Posts Tagged ‘Saratoga Springs’

LIVE: Snowapple / Fish & Bird @ Caffe Lena, 3/13/15

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Snowapple

Snowapple

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Though the Snowapple concert was on Caffe Lena’s calendar for weeks prior to their Friday night show, no advanced tickets had been sold as late as Wednesday. Sarah Craig, the Caffe’s manager was worried. A while back she had discovered the amazing, three-part harmonies of the female Dutch trio and signed them on to appear at Lena’s. And she had excitedly whispered in the ears of several dozen Caffe regulars that this was the one not to miss. Yet here it was two days before the show, and no advanced tickets had been sold.

Craig spring into action and boldly reached out to the press, patrons and the public to generate interest. She knew that this was too good a show to cancel; it had to go on, and people had to know about it.

The trio played within the folk-acoustic idiom, but they also embraced their European musical traditions, as well as a heap of influences from American folk and contemporary pop music. Their layered and powerful three-part vocal harmonies coupled to their instrumental prowess put them squarely in the company of the Wailin’ Jennys, Red Molly and the Boxcar Lilies – same stylistic approach, but with a decisive twist in their repertoire choices. It’s a unique and fun experience to hear – for example, a Kanye West song done up in a singer-songwriter folk arrangement, albeit with three voices, keyboards, acoustic mandolin and guitar.

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Digging Through the Caffe Lena Archives with Jocelyn Arem

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Jessica Thompson, Steve Rosenthal and Jocelyn Arem

Jessica Thompson, Steve Rosenthal and Jocelyn Arem

Photograph by Sophie Brill

Multimedia archivist, musician and producer Jocelyn Arem will offer a multimedia presentation, “Reviving, Restoring and Re-imaging the Music Archive,” at 8pm on Thursday (March 26) at Skidmore College’s Filene Recital Hall in Saratoga Springs. Admission is free.

The program will feature music culled from the 2013 three-CD box set, Live at Caffe Lena: Music from America’s Legendary Coffeehouse (1967-2013), which Arem co-produced with Steve Rosenthal. The evening will start with a presentation on the audio restoration process by Arem, Rosenthal and Jessica Thompson, her colleagues from the Magic Shop Studio in NYC. Then they’ll examine the process with examples of the original audiotape recordings, the restored, re-mastered recordings and finally live performances.

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Local Actors Guild of Saratoga Tackles Sexual Politics in Larry Kramer’s Drama “The Normal Heart” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 20th, 2015

The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart is the third production of the Local Actors Guild of Saratoga’s 2014-2015 season and will run from March 21-22 and 28-29. The Capital Region community theater in downtown Saratoga Springs is celebrating its ninth season under the leadership of Jeremy Buechner, Artistic Director. Jonathan Pate is directing the show at Saratoga Arts.

The Normal Heart tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. It explores the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the epidemic to a city in denial.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Five Firsts: Mitch Todorov of Klozapin

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Mitch Todorov

Mitch Todorov

NAME: Mitch Todorov
BAND AFFILIATION: Klozapin
INSTRUMENT: Guitar/Vocals

THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASThe Blue Album by Weezer. I had gotten other CDs from my parents before, but this was the first one I had a really strong desire to own. I was nine years old, and my cousins played “In the Garage” for me at their house. I was hooked after that. I’ve listened to this album more than anything else.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Scott Ainslie

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
Scott Ainslie

Scott Ainslie

NAME: Scott Ainslie
INSTRUMENT: Blues & Slide Guitar, Old-Time Banjo, Diddley Bow

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … There were two: Phil Ochs’ I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore and The Best of the Lovin’ Spoonful

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Peter, Paul & Mary/Gordon Lightfoot

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LIVE: Winterpills / the Suitcase Junket @ Caffe Lena, 2/20/15

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
Winterpills with Matthew Loiacono

Winterpills with Matthew Loiacono

Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

For one of the best albums of 2014, Winterpills paired down to the acoustic duo of Flora Reed and Philip Price on Echolalia, a sparkling collection of cover tunes originally by the likes of everyone from Buddy Holly to Nick Drake to Sharon Van Etten.

Last month at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, the twosome proved to be just as captivating as they are in full-band mode, whether showcasing material from the new album (Lisa Germano’s “From a Shell” was particularly impressive) or dipping into their back catalog for gems like their show-closing “Feather Blue.”

They also got a bit of vocal help from Saratoga’s own Matthew Loiacano (of Rosary Beard) on one selection.

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

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Dryer

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?”

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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.

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