Posts Tagged ‘The Egg’

Two More New Shows Announced for The Egg

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Chris D’Elia

Chris D’Elia

On Monday, it was comedian Carly Aquilino

On Tuesday, it was Chris Isaak

Now, The Egg has announced two more two shows… the third and fourth of the week, and it’s only Wednesday.

Comedian Chris D’Elia – the star of the NBC-TV sitcom “Undateable” and former co-star on “Whitney” – will step into the spotlight at The Egg at 8pm on Thursday, September 25. Priced at $30, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday (July 25).

And there are more laughs in store at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 16 when the Italian Bad Boyz of Comedy – featuring Vic DiBitetto, Sam Fedele, Freddy Proia and Frank Santorelli – take over. Tickets are $40, $50 & $60.

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LIVE: Johnnyswim @ The Egg, 6/23/14

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Johnnyswim
Photographs by Andrezej Pilarczyk

Johnnyswim – the Nashville-based husband and wife team of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano – made their Nippertown concert debut recently with a passionate, charming performance at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany.

Backed by their band, Sudano (the daughter of the late disco superstar Donna Summer) and Ramirez took the stage in support of their recently released debut album, Diamonds, and like their album title, they simply sparkled in concert.

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New Show Announced for The Egg

Monday, July 21st, 2014
Carly Aquilino

Carly Aquilino

Stand-up comedian Carly Aquilino of MTV’s “Girl Code” will be stepping into the spotlight at The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, September 27.

Priced at $25 and $50, tickets are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday. Ticket prices will increase $5 the day of the show.

LIVE: Yes @ The Egg, 7/6/14

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Steve Howe

Steve Howe

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Stanley Johnson

So, at the Yes show at The Egg on Sunday, I was discussing with an old friend the fact that I have been progging out of late. I have no embarrassment or fear of this, and it’s been pretty deep. Lots of Can, not like that’s a surprise, the Krautrock tip is always cool. But perhaps a touch of Magma, made-up language and all. Certainly some Henry Cow, a fair dose of Soft Machine and David Thomas’ solo work, which, really, is never too far from the heart. And Beefheart. Is Beefheart prog?

But back to Yes. Yes is the acceptable face of prog, side by side with Genesis, which try as I might, I could just never sink my teeth into, despite protestations from ardent worshippers. Jon Anderson sang a tune with King Crimson, sure, but Yes could never marshall that kind of power. When Bruford jumped ship he knew that something like Red would crush Anderson’s head.

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A Few Minutes With… Alan White of Yes

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Alan White

Alan White

Interview and story by Don Wilcock

The veteran progressive rock band Yes rolls into The Egg in Albany on Sunday (July 6), the second stop on a 35-date tour that includes Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium of Grand Ole Opry fame, the Big Apple’s Radio City Music Hall, and concludes at L.A.’s Greek Theatre. They will be performing in their entirety the albums Fragile and Close to the Edge, plus material from Heaven and Earth, a CD of new material to be released on Tuesday, July 22.

Jon Davison, the band’s current lead singer, was born the year the album Fragile was released – 1971. Drummer Alan White joined Yes just after their next album Close to the Edge came out in 1972. Even at that, he’s the second longest sustaining member of the band. Keyboardist Geoff Downes rejoined Yes in 2011 after an absence of 30 years. In fact, the only original member is Chris Squire, who formed the group in England in 1968.

With credits that include John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band, White is sanguine about his tenure with Squire. “I guess we’re the only two that can put up with each other,” he laughs. “No, you know, I enjoy Chris’ playing. I enjoy working with him. In the beginning, we took quite a while to find our own styles to work totally with each other, but it seems as if the combination has played out through the many albums we’ve done, and the many years we’ve been playing.”

Not only does singer Davison bear an uncanny vocal similarity to original Yes vocalist Jon Anderson, but he wrote a lot of the material for the new CD. It’s just the latest round of a revolving door of personnel in a band whose storied members have also included Rick Wakeman, Trevor Horn, Tony Kaye and Bill Bruford. “I mean, we’re pretty organized,” says White. “Jon is a wonderful guy to bounce off, and he has good ideas musically, and also a great sense of coming up with melodies and (coming up) with great choruses. This album has a lot of great songs on it.”

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LIVE: Lucinda Williams @ The Egg, 6/17/14

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

That moment when you’re drunk enough, and it’s late enough, that you just don’t care what each other looks like — Lucinda Williams.

The hot, wet kiss of trailer park romance; skid mark panties and Bud Light Lime — Lucinda Williams.

True love; trying to remember what name you gave last night as you slip out the screen door the next morning — Lucinda Williams.

Lucinda Williams brought her brilliant, busted love songs to The Egg on Tuesday, making one of her regular local stops, this time pushing a record that won’t be released until September.

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LIVE: Patty Griffin @ The Egg, 6/11/14

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Review by Greg Haymes

Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin has called the Lone Star State her home for 17 years. In 2007, she was named the Americana Music Association’s Artist of the Year. And her songs have been recorded by the likes of Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and the Dixie Chicks.

But please don’t call her a country singer…

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LIVE: James McMurtry / the Bottle Rockets @ The Egg, 6/5/14

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
James McMurtry

James McMurtry

Review by Richard Brody
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

James McMurtry is a storyteller. Not surprising, considering his father is a book collector and a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. However it was not the books that interested young James, but his father’s stories at the dinner table and family gatherings. That is where he got his first sense of narrative, and the wry stories that comprise his best songs followed.

McMurtry is not just a writer; his guitar playing gives a sense of time and place that supports each song’s lyrical content. In concert at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last week, that was evident from the first song of the evening, “Bayou Tortue;” the swamp guitar underscoring the protagonist’s roving eye and a late night that left him coming home to his wife without a “decent lie.”

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