LIVE: Suede @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 2/5/11

February 11th, 2011, 2:20 pm by Greg


It’s been a while since Suede played the Eighth Step. Her most recent performance was back in the early 2000s, when the Eighth Step was briefly based at the Cohoes Music Hall. And back in the ’90s, she also performed as a solo as well as a member of the Flirtations at the Step’s original and long-time home – the church on the corner of State and Willett streets in Albany.

This time around, Suede was making her debut performance at the Step’s current home, the GE Theater at Proctors in Schenectady. And she was there last Saturday all by here lonesome – unless you count a grand piano, acoustic mini-Martin guitar and a silver trumpet.

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Live: A Short Observation about Seeing Dala and Peter & Paul on the Same Night @ Proctors, 11/19/10

November 26th, 2010, 12:45 pm by Greg


On Friday, November 19, Proctors in Schenectady was at the crossroads of the contemporary folk music scene. On the Mainstage, veterans of more than 50 years together, Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey were playing their first Nippertown concert since the passing of their former partner Mary Travers a year ago. And just across the hallway at the Eighth Step in the GE Theatre was Dala, a young, fresh-faced folk duo from north of the border…

Dala is a highly musical and talented duo of young women from Canada – blond guitarist-singer Amanda Walther and brunette guitarist-singer Sheila Carabine. Their live performance was very quiet with close harmony singing and spare instrumental accompaniment. Having no idea who they were before the show began, it was fascinating to see their style unfold and discover the new gem they uncovered with each new song. Their song “Horses” – about a friend’s attempt to free himself from an unliftable burden – was simply beautiful, managing to express both hope and futility at once… with hope gaining the edge.

Their future is so bright, their talents evolving, their fan base growing – what will they do next?

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