Posts Tagged ‘Saratoga Springs’

LIVE: Counting Crows @ SPAC, 9/1/15

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Counting Crows

Counting Crows

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Led by lead singer Adam Duritz, Counting Crows winged their way back to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday night (September 1), with Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown opening the show.

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LIVE: Joe Bonamassa @ SPAC, 8/10/15

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

OK, raise your hand if you remember the days when Smokin’ Joe Bonamassa was a chubby prepubescent kid firing up his big, bad blues guitar licks at Local 518 clubs like Pauly’s Hotel and Bogie’s long before he was old enough to legally drink there?

Well, things have certainly changed for the Utica guitarslinger, who made his Saratoga Performing Arts Center debut earlier this month.

Bonamassa and his band – fueled by master drummer Anton Fig (who played with Felicia Collins at Schenectady’s Music Haven the previous night) and keyboardist Reese Wyans (a key member of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double trouble) – burned through their Three Kings show, a tribute to blues guitar giants Albert King, Freddie King and the one and only B.B. King.

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LIVE: 5 Seconds of Summer @ SPAC, 8/26/15

Friday, August 28th, 2015
5 Second of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was the big boy-band bash of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s summer concert season. And it was a huge happy 24th birthday party for 5 Seconds of Summer drummer Ashton Irwin, who was enthusiastically serenaded by his bandmates and the largely young, female crowd.

Yes, the loooong wait was finally over (tickets for the concert went on sale more than a year ago), and the Australian pop-punk band had arrived in the Spa City with almost as much fanfare as American Pharoah.

Following an opening set from Hey Violet, 5SOS pumped out plenty of their hits, a sneak preview of their upcoming album Sounds Good Feels Good (highlighted by “Permanent Vacation” and their current single “She’s Kinda Hot”) and a few select covers (including Green Day’s “American Idiot” and an encore of the Romantics’ “What I Like About You”).

And what did the crowd like about 5SOS? Just about everything…

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LIVE: Big Fez & the Surfmatics @ Saratoga Race Track Gazebo, 8/15/15

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Win or lose, there’s always something fun to do at the Saratoga Race Course – like diggin’ the sounds of Big Fez & the Surfmatics, featuring the twang-toned talents of guitarists Donny & Johnny Fez backed by the rhythm section of bassist Mikey Fez and the big beat of drummer JB Fez. Cowabunga, dude!

Big Fez & the boys will be back at the track on Sunday, September 6 for the closing weekend of the season…

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LIVE: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra @ the Tang Museum, 7/31/15

Monday, August 17th, 2015
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Alex Torres

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

2015 has been a big year for Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra. Not only is the spicy salsa band celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, but they also toured China for the first time, and their music was picked up for a number of television and film projects, including the Netflix series “Bloodlines,” USA Network’s “Complications” and the feature comedy “Drunk Wedding.”

Bu the Amsterdam-based band led by bassist Alex Torres haven’t forgotten about their loyal Nippertown fans. In addition to their regular gigs at Saratoga Springs’ Newberry Music Hall, the Latin Orchestra also fired it up Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, turning the rooftop into a dance floor at a recent installment of the museum’s free UpBeat On the Roof concert series.

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Saratoga Shots

Friday, August 7th, 2015
The field leaves the starting gate for the first race of the 2015 season, 7/24/2015

The field leaves the starting gate for the first race of the 2015 season, 7/24/2015

Photographs by Martin Benjamin

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LIVE: Slipknot @ SPAC, 7/31/15

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
Slipknot

Slipknot

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It seems as though top-notch nights of headbangin’ have been pretty few and far between this concert season, but the Saratoga Performing Arts Center cranked up the volume for those masked metalheads Slipknot, as they came roaring into the Spa City on their Summer’s Last Stand Tour on the last day of July.

With Slipknot in the headlining slot, the four-band mini-fest bill also featured pummeling performances from Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White.

Now that’s what we call headbangin’ time…

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FREE FEST: Hats Off to Saratoga @ Downtown Saratoga Springs

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Saturday, July 25: Hot Club of Saratoga

Saturday (July 25): Hot Club of Saratoga

The Hats Off Music Festival will liven up Broadway and the rest of downtown Saratoga Springs on Friday and Saturday nights (July 24 & 25) to celebrate the opening weekend of the racing season. An array of Local 518 bands – ranging from blues to rock to a cappella – will be performing around town for free from 7-11pm both days.

Here’s a round-up of who’s playing where at the 2015 Hats Off Music Festival:

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