Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
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The Upstate Concert Hall has run into a particularly rough patch lately with concert cancellations. Just last week, three consecutive concerts were cancelled – Sleigh Bells on Sunday, November 17; the double-bill of 3Lau and Carnage on Tuesday, November 19; and Timeflies on Wednesday, November 20.
Now the Clifton Park nightspot has announced yet another cancellation – the eagerly anticipated concert by Italian prog-rock band and soundtrack kingpins Goblin with opening act Zombi, who were originally slated to take the stage on Sunday, December 8. According to promoters Step Up Presents, “No reason was given.”
Refunds are available at the place of purchase…
Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte
After talking to a good amount of people at the show at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park last week, it was clear that there were at least a handful of people at the show primarily to see Ghost Beach, the support act who followed openers Mister F. Originating in New York City, Ghost Beach is an alternative-pop band working on their debut album, which is expected to be released early next year. With a number of people in the crowd anticipating their performance, I was interested to see what they would bring to the stage. The three-piece band was much better than I had expected. Playing their new single, “Miracle,” the band overall seemed to really enjoy what they were doing, showing their enthusiasm both on the stage and off while conversing with fans after the show. They won me over with their performance, and I too will be looking forward to their album debut next year.
With an elaborate and high-tech stage setup, headliner Robert DeLong was a one-man electro-pop band playing a number of songs off of his recently released debut album, Just Movement. While playing some of his radio singles like “Global Concepts” and “Happy,” DeLong controlled his laptops and keyboards with a Wii controller, then quickly jumped on to a traditional drum set playing complex drum solos on the side of the stage, then ended up running back to his keyboards. As I watched him and his crew set up his equipment before the show, I wondered how it was humanly possible for one person to play and keep track of so many laptops/instruments at once.
Review and photographs by Amaal Yehia
I was lucky enough to see first see the Airborne Toxic Event when they made their Capital Region debut, gracing the stage of Northern Lights back in 2011 and putting on a performance that was truly unforgettable.
Two years later, following the release of their third album, Such Hot Blood, they returned to returned to the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park (Yes, it’s Northern Lights with a new name.)
The concert showcased ATE’s skill in incorporating indie rock with a touch of orchestral arrangements. Although they have a reputation for playing with various symphony orchestras, the solo band was in no way lacking instrument diversity. I have to admit I’m a total sucker for a string section and was beyond thrilled when Noah Harman managed to swap his electric bass for a beautiful dark brown, semi acoustic upright, while Daren Taylor’s drum beats hypnotized our feet with his steady, enticing intros.
Social Distortion was scheduled to play a concert at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park tonight (June 21). But after the band cancelled their Wednesday night show in Hartford, fans feared that the UCH show might also be the next to fall. And sure enough, that’s exactly what happened last evening…
Sadly, Mike Ness and the boys have cancelled tonight’s show in Clifton Park. Refunds are available at the place of purchase.
Led by guitarist-vocalist Colin Miner (formerly of Curse the Mariner), the reunited and slightly downsized This Renaissance is celebrating the release of their new EP The Words Out with a release party at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Friday night (January 11).
Doors open at 7:30pm, and music kicks off at 8:15pm with opening sets from Titanics and Streetlights at Midnight.
Tickets are $5; ages 18-20 $10. And you’ll get a free copy of the new EP with each paid admission, too.
And if you can’t make it to the party on Friday, This Renaissance will also hit the stage at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 7pm on Sunday, January 20, opening for Black Veil Brides. Tickets are $18 in advance; $20 at the door.
Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson
From the opening notes of “This Is Not a Love Song,” Public Image Limited sounded surprisingly muscular. Frontman John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) took swigs from a bottle of Cognac and wore a petulant man-boy scowl as his band of gnarly-looking veterans ground out a relentless beat that stretched seamlessly into “Deeper Water,” a tension-building new song that captures the claustrophobic feeling of sinking far under water or being lost out to sea.
Much of PiL’s Upstate Concert Hall set was like that — dark and driving, with a band of immensely capable old hands (Bruce Smith of the Pop Group and the Slits on drums; Lu Edmonds of the Damned on guitar; and Scott Firth on bass) furrowing into an insistent groove that stretched from the bleak Metal Box-era “Albatross” to the free-form, monster exorcism that was “Religion” and “Religion II” (“Lock up your children, the priests are coming,” Lydon warned).
Review by Fred Rudofsky
While the name of the venue is a strangely generic, the music to be heard on this late September night at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park was cooking with exotic, bluesy tones and abrupt tempo and instrument changes.
The Missing Cats – a duo featuring Widespread Panic’s John “JoJo” Herman (keys/vocals) and Sherman Ewing (guitar/vocals) – opened with a spirited set of fifteen songs drawn largely from their excellent new album, Larry Brown Amen. Barrelhouse piano powered “Good for Nothing Lazy Bum,” the opening song, and from there the set went off in all sorts of directions.