Posts Tagged ‘Saratoga Springs’

LIVE: First Night Saratoga @ various locations, 12/31/14

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
The Lustre Kings

The Lustre Kings at First Night Saratoga

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Once again, the annual First Night Saratoga celebration was a fabulous New Year’s Eve smorgasbord of music and more, all crammed into a six-hour period that not only ushered in 2015, but also the 100th anniversary of Saratoga Springs’ incorporation as a city.

The largest New Year’s Eve celebration in New York State outside of NYC, the annual all-around-town extravaganza featured more than 70 regional and touring performance groups at over 30 venues spread all throughout historic downtown Saratoga Springs. Obviously it was impossible to catch all of the performances – or even half of them for that matter – but intrepid Nippertown photographer Andrzej Pilarczyk certainly did his best, roaming one end of town to the other, soaking up plenty of live music, dance, comedy and the evening-capping fireworks display along the way.



LIVE: The Gibson Brothers @ Caffe Lena, 12/7/14

Thursday, January 8th, 2015


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

North Country bluegrass favorites the Gibson Brothers have graduated from the regional spotlight to the big time several years ago. In fact, they were named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers of the Year for two consecutive years.

So the opportunity to catch the pickin’ and singin’ aces recently in the intimate confides of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs was a real treat.


FIVE FIRSTS: Neil Pearlman of Alba’s Edge

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Neil Pearlman

Neil Pearlman

NAME: Neil Pearlman

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … My father ran a CD distribution business for primarily Scottish music until I was about 14 years old, so there was never a shortage of high quality Celtic albums in the house. In addition, since my family really valued recorded music, I was given a lot of albums as gifts from other genres I enjoyed, like jazz. I didn’t really have any thought or desire to buy an album with own money until I was in my teens. Probably the first album I bought myself was either an album of one of my favorite faculty members from the Maine Jazz Camp (100 Dreams Ago by Ben Waltzer is a great one) or else the Live at Budokan triple-CD set by prog-metal band Dream Theater. I went through quite a phase of listening to them in high school, for better or worse!


FIVE FIRSTS: Bob Carlton of Dryer

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Dryer: Bob Carlton, Joel Lilley, Brian Akey, Rachel Sunday

NAME: Bob Carlton
INSTRUMENT: Fender Jaguar/Golden Pipes

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Queen’s The Game and The Best of Doctor Demento. Bought them with money I got for my birthday. I remember my dad asking, “Are you sure?” – and then suggested I put the Queen album back.


Blockhouses Bring New Single, New Drummer

Friday, December 19th, 2014


As the NYC rock trio Blockhouses get set to play a pair of dates around Nippertown with the Figgs this weekend, they’ve also just released a brand spankin’ new single, the super-catchy “One More Time to Get Home” b/w “Little Sweetie.”


SPAC Announces Chamber Music Concert Schedule for 2015

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Wu Han and David Finckel

Wu Han and David Finckel

Following the successful debut of its residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center earlier this year, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will return to SPAC with a fresh roster of extraordinary musicians during the 2015 summer season. Led by celebrated artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han, the concert series will take place from August 9 through August 25 with six exciting new programs featuring a variety of the world’s premier chamber musicians performing a diverse repertoire.

Priced at $40 & $45, tickets are available now for SPAC members and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Wednesday (December 10).

Here’s the schedule of SPAC chamber music performances for 2015:


LIVE: Jim Kweskin & Happy Traum @ Caffe Lena, 11/13/14

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Happy Traum and Jim Kweskin

Happy Traum and Jim Kweskin

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Joseph Deuel

Jim Kweskin, the leader of the ’60s jug band revival, has had a revival of his own in recent years, and he’s made several Nippertown tour stops with longtime musical partner Geoff Muldaur in recent years, both at The Egg and Caffe Lena.

Last month, back at Caffe Lena in front of a near-packed house, he switched things up, teaming with Woodstock folk luminary Happy Traum, rather than Muldaur. Traum dubbed the duo of veterans “the Sunshine Boys of Folk Music.” The results, however, were not particularly sparkling. But to be fair, it was their first night playing together and the start of their East Coast week-long tour.

It’s unfair to compare Traum (or anyone else, for that matter) to Geoff Muldaur, who doesn’t merely sing the blues, but rather climbs inside and completely inhabits them. Traum and Kweskin played together on stage for two hour-long sets, mostly alternately who took over the lead vocals. Traum offered selections from such legends as Pete Seeger (“Quite Early Morning”), Jimmie Rodgers (“Danville Girl”) and Bob Dylan (“I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”), as well as digging into the blues songbag for selections by Brownie McGee (“Careless Love”) and Lead Belly (“House of the Rising Sun” and “Midnight Special”).


Bands Announced for First Night Saratoga

Monday, December 1st, 2014
Tartan Terrors headline First Night Saratoga

Tartan Terrors will headline First Night Saratoga.

Lee Shaw…
Party Boat…
The Orange…
Jack Grace…
Olivia Quillio…
Good Fiction…
Rebel Darling…
Tartan Terrors…
Bryan Thomas…
Great Mutations…
The Lustre Kings…
18 Strings of Trouble…
Red Haired Strangers…
The Nat Osborn Band…
Ramblin Jug Stompers…
Big Fez & the Surfmatics…
Miss Tess & the Talkbacks…
Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass…
Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys…

First Night Saratoga is a fabulous New Year’s Eve smorgasbord of music and more, all crammed into a six-hour period from 6pm-12midnight on Wednesday, December 31. The largest New Year’s Eve celebration in New York State outside of NYC, the annual all-around-town extravaganza also rings in the 100th anniversary of Saratoga Springs’ incorporation as a city.


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