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LIVE: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ Club Helsinki, 1/16/15

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

Review and photographs by Fred Rudofsky
Additional photographs by Timothy Reidy

A chilly mid-January night in Hudson did not have a ghost of a chance of preventing a full house from throwing it down with Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Club Helsinki.

It was a Friday night of perpetual wow moments – grooves and solos so sneaky they could untie your shoe laces; and vocals so sultry that heatstroke was imminent. As for the songs, they ranged from deep soul and funk to holla-to-your-mama blues and hip-hop with a dash of reggae and New Orleans second line strut thrown in for good measure.

Based out of Brooklyn, the seven-piece band led by singer extraordinaire Arleigh “Sister Sparrow” Kincheloe hit it and didn’t quit for over two hours. Opening with “Crawdaddies” was a masterstroke, setting a tone that the party would not wait. Phil Rodriguez (trumpet) and Brian Graham (baritone sax) opened the tune, Jackson Kincheloe cranked up the blues harp, and Sister Sparrow was in full got-ya mode, dancing and singing with gusto. The place went nuts. Shifting gears to a slow, bluesy cadence, the band dug into “Don’t Be Jealous (Just Me and the Fellas)”, and the soul testifying had the crowd singing along. Three new songs from the forthcoming album – “Sugar,” “Catch Me If You Can” and “We Need a Love” – brought a dash of disco, some slide guitar-meets-harmonica blues, and Ann Peebles-styled soul testifying respectively.

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LIVE: Living Colour @ Empire State Plaza, 6/4/14

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Corey Glover (photo by Rudy Lu)

Living Colour’s Corey Glover (photo by Rudy Lu)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu
Additional photographs by Richard Brody, Stanley Johnston

When the Governor Nelson Rockefeller regime built the Empire State Plaza back in the ’60s, it displaced and destroyed a huge and vital chunk of the City of Albany’s neighborhoods. So it was with no small sense of irony that Living Colour ripped into “Open Letter (To a Landlord)” on Wednesday night from the stage on the very same plaza.

“Now you can tear a building down
But you can’t erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can’t see…”

Whether the band had any idea about the concert site’s history or not is moot. The song was virtually written to be played on that stage, and the added weight of the ESP’s history imbued the ferocious anti-gentrification anthem with a weight that it probably doesn’t carry at most Living Colour concerts.

Then again, maybe they did know exactly what they were singing about – and where they were singing it. Vocalist Corey Glover kicked off their show by declaring, “We finally made it to the Capital, and we’re ready to burn it down.”

And, burn, baby, burn, they did. At least musically speaking.

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Win FREE Tickets to Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ the Hollow on Thursday

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Powerhouse soul-funk vocalist Sister Sparrow (aka, Arleigh Kincheloe) was born and raised in the Catskill Mountains, and her horn-fueled, righteously rockin’ band the Dirty Birds have graced plenty of Nippertown stages over the course of the past year or two, from Jillian’s to Putnam Den, from Club Helsinki to Mountain Jam to the Upstate Concert Hall. On Thursday evening, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds come to roost at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany. But don’t expect to find the band in the clubs much longer. They’re ready for the big-time…

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LIVE: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ the Garage, 4/12/12

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Review by Fred Rudofsky

If you could bottle up the zest for life and music that Brooklyn-based Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds bring to the stage every night, you could sell it and put every psychiatrist, religious zealot, political pundit and self-help author out on the street. These eight extraordinary musicians – led by a powerful singer who mesmerizes the moment she first steps up to the microphone – can prescribe the cure for whatever ails you when they come to town.

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