Posts Tagged ‘Stanley Johnson’

LIVE: The Edgar Winter Band @ Alive at Five, 7/23/15

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Stanley Johnson

Texas blues-rocker/multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter brought his current band – guitarist Doug Rappoport, bassist Koko Powell and drummer Jason Carpenter – to town for a free Alive at Five concert last week – exactly 12 years after playing a free concert at the Empire State Plaza…



LIVE: Bernie Williams & His All-Star Band @ SummerNight, 7/10/15

Monday, July 20th, 2015
Bernie Williams

Bernie Williams

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Yeah, in concert in the Electric City, the longtime NY Yankee centerfielder proved that he can handle a guitar nearly as well as he handled a baseball bat back in his heyday. Bernie Williams brought his All-Star Band to Schenectady’s State Street earlier this month as the headliners for the annual free street party, Schenectady County SummerNight. And judging by the fans’ reactions, he knocked it out of the park again…

Joining Williams and his band in the free, evening-long celebration were the Refrigerators, Stockade Kids, the #2 Band, Moriah Formica, Crush and the veteran Charlie Smith Blues Band.


LIVE: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez @ Riverlink Park, 7/4/15

Friday, July 17th, 2015


Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Following her Caffe Lena gig at the end of May, Christine Ohlman and her band Rebel Montez returned to Greater Nippertown earlier this month for a dual celebration – the Fourth of July and the kick-off of the Riverlink Summer Concert Series in Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park.

The blond, bee-hived queen of blue-eyed rock ‘n’ soul is instantly recognizable from her longtime stint as a vocalist with the “Saturday Night Live” Band, and she’s become a regular visitor to the Local 518 in recent years, firing up her sizzling, soulful sound with bandmates guitarist Cliff Goodwin, bassist Michael Colbath and drummer Larry Donahue.


Fare Thee Well: Gratefully Remembering the Dead

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Remembering the Grateful Dead

Story and photographs by Stanley Johnson

I arrived at the party for Sandy’s birthday last Friday (July 3). Bob, who I seem to run into at every music event I go to in Greater Nippertown, had arranged for a projector and PA system, and the backyard had been transformed into an outdoor theater bordered by a circle of tiki lamps and a firepit. The screen was a sheet tacked to the side of a barn.

We watched the first of the final three performances of the Grateful Dead live from Chicago. It was a pretty good performance, although computer buffering problems did sometimes interrupt the show. We had bug repellant, fireworks and a big moon rising.

Was it a good Grateful Dead concert? You can be the judge of that: the show will be part of a box set which was constantly promoted throughout the night. The band, like previous reunion versions under the names the Other Ones and the Dead, played unique arrangements and extended medleys of Grateful Dead songs, most of which were originally recorded back in the ’60s and ’70s. There may have been later period songs, but I wasn’t always paying close attention. It was a party, and I was taking no notes nor photos.

It seemed appropriate for me to be watching this performance in Alplaus, a place with a connection to Kurt Vonnegut, who had a connection with the Grateful Dead. For a time, the Grateful Dead owned the rights to his novel “Sirens of Titan,” although what they were going to do with them no one seems to remember. Vonnegut, whose drug preferences were cigarettes and occasional alcohol, admitted to once having smoked a joint with the band.


LIVE: Maxi Priest @ Empire State Plaza, 6/24/15

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Maxie Priest

Maxi Priest

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

WHAT: Capital Concert Series’ Reggae Night
WHO: Maxi Priest
WITH: Morgan Heritage and Jemere Morgan
WHERE: Empire State Plaza, Albany
WHEN: Wednesday, June 24, 2015


LIVE: The Features @ the Empire State Plaza, 6/10/15

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
The Features

The Features

Photographs by Stanley Johnson, Timothy Reidy

WHO: The Features
WITH: The Vaccines and Stellar Young
WHAT: The Capital Concert Series
WHERE: The Empire State Plaza, Albany
WHEN: 5pm on Wednesday, June 10, 2015


LIVE: Mountain Jam XI @ Hunter Mountain, 6/5/15 (Day Two)

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
Robert Plant

Robert Plant

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

I had only one day to spend at Mountain Jam this year, and despite a couple hours of rain, I was glad I went on the Friday with my long-time concert buddy Dave, with whom I’ve seen shows since the early ’70s. We came at the fest from Gilboa through the mountains in the north and experienced no traffic at all on our way to Hunter Mountain.

The sun broke out at the start of the fest during the Mike & Ruthy Band’s set and continued as Nikki Lane provided sunny music to match.

Spirit Family Reunion provided up-tempo, old-timey pickin’ and singin’. The first big band of the day, Trigger Hippy – featuring Jackie Greene and Joan Osborne – lived up to the buzz around their new disc and rocked hard.


Before the Fire: Living On Jay Street

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
A bicycle race in front of 100-106 Jay Street

A bicycle race in front of 100-106 Jay Street, circa 1990

Story and photographs by Stanley A. Johnson

Demolition on the buildings at 100-104 Jay Street in Schenectady continues this week following the fire earlier this month which killed at least four, injured several more and left dozens looking for new homes.

I did not know Harry Simpson, Robert Thomas, Berenices Suarez nor Jermaine Allen, who all died in the blaze. I did recognize James & Kristie Lynch, who lived at 100 Jay Street. They were volunteer security at almost every Alive at 5 concert for the last decade. James is always the first to tell you to get down if you attempt to get upon someone’s shoulders to see better.

The couple has had a particularly hard time settling down in the past year, winding up on Jay Street after being forced out of one of the two Colonie motels that are also currently being demolished, those for code violations.

Those two tall Jay Street buildings across from Schenectady City Hall have been home to hundreds, perhaps thousands of short and long-term residents over the years. The Gleason Building, 104 on the left, had an elaborate front full of faces and scrollwork.


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