Posts Tagged ‘Rotterdam’

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: Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, 6/8&9/13

Monday, June 17th, 2013
The Lazy Suns

The Lazy Suns

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

My first trip to the Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam came with the realization that, although I had never been there, I had seen the place many times from a distance at various locations in Schenectady. So it was with a kind of déjà vu that I made a pretty easy trip (four left turns from the I-88 exit on the Thruway) to the small but spectacular ski center for the fifth annual Rhythm on the Ridge Roots Music Festival last weekend.

The first things I saw on the way were the many piles of branches and broken trees from the recent tornado damage. As we pulled into the festival lot, my next thought was, “Where are all the people?” Well, it had been a very wet week and initial weather forecasts had called for a wet Saturday as well. But it didn’t rain: in fact, within an hour of arrival we had a patch of blue sky overhead. The ground was very soggy but not muddy. There were probably less than a hundred spectators, many of whom were musicians.

Perhaps the attendance was limited by the completely local line-up of American roots musicians without any big name headliners, and perhaps American roots music is too much of a niche genre to draw big crowds, but I think a lot of people just plain missed the ski lift on this one.

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Win More FREE Tickets to Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge on Fri. & Sat.

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
Matt Durfee

Matt Durfee

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Last week, we gave away a pair of FREE tickets to Rhythm On the Ridge, but this week we’ve got four more pairs of free tickets that are up for grabs to lucky Nippertown readers.

Rhythm On the Ridge returns to the scenic Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Saturday and Sunday (June 8 & 9). For the fifth annual fest, there will be two stages of continuous Americana and roots music running from 11:30am til 9pm on Saturday (June 8) with performances by the host band Flood Road, as well as Red Haired Strangers, Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Matt Durfee and lots more. Go here for a complete schedule of the weekend’s festivities…

In addition, rough overnight camping is available on Saturday evening, so you can pick all night long and kick off your Sunday with the “Pickin’ with Pancakes” Open Mic Breakfast, hosted by the acoustic duo, 2Late. Sunday’s line-up of performers features some of the most popular roots bands around Nippertown, including the Lazy Suns, the Hill Hollow Band, Everest Rising and pthers.

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Festival Fever: Echo Music Festival @ Maple Ski Ridge, 6/21/13

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Echo Music Festival 2013

The Echo Music Festival takes over Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Friday, June 21.

Headlining the bash will be DJ Pauly D of “Jersey Shore” fame (or infamy, if you prefer). More than four dozen other acts are scheduled to perform throughout the marathon bash, which seems to primarily focus on a big bunch of DJs who are currently firing up the EDM scene. But the fest will also be hosting a homecoming performance by B. Martin, jam-laced funk-rockers Maaze, Queens hip-hopsters Oxymorons, Syracuse funkateers Sophistafunk, cabaret-rockers the Lucky Jukebox Brigade and the horn-fueled 2012 SPAC Battle of the Bands winners Crush, to name just a few of the performers.

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Win FREE Tickets to Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, 6/8&9/13

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Flood Road

Flood Road

Rhythm On the Ridge returns to the scenic Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9. For the fifth annual fest, there will be two stages of continuous Americana and roots music running from 11:30am til 9pm on Saturday (June 8) with performances by the host band Flood Road, as well as Red Haired Strangers, Dan Johnson & the Expert Sidemen, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Matt Durfee and lots more. Go here for a complete schedule of the weekend’s festivities…

In addition, rough overnight camping is available on Saturday evening, so you can pick all night long and kick off your Sunday with the “Pickin’ with Pancakes” Open Mic Breakfast, hosted by the acoustic duo, 2Late. Sunday’s line-up of performers features some of the most popular roots bands around Nippertown, including the Lazy Suns, the Hill Hollow Band, Everest Rising and pthers.

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LIVE: Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, 6/9/12

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen

Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen

Photograph by Al Goldberg

For the third consecutive year, the Rhythm On the Ridge fest at Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam was moved indoors due to the threat of rain. In truth, the weather turned out to be pretty beautiful, but earlier in the morning when the indoor/outdoor decision had to be made, it certainly didn’t look like it was gonna work out that way.

No matter. Plenty of fun was had by all who attended.

And there was a great bunch of roots music in the two indoor locations, including Flood Road, Three Quarter North, Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen (seen above), CB Smith & the Lucky Devils, Lost Radio Rounders (with special guest Steven Clyde on bass), Ramblin Jug Stompers and lots more.

Next year, the weather’s gonna be perfect…

NOTE: Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen reconvene at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany tonight, as they host another of their semi-regular Americana Tuesday concerts. Special guests tonight include the Dirty Bourbon River Show (who describe their sound as “New Orleans Gypsy folk circus rock music”) and Jack & the Bear. The festivities begin at 8pm, and admission is $5.

Festival Fever: Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, 6/9-10/12

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
Rhythm On The Ridge

Rhythm on the Ridge , the fourth annual roots music festival, returns to Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 & 10. The music starts at 11:30am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday.

The fest will feature food, beverages, crafters, vendors, children’s games and activities, field pickin’ and lots and lots of music continuously presented on two stages. Two dozen bands will be performing a sparkling array of original acoustic, bluegrass, country, Celtic, old-timey and folk music throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday (June 9 & 10). Overnight camping is also available.

Here’s the complete schedule of performances for the 2012 fest:

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CD: M.R. Poulopoulos’ “Greenhorn”

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Greenhorn(Hilltown, 2011):

With his relaxed, storytelling approach, Michael Poulopoulos’ solo debut “Greenhorn” feels like an intimate conversation with the singer, sitting on his front porch as he gently strums his acoustic guitar.

A separate journey from his path as one-half the acoustic duo of Palatypus, this new singular effort is a pleasing mix of blues, folk and rock, and connects many of Poulopoulos’ influences: Dylan, Prine, Young, but updates the sound with his own uncomplicated, minimalistic style.

On the opening track “Drunk,” Ryan Dunham’s occasional harmonica wafts over Poulopoulos’ bare chords and soothing Jack Johnson-esque voice. “No Diamonds To Toss” is a lovesick lullaby all about trying to forget the one you loved, with Courtney Blackwell harmonizing in the background.

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