Posts Tagged ‘Troy’

LIVE: Debo Band @ Freedom Square, 7/11/14

Monday, July 28th, 2014
(photo by Rudy Lu)

(photo by Rudy Lu)

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Additional photograph by Jon Flanders

Freedom Square in Troy was filled with the joyous, high energy sounds of Debo Band once again earlier this month. The band made their Freedom Square debut back in 2011, christening the new community gathering space in fine fashion. Back then there was no colorful mosaic wall that now serves as a backdrop for the stage.

The band was making the Troy tour stop between shows at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Green River Festival, and this time around the brightly colored backdrop of the now finished Freedom Square Stage certainly added to the excitement of Debo’s performance. The band played exotic and infectious Ethiopian dance-pop music, featuring highly complex rhythms and jazz-like instrumental solos shaded with elements of funk and rock.

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LIVE: Super 400 / Wild Adriatic @ Rockin’ On the River, 7/2/14

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Super 400's Kenny Hohman  and Joe Daley

Super 400′s Kenny Hohman and Joe Daley

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Yes, every once in a long while, the Rockin’ On the River concert series veers off the path dedicated to tribute-bands-and-nothing-but-tribute-bands to showcase some of the Local 518′s finest – bands that actually play their own music.

That certainly was the case earlier this month when two of Nippertown’s hardest rockin’ trios – Super 400 and Wild Adriatic – teamed up for a dynamic double bill in the Troy’s Green Island Bridge parking lot earlier this month.

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ArtBeat: River Street Festival Sidewalk Drawings

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
M & M by Dom Pat (left) and Nick Larkin

M & M by Dom Pat (left) and Nick Larkin

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

The sidewalks of River Street in Troy were covered in chalk pictures earlier this month during the annual River Street Festival, as dozens of street artists painted the sidewalks with chalk in the sunshine.

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LIVE: River Street Festival @ Troy’s River Street, 6/14/15

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
The Grass Roots

The Grass Roots

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

This year, the River Street Festival in Troy put more of an emphasis on art, but make no mistake, there was still plenty of music going on through the Saturday afternoon fest.

Three stages of music, in fact…

And those stages proudly hosted a wide variety of bands and musicians, including the returning children’s music duo Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh and the homegrown talents of Funk Evolution, Kim Buckley, young Emma Torncello and many others.

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LIVE: Oumar Konate @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 5/30/14

Friday, June 6th, 2014
Oumar Konate

Oumar Konate

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

A fast-rising star from Mali, guitarist-singer-songwriter Oumar Konate served up a marvelous evening of contemporary West African music last week when he made his Nippertown concert debut at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

Touring in support of his first international album, Addoh, Konate and his bandmates – bassist Cheick Siriman Sissoko and drummer-percussionist Makan Camara – kept the rhythms percolating, the melodies soaring and the message loud and clear for peace and better days in Mali and all around the globe.

A versatile player who is equally talented on both acoustic and electric guitar, Konate’s fretsmanship was nothing short of astounding. As the kids say these days, he shreds.

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LIVE: Kim Lenz & the Jaguars @ the Ale House, 5/19/14

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Kim Lenz

Kim Lenz

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Ed Conway

It may have been a Monday night in Troy, but it sure sounded like a Saturday night was brewing when Kim Lenz & the Jaguars played a raucously fun 80-minute set of rockabilly tunes at the Ale House.

Backed by four exceptional musicians, Lenz made quite an impression in her Nippertown debut. If Poison Ivy and Lux Interior of the Cramps had had a daughter, and raised her on Sun Records platters and bordertown honky tonk 45s, and perhaps named Janis Martin the girl’s godmother, she would have grown up to be Lenz. With her fiery red hair and vintage dress and high heels, the LA-based singer had everybody’s attention as she strolled out into the audience to say hello.

With a road-tested acoustic guitar in hand, Lenz opened with a “Saturday Jump” that featured guitarists Ramon Espinoza and Joel Morin trading some scorching solos over a swinging rhythm by Santos de Leon on drums and Shorty Poole on upright bass. Her vocal prowess was undeniable, as was her sense of humor. “Thanks for being part of that sound check!” cracked Lenz after taking a sip of red wine.

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LIVE: Red Molly @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 5/16/14

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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Review and photographs by Tim Mack

There is no justice.

If you’re the sort of music fan who reads Nippertown, you know this already. Talent, charisma and hard work don’t guarantee success, and plenty of artists lacking in those departments make the big-time through blind luck and clever management (and possibly questionable consumer taste).

Which brings us to Red Molly.

If you caught the Americana/bluegrass trio in their return to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last Friday night, you probably felt lucky to see such an outsized talent in a comparatively modest venue. Bassist Laurie MacAllister noted it was likely the biggest indoor audience the band had ever played for. And somehow that didn’t seem right. Not that anyone was complaining, because the Hall’s famous acoustics seemed perfectly suited to these three pure voices.

MacAllister, Abbie Gardner (dobro) and Molly Venter (guitar) play music with a good ol’ country feel and a bigger sound than you’d expect from an easy-going trio. (Concert note: It’s always a good sign when the ushers are raving about the sound check while they lead you to your seat.) The first set saw a sampling of material off their 2011 studio release, Light in the Sky, as well as songs from their various solo records and the soon-to-be-released The Red Album, arriving officially next week (though copies arrived in Troy just in time for the show). Every song was a crowd-pleaser, but two covers were stand-outs: Simon and Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” and “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” Richard Thompson’s classic motorcycle ballad starring a tragic heroine named… Red Molly.

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Rest Fest Returns to CAC Woodside in Troy This Summer

Monday, April 28th, 2014

RestFest 2014

After three years at Albany’s St. Joseph Church, last year the annual Restoration Festival moved across the Hudson River to the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy. And apparently the venue was a hit because the Rest Fest folks have announced that the fest will be returning to the new venue again this year.

But rather than hosting the event in September, this year Rest Fest will held a few weeks earlier – on Friday and Saturday, August 15 & 16 – which will hopefully avoid conflicts with other Local 518 fests which have landed on the same date as Rest Fest during the past couple of years.

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