Posts Tagged ‘Tim Livingston’

LIVE: Bettye LaVette @ Club Helsinki, 1/11/14

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Bettye LaVette

Review and photograph by Tim Livingston

Stunning, beguiling, sexy, raw, emotional, gritty, smooth, transforming, independent, uplifting. original, gracious, dignified, powerful, stirring, heartfelt, down-to-earth, upbeat, soulful, bluesy, uncompromising, full of youthful exuberance, wise and witty…

Just a few of the words that come to mind while experiencing the terrific Bettye LaVette in concert recently at Club Helsinki in Hudson. You may have heard her story – under-appreciated during the early days of ’60s soul, but having a major resurgence in the second half of her life/career, due in part to some smart musical choices, an epic Kennedy Honors performance honoring the Who and singing at President Obama’s inauguration.



BEST OF 2013: Tim Livingston’s Favorite Shows of the Year

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur

Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur @ Club Helsinki, January 27 2013

Story and photographs by Tim Livingston
Additional photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Here’s a list of a dozen concerts that I attended last year and had a lot of fun at:

1. “Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, January 27. Featuring Tommy Stinson, Melissa Auf der Maur, Meshell Ndegeocello and Melora Creager.


LIVE: Simi Stone @ Club Helsinki, 12/7/13

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013


Photographs and blurb by Tim Livingston

Singer Simi Stone returned to Club Helsinki and set the cold winter night ablaze with a fiery and passionate set of her original soul-pop. Backed by a crack band, including the rock steady combo of drummer Zack Alford and bassist Sara Lee, along with the always incredible Gail Ann Dorsey, (tonight playing the part of guitar player), Simi captivated the full-house with two hours of sweet soul music.


Parade of Shoes: Todd Nelson

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
TN3's Todd Nelson on Hamilton Street in Albany, 2011 (Photo by Tim Livingston)

TN3′s Todd Nelson on Hamilton Street in Albany, 2011 (Photo by Tim Livingston)

Guitarist Todd Nelson at HereFest, 2011

LIVE: Hudson Music Festival @ Hudson, 8/10/13

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Holly & Evan (photo by Sara Ayers)

Holly & Evan (photo by Sara Ayers)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Sara Ayers, Matt Mac Haffie, Tim Livingston

We headed to the Hudson Music Festival last Saturday (August 10), and really, we simply couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for wandering around Warren Street in Hudson, soaking up the sun and the sounds.

And what a glorious array of sounds it was – everything from blues to punk, from singer-songwriter folk to gospel, from jazz to roots-rockin’ Americana – emanating from seemingly every street corner, bar, park, restaurant and art gallery around town. And all of it was free…


LIVE: Open Mic Night @ Club Helsinki, 6/4/13

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Cirque Éloize @ Club Helsinki

Review by Tim Livingston
Photographs by Susan Moore

The weekly open mic night at Club Helsinki in Hudson is rapidly becoming a “happening.” Co-hosted by organist Cameron Melville (aka Bo Hammond) and multi-instrumentalist/performance artist Ryder Cooley, any given Tuesday night can be filled with surprises, with renowned artists such as Tommy Stinson and Meshell Ndegeocello showing up to work out new material, along with a host of talent from the Hudson Valley and beyond sharing their songs, poems, wit and wisdom. This past Tuesday was
no exception as the good folks of Proctors in Schenectady brought along members of Montreal’s Cirque Éloize to preview the upcoming August run of their show, “Cirkopolis.”


LIVE: Great White Caps @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 5/30/13

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
The Great White Caps

Great White Caps (photo by Tim Livingston)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Tim Livingston and Ruby

Kowabunga, dude!

The sweltering heat marked the undeniable start of another summer – even if it was still only May. And Great White Caps rode the heat wave into town for a Thursday night show at the Hollow in Albany.

Imagine a cross between Los Straitjackets and the Neanderthals – but without the Mexican wrestling masks or the Flintstones’ faux furs. Instead, the four-piece Great White Caps were decked out in more traditional beachwear – cut-offs and such – as they took to the stage to pump out a night of what they like to call “beach rock,” a sizzling summertime hybrid of old-school surf ‘n’ garage rock.


LIVE: Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys @ Club Helsinki, 4/7/13

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys @ Club Helsinki, 4/7/13 (photo by Tim Livingston)

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Tim Livingston

Slim like a knife, looking sharp, vest buttoned, guitar in hand. Alejandro Escovedo says Texas, but he speaks New York. He looks Austin, but he wears L.A. At Club Helsinki, on an April evening, Escovedo, 62, but not a day over 45, takes on a new role — Duke Ellington from Saltillo. The Duke wrote music for the ages, but he penned charts for his particular band of the day. Escovedo, too, lets his players sign his work. David Pulkingham is gone, so is Billy White. Where Joe Eddie Hines once blazed across the spectrum, where John Dee Graham used to riff almighty, now Ricky Ray Jackson takes the chair — literally on pedal steel and figuratively on six-string.

In Hudson, songs from Big Station (“San Antonio Rain,” “Bottom of the World”) take on a new shimmer. Songs from Gravity (“Paradise”) remember leaner, younger days and sing again. And “Castanets” just fucking rocks, don’t argue, it’s the truth.


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