-funk days gone by, you may have walked away disappointed by the band’s no-frills Alive at Five concert in Albany’s Riverfront Park.

“Swing down, sweet chariot/Stop and let me ride…”

But if you came to Alive at Five for the music – and not the circus – well then, you got the funk. Because even at the age of 70-something, Clinton and his ever-evolving funk collective know how to bring it.

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