Posts Tagged ‘The Egg’

LIVE: NYS Presenters Network Music Showcase @ The Egg, 10/28/14

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
The Villalobos Brothers

The Villalobos Brothers

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

The New York State Presenters Network held its annual conference in Albany last month, and in conjunction with the various workshops and panel discussions, the conference also hosted a showcase concert at The Egg that was free and open to the public.

The concert highlighted a wide variety of New York State musical talent from children’s singer-songwriter Dan Zanes to Latin jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his quartet, from Mexican music group the Villalobos Brothers to the cutting edge classical ensemble Sybarite5 and jazz saxman Michael Blake.

All in all, it was a delightfully diverse mix of jazz, folk and contemporary classical and Latin music…

More of Andrzej Pilarczyk’s photographs of this concert at Albany Jazz
More of Timothy Reidy’s photographs of this concert at Autobus Pour 3 Garcons



JAZZ2K: Nels Cline & Julian Lage’s “Room”

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Julian Lage and Nels Cline (photo: Justin Camerer)

Julian Lage and Nels Cline (photo: Justin Camerer)

Room (Mack Avenue)
Realse date: Tuesday, November 25

In a 2013 interview, Nels Cline described his collaboration with Julian Lage as “200 percent power.” A cursory listen to the soon-to-be-released Room might make one wonder if there are sound files on a laptop somewhere with the Wilco uber-guitarist and the prodigy-made-amazing creating mutual screaming feedback that only the hearing-damaged could love. But once you get tuned into the subtlety and harmony throughout this mesmerizing duo date from these two guitar wizards, you realize that Room is one of the more intense projects of 2014. And the guitar duo is slated to preview the new album in concert at The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Thursday night (November 20).

The album’s opening track “Abstract” seems pretty straightforward. Lage lays down a simple riff that Cline works off of with remarkable restraint. A quick bit of formation flying, and the exercise is repeated… except this time, it goes from an established relationship to dueling monologues in nothing flat. The relative cacophony threatens to send the piece careening off the road and into the ditch, but Lage and Cline back together on the nominal melody line relatively quickly – only there’s an obvious edge to both players that sounds like people speaking quietly through very clenched teeth. The piece resolves as if both of them would like to leave this subject behind, but the intrigue has been hatched: If this isn’t a wail-fest, then what is this?


New Concert Announced for The Egg

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Swinging with the Rat Pack”


“Swinging with the Rat Pack” takes over the stage of The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, December 13. A musical celebration of the wild Las Vegas days of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., this tribute show also includes a special appearance by “Marilyn Monroe.”

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $50.

LIVE: The Pine Hill Project: Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Shindell @ The Egg, 11/7/14

Monday, November 10th, 2014
Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky

Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Take two A-list solo singer-songwriters in the folk tradition. Pair them up with a master multi-instrumentalist/producer. Back them up with a crack rhythm section. And have them serve up an evening of their favorite songs, both originals and a wide swath of cover tunes.

It sounds like the recipe for a best-concerts-of-the-year-list contender, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, last weekend’s Albany debut of the new Pine Hill Project – featuring folk stars Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky – rarely caught fire. Their performance at The Egg was simply too tentative. Considering that it was only their third tour-stop, maybe that was to be expected.

Kaplansky and Shindell have been friends for 25 years, and for nearly all of that time, they’ve talked about making an album of duets. Earlier this year, after a successful fan-funded Kickstarter campaign, they finally made the album, Tomorrow You’re Going, a collection of songs by other songwriters who they admire. And although the album isn’t slated for release for another four months, they’ve hit the road to offer fans a preview.


LIVE: Habana Sax @ The Egg, 10/17/14

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Habana Sax

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Q: What do you get when you put four wailin’ saxophonists in front of a dynamo drummer?
A: A damn good time!


LIVE: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes @ The Egg, 10/18/14

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

 Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes played a rollickin’ two-hour show at The Egg in Albany last month, and although the theater wasn’t sold-out, those in attendance were definitely “havin’ a party.”


A Few Minutes With… Paul Nelson of the Johnny Winter Band

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Paul Nelson and Johnny Winter (photo: Greg Olliver)

Paul Nelson and Johnny Winter (photo: Greg Olliver)

Interview and story by Don Wilcock

“He wasn’t just playing it. He was living it.” That’s the way Paul Nelson remembers Johnny Winter. Nelson was Winter’s lead guitarist, band leader, songwriter, album producer and perhaps most importantly, the man who brought the albino blues rocker back from the brink of a lifestyle that threatened to kill him a decade ago. Winter finally succumbed to pneumonia on July 16.

“I made my first records when I was 15,” says Winter in the film documentary, “Down & Dirty: The Johnny Winter Story.” I started playing clubs when I was 15, started drinking and smoking when I was 15, sex when I was 15. Fifteen was a big year for me.”

That documentary will open the Johnny Winter Remembrance Concert on Saturday evening (November 1) at The Egg. This show headlines Johnny’s band under Nelson’s direction with guest guitarists Sonny Landreth, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Debbie Davies, all blues-based artists who, like Winter, know how to put a kick into blues guitar.


LIVE: Robin Trower @ The Egg, 10/21/14

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Robin Trower

Robin Trower

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Robin Trower isn’t the “British Jimi Hendrix.” He’s his own man. He derived his distinctive guitar sound on his own. Yes, there were early influences; but who alone without influence has created something, anything, on their very own? Very few, if any.

In the jazz world the credit always goes to Charlie Parker for creating the “modern jazz sound.” However, not many know that Sonny Stitt was mining the same avenues of jazz progressions, chords and music as “Bird” did before the sound became mainstream. When the public caught on – slowly at first – to the be-bop message of Parker and his cohorts, Stitt was left holding the bag and pointing to several recordings of his that had evolved that sound during the same time, if not earlier, then Charlie Parker did. Stitt is now practically forgotten, but Parker’s inventive legacy lives on.

The same goes for Robin Trower…


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