LIVE: Scotty Mac Meets Mark Emanatian @ Smokin’ Joe’s Barbecue, 6/22/13

July 5th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Scotty Mac meets Mark Emanation

Photographs by Dan Hogan

Yeah, it was pretty darned hot out there in the parking lot during the mid-afternoon concert at Smokin’ Joe’s in East Greenbush, but it wasn’t as hot as the music. Two of Nippertown’s finest blues guitarslingers – Scotty Mac and Mark Emanatian – joined forces with a crack rhythm section featuring drummer Charlie Clifford and bass man Tom Dolan.

Heck, the band didn’t even have a name…

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LIVE: Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 2/16/13

February 26th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Scotty Mack and the Rockin' Bonnevilles (photo by Fred Rudofsky)

Review and photographs by Fred Rudofsky

Blues, BBQ and beer – it’s an Earthly trinity that should never go unheralded, especially when there is no cover charge. A lively crowd with good taste in all three areas showed up in force at the Dinosaur BBQ in Troy to hear the area’s finest blues band.

Since regrouping early last year after a significant hiatus, Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles have been playing almost monthly. Billing this gig as the “Post V.D.” show (Valentine’s Day, just so you know), they opened with a powerful take on “Chicken Shack,” with Ted Hennessy playing some galvanic harp. The original “Just My Luck” kept the tempo up, with Scotty Mac playing his customary out of sight guitar and Johnny Ellis (bass) and Pete Vumbaco (drums) locking into irresistible rhythm.

The first set was heavier on covers than usual, but who else has the chops and imagination to play from such disparate sources? The sounds of Excello, Chess, Vee-Jay and Sun records were well represented, and The Shadows “Apache” sounded mighty fine with the jump blues of Louis Jordan’s “Saturday Night Fish Fry” following soon afterwards.

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LIVE: Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles @ Pauly’s Hotel, 5/11/12

June 7th, 2012, 3:30 pm by Greg

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Eric Gleason

Just like the NFL is better when the Oakland Raiders are resurgent, Albany is a better place when Pauly’s Hotel is hosting live music. Few bands can take over a crowd better than Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles showed last month at this legendary venue, where the easy parking, array of frosty brews and fine food were added bonuses.

The quartet, in the midst of a reunion this spring, played blues and roots rock with wit and verve, in two sets that had the place buzzing.

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LIVE: Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles @ Club Helsinki, 5/7/12

May 10th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review by Fred Rudofsky

“Reunion” conjures up images of high school alums gathering together, drinking beers, exaggerating successes and hiding failures, and pretending everybody got along at the old school.

“Reanimation” would be a better word to describe the act of getting back together and creating genuine magic.

A reanimated Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles, after a several year hiatus, took to the local stages twice in the past two weeks, first at Franklin’s Tower in Albany and, then most recently, this past Monday night for a live radio broadcast from Club Helsinki in Hudson.

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