TONIGHT: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company Celebrates 25th Anniversary @ The Egg [Berkshire on Stage]

April 29th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (photo: Gary Gold)

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (photo: Gary Gold)

In celebration of its 25th performance season, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company performs at The Egg’s Hart Theatre at 8pm tonight (Friday, April 29) in a program that will feature the premiere of Tumble, set to the music of Terry Riley, written for four hands on one piano. The evening will begin with a 7:15pm prelude talk given by Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli.

The remainder of the program will feature a retrospective of ESDC’s most popular works from the last 25 years:

Sandungera – This dance revels in the groove, sensuality and rhythm of Latin jazz and Cuban music.

Rising Low – With blues and country music, this dance tells a poignant tale of loss and loneliness.

Becoming – Based on a Rainer Maria Rilke poem, this dance for a solo female pulsates with longing, questioning and beauty to Zoe B. Zak’s music for voice and accordion that brings a captivating combination of tonalities that are tied to her Jewish-American roots.

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LIVE: The Tedeschi Trucks Band @ The Egg, 12/8/15

December 30th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Tedeschi Trucks Band

Review by Steven Stock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The twelve-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band ventured through a lot of territory in their well-received two-hour performance at The Egg’s Hart Theatre, covering songs made popular by Betty Harris, Bobby “Blue” Bland, the Box Tops, George Harrison and John Prine before sending everyone home happy with a rollicking version of the Coasters’ (or perhaps you prefer Ray Charles’ rendition?) nugget “Let’s Go Get Stoned.”

That disparate range of influences only begins to suggest this ensemble’s versatility. “Don’t Miss Me,” a rare carryover from the Derek Trucks Band repertoire, began as a conventional blues then suddenly veered left into Trout Mask Replica terrain. With three horns (saxophone, trumpet and trombone) and three backing vocalists, the overall sound of the group resembled an updated version of the Stax/Volt sound crossed with Joe Cocker’s early-’70 Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Cocker more or less poached the Mad Dogs from Leon Russell, but that didn’t prevent Russell (along with compatriots Rita Coolidge and Dave Mason) from joining Tedeschi Trucks in paying tribute to Cocker’s band earlier this year at the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia.

At The Egg, it was refreshing to witness two performers who built their sizable reputations as superb guitarists subordinate their egos to work effectively in a big-band context. On the lengthy coda to “I Want More,” Derek Trucks did get his licks in while engaging in lovely dialogue with Kofi Burbridge’s flute, a passage evocative of Traffic at its finest.

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LIVE: The Dave Rawlings Machine @ The Egg, 11/7/15

November 17th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Thirty years ago d. boon obliquely suggested cutting down on the guitar solos. I’m good with that. I could live a long happy life without hearing another guitar solo. But Dave Rawlings doesn’t count. He can play as many as he wants to, whenever, wherever he wants.

Rawlings played some solos at The Egg recently, yes, yes he did. And he could have played more. It would have been OK, even d. boon says so.

Rawlings brings such invention and opportunity to every pass on the six-string, cascading lines full of seconds and ninths, brilliant raindrops of sound. Much is made in the geek world of his ’36 Olympic, but the fact is it’s all about his hands. Epic. Swirling. Enchanting.

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The Egg Announces New Concert

November 17th, 2015, 2:06 pm by Greg

The Egg in Albany has announced the return of the sublime Brad Mehldau Trio at 8pm on Saturday, April 16.

Over the past two decades, few artists have done more to extend and refine the piano trio’s possibilities than Brad Mehldau – both within the jazz genre and beyond. Along with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, the trio is at home performing Thelonious Monk classics, American Songbook standards and thoroughly captivating original tunes, as well as contemporary pop songs from the pens of Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Kurt Cobain and Radiohead.

Tickets for the concert are $29.50 and are currently available only to members of The Egg. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (November 20).

GO HERE to read a review of the Brad Mehldau Trio’s 12/14/14 concert at The Egg…

LIVE: Joe Jackson @ The Egg, 10/26/15

November 12th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Tim Mack

The Joe Jackson Time Machine landed at The Egg’s Hart Theatre recently, taking a full house back 30 years for nearly two hours. Jackson’s band sounded freakishly ’80s, especially given the fact that they were backing an artist who has continually looked forward. That’s not a complaint mind you, merely a somewhat stunned observation.

Guitarist Teddy Kumpel, particularly, channeled ‘85 with a guitar rig chock full of effects straight out of the Thompson Twins; and drummer Doug Yowell hit that snare with a big hair ferocity that’s thankfully been left in the past.

But Jackson’s voice and his incredible songs (including Egg entries “You Can’t Get What You Want,” “Another World” and “It’s Different for Girls”) are truly timeless. So, while the early band hits like “Sunday Papers” and the encore of “One More Time” satisfied, so did the newest tracks from his latest album, Fast Forward.

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LIVE: New York State Presenters Network Showcase @ The Egg, 10/27/15

October 28th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem

Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The New York State Presenters Network is holding its annual conference in Albany this week, and in conjunction with the various workshops and panel discussions, the conference also hosts a showcase performances at The Egg. The concerts are free and open to the public.

The performance showcase on Tuesday evening (October 27) offered a sampling of a diverse array of music and dance. On the musical end of the spectrum, the performances included the folk-bluegrass sound of Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem; the adventurous, avant garde So Percussion; and the Latin sounds of Orlando Marin. Meanwhile, from the dance world New York Theatre Ballet and Dance Heginbotham both served up poetry in motion.

The Egg in Albany will be hosting another showcase performance at 7:30pm tonight (October 28) featuring dance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sidra Bell Dance New York and Illstyle & Peace Productions, as well as music by the Jeremy Kittel Trio, the Howard Fishman Band and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. Admission is FREE.

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Dave Davies, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

October 26th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

“I couldn’t afford to buy a whole album, but they used to have 10-inch vinyl records with about five tracks on them that were cheaper than the 12-inch albums. And those were three of the earliest records that I remember having the money to buy.

“One of them was a Barney Kessel record. Another was by Hank Williams. But the very first 45 that I bought was ‘The Ballad of a Teenage Queen’ by Johnny Cash. That was the first actual record that I bought out of my own pocket money. There was a great track on the other side of it, too – ‘Big River’ – with a great guitar riff in it.”

In support of his latest solo album, “Rippin’ Up Time,” the legendary guitarist of the Kinks, Dave Davies takes over the Swyer Theatre at The Egg at 8pm tonight (Monday, October 26) with his own band. Tickets are $59.50.

LIVE: Shuggie Otis @ The Egg, 7/26/15

August 3rd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review by Steven Stock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Shuggie Otis’ biography raises an intriguing question: how could a musician who achieved so much at such a young age end up being essentially blacklisted from the record industry for 39 years? Otis’ brief but occasionally dazzling performance at The Egg’s Lewis A. Swyer Theatre provided some clues but no definitive answers.

Born on November 30, 1953, Johnny Alexander Veliotes Jr. first strummed a guitar at age two and within ten years was backing his father at club gigs, donning dark glasses and a moustache to avoid being booted by club owners eager to keep their liquor licenses. Dad Johnny Otis was a fixture on the West Coast R&B circuit, as a bandleader, disc jockey and impresario. The senior Otis is himself a fascinating figure, a Greek who said he was “black by persuasion.”

Shuggie (a derivative of sugar coined by his black/Filipino mother) was all of 15 when Al Kooper recruited him to play on Kooper’s second super session record, filling the shoes of Steven Stills and Mike Bloomfield. Frank Zappa invited Otis to play bass on “Peaches en Regalia” from 1969’s classic Hot Rats LP. This quickly led to a contract with CBS/Epic and a strong debut album in 1970, Here Comes Shuggie Otis. Guitar Player magazine quoted B.B. King calling Shuggie his “favorite new guitarist.” Soon Otis was playing with luminaries such as Richard Berry, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Etta James, Louis Jordan and Eddie Vinson.

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