Photographs by Martin Benjamin
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio and his other band – anchored by Saratoga’s own bass master Tony Markellis – rolled into Albany’s Palace Theatre to wrap up their winter tour in support of his latest album Traveler…
For most music fans, Saratoga Springs bassmaster Tony Markellis is known simply as the bass player in the Trey Anastasio Band. But he’s so much more than that. His musical career has spanned nearly four decades, and along the way, he’s lent his considerable musical talents to everyone from David Bromberg to the Mamas & the Papas.
But he’s also one of the major movers & shakers on the Nippertown music scene, performing with and often producing some of the Local 518’s best musicians – from Michael Jerling and Rosanne Raneri to Jo Henley and the pre-Railbird Sarah Pedinotti Band.
Now he’s helping to shine a light on some of that local talent by curating and performing at a series of shows at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs. The series kicks off at 10pm on Thursday with a show by the Mississippi Hot Dogs, featuring Markellis, Kevin Maul and Railbird’s Chris Kyle and Chris Carey. Admission is $7.
So we thought we’d take this opportunity to chat with Markellis about his own musical career and the wealth of talent to be found here in Nippertown:
“TAB at the Tab,” a live album recorded by the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) in concert at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, will be released on Tuesday, September 14 on Anastasio’s own Rubber Jungle Records.
The album was recorded earlier this year on February 27 and features live renditions of fan-favorite TAB songs, as well as numerous new compositions.