LIVE: Peggy & Pete Seeger @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 5/12/13 (Take Two)

May 23rd, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Pete Seeger and Peggy Seeger (photos by Rudy Lu courtesy of The Eighth Step)

Pete Seeger and Peggy Seeger (photos by Rudy Lu courtesy of The Eighth Step)

Review by Charlie Braverman
Photographs (from soundcheck) by Rudy Lu

It is still Pete’s season.

Saw Pete Seeger last weekend. So old, he has outlived his singing voice, which died a quiet death years ago… but was it from old age – or a vast right wing conspiracy, you decide.

Played to a packed house of doddering devotees, average age topping 72 years old. The concert, itself, was so long (over three hours) that seven audience members dropped dead of natural causes over the course of the evening. A concert that long mixed with an audience that old, you naturally expect some ‘spillage.’ “And the big fool said, push on…”

[NOTE: nobody died during the performance; that was hyperbole.]

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LIVE: Peggy & Pete Seeger @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 5/12/13

May 22nd, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
Pete Seeger and Peggy Seeger (photo by Rudy Lu courtesy of The Eighth Step)

Pete Seeger and Peggy Seeger (photo by Rudy Lu courtesy of The Eighth Step)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photograph (from soundcheck) by Rudy Lu

Peggy Seeger said it best with a new song that she had penned for her brother Pete’s 94th birthday. It kicked off the second half of the evening, and she was joined by Bill Vanaver on banjo, Happy Traum on guitar and quartet of Seeger family ‘n’ friends back-up singers as she settled down at the piano and sang, “It’s Pete. It’s Pete. Strummin’ his banjo, stampin’ his feet. That lanky man comes down your street, and what do you know… you’re singing.”

The sold-out audience at Proctors rose to their feet in a hearty standing ovation as soon as Pete Seeger ambled out onto the stage, and they were singing along – loudly and frequently in harmony – by the second line of the Seegers’ opening song – the time-honored “Worried Man Blues.”

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LIVE: Martha Redbone & John McEuen @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 3/23/13

March 25th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

John McEuen and Martha Redbone @ The Eighth Step at Proctors 3/23/13 (photo by Rudy Lu)

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The Eighth Step and Sista Factory teamed up to bring Martha Redbone, her band and her producer John McEuen to Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady for two marvelous sets of music last Saturday night. The performances centered around acoustic roots music with a focus on Martha’s latest project, “The Garden of Love: The Songs of William Blake.”

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The Eighth Step Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary

October 3rd, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

It was 45 years ago that the Eighth Step began hosting folk music at the corner of Albany’s Washington Park in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church, eight steps down from Willett Street.

Since those early days in 1967, the Step has hosted hundreds of performances. It’s bounced around a bit, too, at a variety of Albany locations and a few years in Cohoes before finally settling in at Proctors in Schenectady.

This year, the Eighth Step kicked off its 45th anniversary season with UkeFest last month, and there’s a whole lot more great music headed our way during the rest of the 2012-2013 season, including a couple of very special evenings at the end of October.

Here’s how the Eighth Step’s schedule is shaping up:

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Not One, But TWO Ukulele Festivals This Weekend

September 20th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

Yeah, the ukulele has made a rather unlikely resurgence in popularity these past couple of years, and now it’s time to celebrate the little four-stringed wonder with not one, but TWO ukulele festivals this weekend.

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LIVE: Sheila Jordan @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 5/11/12

June 4th, 2012, 1:30 pm by Greg
Sheila Jordan

Sheila Jordan

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Though the hundred or so people in attendance at Proctors’ GE Theater in Schenectady didn’t really reflect the stature and drawing power that 80-something jazz singer and American musical icon Shelia Jordan could pull in anywhere else in the known cosmopolitan universe, she and her trio effortlessly wooed the audience with a brilliant two-set performance of standards and improvised classics.

Yes, improvised classics.

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Susan McKeown, What Was the First Album That You Ever Bought?

March 6th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
Susan McKeown

Susan McKeown

“Nothing that I’d like to repeat.

Well, actually, I don’t really remember what the first album was, but the first single that I ever bought was by Kate Bush, ‘The Man With the Child in His Eyes.’ ”

Dublin-born Grammy Award-winning singer Susan McKeown melds traditional Celtic influences with eclectic, contemporary singer-songwriter styles when she takes the stage with Michael Brunnock at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Saturday (March 10). Tix are $23 in advance; $25 at the door.

Five Firsts: Robin Williams of Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group

February 23rd, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Robin And Linda Williams

Linda Williams and Robin Williams

NAME: Robin Williams
BAND AFFILIATION: Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group
INSTRUMENT: Guitar and harmonica

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Kingston Trio’s “Live at the Hungry I.” They were my first introduction to folk music. I have a soft place in my heart for Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS …Gene Autry at an auditorium in Raleigh, NC. He had his horse Champion with him. I’ve often wondered what touring must have been like back then.

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