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LIVE: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space, 9/21/14 (Day Two)

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
New Riders of the Purple Sage (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

New Riders of the Purple Sage (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Stanley Johnson

On Day Two of the inaugural American Music Festival for the Lake at the Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space in beautiful Lake George, the focus shifted from Saturday’s rock ‘n’ roll menu to a more country-oriented line-up on Sunday, but the basic concept remained the same – featuring a mix of national headliners (country-rock veterans the New Riders of the Purple Sage, bluegrass stars the Claire Lynch Band), regional favorites (Boston’s Girls Guns & Glory, Mississippi band Roscoe Bandana) and homegrown Local 518 heroes (the long-running Stony Creek Band, a surprise return appearance by Rich Ortiz, who also opened the fest on Saturday).



LIVE: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space, 9/20/14 (Day One)

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Robert Randolph & The Family Band (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Robert Randolph & the Family Band (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Stanley Johnson and Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was built on the site of the old Gaslight Village amusement park, whose slogan promised “yesterday’s fun today.”

But there was no nostalgia for the Good Ole Days of Yore during the grand opening weekend at the Charles R. Wood Park’s Festival Space. It was a solidly rockin’ first day of the American Festival for the Lake, a full day of music that featured bona fide headliners (Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ), regional rockers (Paranoid Social Club) and top notch homegrown talent (Wild Adriatic, the North & South Dakotas, Rich Ortiz).


LIVE: The Adirondack Balloon Festival, 9/21/14

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Adirondack Balloon Fest 2014 (photos by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

“Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
Would you like to glide in my beautiful balloon?
We could flow among the stars, together you and I

For we can fly, up, up and away
(For we can fly)
In my beautiful, my beautiful balloon…”

The annual Adirondack Balloon Festival was held earlier this month at Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury, and Nippertown photographer Stanley Johnson was there to capture all of the glory of the colorful balloons in flight…


LIVE: The All Paul Show @ Freedom Park, 8/23/14

Thursday, September 4th, 2014


Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Since it’s the year of the Beatles2K, it seemed only fitting that the All Paul Show would dig into the repertoires of the Fab Four, Wings and more to help wrap up the summer’s free concert season at Scotia’s Freedom Park.


LIVE: The Ghost Train Orchestra @ the Music Haven, 8/10/14

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
(photo by Stanley Johnson)

Ghost Train Orchestra’s Brian Carpenter (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Stanley Johnson, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Richard Brody

The motto of the Music Haven Concert Series in Schenectady’s Central Park has always been “Join us in traveling the world one concert at a time.” And the 2014 series did indeed travel from Africa to Ireland to Cuba to Chicago to Louisiana. But in wrapping up their 25th anniversary season with the Ghost Train Orchestra, the series took a slightly different tact, traveling not around the globe, but rather back in time.

The brainchild of Brian Carpenter – composer, arranger, trumpeter, vocalist – the GTO draws from the deep well of jazz by such early 20th century bandleaders as Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Tiny Parham, Fess Williams, Charlie Johnson and others.


LIVE: Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys @ the Music Haven, 8/3/14

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys

Jeffery Broussard (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Rudy Lu and Stanley Johnson

A recent Sunday evening crowd with an affinity for roots music got a double-dose of the good stuff at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park.

Ramblin Jug Stompers, local heroes of traditional jug-band music, got the feet tapping and hands clapping with their fine opener, “Mountain Dew.” Mister Eck’s lively mandolin propelled “Jug Band Music,” coaxing percussionist Will Bill to sing (and even whisper) like a mercurial carnival barker. Bowtie and Mister Eck played five-string and four-string banjos (“a patented duel banjo attack,” mused the latter) for a spirited “Pistol Packin’ Mama,” which was followed by guitarist Cousin Clyde’s mournful “A Man of Constant Sorrow.”

A delicate, swinging instrumental, “Frypan Jack Enters into Heaven” (from Hobo Nickel) was a fine showcase for Bowtie’s banjo and Cousin Clyde’s synchrony. Will Bill put aside his various percussion instruments for some soulful country harmonica during “Blues in the Bottle,” a showcase as well for Mister Eck’s robust vocals and resonator ukelele playing. No doubt hearing the freight train to their next destination, RJS closed their set with tight harmonies on crowd-pleaser “Old Plank Road,” a touchstone of the band’s live performances since its formation in 2006.

Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys brought the exuberant sounds and rhythms of zydeco from Louisiana for over an hour and a half. With a toothpick lodged in the right corner of his mouth, Broussard sang with a hearty voice in English and French and played his blue, white and red accordion masterfully. The crowd’s lack of familiarity with many of the songs – very few titles were announced – did not matter given the energy levels on the faster ones and the glorious ache of romance on the slow waltzes and two-steps. People young and old began dancing; by the end of the show, the area in front of the stage was crowded with happy dancers. Good will and good times never sounded so natural.


LIVE: Sheila E. @ Alive at Five, 8/7/14

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Sheila E.  (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Sheila E. (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Stanley Johnson, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

The 2014 Alive at Five concert series ended the same way it started – at the rain site under the highway at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch – surely the most inhospitable music venue to be found anywhere around Nippertown. And yet Sheila E. didn’t let the setting get her down. And while it looked something like the set of “The Warriors” or “West Side Story” – and sounded worse – the veteran singer-percussionist turned the evening into a party nonetheless.

“It’s gonna be a lovely day, now that the rain is gone,” she sang early on in her show during the bouncy, pop ballad, “Lovely Day,” and sure enough, she somehow managed to chase the rain away for the rest of her performance.


LIVE: MaryLeigh Roohan @ Riverlink Park, 7/26/14

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The MaryLeigh Roohan Band

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

In support of her perfectly splendid album, Skin & Bone, Saratoga Springs singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan and her band wowed the crowd at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park recently.

Roohan is back on the road again now, currently rambling through North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, but she’ll be back in time for a hometown concert at Caffe Lena at 8pm on Saturday, August 30.


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