Posts Tagged ‘The Egg’

LIVE: Ed Kowalczyk @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, 4/25/15

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Ed Kowalczyk

Ed Kowalczyk

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Last year, Ed Kowlaczyk – the former frontman for ’90s alt-rockers Live – rolled into The Egg in Albany as part of his I Alone Tour, a stripped down show accompanied only by guitarist Zak Loy. Sonically, it was a far cry from Live’s glory days as booming arena-rockers. But Kowlaczyk’s passion as a vocalist and unbridled intensity as a performer threw plenty of heat, lifting the show to Live-like levels, while bringing an increased sense of dynamics to the music.

Obviously, Kowalczyk is enjoying the more minimalist approach, and last month he returned to The Egg with Loy in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Live’s sophomore album, Throwing Copper. The album was Live’s big breakthrough, and this time around, Kowalczyk and Loy played the album in its entirety, as well as churning through various other Live gems and nuggets from Kowalczyk’s solo career. And the results were the same – a little band, but a big, big sound.

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LIVE: The Wailin’ Jennys @ The Egg, 4/30/15

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
The Wailin’ Jennys

The Wailin’ Jennys

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

With a clever band name like the Wailin’ Jennys, you might assume that you’d be in for a rowdy gaggle of gals with guitars pumping out ornery, twangified cow-punk tunes, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Jennys have been “wailin’” for more than a dozen years now, and when they finally made their long-overdue Albany debut at The Egg’s Hart Theatre recently, they delivered an evening of sublime, subtle, harmony-laden songs that leaned heavily toward the countrified folk end of the musical spectrum.

But it really didn’t matter where the songs came from. The focus was squarely on the intricate intertwining of the three glorious voices of Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse. All three are exquisite songwriters, and the bulk of their 75-minute concert featured their original songs – highlighted by Moody’s gospel gem “Glory Bound,” the jazzy swing of Masse’s “Cherry Blossom Love” and Mehta’s haunting ballad “Arlington.”

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LIVE: David Bromberg & Larry Campbell @ The Egg, 4/19/15

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Just a coupla guys sittin’ around playin’ whatever they feel like playin’ on their guitars…

But when those guys just happen to be David Bromberg and Larry Campbell, well, you can bet that there were plenty of fretboard fireworks goin’ on even during a relaxed front-porch setting like the recent one at The Egg in Albany.

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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.

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

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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