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Win FREE Tickets to Great Guitars @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

One big night…
Four great guitarists…
Twenty-four sparkling strings…

On Saturday night (April 19), the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is hosting a concert that lives up to its name – Great Guitars, featuring four of the leading acoustic guitarists of their generation.

Combining Martin Taylor’s award-winning finger style with Frank Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique, Vinny Raniolo’s energetic playing and Peppino D’Agostino’s classically-inspired artistry, this evening will feature solo, duet, trio, and quartet performances by four masters of the acoustic guitar. Together, they will present an evening of virtuosity, humor and musical fireworks. The show begins at 8pm on Saturday, and tickets are available, priced at $20, $22, $28 & $34.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (April 18), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

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LIVE: Johnny Clegg @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 4/5/14

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

He’s a superstar in his South African homeland, but Johnny Clegg – also known as the White Zulu – had his biggest American success nearly a quarter century ago with his band Savuka and their album Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World. And the last time that he made a tour-stop in Nipperland was way back in 1990 when Savuka shared the stage with Tracy Chapman for a double-bill at SPAC.

But his music – which seamlessly blends South African township and more traditional Zulu folk music with a wide range of urban, contemporary pop styles – remains as delightfully infectious as ever. And at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last weekend, the sheer joy that poured from the stage during his performance was undeniably contagious.

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LIVE: Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/27/14

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Review by Bokonon
Video and photographs by Timothy Raab

In the first few years of her career, Shawn Colvin was devastating. Remember, she was already 33 when “Steady On” was released in 1989, a fully developed artist who had advanced beyond a mere Joni Mitchell fascination to carve out her own hard, smooth territory.

The propulsive, open-tuned guitar, the flinty, percussive lyrics and a terrifying gift for melody — all of which were nurtured by a relationship with John Leventhal — joined with a preternatural onstage confidence, making Colvin something more than powerful, but mesmerizing.

But around the time she finally hit it big, with “Sunny Came Home,” in 1997, the demons started creeping out of her songs and into her life. Depression cracked the façade and her performances became scattered, sometimes downright weird.

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LIVE: Danu @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/16/14

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Video and photographs by Timothy Raab

This being the Celtic-centric Capital Region, there was no shortage of Irish music in the air last weekend. But the big show of the St. Patrick’s Day weekend avalanche was undoubtedly the sweet Sunday matinee at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall featuring the exquisite, award-winning, traditional music band Danu from Waterford. Waterford, Ireland, that is…

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LIVE: Imani Winds @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/6/14

Friday, March 14th, 2014
Valerie Coleman, Monica Ellis, and Mariam Adam

Valerie Coleman, Monica Ellis and Mariam Adam

Review and photographs by J Hunter

Although my New Year’s resolution was to bring different types of music into my daily life, Imani Winds came to me through my primary musical idiom, which is jazz: In 2008, the New York-based quintet collaborated with second-generation jazzer Chris Brubeck on his three-movement Third Stream composition, “Vignettes for Nonet”; the results appear on the Brubeck Brothers’ disc Classified. And while those pieces are very beautiful, they only offer a taste of the magical mastery tour Imani Winds can take you on when they’re playing their own game.

Jazz is indeed part of Imani’s game, and we saw elements of that genre during the two beautiful sets they laid down in front of a sparse mid-week crowd at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz smilingly calls the quintet’s music “classical with a twist”; mind you, that doesn’t mean they’re giving their primary genre the Boston Pops treatment – i.e. dumbing it down for “classical-curious” listeners so promoters can fill seats. Put simply, you don’t include Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” in your program – which Imani did – if you want to keep the punters interested.

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LIVE: Rosanne Cash @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/5/14

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Wanda Callagy

Rosanne Cash is Johnny Cash’s daughter. You can say that now. God knows you couldn’t years ago.

Early in her career, the distaff Cash righteously and rightfully fought to cut her own turf, building a catalog built on melancholy and melody. In the process, she became a country star, racking up 21 Top 40 country hits, including 11 number ones.

With 1990’s darkly personal Interiors, she broke her own mold, turning away from Nashville for a new New York look, sound and mouthfeel. She became something more than a recording artist — simply an artist.

But when Cash lost her parents (Johnny Cash and Vivian Liberto) and her stepmother, June Carter Cash, she turned hard again, for the first time truly embracing her legacy and her deep southern roots.

At the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last week, Cash’s roots were showing.

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LIVE: Kathy Mattea @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 2/1/14

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Kathy Mattea

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Country stars on the way down are much more interesting.

The list of performers who have found full artistic flower on the far side of topping the charts is intimidating. Johnny Cash’s run of American Recordings made him as much a punk icon as a face on Nashville’s Mount Rushmore. His daughter Rosanne closed the door on King’s Record Shop to open a window on her soul. Her ex-husband Rodney Crowell turned his attention from Billboard rankings to the chinaberry trees and attic fans of his youth, finding a new fanbase in the process. And the ever cantankerous and scarily hirsute Steve Earle decided that being a woolly Woody Guthrie was more fun than being a drug addict.

Add Kathy Mattea, to that list. Granted, Mattea as a character has never been as interesting as the suspects listed above, but she does share a late career renaissance. With 2008’s Coal and 2012’s Calling Me Home, Mattea found her West Virginia roots for the first time, turning deeper towards the bluegrass tinge she’d always possessed while unearthing deeply rooted songwriters like Si Kahn, Alice Gerrard and Jean Ritchie.

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LIVE: Turtle Island Quartet & Tierney Sutton @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 12/6/13

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Review by Greg Haymes

It was billed as “A Solstice Concert: The Festival of Lights,” and while it wasn’t strictly a holiday concert, it was definitely a celebration of the music of the season – and beyond – sometimes joyous, sometimes solemn, but always jazzy.

Led by violinist David Balakrishnan, the Turtle Island Quartet has never been a typical string quartet – their repertoire includes selections by Charlie Parker and Robert Johnson – and the sublime Tierney Sutton is a rather fearless jazz vocalist, so it was no surprise that their approach to holiday music at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall would be served up with a twist.

Yes, there were some Christmas gems, including a decidedly swinging rendition of “O Tannenbaum,” a somewhat tentative, straight-forward version of Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here” and a marvelously inventive mash-up of “Silent Night” with Miles Davis’ “All Blues.”

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