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LIVE: Rick Springfield @ The Egg, 11/21/14

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

“You know I feel so dirty when they start talking cute
I wanna tell her that I love her, but the point is probably moot”

– from “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield

No question about it, Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” is a great pop song, an iconic audio artifact of the ’80s and the only No. 1 hit in rock history to feature the word “moot” in its lyrics.

As an ’80s hitmaker, rocker Rick Springfield specialized in arena-ready nuggets of well-crafted power-pop. But in his solo “Stripped Down” concert at The Egg’s Hart Theatre recently much of the power was drained from his pop gems.

He’s an exceptionally ingratiating performer, and that came through loud and clear during his 100-minute show, a kind of cross between MTV’s “Unplugged” and VH1′s “Storyteller.” But without the muscle of a band behind him, too many of the songs never really took off. Seated on a stool at centerstage surrounded by a phalanx of guitars, Springfield launched his show with the opening volley of “I Get Excited” and “An Affair of the Heart,” strumming his acoustic guitar with abandon. And right from the start, it was clear that this wasn’t really a solo show – without coaxing, the crowd sang along with him in full voice.

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LIVE: Hot Tuna @ The Egg, 12/7/14

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen

Review by Richard Brody
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The shouts of “Jorma!” that came from the near-capacity crowd were an indication that there were few, if any, first time Hot Tuna fans in The Egg’s Hart Theatre. Accompanying Jorma Kaukonen and co-founding bass man Jack Casady was frequent Tuna member mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff, as well as a trio of the band’s Woodstock family – drummer Justin Guip, vocalist Teresa Williams and her husband/string master Larry Campbell on fiddle, pedal steel and guitar.

The band kicked off the show with one of their staples, Kaukonen’s “True Religion,” that was highlighted by Mitterhoff’s sweet mandolin solo and Campbell’s shimmering slide guitar that brought the song to its conclusion.

Hot Tuna has always been about the country blues that howl about the sins of Saturday night and the gospel-flavored songs that ask for forgiveness in church on Sunday morning. Casady strutted, pogoed and drove the band on Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied.” His bass anchored and pushed both Kaukonen’s vocals and the guitar solos from Kaukonen and Campbell. As fine a guitarist as Kaukonen is, his voice would not fit in a church choir. Enter Williams, who brought the “amen” to Reverend Gary Davis’ “Children of Zion” that included great supporting solos from Mitterhoff’s mandolin, Kaukonen’s guitar and Campbell’s slide. They stayed in church for the next number, a roof-raising rendition of “Wade in the Water” that was once again led by Williams’ powerhouse vocals.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Pete Curry of Los Straitjackets

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Los Straitjackets

Los Straitjackets

NAME: Pete Curry
BAND AFFILIATION: Los Straitjackets
INSTRUMENT: bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASThe BIG Sounds of the Drags!

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LIVE: Nels Cline & Julian Lage @ The Egg, 11/20/14

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Nels Cline and Julian Lage

Nels Cline and Julian Lage

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Bender Melon

“This is gonna be, well, what it is. It’s out of our wheelhouse. But I’m a sentimental man, and today is Duane Allman’s birthday,” Wilco guitarslinger Nels Cline admitted as he and fellow guitar great Julian Lage sat down and eased into “Little Martha” for their encore at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last month.

Unexpected? Oh yeah, but when these two fretmasters get together, it’s best to throw expectations out the window and just sit back and soak it all up, as you learned if you caught their Nippertown debut at Wilco’s 2013 Solid Sound fest at MASS MoCA.

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LIVE: The Touré-Raichel Collective @ The Egg, 11/22/14

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
The Toure/Raichel Collective

The Touré-Raichel Collective

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The phrase “world music” has been over-used and abused since it was first coined. These days it seems to apply to just about any form of music that sounds “exotic” or is sung in a foreign language.

But the recent captivating concert by the Touré-Raichel Collective at The Egg in Albany, truly was a global gathering, a musical summit meeting between Malian guitarist Vieuz Farka Touré and Israeli jazz pianist Idan Raichel.

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LIVE: Thanksgiving Super Soul Fest @ The Egg, 11/28/14

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Kurtis Blow

Kurtis Blow

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Thanksgiving Super Soul Fest was a smorgasbord of old-school, exquisite R&B, rap and soul. First up, Fonda Rae was to-die-for gorgeous with a voice to match as she weaved her way through her ’80s club hits like “Over Like a Fat Rat,” “Heobah” and “Touch Me,” not missing a note and, like all the performers, with a DJ backing the vocals. MC Stik-E had the folks at The Egg dancing in their seats between performers. Vocalist Jeff Redd brought back the vocal times of Isaac Hayes and Otis Redding with his distinctive style of soul crooning on numbers like his “I Found Lovin’” and others that hit the charts in the ’90s.

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New Show Announced for The Egg

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Comedy’s loveable Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli is slated to return to Nippertown for a performance at 7pm on Friday, March 27 at The Egg in Albany.

From the late night talk show circuit to Howard Stern’s satellite radio show to NBC-TV’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality show, Lampanelli has done it all.

Now she’s returning to town for a stand-up comedy show at The Egg. Tickets are $37.75 and go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (December 5).

LIVE: The Jayhawks @ The Egg, 10/30/14

Monday, December 1st, 2014
The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The last time that alt-country pioneers the Jayhawks flew into Nippertown was nearly 10 years ago. In February 2005, Mark Olson and Gary Louris launched into the final song of their first set at The Egg and sang “Blue” – “Hard to sing with someone, won’t sing with you,” they sang, their magnificent harmonies tightly woven together.

While Louris has been the band’s one constant throughout all the years, Olson has been in a here-today/gone-tomorrow mode. And unfortunately, he was missing in action at the Jayhawks’ recent return to The Egg.

Fortunately (and surprisingly), it wasn’t all that big a deal. Louris has learned to work around Olson’s absence, and the band’s reunited 1997 line-up – featuring Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan, Karen Grotberg and Kraig Johnson – delivered the goods.

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