Posts Tagged ‘Wes Seneca’

LIVE: Lost Radio Rounders & Friends @ McKownville United Methodist Church, 4/19/13

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay

Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay

Review by Wes Seneca
Photographs by Amaal Yehia

To those who have followed his three decade musical journey, it came as no surprise that Michael Eck was performing on his 49th birthday. The Jug Stomper, solo artist and Frank Jaklitsch sideman joined his Lost Radio Rounders cohort Tom Lindsay in the Old Chapel of McKownville United Methodist Church in Albany for the finale of the 2013 Third Friday Charity Concert Series. The concert was a sing-along program which also featured multi-instrumentalist Mike Kelley (the Sharks, Blotto) and percussionist Sam Zucchini (the Zucchini Brothers, Rodeo Barons).

Zucchini transitioned to guitarist and vocalist for Gary Davis’ “I Belong to the Band,” and second set opener “Angel Roll the Stone Away.” Mike Kelley’s vocals and dobro were featured on “Jesus on the Mainline,” and he and Rounder Tom Lindsay shared harmonies on “Kneel at the Cross.” Some of the biggest cheers of the evening came after Kelley’s performances at the Old Chapel’s upright piano.

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LIVE: The Mendelssohn Club of Albany @ The Egg, 12/14/12

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Review by Wes Seneca

In 1609, English navigator Henry Hudson steered his ship up the flowing waters that now bear his name. After sailing as far as possible up the river, he noted the scarcity of male choruses in the region, and making use of Dutch sailors and a few willing native men, promptly founded the Mendelssohn Club of Albany. Or perhaps not… but the men of Mendelssohn proudly boast of being “the longest continually performing arts group in the Capital District.”

Now in their 104th concert season, last Friday’s concert at The Egg’s Hart Theatre proved that Albany’s Mendelssohn Club is still going strong. Under the direction of conductor Jeffrey Vredenburg, about 60 current Mendelssohn Club members presented a balanced program mixing the classical (Handl’s “O Magnum Mysterium”), the popular (Gillespie & Coots’ “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”) and the oral traditions (“Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow”). Don’t let the tuxedos fool you, the Mendelssohns have never been stuffed shirts about their musical choices.

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