Real Good for Free: “Remember the Strip” @ River Street Beat Shop, 10/22/11

October 21st, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
The Mysteios (photo by Timothy Reidy)

The Mysteios (photo by Timothy Reidy)

The River Street Beat Shop is in flashback mode, as it conjures up the Troy music scene of yesteryear on Saturday.

Shop owner Jim Barrett has organized a block party/music fest featuring Off the Record, the Mysteios and the reunited Sharks – all for the benefit of the Hope 7 Community Center in Troy. Music will run from 12noon-4pm on Saturday. The bash was originally slated for Saturday, October 1, but was postponed due to the weather.

Admission is free, although concert-goers are urged to bring a non-perishable food item or two to donate to Hope 7’s food pantry.


LIVE: Blotto Records Reunion @ Central Park’s Music Haven, 7/17/11

July 21st, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Penny Knight Band and the Amazing Rob

The Penny Knight Band and the Amazing Rob (photos by Stanley Johnson)

Sunday was a good news/bad news night, kicking off the annual free summer concert series at the Music Haven in Schenectady.

The bad news was that Broadway Blotto – Blotto’s guitarist, vocalist and songwriter – was ill, and Blotto was forced to cancel their performance.

The good news was that back in their heyday Blotto put together a surprisingly strong roster of talent for their own Blotto Records, and four of Blotto’s labelmates reunited and took the stage for a musically diverse but uniformily strong concert.

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Five Firsts: Michael Kelley of the Sharks, Blotto, etc.

July 12th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

Michael Kelley

Michael Kelley

NAME: Michael Kelley
BAND AFFILIATION: Circle of Willis, Blotto, the Lustre Kings, John Kribs, Ernie Williams, Mark Emanatian and anyone else who will have me
INSTRUMENT: piano/organ

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I believe it was “Surfin’ U.S.A.” by the Beach Boys.

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