DVD: THE MOODY BLUES’ “Threshold of a Dream: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival”

August 25th, 2009, 3:54 pm by Greg

moodyBlues(Eagle Rock Entertainment, 2009):

It was 39 years ago, almost to the day, when the Moody Blues invaded the Isle of Wight, churning out their classic/classical rock to an estimated audience of 600,000 fans.

At the time, their new album, “A Question of Balance,” was number one on the British pop charts – no mean feat considering that it was the third album that the Moodies had released in just two years, the others being 1969’s “On the Threshold of a Dream” and “To Our Children’s Children’s Children.”

This newly released DVD captures the performance, or at least most of it. Apparently, some film has not survived the years, so all 14 songs – which can be heard on the CD – didn’t make it onto the DVD. “The Sunset” is included on the DVD, but there’s no footage of the band’s performance, only a montage of crowd shots, which is interesting enough.

But, of course, there’s “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Nights in White Satin,” “Question” and the still mindscrambling “Legend of a Mind.” It’s difficult to remember that there was a time when “Legend of a Mind” could be considered a dramatic show-closer. And the 50-minutes of concert footage wraps up with a time-traveling montage of the band rolling through “Ride My See Saw.”

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Real Good for Free: Kidstock @ Belleayre Music Festival, 8/23/09

August 20th, 2009, 9:06 am by Greg

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, Uncle Rock, the Belleayre Music Conservatory and original festival co-producer Michael Lang bring you Kidstock at the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount on Sunday, August 23. Doors open at 12noon.

A free family concert, Kidstock is an interactive festival to benefit Friends of Snuffy’s Food Pantry Program. Attendees are asked to bring along a pet food donation for our furry and feathered friends in need.

Family music troubadour and Kidstock host Uncle Rock and his band the Playthings will kick off the festivities at 1pm, followed by Paul Green’s School of Rock All-Stars.

Ranging in age from kindergarten to high school, this band is the cream of the world-renowned Paul Green’s School of Rock, the real-life inspiration behind the “School of Rock” movie starring Jack Black. They will close the day’s festivities with their “Tribute to the Music of Woodstock.”

Festival-goers of all ages are encouraged to dress in the style of their favorite musical era or musician. Everyone will get an eyeful at the Rock & Roll Fashion Show, featuring small fry models strutting their stuff across the stage in everything from punk to glam to hip-hop fashions.

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LIVE: The Original Wailers @ Alive at 5, 8/13/09

August 14th, 2009, 2:11 pm by Greg

Junior Marvin

Junior Marvin

The great Bob Marley died in 1981, but before he did, the members of his band made him a promise to carry on not only his music, but also his message of peace and unity.

And the Original Wailers made good on that promise in Albany’s Riverfront Park on Thursday, August 13 at the final Alive @ 5 concert of the 2009 summer season.

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RIP: Willy DeVille

August 7th, 2009, 1:52 pm by Sara

Willy DeVille has died in Paris at the age of 55. Or 58, depending on which reports you want to believe.

Here’s an interview with Willy that Thom Jurek did for allmusic.com back in May, 2006.

Here he is performing “I Must Be Dreaming” on “The Late Show With David Letterman” in 1985.

and performing “This Must Be The Night” at NYC’s legendary Bottom Line in 1993:

Thanks to Paul Rapp for the youtube links.

Previously: Song of the Week: Mixed Up Shook Up Girl

LIVE: The Pine Leaf Boys @ the Music Haven, 7/19

July 23rd, 2009, 1:10 pm by Greg


The Pine Leaf Boys follow in the footsteps of legendary Cajun music kingpins Beausoleil, but they add more bite to the traditional sound, layering in rock and roll energy, a bit of funk and a lot of youthful exuberance.

The Grammy-nominated quintet rolled into Schenectady’s Central Park for a free concert at the Music Haven on Sunday, July 19, wrapping up their national tour before returning to their southwest Louisiana hometown of Lafayette.

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LIVE: The Alan Payette Band, 7/15

July 17th, 2009, 9:45 am by Greg


Veteran guitarist Alan Payette and his band (including tenor saxophonist Keith Pray) played Shepard Park in Lake George on Wednesday, July 15, as part of the Lake George Arts Project’s ongoing free summer concert series.

Featuring a predominantly new line-up, the band pumped out a mix of originals and covers, including funk and rock gems from the likes of the Average White Band, the Isley Bros and Jimi Hendrix.

Next up in Shepard Park is Americana/alt-pop singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell and her band on Wednesday, July 22.


Written and photographed by Andrzej Pilarczyk

LIVE: The Church @ The Egg, 7/10

July 13th, 2009, 11:06 am by Greg

Steve Kilbey

Steve Kilbey

The Church is and has been a very good band for a very long time. At last Friday night’s intimate performance at The Egg, the Church quite simply rocked.

Gone are the support of major labels Warner Brothers and Arista. Even the post-“Starfish” Arista releases – numbering three – were an intentional move away from a simple follow-up to “Under the Milky Way,” the band’s lone Top 40 hit.

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LIVE: Hi8us & Lynch Rock the River

July 10th, 2009, 10:31 am by Greg

Shannon Lynch, tenor sax and vocals

Shannon Lynch, tenor sax and vocals

Here’s Matthew Mac Haffie’s through-the-camera-lens view of Troy’s Rockin’ on the River show featuring Hi8us and Lynch on Wednesday, July 8.

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