LIVE: Hotels & Highways @ Saratoga City Tavern, 3/2/11

March 8th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Sara
Patrick Thomas Cupples, Syd Sidney and Lisa Piccirillo

Patrick Thomas Cupples, Syd Sidney and Lisa Piccirillo

The trio of singer-songwriters known as Hotels & Highways hadn’t performed in front of an audience anywhere together – other than a house party in Brooklyn – before they took the stage at the Saratoga City Tavern last Wednesday night.

Combining a CD release party with the launch of their national tour, the roots-Americana group played an intimate, yet well-attended concert on the third floor of tavern. Unlike the acoustic performer on the first floor of the popular Saratoga Springs watering hole, Hotels & Highways didn’t have to compete with the noise of a bar crowd more interested in drinking and having fun than listening to the music.

Tucked away in one corner of the room, Erin “Syd” Sidney sat behind his drum kit singing and playing the acoustic guitar that was resting on his lap. Next to him, Skidmore graduate and former Saratoga area schoolteacher Lisa Piccirillo harmonized with him, tickling the ivories on her electric keyboard. To her left, Patrick Thomas Cupples stood behind the mic, singing and playing a combination of electric rhythm and lead guitar lines. The group’s beautifully rich three-part harmonies flowed into instrumental lines would have made Crosby, Stills and Nash proud.

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Five Firsts: Betsy Cannon of Betsy & the ByeGons

March 1st, 2011, 2:05 pm by Greg

Betsy and the ByegonsNAME: Betsy Cannon
BAND AFFILIATION: Betsy and the ByeGons
INSTRUMENT: Vocals and percussion

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Alice Cooper’s “Billion Dollar Babies.” Considering I am really a “retro pop diva,” it may seem odd to some people that it was the first album I ever bought. But, when you think about it, Alice Cooper really is a pop artist. Just a very disturbed one.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Hmmm. Sly & the Family Stone with Earth, Wind and Fire. Madison Square Garden, NYC. Again, a pop concert, no? I remember sneaking down to the floor seats from the cheap upper balcony seats. In those days, no one seemed to care if you did that. In fact, people actually helped my friend and me climb over the railings separating the sections! Probably everyone in the place was stoned (except me, of course).

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