Posts Tagged ‘Saratoga Blues Celebration’

LIVE: Saratoga Blues Celebration @ Stockade Imports, 8/31/13

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
George Fletcher

George Fletcher

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Coinciding with the closing weekend of the track season, the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society presented its sixth annual Saratoga Blues Celebration, an evening-long smorgasbord of blues by more than a dozen unplugged performers, including Michael Eck, Holly & Evan, Low ‘N Lonesome, George Fletcher, Memphis Moon and lots more.

In the unlikely concert venue setting of Stockade Oriental Rug Imports, housed in the Old Firehouse on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, the big blues bash featured solo performers, duos, trios, full bands and, of course, lots of impromptu jamming as well.



LIVE: Saratoga Blues Celebration @ Stockade Imports, 7/20-21/12

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Holly Taormina of Holly & Evan (left) and Mark Tolstrup.

Holly Taormina of Holly & Evan (left) and Mark Tolstrup.

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

The fifth annual Saratoga Blues Celebration featured two nights of the blues by many members of the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society, who, apparently, also like to get a bit louder and electric as well.

Not really even an official event as part of the Hats Off! Music Festival in the streets south along Broadway, this blues party took place amid the stacks of rugs in Stockade Imports.

Gail Sparlin, one of many performers who returned from last year’s fest, sang her original tune “Deeper Shade Of Blue” and Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry.” Tim Wechgelaer & Larry Clyman were joined by Nancy Walker for “Walking By Myself.” Ray Guiguere played Mississippi John Hurt’s “Stagolee Blues” and Blind Blake’s 1932 song “Chump Man’s Blues.”

Joan Crane used to play the blues in this area, and she returned to play in this festival with a lively finger-picking style on guitar for another Blind Blake song, “Police Dog Blues” from 1929. One of the highlights of the day was her version of “The Mickey Mouse Club Theme Song,” on which everyone sang along.


LIVE: Saratoga Blues Celebration @ Stockade Oriental Rug Imports, 7/23/11

Friday, July 29th, 2011
Two Lonesome and Gail Sparlin

Two Lonesome and Gail Sparlin

The Hats Off Music Festival in Saratoga Springs last Saturday night brought out thousands of spectators and shoppers despite the oppressive heat. Yet some of the hottest music to be heard in a town full of it wasn’t even advertised on the official brochure, and you might have missed it if you didn’t walk the extra block past the City Center where the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society was hosting its fourth annual Saratoga Blues Celebration at the Stockade Oriental Rug Imports.

The members of SABS do their best to educate, as well as entertain their audience about the origins of the music they play. And they don’t stick strictly to, for instance Delta Blues, but mix up their set lists with everything from Appalchian folk to Dixieland jazz to vaudeville rags and even original songs. But where many listeners might be more familiar with the Rolling Stones or Stevie Ray Vaughn versions of songs, the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society references the first recorded sources.


Festival Fever: Saratoga Blues Celebration, 7/22-23/11

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Mark Tolstrup

Mark Tolstrup

The Hats Off Music Festival isn’t the only free fest around town this weekend as Saratoga Springs celebrates the opening of the 2011 racing season on Friday.

The fourth annual Saratoga Blues Celebration takes over Stockade Oriental Rug Imports on Friday and Saturday, sponsored by the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society. But the music isn’t all acoustic. in fact, Friday’s Celebration launch line-up is quite plugged in.

FRIDAY: (Mostly) Electric Blues Night

7pm: Mark Tolstrup
7:30pm: The Resonators featuring Will Smith
9pm: Jeff & Becky Walton
9:30pm: Rick & Sharon Bolton
10pm: Blues Jam with the Resonators, Will Smith, Dave Scheffel, more


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