Posts Tagged ‘Saratoga Springs’

LIVE: Chuck Pyle @ Caffe Lena, 3/27/15

Thursday, April 16th, 2015


Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

From Colorado, Chuck Pyle is a down to earth, warm and sincere singer, songwriter and storyteller. At his recent concert at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, the self-proclaimed “Zen Cowboy” weaved simple guitar melodies with complex and sometimes acute observations about everything from bumper-sticker philosophy to the ever-changing socio-political landscape of the country.



Nicholas Krushenick @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum [Get Visual]

Friday, April 10th, 2015
Installation view featuring the painting titled Electric Soup at left.

Installation view featuring the painting titled “Electric Soup” at left

Review by David Brickman

It was 1979: Punk rock was at its peak, rents in SoHo were still cheap, and Nick Krushenick was nearly a forgotten man. My college painting class was on a field trip to New York City, where a visit to Krushenick’s studio had been arranged. The artist showed little enthusiasm, reluctantly pulling a few paintings from a leaning stack, far less interested in talking about his work than he was in bragging about his son’s band, which had just cut their first record.

Flash forward to 2015, and the late Krushenick is now the subject of a solo show at Skidmore College’s Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, such a rarity that the 20 major pieces it has brought together represent the biggest collection of his work ever seen publicly. Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup, on view through Sunday, August 16, is a brash, bold exhibition that spans over 30 years of output with pristine, large-scale acrylics that appear so fresh they just about jump right off the wall.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

LIVE: Rustic Overtones / Mirk @ Vapor, 3/14/15

Monday, April 6th, 2015
Rustic Overtones

Rustic Overtones

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Vocalist-guitarist Dave Gutter led the way, as the Maine-based rockers Rustic Overtones roared into Vapor in Saratoga Springs for a free concert sponsored by radio station WEQX-FM last month. Pumping up the already enthusiastic crowd were Local 518 faves Mirk.


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

Thursday, March 26th, 2015


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.


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.


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
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.


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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