Posts Tagged ‘Riverlink Park’

LIVE: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez @ Riverlink Park, 7/4/15

Friday, July 17th, 2015


Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Following her Caffe Lena gig at the end of May, Christine Ohlman and her band Rebel Montez returned to Greater Nippertown earlier this month for a dual celebration – the Fourth of July and the kick-off of the Riverlink Summer Concert Series in Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park.

The blond, bee-hived queen of blue-eyed rock ‘n’ soul is instantly recognizable from her longtime stint as a vocalist with the “Saturday Night Live” Band, and she’s become a regular visitor to the Local 518 in recent years, firing up her sizzling, soulful sound with bandmates guitarist Cliff Goodwin, bassist Michael Colbath and drummer Larry Donahue.



LIVE: MaryLeigh Roohan @ Riverlink Park, 7/26/14

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The MaryLeigh Roohan Band

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

In support of her perfectly splendid album, Skin & Bone, Saratoga Springs singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan and her band wowed the crowd at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park recently.

Roohan is back on the road again now, currently rambling through North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, but she’ll be back in time for a hometown concert at Caffe Lena at 8pm on Saturday, August 30.


LIVE: Riverlink Jamboree @ Riverlink Park, 7/12/14

Friday, July 25th, 2014
The Nellies

Gene Lemme and Peggy Lecuyer of the Nellies

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Led by Karen Ann Gilpin and Peggy Lecuyer, Nippertown’s own Nellies were once again on hand to host the sixth annual Riverlink Jamboree at the Beechnut Bandshell at Riverlink Park on the banks of the Mohawk River on a beautiful Saturday in Amsterdam.

Joining in the afternoon acoustic Americana hoedown was Dark Don’t Catch Me Here, a Alston, Mass.-based rowdy, roots-rockin’ duo featuring Evan Gavry and Laura Jean Dargus.

Meanwhile, straight outta Asheville, North Carolina, the Locust Honey String Band – featuring Chloe Edmonstone (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Grace Van Hof (banjo) and Meredith Watson (guitar, vocals) – captured hearts and tore ‘em asunder with their old-timey fiddle tunes and aching country harmonies, as they showcased selections from their latest album, Never Let Me Cross Your Mind.


LIVE: The Chronicles @ Riverlink Park, 8/24/13

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
Jeff Nania and Bryan Brundige

Jeff Nania and Bryan Brundige

Review by Stanley Johnson

The Chronicles brought an excellent mix of jazz, blues, funk, rock and more to the Riverlink Park on a beautiful Saturday evening along the banks of the Mohawk River.

The seven-member group performed a number of tracks from their debut album, The Chronicles, as well as selections from their upcoming October release, Spanning the Gap, produced by Soulive’s Alan Evans.


LIVE: Riverlink Jamboree @ Riverlink Park, 8/3/13

Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Nate Gross of Tumbleweed Highway

Nate Gross of Tumbleweed Highway

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

The fifth annual Riverlink Jamboree brought the Nellies, the Bear Bones Project and Tumbleweed Highway to the stage at Riverlink Park on the banks of the Mohawk River on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Amsterdam.

First up on the day were the Bear Bones Project, featuring Carey Ahner on vocals and acoustic guitar, Bill Decker on bass, Sandy Decker on vocals and accordion, Eric Johnson on drums and Pete O’Hearn on vocals and electric guitar.

The band boogied through a set of covers including “You Can’t Do That” (Beatles), “Half-Step Mississippi Uptown Toodle-oo” and “Cumberland Blues” (Grateful Dead), “Wild Night” and “Tupelo Honey” (Van Morrison) “Stir It Up” (Bob Marley), “Willin’” (Little Feat) and “Revival” (Allman Brothers Band), with lots of hot guitar licks by Ahner.


LIVE: Betty & the Baby Boomers @ Riverlink Park, 7/27/13

Thursday, August 1st, 2013
Betty and The Baby Boomers

Betty and the Baby Boomers

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

The banks of the Mohawk River in Amsterdam were an appropriate place to listen to songs about the Hudson River during Betty & the Baby Boomers recent concert at Riverlink Park in Amsterdam.

The band – consisting of Betty Boomer and Jean Valla McAvoy on vocals, Steve Stanne on guitar and vocals, Paul Rubeo on guitar, percussion and vocals and Robert Bard on bass – played songs from the four albums that they’ve released over the course of more than two decades together.


LIVE: The Grand Slambovians @ Riverlink Park, 7/20/13

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Grand Slamboveans Joziah Longo and Sharkey McEwen

Grand Slamboveans Joziah Longo and Sharkey McEwen

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

The Grand Slambovians and the Americanarama Festival of Music were the highlights of an amazing weekend of entertainment with connections and themes that became apparent as I looked back on the whole grand experience.

The experience started Thursday in Schenectady with the Zoppe Italian Family Circus, which I’ve already covered. The next night I wound up back in the Electric City for the Summer Night Out in front of Proctor’s Arcade for fireworks and music, including Funk Evolution and a solo street performance by C. Ryder Cooley (also known for her circus skills).

So the circus theme continued Saturday at Riverlink Park on the banks of the Mohawk River in Amsterdam with the Grand Slambovians (formerly known as Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams). I had seen the band in 2010 at Mountain Jam, but there was too much else going on at the time to give them much attention. I remember thinking that I wanted to see a longer show by them.

So I got one at Riverlink, and what a show.


LIVE: Riverlink Singer-Songwriter Festival @ Riverlink Park, 8/18/12

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Holly & Evan (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Holly & Evan

Evan Gavry @ The Riverlink Singer-Songwriter Festival (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Evan Gavry

Ben Karis-Nix and Victoria Bouffard @ The Riverlink Singer-Songwriter Festival (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Ben KN and Victoria Bouffard

Olivia Quillio & Mary Rubino @ The Riverlink Singer-Songwriter Festival (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Olivia Quillio & Mary Rubino

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