Posts Tagged ‘The Egg’

LIVE: Gregory Alan Isakov @ The Egg, 4/10/15

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Gregory Alan Isakov

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Colorado-based singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov brought his band into The Egg in Albany recently for his Nippertown concert debut. With songs that told the story of miles, landscapes and the search for a sense of place, Isakov focused primarily on selections from his most recent album, The Weatherman. Americana favorite Jolie Holland opened the concert.



LIVE: Joan Armatrading @ The Egg, 4/12/15

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


Review by Steven Stock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Early in her knockout performance at The Egg Sunday night Joan Armatrading mentioned that this was the 125th date on what’s billed as her “last major worldwide tour.” She joked about being weary and promised to try something new: a very short set. Then Armatrading proceeded to take a rapt audience through what was essentially a guided tour (complete with slideshow) of her marvelous 43-year career, betraying absolutely no hint of road fatigue.

For this tour Armatrading performed solo but with a couple of technical enhancements. A mid-sized video screen hung center-stage, and while she sang “City Girl” from her 1972 debut, stock footage of highways and skyscrapers were projected, later overlaid with new-agey washes of colors and patterns. To my mind the videos were neither compelling nor distracting, but if you ask a contemporary audience to put away their damn cellphones it’s probably wise to provide a substitute pacifier of some sort. The other enhancement was musical: on a few songs, Armatrading deployed pre-recorded backing tapes of synth chords. While the tapes helped highlight Armatrading’s harmonic sophistication, like the videos they weren’t really needed.


LIVE: Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba @ The Egg, 3/21/15

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Michele Rosewoman

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Following her magnificent 2013 performance at Lake George’s Jazz at the Lake festival in celebration of the release of 2-CD set 30 Years: A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America, pianist-composer Michele Rosewoman brought her New Yor-Uba band back to Nippertown for another brilliant concert at The Egg in Albany last month.

With her 11-piece New Yor-Uba band – including Schenectady native and former UAlbany student Gregg August on bass – Rosewoman blended modern jazz, sophisticated funk, dynamic electric fusion with distinctive elements of Cuban folkloric music to create a unique and electrifying musical experience for all.


LIVE: Asleep at the Wheel @ The Egg, 3/8/15

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Asleep at the Wheel’s new album is titled Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, but of course, long tall Texan Ray Benson and his band have been celebrating Bob Wills’ music since they first formed 45 years ago.

So, there really weren’t any surprises during their concert at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre earlier this month – just good ole, flat-out, rollicking western swing, as they glided through gems like “Big Balls in Cowtown,” “Route 66″ and, of course, “Miles and Miles of Texas.”

Benson is the only remaining original member, but he always surrounds himself with top-notch players, and the Wheel’s current incarnation is no exception, fueled by keyboardist Emily Gimble, fiddler Katie Shore and saxophonist/pedal steel guitarist Eddie Rivers, as well as the ace rhythm section of drummer Dave Sanger and bassist Dave Miller.


LIVE: Leo Kottke @ The Egg, 3/7/15

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Leo Kottke

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

There are good guitarists, and there are great guitarists. Then there are guitar players who are somehow able to completely re-invent the instrument and what it can do.

Leo Kottke is one of those guitar players, as he proved once again in concert at The Egg in Albany earlier this month…


LIVE: J.J. Grey & Mofro @ The Egg, 2/19/15

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

J.J. Grey & Mofro

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: J.J. Grey & Mofro
WITH: The London Souls
WHERE: The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany
WHEN: Thursday, February 19

J.J. Grey – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Anthony Cole – drums
Andrew Trube – guitar
Anthony Farrell – piano, organ
Todd Smallie – bass
Dennis Marion – trumpet
Jeff Dazey – saxophone


Donnell Leahy, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMaster

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

“No, I don’t remember the first album that I actually bought, but I remember having fiddle records given to me when I was a young lad, and I would learn to play the whole albums.

“There were four specific records that were given to me – the Scottish fiddler Gerry Holland, an Irish fiddler named Sean McGuire, the Canadian fiddler Graham Townsend and the French-Canadian fiddler Jean Carringnon – that were huge influences on me because I just learned all four of the records from start to finish.

“And they were four different, very distinct styles, and each style required a different technique.”

Donnell Leahy teams up with Natalie MacMaster (who also happens to be his wife) for a fab fiddle concert, “Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond,” at The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany at 7:30pm on Wednesday (February 25). They will be melding their individual fiddle styles into a whirlwind of traditional and contemporary music featuring their band and dancers. Tickets are $29.50.

LIVE: Jay Farrar @ The Egg, 2/7/15

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Jay Farrar

Jay Farrar

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Let’s face it, singer-songwriter Jay Farrar is not a charismatic performer. He doesn’t deliver any gyrations or gymnastics in the spotlight or on his guitar. He pretty much just stands there and strums his six strings at a deliberate, slow-to-mid tempo and sings his songs in a sweet, slightly clenched, country drawl.

He doesn’t talk much between tunes, either, which was a bit of a disappointment, as his concert at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany last Saturday night was billed as a career retrospective, and it would have been nice if he’d chatted just a bit about the hows or whys of any of the nearly two dozen songs that he churned his way through during his short, 75-minute performance. But that was not to be…


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