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Jim Brickman, Pianist Extraordinaire, at Troy Music Hall on Thursday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Jim Brickman, appearing at the Troy Music Hall.

Jim Brickman, appearing at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

By Larry Murray

Christmas is warmer, more special when you celebrate it with a friend. And for many, Jim Brickman is a special person in their lives, having brought his unique music and personality to the stage for more than a decade. For those of us in the Berkshire and Albany area, his appearance at 7:30pm on Thursday (December 11) at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall will be writ large in our holiday calendar.

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LIVE: Dialogue @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 11/16/14

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
(photo by Rudy Lu)

(photo by Rudy Lu)

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Bender Melon

Okay, first, let’s posit that duet concerts are not like other concerts. You’ve got two people doing the work of four or five, in addition to getting their music across to the crowd. That it takes accomplished players to make it work goes without saying, but it goes farther than that: There needs to be a shared language, an understanding that tells one another who’s got the lead, who’s got the foundation, when things start and when things finish, and whose solo is it, anyway? It sounds complicated, but I’ve seen a bunch of duet shows, and the arrangement is pretty standard usually.

Pianist Myra Melford and clarinetist Ben Goldberg of Dialogue are decidedly not “usual.” You’re dealing with two accomplished musicians who think 10 steps ahead of most folks at any one time, and whose respective discographies include enough square pegs to make every round hole wave the white flag. The Box doesn’t even enter into the equation, let alone thinking outside of it. What happens when Melford and Goldberg get together is mercurial, to say the least, and the near-full house at the Sanctuary for Independent Media saw that in no uncertain terms. But again, it was more than just two extraordinary players having a musical conversation; it was two people conversing in a completely unique language that was incredibly beautiful, utterly impenetrable, and wholly beyond the “standard” set by many others.

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LIVE: Crystal Bowersox @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 11/6/14

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Crystal Bowersox @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

As the runner-up on season 9 of “American Idol,” Toledo singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox grabbed the national spotlight, and she’s been rolling along ever since.

With two albums to her credit since then, Bowersox made her headlining theater debut at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy two weeks ago, accompanied by bassist-vocalist Rachel Coates.

Singer-songwriter Caroline Glaser opened the concert.

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LIVE: The Catbirds @ the Ale House, 10/25/14

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Chandler Travis

Chandler Travis

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Singer-songwriter-ringmaster Chandler Travis makes his home on Cape Cod, but Nippertown has become his home-away-from-home. Heck, he plays more Local 518 gigs than most local bands do.

On his latest stop, he brought his fab Catbirds to the Ale House in Troy, and as usual they ripped the place up with their unique, oh-so-sweet brand of rock ‘n’ roll. And once again the getting-a-little-less-reclusive Pete LaBonne was sharing the bill, both as the opening act in and joining the Catbirds in some delicious, five-piece musical mayhem.

The Catbirds have flown the Nippertown coop for now, but never fear, it’s never long before Travis returns in one of his many musical merauding incarnations or another. OH WAIT… the Chandler Travis Three-O will be returning to the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge for a free show at 9pm on Saturday (November 22). See, I told you it wouldn’t be long…

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A FEW MINUTES WITH… Ben Goldberg of Dialogue

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Interview and story by J Hunter

I was at a professional seminar the other day when I saw a PowerPoint slide that had me stunned for a moment: “There is no such thing as Multi-Tasking.” Okay, if we postulate that a human being isn’t an air-breathing octopus with eight arms that can build a better mousetrap AND write the Great American Novel while it’s making a hearty breakfast for its human/octopi-hybrid family, I guess that is technically true. But the human mind is a marvelous little machine with a ton of neurons firing every single second, and not all of them are focused on what you’re posting on Facebook or your teeth-gritting effort to not spill your coffee while walking over to your cubicle. In other words, there’s a lot going on underneath while you’re doing your best to get through your day.

Take, for example, clarinetist-composer Ben Goldberg, who’s become a musical icon in the Bay Area over the last couple of decades. To say Goldberg has multiple interests is like saying Lewis Hamilton likes to drive fast. I got turned on to Goldberg in 2009 through a semi-super group jazz disc called Go Home, which Goldberg used to launch his record label BAG Productions. But if you look over the various projects littered throughout his discography (the alt-folk outfits Tin Hat and Junk Genius, the New Klezmer Trio, Clarinet Thing, and two utterly opposite recordings he released simultaneously in 2013), and you get the impression Goldberg is playing 12-dimensional chess while the rest of us are playing checkers – badly!

Now, it is possible to play 12-dimensional chess by yourself… I imagine. But most games are more fun if you’ve got someone to play with. When it comes to that, Goldberg’s favorite partner for one-on-one games is next-level pianist Myra Melford. Both players have recorded duets with other artists (Melford most recently with Australian pianist Alister Spence), and both artists have truly unique projects on their respective resumes: Melford’s includes Alison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, the bands Snowy Egret and Trio M, and her own Be Bread Ensemble, which Goldberg joined in 2010.

But to listen to Goldberg and Melford play together – as they do on their latest collaboration Dialogue – is to listen to a kind of synchronicity that shouldn’t be possible for people who haven’t experienced the Vulcan Mind Meld. It’s akin to watching two people work together on building a stained-glass window, never talking to each other once, and the thing comes out dead-solid perfect. To hear that (and to see it on the concert video shot of Myra and Ben in 2013) is to hear two creative soul mates flying in intricate formation, performing acrobatic feats that the Blue Angels wouldn’t even consider attempting.

We get to see Melford and Goldberg perform the aforementioned musical magic at 7pm this Sunday (November 16) at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy. Ben was good enough to take a few minutes and talk about this project (among other things):

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CD Celebration: No Outlet @ the Ale House on Saturday

Friday, October 17th, 2014
No Outlet

No Outlet

The versatile roots trio No Outlet – featuring vocalist-resonator guitarist Kevin Maul, drummer-vocalist Dale Haskell and bassist Tony Markellis – is back with a new album, No Outlet – Live, and they’ll be celebrating with a CD release party at the Ale House in Troy at 9pm on Saturday (October 18).

In keeping with the band’s eclectic repertoire which stretches from country to the blues, the album’s 11 songs range from Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me” to Little Jimmy Dickens’”Sally Boogie,” from Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s “Strange Things Happening” to Bob Dylan’s “Watching the River Flow.”

Real Good for FREE: Music at Noon @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Young Kim

Young Kim

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is once again hosting its annual series of Music at Noon concerts. Since 1988, on the second Tuesday of each month between October to May, the free Music at Noon concert series has presented exceptional musicians with a diverse mix of musical styles.

The free lunchtime concerts kick off today (Tuesday, October 14) with a solo classical concert by pianist Young Kim. Doors open at 11am; music starts at 12noon. Come listen, and bring your lunch…

Here’s the full schedule of free Music at Noon concerts at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall:

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LIVE: StoryHarvest @ Freedom Square, 9/27/14

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Nation Beat (photo by Andrzej Pilaczyk)

Nation Beat (photo by Andrzej Pilaczyk)

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Jonathan Flanders

The fourth annual StoryHarvest Festival in Freedom Square in Troy kicked off the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s fall 2014 season of events late last month.

The community gathering featured plenty of food, a wide array of art activities and, of course, it just wouldn’t be a fest without some booty-shakin’ music.

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