Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Clair’

LIVE: Stephen Clair & the Millionaires @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 11/15/14

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Stephen Claire and the Millionaires

Stephen Clair and the Millionaires

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Carl Smith

“Skinny jeans, vasectomies, memory loss. I mean, who are we?” were the first words that Stephen Clair sang last Saturday night.

Back in the ’90s, Clair (aka Steve Ferguson) was a major mover ‘n’ shaker on the Albany music scene, playing in a variety of bands (Glaze, Cactus Loveseat, Wag, Sabotage & the Wrecking Crew, to name a few), publishing books of poetry, editing and publishing the audio-cassette magazine Talk Work, running the Central Avenue music venue Godfrey’s and more.

After rumbling around the country, he finally settled just downriver, where he’s ignited a vibrant music scene in Beacon – not only as a musician, but also as a concert producer (as Local 845) and music school founder/teacher (Beacon Music Factory).

Last weekend, when Clair returned to Albany for his first concert in recent memory, he was almost unrecognizable as he stepped out onstage at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre. But, yes, that was him wielding his guitar under underneath a wild-maned, electric blue woman’s wig.

No, he hasn’t gone glam…



FIVE FIRSTS: Stephen Clair

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Stephen Clair

Stephen Clair

NAME: Stephen Clair
BAND AFFILIATION: Stephen Clair & the Millionaires

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Beatles’ Second Album — at Jamesway. I was in fourth grade. At the beginning of that school year, a new family had moved in across the street from me. The parents looked and acted nothing like my parents. They had Beatles posters in every room of the house. Who were these Beatles? That’s where it started for me. So, in fourth grade I proceeded to buy every Beatles album. Mostly at Jamesway. Some at Barkers.


Song o’ the Week: Stephen Clair’s “Love Makes Us Weird”

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Former Albanian singer-songwriter Stephen Clair – who currently makes his home in Beacon – recently released his excellent new album, Love Makes Us Weird, and this accompanying music video for the title track. In addition to guitarist-vocalist Clair, the trio features drummer Todd Giuduce and bassist Jay Nicholas.

Festival Fever: Beacon Riverfest, 6/26

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Beacon Riverfest

Local 845 – the local concert production group helmed by singer-songwriter Stephen Clair – has been regularly presenting concerts and club shows at such Beacon venues as the Howland Cultural Center and the Piggy Bank for more than a year now.

But now Local 845 is taking a big step forward with the announcement of Beacon Riverfest, the first-ever live music festival in Beacon’s renovated Riverfront Park.

The free fest will take place on Saturday, June 26, beginning at 2pm and ending at dusk. It’s a rain-or-shine bash.

There’s a little something for everyone at the fest. Here’s the line-up:


Caffe LenaHolly & EvanThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Artist Charles HaymesBerkshire On StageLeave Regular Radio BehindThe LindaAlbany PoetsHudson SoundsThe Sanctuary For Independent Media