LIVE: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 3/28/15

April 21st, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Timothy Reidy

It goes without saying that when seven-piece Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds play your town, the energy levels surge so high that even the snow outside starts to melt. On this particular Saturday night, the Hollow Bar + Kitchen was sizzling and filled to capacity. It was nothing but a house party from start to finish – “Albany should always be this much fun!” as one woman in the audience exclaimed to me feverishly after the two-hour set.

The band, a self-described “hard soul collective” led by the immensely talented and beautiful singer Arleigh “Sister Sparrow” Kincheloe, was greeted with a roar from the crowd even before the first notes of long-time favorite “Freight Train.” The second-line rhythms of New Orleans and standout riffs of Phil Rodriguez (trumpet) and Brian Graham (saxophone) galvanized “Millie Mae” and had the patrons cutting a rug.

Several songs from the band’s upcoming album The Weather Below got a strong reception. “Don’t Be Jealous,” a strutting blues led by guitarist Sasha Brown and the deep groove of Dan Boyden (drums) and Josh Myers (bass), had Sister Sparrow testifying and flying around the stage, exhorting the crowd to dance its cares away. A soulful “We Need a Love,” “Sugar” (highlighted by a spontaneous, mid-song Bo Diddley-esque clap-along) and the current single, “Mama Knows,” a deep soul number that featured some poignant Hammond B-3 styled harp playing by Arleigh’s big brother Jackson Kincheloe, kept the crowd rapt. “Borderline” began with a multi-vocal introduction and hit some Sly Stone-worthy hooks; it would make a great second single release sometime this spring. “Prison Cells,” which was featured later in the set, percolated with Caribbean rhythms and inspired Sister Sparrow herself to pick up some sticks and join Boyden behind the kit while Rodriguez dropped some knowledge on the trumpet.

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LIVE: Locksley @ Vapor, 1/17/15

February 13th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Locksley

Locksley

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Wisconsin power-popsters Locksley returned to Nippertown last month for a free concert sponsored by WEQX-FM at Vapor in Saratoga Springs. Local 518 favorites the Lucky Jukebox Brigade kicked off the festivities with an impressive opening set. That’s what we call “real good for FREE”…

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LIVE: Black Mountain Symphony @ Harmony Music, 9/19/14

October 3rd, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Black Mountain Symphony

Black Mountain Symphony

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Black Mountain Symphony celebrated the release of their new sophomore album, Drawn in the Sand, with a release party at Harmony Music in Woodstock last month. They brought along their pals the Lucky Jukebox Bridgade to open the show and share in the celebration.

Black Mountain Symphony will be throwin’ themselves another big CD release bash at Albany’s Parish Public House at 9pm on Saturday (October 4). Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies kick off the festivities at 9pm, followed by Carl Daniels & the Black Box before BMS hits the stage at about 11pm. Admission is $7 at the door.

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LIVE: An Evening of Murder Ballads @ Caffe Lena, 10/26/13

October 30th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Tom Wadsworth and Kim Kilby

Tom Wadsworth and Kim Kilby

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Tim Livingston

It was the third year for “An Evening of Murder Ballads,” Caffe Lena’s fund-raising Halloween tradition, and as Lena’s manager Sarah Craig explained, in years past, the focus was squarely on the traditional folk ballads of murder, killing and revenge.

Not so this time around…

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LIVE: Local Harvest Festival @ Washington Park, 10/6/13

October 24th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg

Videos and photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Honest Weight Food Co-op hosted its fifth annual Local Harvest Festival at the Lakehouse in Albany’s Washington Park earlier this month. And while the focus of the free fest was a Local Foods Marketplace with more than 50 vendors, the day-long event also presented a harvest of homegrown Local 518 music, too, including performances by Rosary Beard, Olivia Quillio, Banshee Tree and the Lucky Jukebox Brigade.

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LIVE: The Midnight Society @ Red Square, 5/25/13

June 11th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Midnight Society

The Midnight Society

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Local 518 folk-pop band the Midnight Society – helmed by Deidra Knauth (keyboard, vocals) and Jim DeSario (guitar, vocals) – took over Red Square in Albany over Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the release of their new 10-tune album, Footprints.

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LIVE: The Vaudeville Circus & Masked Ball @ the BSP Lounge, 1/21/12

January 25th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Lucky Jukebox Brigade

The Lucky Jukebox Brigade

Review and photographs by Timothy Reidy

First off at the BSP Lounge in Kingston was the Metropolitan Hot Club, playing a tight set of jazz. The crisp four-piece was the first set of bands that bookended the show. The event encouraged costumes, and most attendees were well dressed and made up part of the fun of the evening. In the middle sections of this escapade was burlesque with three styles – the elegant Martina Markota with a swan/peacock dance, Gigi & Pop with a singing cowboy show and Dr. Lucky with a carousel pony show.

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