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LIVE: Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival @ Croton Point Park, 6/20-21/15

Friday, July 24th, 2015
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Angelique Kidjo

Photographs by Rudy Lu

In spite of the unpredictable weather, the annual two-day Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival at Croton Point Park offered a little something for everyone.

Among the many highlights of the fest were:

The family-friendly sing-alongs with the Power of Song and Linda Richards & the Rivertown Kids
The superb singer-songwriter stylings of Ani DiFranco and Neko Case
The classic roots rock of Los Lobos and David Crosby
Former B-52′s Kate Pierson who performed with Mike + Ruthy as members of her back-up band…
The world music of Angelique Kidjo and Matuto
Representatives of the indie rock scene Guster and Citizen Cope
The husband-and-wife banjo virtuoso duo of Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

It was another year of fine performances. Looking forward to 2016!

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LIVE: Chris Pasin’s Random Acts of Kindness @ the Bearsville Theater, 6/18/15

Friday, July 17th, 2015
Chris Pasin

Chris Pasin

Veteran jazz trumpeter-composer Chris Pasin and his band Random Acts of Kindness celebrated the release of their self titled CD on the award-winning Planet Arts label with a marvelous performance at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock last month.

Rounding out the band were guitarist Mark Kleinhaut, bassist John Menegon, drummer Dave Berger and keyboardist Wayne Hawkins (who also opened the CD release party with a solo set of his own).

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LIVE: Bryan Thomas @ the Tang Museum, 7/10/15

Friday, July 17th, 2015

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Photographs by Rudy Lu

Bryan Thomas – who gets our vote as Nippertown’s finest singer-songwriter – thankfully seems to be getting out of the house a bit more these days. This free concert on the rooftop of Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs last week was already his fourth performance of the year, something of a record for the somewhat reclusive songmaster.

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LIVE: Marcia Ball @ Shepard Park, 7/8/15

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

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Photographs by Rudy Lu

The rollickin’ Gulf Coast pianist Marcia Ball and her band brought their tasty party-time gumbo of Louisiana blues and Texas honky-tonkin’ to Lake George’s Shepard Park last week for the second installment of the Lake George Arts Project’s weekly free Wednesday night concert series.

The series continues at 7:30pm tonight (Wednesday, July 15) with the homegrown Celtic band Get Up Jack.

GO HERE for the complete schedule of concerts…

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LIVE: Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, 6/27/15 (Day Two)

Monday, July 13th, 2015
Wilco's Glen Kotche

Wilco’s Glen Kotche

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Richard Brody

Somwehere in the middle of their headlining set on Saturday night, Wilco played “Sunken Treasure,” and bandleader Jeff Tweedy sang, “Music is my savior, and I was maimed by rock and roll/I was tamed by rock and roll/I got my name from rock and roll.” And the crowd out in Joe’s Field let out a mighty roar of appreciation.

Yes, Solid Sound was back at MASS MoCA. The fourth incarnation of the Wilco-curated festival – now a biennial affair – took over the sprawling MASS MoCA campus for three days, holding forth at four different performance locations, as well several of the museum’s galleries. And while rock and roll (in its broadest definition) was the focus, Saturday’s 12-hour line-up stretched from the hushed folk of Jessica Pratt (perhaps a bit too intimate for a festival setting) to the hip-hop of Shabazz Palaces, from the electro-funk of Cibo Matto to John Hodgman’s comedy revue.

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LIVE: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band @ Shepard Park, 7/1/15

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

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Photographs by Rudy Lu

Carrying on the musical tradition of his father – Clifton Chenier, the late great King of Zydeco – accordionist C.J. Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band kicked off the annual Wednesday night concert series in Lake George’s Shepard Park last week.

And they were a most appropriate opener, too, because the free weekly concert series, sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project, features a cornucopia of Louisiana musical talent this summer – including honky-tonkin’ pianist Marcia Ball (Wednesday, July 8), Cajun favorites Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (August 5) and the rollickin’ season closer Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience.

The free concerts begin at 7:30pm each Wednesday throughout the summer. GO HERE for a complete schedule… and let the good times roll!

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LIVE: Buffy Sainte-Marie @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 5/23/15

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu

“I can tell you things I’ve done,
and I can sing you songs I’ve sung,
But there’s one thing I can’t give
for I and I alone can live
the years I’ve known,
the life I’ve grown.
Got a way I’m going,
and it’s my way…”

- Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “It’s My Way”

“It’s My Way” is the title track of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s 1964 debut album, and was certainly a bold statement for a young up-and-coming folk artist. Now, more than 50 years later, she revisited the anthem as the lead-off track on her new album, Power in the Blood, and as the opening volley at her recent concert at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady.

And as a statement of purpose, it’s as apropos and as potent as ever for the Canadian Cree singer-songwriter. At age 74, she remains defiantly outspoken and staunchly independent songwriter and performer.

Her set list veered from the powerfully personal to the pointedly political. Her protest songs both old (“Universal Soldier” and a reggae-tinged rendition of “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”) and newer (“Priests of the Golden Bull”) were deftly balanced with love songs (“Until It’s Time for You to Go” and the encore of her Academy Award-winning “Up Where We Belong”) and sing-along anthems (the hypnotic “We Are Circling” and the show-closing “Carry It On”).

With Sainte-Marie switching back and forth between guitar and keyboards, her music ran the stylistic gamut from loping country (“Farm in the Middle of Nowhere”) to the slinky soul of “Love Charms (Mojo Bijoux),” from the straight-up rockabilly of “Blue Sunday” to the rip-roaring pow-wow rock of “Cho Cho Fire” to the psychedelic swirl of “Little Wheel Spin and Spin.”

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LIVE: The Daniel Kelly Trio / the Seeing With Photography Collective @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 5/9/15

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

The dynamic Daniel Kelly Trio – featuring pianist-bandleader Daniel Kelly, drummer Rob Garcia and bassist Matt Pavolka – took the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy last month for a unique concert that fused together elements of both music and art.

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