Posts Tagged ‘Tim Reidy’

LIVE: Mother Falcon & Ben Sollee @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/22/15

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015


Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Video by Tim Reidy

It started out with an unaccompanied accordion introduction by Tamir Kalifa. A handful of other instruments gradually crept in, and then Matt Krolick uncorked a high-flying trumpet fanfare that heralded the proper kick-off of the song “Naked and Alive.” Up front, mandolinist Claire Puckett and bandleader/12-string guitarist Nick Gregg strummed hard and sang the chorus that included the lyric “We do what we want ’cause we look like we should.”

Indeed, the mega-talented indie-orchestral band Mother Falcon can do whatever they want. And the lush dance-pop of “Naked and Alive” – think ’80s bands like ABC or maybe Spandau Ballet, but with real strings rather than synthesizers – summed up only one facet of what they can do.

Making their Local 518 debut at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall before a small but enthusiastic crowd, the sprawling, 14-piece Austin-based collective was a seamless fusion of rock and classical music that defied definition. Terms like “chamber pop” or “symphonic rock” just don’t do them justice. They’re really in a league all their own.

Mother Falcon has teamed up with Kentucky-born singer-songwriter-cellist Ben Sollee for the Fall Migration Tour, pulling selections from both of their catalogs, and their joint Troy concert confounded whatever expectation you may have brought into the hall. There was no opening act, as Sollee the the Falcon folks played together for most of the two-hour performance, although each had their own spotlight numbers.



LIVE: Blue Oyster Cult & Blotto @ Alive at Five, 8/6/15

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Eric Bloom, Richie Castellano and Buck Dharma (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Eric Bloom, Richie Castellano and Buck Dharma (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Rudy Lu, Stanley Johnson, Ed Conway, Tim Reidy, Richard Brody

The Blot & Blue Tour, back together again for one night only!

Blotto and Blue Oyster Cult originally teamed up for a tour that took place back in February and March of 1983. They reunited for one of the largest Alive at Five concerts in Albany’s Corning Preserve in August of 1996.

Earlier this month, the two bands shared the stage again, this time at Jennings Landing, wrapping up the 2015 Alive at Five concert season in front of the largest crowd of the summer.

From “Godzilla” to “Goodbye, Mr. Bond,” from “Don’t Fear the Reaper” to “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard,” the evening jam packed with rockin’ riffs, some hearty laughs and too much fun.


LIVE: Jocelyn Arndt @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 5/22/15

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Jocelyn Arndt

Jocelyn Arndt

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

WHO: Jocelyn Arndt
WITH Hard Soul, the Holly & Evan Band, Kayla & the Tellers
WHERE: The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany
WHEN: Friday, May 22


LIVE: Sgt. Dunbar / The Parlor @ Valentine’s, 2/8/14 (Part 2)

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned perform the final song at Valentine’s

Videos and photographs by Timothy Reidy

288 Lark…
J.B. Scott’s…
The Chateau…

Now we can add Valentine’s Music Hall to the list of beloved Nippertown music venues that have entered into history. Sometime early on Sunday morning February 9, the door to Valentine’s was closed and locked for the last time – but not before the nightspot hosted a mighty farewell celebration featuring B3nson Family stalwarts and Valentine’s regulars Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and the Parlor.


LIVE: Americanarama Festival of Music @ SPAC, 7/21/13

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Wilco (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Wilco with Garth Hudson

Review by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Timothy Reidy

Five years ago, when Bob Dylan last graced the stage of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, he was the headliner of the one-time-only Saratoga Music Festival that featured a cavalcade of Americana acts, including the likes of Levon Helm, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, the Swell Season and Raul Malo.

Last week, Dylan returned to SPAC as the top-bill on the touring Americanarama Festival of Music – which also featured Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham – and at the end of the night I was left with the same thought that I had back in 2008 – Dylan’s performance was disappointingly anti-climactic.


LIVE: Olivia Quillio @ Fuzz Records, 2/24/13

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Video by Timothy Reidy

LIVE: Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned @ Valentine’s, 3/9/11

Friday, March 18th, 2011
Beware! The Other Head of Science

Beware! The Other Head of Science

It was Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned’s get-out-of-town send-off concert at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany earlier this month, as the band ramped up for their national tour. (They’re in Austin this weekend for the big SXSW fest.) The Valentine’s performance also doubled as a CD release party for their new album, “Twelve Horse Riding Songs.”


LIVE: Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers @ the Bayou Cafe, 3/8/11

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Captain Squeeze & The Zydeco Moshers

Captain Squeeze & The Zydeco Moshers

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

The Mardi Gras season has come and gone for another year, and Nippertown’s own Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers hosted the annual party-hearty Fat Tuesday celebration in downtown Albany at the Bayou Cafe. Accordion squeeze-master Greg “Captain Speck” Speck led the band through selections from the band’s latest album, “Fine People Everywhere,” as well as plenty of other swamp-soaked bayou blues that kept revelers on the dance floor all night long.

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Captain Squeeze & The Zydeco Moshers

Captain Squeeze & The Zydeco Moshers

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