Posts Tagged ‘Saratoga Springs’

Blockhouses Bring New Single, New Drummer

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Blockhouses

Blockhouses

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.”

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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:

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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”).

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Bands Announced for First Night Saratoga

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

Tartan Terrors will headline First Night Saratoga.

Sirsy…
Gusto…
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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LIVE: The Stray Birds @ Caffe Lena, 11/19/14

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Stray Birds

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Back in April the Pennsylvania-based Stray Birds trio swooped down to perch on the stage of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs to create quite a lovely ruckus of rural Roots-Americana sounds. Afterward they flew off to entertain in other parts of the country, only to return to the region and land this past June at the Old Songs Festival at the Altamont Fairgrounds.

Migrating back to Caffe Lena on a recent, cold Wednesday night, the room was busting at the seams with people and songs. Celebrating the release of Best Medicine, their new album – yup, it’s available on vinyl, too – the fab folk trio of Maya de Vitry (vocals, guitar, banjo & fiddle), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitar, resonator & fiddle) and Charles Muench (vocals, bass & banjo) dazzled the audience with their three-part harmonies and instrumental prowess.

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LIVE: The Quiet Music Festival @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, 10/23/14

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Rosary Beard

Rosary Beard

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Portland, Oregon has been hosting the annual Quiet Music Festival since 2011, but last month the fest had its East Coast premiere at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs with an evening-long performance by a roster of talent that stretched from Gang Gang Dance vocalist Lizzi Bougatsos to Greenwich’s monologuist David Greenberger and A Strong Dog to Sun Foot (led by Quiet Music Fest founder Chris Johanson).

Other performers throughout the evening included poet Trinie Dalton, Brian Mumford’s avant-folk project Dragging an Ox Through Water, the acoustic guitar instrumental duo Rosary Beard (featuring Matthew Loicacono and Hunter Sagehorn) and others.

It was a very varied evening of performances, and they weren’t all about the low-key and low-volume.

One attendee described the night as “a snooze fest.” But organizer Chris Johanson didn’t take offensive at the remark. In fact, as he explained, the Quiet Music Fest is “the only festival where sleeping is encouraged.”

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Live: Marty Wendell @ Caffe Lena, 10/26/14

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Marty Wendell

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

2014 marks 50 years of music for Nippertown singer-songwriter Marty Wendell, and he’s made his mark in a wide variety of musical genres from folk to rockabilly, from country to gospel. And among the many memorable moments along the way, he’s toured with Johnny Cash and recorded at Memphis’ famed Sun Studios.

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Saturday Is Skylander Day @ Saratoga’s Comic Depot

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Skylanders Day

Skylanders – popular video game series developed by Nippertown’s own Vicarious Visions – jumps off the computer screen and onto the comic book pages with the publication of the inaugural Skylanders comic book.

And Comic Depot in Saratoga Springs is hosting a special release party for the comic on Saturday (October 18). Join the writers Ron Marz and David Rodriguez, as well as Vicarious Visions concept artists Jeff Bellio, Arzu Fallahi and Dave Phillips for the in-store celebration from 12noon-4pm.

You can pick up an exclusive Comic Depot variant cover for Skylanders #1. The store will be featuring an all-day sale, as well as raffles for exclusive Skylanders merch. And the artists will be drawing original Skylander sketches on sale for $25 with all proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

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