Posts Tagged ‘Saratoga Springs’

LIVE: Dryer @ Caffe Lena, 2/13/15

Thursday, February 26th, 2015


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was a reunion plus. After an extended hiatus, the three Dryer cohorts – guitarist Bob Carlton, bassist Rachael Sunday and drummer Joel Lilley – have recently returned to the Local 518 spotlight… with a new addition: guitarist Brian Akey, formerly of Winterpills.

And given that the show was at the folk haven Caffe Lena, you might have imagined that they’d be strumming acoustic guitars and tapping away on bongos. But oh no, not these guys. Plugged in and rockin’, Dryer returned to the Caffe stage for the first in two decades, and they were armed with some smart golden oldie tunes that they hadn’t played in a long, long time. And some hot, brand spankin’ new tunes, too.

Now the question is, “Where will the newly expanded Dryer pop up next?”



LIVE: Meredith Monk @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, 2/13/15

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk

Review & photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

For a small college, Saratoga Springs’ Skidmore College presents some pretty major arts events. Between the Zankel Music Center and the Tang Museum alone – not to mention the Dance Theater, the Bernhard Theater or Filene Hall – the campus has hosted an amazing number of world-class performances, exhibits and events over the years with world-renowned visiting composers, musicians, choreographers, actors and artists who have been invited for residencies ranging from a few days to weeks, as they oversee workshops, recitals and rehearsals bringing their work to life.

This semester the brilliant and innovative composer Meredith Monk made her debut working with the college’s music department, the Office Of the Dean of Special Programs and the Ensemble ACJW (members of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Institute).

For a half century now, Monk has done pioneering work as a cutting-edge composer, vocalist, choreographer and creator of a new style of opera and music theater. Her accolades the world over are too numerous to mention – but let’s just say if you watched feature films by France’s Jean-Luc Godard or the Coen brothers or have followed the recent HBO series, True Detective, chances are you’ve heard her work. Monk’s compositions are involving, both emotionally and intellectually, and have been recorded for the past few decades on ECM Records.


LIVE: Broncho @ Vapor, 1/30/15

Monday, February 23rd, 2015



Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: Broncho
WITH Dreamers and Party Boat
WHERE: Vapor, Saratoga Springs
WHEN: Friday, January 30


LIVE: Locksley @ Vapor, 1/17/15

Friday, February 13th, 2015


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Wisconsin power-popsters Locksley returned to Nippertown last month for a free concert sponsored by WEQX-FM at Vapor in Saratoga Springs. Local 518 favorites the Lucky Jukebox Brigade kicked off the festivities with an impressive opening set. That’s what we call “real good for FREE”…


NYC Ballet Announces SPAC Programs: 17 Ballets from 7 Different Choreographers [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Justin Peck is bringing his own interpretation of Aaron Copland’s iconic Americana score Rodeo to SPAC this summer.

Justin Peck is bringing his own interpretation of Aaron Copland’s iconic Americana score “Rodeo” to SPAC this summer.

By Larry Murray

For dance lovers, there is lots to look forward to this summer in Saratoga as the New York City Ballet returns for two weeks of glorious ballet with live music at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Highlights include iconic ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and August Bournonville, as well as contemporary work by Christopher Wheeldon. The Balanchine favorites returning to SPAC during the residency include La Valse, Symphony in Three Movements and The Four Temperaments.

The announcement by the New York City Ballet, one of the world’s great dance companies, detailed the summer’s plans. When it returns to SPAC from July 7–18, it will present a diverse repertory of 17 extraordinary ballets, resuming its two-week summer residency in Saratoga. Featured works include the Saratoga premiere of Peter Martin’s La Sylphide, one of the oldest Romantic ballet productions still in existence; iconic ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Danish choreographer August Bournonville; and contemporary works by Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky and Justin Peck. Additional highlights of the programs include the Saratoga premiere of Peck’s newest work, R­ōdēō: Four Dance Episodes, set to Aaron Copland’s symphonic score; a gala tribute to some of the brightest choreographers of the 21st century; and the return of favorites not seen at SPAC in several years, including Bournonville Divertissements, Martins’ Symphonic Dances, and Balanchine’s La Valse.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

LIVE: Sean Rowe @ Caffe Lena, 1/19/15

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Sean Rowe

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After his Sunday evening concert at Caffe Lena quickly sold out, Troy troubadour Sean Rowe added a second show – a 3pm matinee on Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. And, yes, that show also sold out.


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.


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