Posts Tagged ‘Saratoga Springs’

LIVE: The Nellies @ Caffe Lena, 4/6/14

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Karen Ann Gilpin and Peggy Lecuyer

Karen Ann Gilpin and Peggy Lecuyer

Photographs by Tom Lindsay

Two of Nippertown’s finest roots-oriented outfits teamed up for a Sunday matinee and a good cause at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, donating their time and considerable musical talents at a benefit concert to raise funds for the Amanda’s Journey Foundation, a local charity that assists children who are battling Mitochondrial Diseases and raises awareness about these genetic disorders.

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LIVE: Timothy Mason & Hiroya Tsukamoto @ Caffe Lena, 3/7/14

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Timothy Mason

Timothy Mason

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After several impressionistic guitar compositions mixed with Japanese traditional folk songs, including one where he sang in an Okinawan dialect, guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto apologized that his “accent” may be a little off and that he was not sure of the meaning of some of the words. Nevertheless, it was a treat for the audience assembled there on a recent Friday evening in Saratoga’s famed Caffe Lena.

Before the first set came to a close, Tsukamoto invited distinguished poet Timothy Mason up for an unaccompanied poetry reading or two. Mason launched into a refreshing poem about the wonders of chocolate syrup, and, really, how can you not love a guy who loves chocolate syrup enough to write a poem about it? That poem was a tasty morsel, to say the least.

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LIVE: Sirsy @ Putnam Den, 3/29/14

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Sirsy

Sirsy

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

“Hey, that can’t be Sirsy! There’s too many people on stage.”

Yes, fans could be forgiven for being more than a little confused at the recent Putnam Den show in Saratoga Springs. The popular Local 518 alt-pop-rock duo of Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti expanded to a quartet with the one-night-only addition of bassist-vocalist Margo Macero and keyboardist-vocalist Benjamin Zoleski.

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Be Here Now: The Nellies & M.R. Poulopoulos @ Caffe Lena, 4/6/14

Friday, April 4th, 2014

At 2pm on Sunday (April 6) Americana band the Nellies and singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos team up for a lovely afternoon concert at Caffe Lena in Sartoga Springs. The concert is a benefit for the Amanda’s Journey Foundation – which assists children who are battling Mitochondrial Diseases and raises awareness about these genetic disorders. Tickets are $18.

For Pete’s Sake: More Pete Seeger Tribute Concerts

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

TURN, TURN, TURN!: REMEMBERING PETE SEEGER
The Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady
8pm Friday (April 4), $15

The Eighth Step welcomes several long-time musician friends and others whose performing lives were intertwined with Pete Seeger’s. Several of the performers appeared frequently with Pete Seeger including singer-songwriter Dan Einbender (Grammy Award winner for the CD Pete Seeger & the Rivertown Kids), the honey-voiced Hudson Valley quintet Betty & the Baby Boomers (who will be joined by Celtic harpist Lynn Saoirse) and Albany’s own Ruth Pelham (the Queen of the Music Mobile). The evening will also feature short video clips of Pete Seeger and an exhibit of Seeger images by photographer Robert Corwin. Wanda Fischer (host and producer of WAMC-FM’s “Hudson River Sampler”) and Eighth Step director Margie Rosenkranz (former artistic director for Seeger’s Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival festival) will co-host the festivities.

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A Few Minutes With… Rudy Lu

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Rudy Lu

Rudy Lu (photo by Cheri Bordelon)

Interview and story by J Hunter
Photograph of Rudy Lu by Cheri Bordelon
All other photographs by Rudy Lu

To paraphrase CBS-TV’s version of Sherlock Holmes (not to be confused with BBC’s version, “Sherlock” – which is WAY better), I’ve had success in my avocation not by what I’ve done, but by whom I’ve met. I consider myself phenomenally lucky that the photographers who’ve put flesh on my words not only know their way around a camera, but also know the physical and emotional intangibles that cement the connection we feel with music and musicians. Of the many things Rudy Lu gets, he gets that connection. Rudy and I have been working together since 2008, when he shot one of Terence Blanchard’s numerous performances at Skidmore College, and I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve collaborated since then. And not to get too inside-baseball here, but there’s a feeling amongst Nippertown writers that if Rudy’s shooting your show, whatever you do will definitely look real good!

Now, believe it or not, composing a good photograph (from a physical standpoint, anyway) doesn’t take more than a little thought and an understanding of spatial relationships. Trust me: If I can do it, anybody can do it. But to know when that moment happens, and see an element in that moment – a look, an expression, an intensity – that elevates a picture above a snapshot is something that only comes from long experience and an understanding of what’s happening, both to the performer and an audience. Take a picture of a guitarist playing onstage? QED. Take a picture of a guitarist when he’s playing a note that’s so good that it brings the crowd to its feet (and then taking it without your camera flying out of your hands or getting knocked over by a rabid frat boy)? Not so simple. Rudy Lu does it time and time again, and there hasn’t been a set of photos he’s shot for me where there isn’t at least one shot that makes me mutter, “God damn it, why can’t I do that?”

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LIVE: The Boxcar Lilies @ Caffe Lena, 3/1/14

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
The Boxcar Lillies

The Boxcar Lillies

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The third (and final) installment of Caffe Lena’s Folk DJ Showcase series was curated by Wanda Fischer, the host and producer of WAMC-FM’s long-running “The Hudson River Sampler,” and to no one’s surprise, she presented some mighty fine musical talent at the venerable Saratoga coffeehouse.

Juno Award-winner, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter-storyteller Craig Werth had the honor of closing the show, but openers the Boxcar Lilies could just as easily handled the headlining slot with the devastating three-part harmonies from Jenny Goodspeed, Stephanie Marshall and Katie Clarke.

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SPAC Rock Festival Line-Up Announced

Monday, March 31st, 2014

A month and a half ago we announced that the heavy metal headbanging Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival was scheduled to return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs at 1:10pm on Wednesday, July 23.

There have been lots of rumors swirling about who’s going to be on the bill, but the line-up of bands slated to perform at the fest wasn’t officially revealed until today:

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