Posts Tagged ‘The Egg’

LIVE: Ed Kowalczyk @ The Egg, 3/20/14

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Ed Kowalczyk @ The Egg, 3/20/14

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The former lead singer and main songwriter for the ’90s rockers Live, Ed Kowlaczyk rolled into The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany recently, his first Nippertown concert since his 2011 Alive at Five performance. Back then, he had a full band backing him up, but this time around, it was a considerably more intimate, but no less intense, experience.

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LIVE: The Irish Rovers @ The Egg, 3/26/14

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The Irish Rovers

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yes, those Irish tunes just keep floating in the Nippertown air long after St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone for another year. But this one wasn’t just any old Celtic music concert. This was one of the most popular Irish folk bands on the planet – the Irish Rovers, who popularized such songs as “Wasn’t That a Party,” “The Orange and the Green,” “Whiskey on a Sunday,” “Lily the Pink,” “The Black Velvet Band” and, of course, “The Unicorn.”

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LIVE: Masters of Tradition @ The Egg, 3/25/14

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Video and photographs by Tim Raab
Additional photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Just because Saint Patrick’s Day has come and gone for another year doesn’t mean that the Irish music scene goes into hibernation til 2015. Not around Nippertown, anyway.

In fact, The Egg in Albany hosted a pair of back-to-back Celtic concerts this week – Masters of Tradition and the Irish Rovers. By far the more traditional – and more satisfying – of the two was Tuesday night’s Masters of Tradition concert at the Swyer Theatre.

Fab fiddler Martin Hayes was at the helm, leading an all-star ensemble of talented musicians – including vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird, fiddler Cathal Hayden, guitarists Dennis Cahill and Seamie O’Dowd, accordionist Máirtín O’Connor and uilleann piper David Power. With a variety of Celtic jigs, reels and airs, the evening built from individual musical showcases and various small group configurations through to sometimes powerful, sometimes poignant performances by the entire ensemble.

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LIVE: Harriet Tubman & Cassandra Wilson Present Black Sun @ The Egg, 3/15/14

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Cassandra Wilson and JT Lewis

Cassandra Wilson and JT Lewis

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu and Andrzej Pilarczyk

I think Cassandra Wilson may be about to record her first punk album.

Let me explain: While Wilson may be known as a jazz vocalist, the esteemed vocalist has never been one of those booming, big-band-backed standard shouters; more often than not, she goes the other way, preferring subtlety in both her vocals and in her background instrumentation. Even on past excursions into the blues of her native Mississippi, acoustic guitar was just as prevalent as electric.

But on Wilson’s latest visit to the Egg’s Swyer Theatre, the core members of a group called Harriet Tubman accompanied her. Check this band’s videos out on YouTube if you want a hair-raising experience – one completely in line with players whose resumes include out-there artists like Henry Threadgill, D.J. Logic, Living Colour and the Rollins Band. Tubman’s semi-free-form fusion is about as far from Wilson’s primary work product as Albany is from Alpha Centauri. But as bassist Melvin Gibbs told us in his introductory remarks, the “different kind of energy” Wilson & Tubman create together as Black Sun is what Wilson wanted when this partnership was formed.

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LIVE: The Andy Statman Trio @ The Egg, 3/2/14

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Andy Statman

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Andy Statman is a musician’s musician, a bona fide master of not just one, but two very different instruments – the mandolin and clarinet. Likewise, his captivating, deeply spiritual songs are a blazing blend of bluegrass, jazz and klezmer music.

Making his Nippertown concert debut earlier this month at The Egg in Albany, Statman was joined by bassist Jim Whitney and drummer Larry Eagle.

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LIVE: Sarah Jarosz @ The Egg, 3/7/14 (Take 2)

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Tim Mack

Sarah Jarosz recently graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music. Those Beantown digs are close enough to lump her in with the Berklee bluegrass gang, and she certainly shares the politesse of that crowd. Even when they play outside, they sound dainty.

But Jarosz grew up in Wimberley, Texas, and she brings a bit of that Lone Star finesse to the table, at least when it comes to songwriting. And that is her true trump card.

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LIVE: Sarah Jarosz @ The Egg, 3/7/14

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz

Review and photographs by Tim Mack

The Sarah Jarosz pictured on the cover of her most recent album, Build Me Up From Bones, has a somber look, her hair up swept, with a high-necked collar and lipstick, her gaze focused just beyond the camera. The Sarah Jarosz who took the stage at The Egg last Friday night wore an easy smile, a bright summer dress and casual cowgirl boots, as if she were dressed for a night with good friends. Which it was.

Returning to Albany nearly two years to the day after her last appearance on the Swyer Theatre stage, the now 22-year old Texan showed a comfortable confidence in her stage presence, her bandmates and the very appreciative and attentive audience that came out to see her.

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LIVE: Zappa Plays Zappa @ The Egg, 2/25/14

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Zappa Plays Zappa

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was flashback time at The Egg recently, as we jumped into the Wayback Machine and set the dial for 1974, when the ever-irreverent Frank Zappa and his batch of Mothers unleashed their live, double-disc, gatefold album Roxy & Elsewhere.

But, of course, it wasn’t Frank in the spotlight at The Egg, but rather his son guitar-wielding Dweezil Zappa, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roxy and carrying on the musical legacy of his dad.

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