LIVE: Super 400 / Wild Adriatic @ Rockin’ On the River, 7/2/14

July 23rd, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Super 400's Kenny Hohman  and Joe Daley

Super 400’s Kenny Hohman and Joe Daley

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Yes, every once in a long while, the Rockin’ On the River concert series veers off the path dedicated to tribute-bands-and-nothing-but-tribute-bands to showcase some of the Local 518’s finest – bands that actually play their own music.

That certainly was the case earlier this month when two of Nippertown’s hardest rockin’ trios – Super 400 and Wild Adriatic – teamed up for a dynamic double bill in the Troy’s Green Island Bridge parking lot earlier this month.

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Who’s Bad? Rockin’ On the River?

March 17th, 2014, 12:03 pm by Greg

For the past couple of years, Troy’s free Wednesday evening summer concert series Rockin’ On the River has been a parade of tribute bands. And this summer may not be any different, if the first announcement of the season is any indication…

Who’s Bad?, the Michael Jackson tribute band who played the Troy concert series in 2012, will be returning again on Wednesday, August 13, according to the band’s website.

LIVE: Astrograss @ Rockin’ On the River, 8/7/13

August 28th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, Brooklyn-based band Astrograss held down the only non-tribute-band slot on the 2013 Rockin’ On the River free concert schedule.

As the series shifted mid-summer from the Green Island Bridge parking lot to the more audience-friendly Riverfront Park in Troy, guitarist-vocalist Jordan Shapiro and fiddler Sarah Alden led the band through their paces, rooted in bluegrass and old-timey music but with an eye (and an ear) toward the future.

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The First Rockin’ On the River Concert of 2012…

March 7th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

There hasn’t been any official word yet regarding this summer’s series of free Rockin’ On the River concerts in Troy, but according to the band’s website, the Michael Jackson tribute band Who’s Bad is scheduled to play a return engagement at the Hedley District Riverfront at 5pm on Wednesday, August 1.

BUT WAIT… it looks like a Michael Jackson double-header…

Yes, it’s more Michael, more often: The Times Union Center announced that Cirque du Soleil is bringing their own tribute to the self-proclaimed “King of Pop” when their “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” lands in downtown Albany at 8pm on Tuesday, May 22.

Unlike the Rockin’ On the River show, however, Cirque du Soleil’s MJ homage certainly isn’t free. The cheap tix are $53, and they go up from there: $83, $128 & $178. Or you can pick up a VIP ticket for $253.

Tix for the Times Union Center show will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday (March 12).

LIVE: Start Making Sense @ Rockin’ On the River, 8/3/11

August 8th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
Jon Braun of Start Making Sense

Jon Braun of Start Making Sense

Timbre Coup proved to be a savagely entertaining and mega-talented quartet – easily the best opener of Troy’s Rockin’ the River free concert series. Long compositions like “Talking Sleep” flirt with jam-band trappings, but the underpinnings are all signature progressive rock. And to do prog-rock the correct way, like Timbre Coup does it, you have to be able to play, to have the chops. You just can’t fake it. When they pulled off the swap-instruments trick on their tune “Stealth,” it proved to be an innovative touch. Despite the fact that the members of Timbre Coup are only twentysomething, guitarist Benjamin Pickering admitted, “Our heroes are bands like King Crimson.” He was joined onstage by his brother Matthew on drums, Andrew Chamberlaine on guitar and Daniel Gerken on bass.

Headliners Start Making Sense – as the name of this band suggests – is a Talking Heads tribute band. The SMS line-up sets out to sound like the Talking Heads, using not only a core guitar/ bass/ drums unit, but also by fleshing out the sound to a seven-piece band that incorporated keyboards and percussion, as well as female backing vocals, much like the later period Heads. The only nod to recreating the look of the Heads was front-man Jon Braun as David Byrne. He has the look; he has the quirk; and brother, he really has the voice.

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Live: Super 400 @ Rockin’ On the River, 8/11/10

August 13th, 2010, 4:25 pm by Greg

Super 400 shares a laugh

Super 400 shares a laugh

Talent is an asset, and Super 400 has it spades!

Super 400 hit the Rockin’ on the River stage running, with the apropos “Blast the Message,” and clearly singer-guitarslinger Kenny Hohman was in rare form. The real fulcrum of the set featured a trio of songs – the hard rocking “Needle Down” into the dreamy “Green Grass End” which segued into the powerful pop of “Flashlight” – where Super 400 shifted to a gear found only on a Pagani Zonda supercar!

The Troy trio was nailing ’70s influences effortlessly on the hometown stage, from the big swing and perfect groove of drummer Joe Daley to the monster bass lines of Lori Friday, who also served up breathtakingly beautiful vocals along with feather-dancer stage moves. Playing well after sunset, the band went out on the heavy “Emergency,” with its King Crimson-meets-Masters of Reality blend and enlisted the vocal talent of opener John Powhida for a cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.” A truly deserved encore then found J-Po rejoining Super 400 for a bang-on cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”

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Real Good for Free: Troy’s Rockin’ on the River Concert Series

May 11th, 2010, 1:59 pm by Greg

The schedule for the third annual Rockin’ On the River concert series in Troy has been announced. The 10-concert series will once again take place just off River Street behind Ryan’s Wake, Jose Malone’s, Brown’s Brewing Co. and Revolution Hall. The concerts take place from 5-8pm on Wednesday evenings. And, yes, admission is free. More info is available at the City of Troy’s Facebook page.

Opening acts will be announced shortly – and one of them could be your band. The City of Troy is sponsoring a competition for a local band to kick off the 2010 concert series as the opening act for U2 tribute band Unforgettable Fire on Wednesday, June 23.

Bands should submit an original song (or songs) on CD to Jeff Pirro or Vito Ciccarelli at Troy City Hall, 1776 Sixth Ave., Troy, NY 12180. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 4. Good luck!

Here’s the schedule:

June 23: Unforgettable Fire
June 30: Solid Smoke with the Mount Olive Gospel Choir
July 7: Hair of the Dog
July 14: Aquanett
July 21: Albert Cummings
July 28: 40 oz. to Freedom
August 4: Ryan Cabrera
August 11: Super 400
August 18: Urban Sun
August 25: Blue Hand Luke

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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