Posts Tagged ‘Riverlink Park’

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

LIVE: Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen @ Riverlink Park, 8/4/12

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen headlined the fourth annual Riverlink Jamboree on a very hot Saturday, August 4 in Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park, nestled along the banks of the Mohawk River. The day-long festival of bluegrass, old-timey and traditional music also featured stellar performances by the Nellies, Rusty Belle and Tophenjamin.

The Riverlink Concert Series continues at 7pm on Saturday (August 11) with Skeeter Creek, recently named Best Country Band in Metroland’s 2012 Readers’ Poll. Admission is free.

Expert Sideman: Roger Noyes

Expert Sideman: Roger Noyes

LIVE: The Chandler Travis Philharmonic @ Riverlink Park, 7/7/12

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic


Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

Riverlink Park in Amsterdam made a triumphant rise from the mess Hurricane Irene and the resultant Mohawk River flood made of the site last year. New walkways that circumnavigated the park and its strange, prehistoric monument to the earlier, native populations of the area greeted visitors to this year’s Riverlink Concert Series. What better way to kick things off than with the Chandler Travis Philharmonic?

The band had played the park last year prior to the very serious natural disaster, so it seemed appropriate that this not very serious band begin a fun season of music on the site. Not that the Chandler Travis Philharmonic aren’t dedicated, professional musicians. But any band that plays wearing pajamas and robes, starting with a very slipperly “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” for the holiday (well, just how many 4th of July songs do you know?) and then proceeds with a poem that seemed to be about throwing meat in the river, followed by something that may have been Scottish (or maybe not), cannot, by most standards, be considered traditional.

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Riverlinked!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Riverlink Park, Amsterdam

The site of the annual summertime Riverlink Concert Series, Riverlink Park in Amsterdam became part of the Mohawk River during last week’s visit from Tropical Storm Irene.

Fortunately, the new bandshell did not become airborne nor did it float away, although the dock was damaged and a storage shed floated in from somewhere upstream.

Thank Cod the water level has receded, or this place might have gotten a reputation as a real dive. Hard enough for a musician to tune a guitar, let alone tuna fish. A bass player could have a hard time with the scales. Oh, quit your carping, and don’t be crabby. Don’t be shellfish, and please help out with local relief efforts.

Story and photograph by Stanley Johnson

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