Five Firsts: Greg Artzner of Magpie

December 9th, 2011, 11:04 am by Greg


NAME: Greg Artzner
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, concertina, banjo

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Woody Guthrie: Bed on the Floor”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Peter, Paul & Mary at Blossom Music Center in Akron, Ohio


4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Blowin’ in the Wind” at a Civil Rights conference in my hometown at age 11.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Vinnie D Four, Canton, Ohio

Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino as Magpie join forces with Kim & Reggie Harris to celebrate the Season of Light with thier annual winter solstice concert at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady at 7pm on Sunday (December 11). Tix are $20 in advance; $24 at the door.


Live: Acoustic Strawbs @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 9/23/10

September 30th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

The Strawbs: Chris Cronk, Dave Cousins and Dave Lambert

The Strawbs: Chris Cronk, Dave Cousins and Dave Lambert

The acoustic version of The Strawbs rolled into Proctors’ GE Theater in Schenectady last Thursday with the same youthful vim and vinegar of the band formed by singer-songwriter Dave Cousins nearly 45 years ago.

Cousins and company – also including guitarist Dave Lambert and bassist-guitarist Chris Cronk, all original members – presented a charming retrospective of their vast song catalog with both expertise and soulfulness.

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Live: Lost in the Trees @ the Eighth Step, 9/24/10

September 28th, 2010, 5:01 pm by Greg

Lost In The Trees

Lost In The Trees

There weren’t a whole lot of people in Proctors’ GE Theatre last Friday for the launch of the Eighth Step’s new Indie 8th Step series, which aims at bringing young indie pop and rock bands to the venerable coffeehouse.

“Hey, the whole front row is empty. Come on and sit down front, so we can be more family-ish,” declared vocalist-guitarist Ari Picker, frontman for Lost in the Trees.

No one moved.

“Or you can just stay where you are, and we can be divorced,” he added. The crowd laughed. Then they got up and moved down front.

The small number of folks in the theater didn’t seem to bother the members of the Chapel Hill band, and from the very start it was clear that the lucky ones in attendance where going to be treated to something special.

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