Posts Tagged ‘Troy’

Parade o’ Shoes: Derek Rogers of Titanics

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

SHOES: Derek Rogers of Titanics

Photograph by Andrew Gregory

Derek Rogers @ Rest Fest, Troy, 8/16/14

On Day Two of the Restoration Festival (aka RestFest, Restoration Funstival) at CAC Woodside in Troy, Titanics turned in a mid-afternoon set made up largely of new material with other favorites sprinkled in. A component of guitarist Derek Rogers warm yet glassy tone may have been revealed…

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Parade o’ Shoes: Keith Streng of the Split Squad

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Parade of Shoes: Keith Streng

One of the best dressed men in garage-rock history…

The man who always matches his shoes to his shirt…

And now a two-time Parade o’ Shoes honoree…

Keith Streng of the Fleshtones, playing with the Split Squad at the River Street Pub, Troy, 8/3/14

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LIVE: The Split Squad @ River Street Pub, 8/3/14

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
The Split Squad

The Split Squad

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Three men in horizontally striped shirts are referring to each other as “Jackson”; their instruments are buzzing with volumes atypical of a mellow mid-summer, mid-afternoon in the middle of Troy. It’s Sunday, it’s the Knyghts of Fuzz, and they are only just getting warmed up.

The River Street Pub has its AC set for polar, but the frenzied heat of the garage rock has been winning out since Ian Carlton (guitar), Frank Novko (bass) and Brian Goodman (drums) opened with the blues stomper “I’m Not Talking” and a full-tilt “Hide and Seek” that features all three on vocals. Goodman’s eyes bug out as he pounds the skins and sings his guts out during a cool cover of the Jefferson Airplane’s “3/5′s of a Mile in 10 Seconds” and the original composition “Genny.” Carlton’s a live wire on the Electric Prunes’ “Get Me to the World on Time,” singing and playing at a tempo that leaves him drenched in sweat and the growing crowd howling for more. Novko’s bass rumbles like a D & H freight train during his take on “Hey Sha Lo Ney”; Carlton breaks two strings in the process, “a first” he declares while retrieving his spare guitar.

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LIVE: Michael Benedict & Bopitude Featuring Sharel Cassity @ the Daily Grind, 7/25/14

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Bopitude-with-Sharel-Cassity

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Albert Brooks

I have a problem, which I share with many of my friends in the jazz world: I worry about young musicians that catch my eye. Having continued success in this genre is about as easy as walking a tightrope over a swimming pool filled with piranha (while you’re on fire), so when one of them disappears from my line of sight for an extended period, it’s hard not to think, “Well, the Bear got another one!” Happily, any fears I’ve had about altoist Sharel Cassity were squashed when she appeared with Greater Nippertown’s Sultans of Bop, Michael Benedict & Bopitude.

You may remember Cassity from her searing opening Sunday set at Jazz @ the Lake in 2010. She had recently released her debut recording Relentless, and some truly nasty musicians (including trombonist Michael Dease, who’s become a mini-industry all his own since then) helped Cassity blow away the crowd. But then – aside from a couple of guest shots on other people’s recordings – I lost sight of her. I shouldn’t have worried, though; nobody this good and this dedicated simply disappears. In addition to playing with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars and the all-female big band Diva, Cassity just released a set of standards called Manhattan Romance on the Japanese label Venus. While standards may not be Cassity’s primary focus – she’s an accomplished composer, with more new stuff waiting to be recorded – her latest recording made her a perfect fit for Bopitude’s unerring musical direction.

What’s more, Cassity’s appearance was more evidence of Benedict’s dedication to expanding the sound of his pet project: Just as bari-sax legend Gary Smulyan gave Bopitude undeniable resonance, Cassity’s alto brought a wonderfully different harmonic (and not a little sass) to the band’s killer front line as the group launched into the opener, “Monk’s Dream.” Cassity caught the opening solo, which went leaping and bounding around Troy’s Daily Grind. (Benedict grabbed the opportunity to play the unconventional space when the show’s original venue, Proctors, fell through.) Cassity gave a quick nod to Monk’s atonality before taking full, undeniable ownership of the house; she had range, chops and some fiendish ideas, and both tenorman Brian Patneaude and trumpeter Chris Pasin had to pump it up to keep up with her.

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Rest Fest Announces Schedule of Bands

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Eastbound Jesus

Eastbound Jesus

The fifth annual Rest Fest (or Restoration Festival or Restoration Funstival, whichever you prefer) is taking over the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy on Friday & Saturday, August 15 & 16.

Two days. Two stages. 20 bands.

They’ve been announcing the performing bands one at the time since mid-June, and now they’ve finally announced the schedule of who’s playing when:

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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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