BEST OF 2014: Steve Nover’s Top 51 Concerts

Robin Trower
Robin Trower

By Steve Nover
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

1.) Paul McCartney @ the Times Union Center, Albany, 7/5/14
2.) Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival (featuring Trombone Shorty, Dave Holland, Earth Wind & Fire, Jon Batiste, Eddie Palmieri & Ronnie Earl) @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs, 6/28&29/14
3.) Rod Stewart and Carlos Santana @ the Times Union Center, Albany, 5/23/14
4.) King Crimson @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, 9/9&10/14
5.) Experience Hendrix (featuring Billy Cox, Buddy Guy and 10 other notable guitarists) @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, 3/28/14
6.) Queens of the Stone Age @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, 7/13/14
7.) Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany, 12/19/14
8.) Robin Trower @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany, 10/21/14
9.) Hiromi: The Trio Project @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, 11/14/14
10.) Living Colour @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 6/4/14

11.) Ian Anderson @ the Palace Theatre, 11/2/14
12.) The Ed Palermo Big Band @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady, 4/18/14
13.) The Mavericks @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany, 11/6/14
14.) Al Kooper’s 70th Birthday Concert (with Jimmy Vivino) @ The Egg, Albany, 5/17/14
15.) Yes @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany, 7/6/14
16.) Jon Anderson @ The Egg, Albany, 4/9/14
17.) Trombone Shorty @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany, 1/12/14
18.) Richard Thompson @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany, 10/11/14
19.) Hot Tuna @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany, 12/7/14
20.) Toure/Raichel Collective @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany, 11/22/14
21.) The Brad Mehldau Trio @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany, 12/14/14
22.) Vintage Trouble @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, 9/28/14
23.) Neko Case @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany, 5/17/14
24.) Nels Cline/Julian Lage @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany, 11/20/14
25.) Cassandra Wilson & Harriet Tubman Present Black Sun @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, 3/15/14
26.) Chick Corea @ the Massry Center at the College of St. Rose, Albany, 4/11/14
27.) Ian McLagan @ The Linda, Albany, 10/20/14
28.) Bootsy Collins @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 6/18/14
29.) Easy All Stars and John Brown’s Body @ Alive at 5, Albany, 6/19/14
30.) The Carolina Chocolate Drops @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany, 4/2/14
31.) Lucinda Williams @ The Egg, Albany, 6/17/14
32.) Rosanne Cash @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, 3/5/14
33.) Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam @ The Egg, Albany, 1/4/14
34.) Zappa Plays Zappa @ The Egg, Albany, 2/25/14
35.) The Bad Plus @ The Egg, 2/8/14

Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr

36.) Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band @ the Palace Theatre, 6/10/14
37.) Band of Horses @ The Egg, Albany, 2/23/14
38.) Johnny Marr @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, 11/18/14
39.) Jake Shimabukuro @ The Egg, Albany, 3/30/14
40.) Primus @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, 10/24/14
41.) Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys @ the Music Haven, Schenectady, 8/3/14
42.) Sheila E. @ Alive at 5, Albany, 8/7/14
43.) Oumar Konate @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, 5/30/14
44.) The Figgs @ the Low Beat, Albany, 12/19/14
45.) Lou Donaldson @ A Place For Jazz, Schenectady, 5/16/14
46.) Lucius @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, 12/5/14
47.) The Steve Miller Band @ Proctors, Schenectady, 11/16/14
48.) Billy Cobham’s Spectrum 40 Band @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany, 8/30/14
49.) Johnny Winter Memorial Concert (featuring Sonny Landreth and Debbie Davies) @ The Egg, Albany, 11/1/14
50.) Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival (featuring Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane, Catherine Russell, Maria Zemantauski and more) @ Corning Boat Preserve, Albany, 9/6/14
51.) Michael Benedict & Boptitude Drum Battle (featuring Mark Foster, Pete Sweeney, Brian Melick and Bob Halek) @ The Egg, Albany, The Egg, 2/1/14

I could have kept going with no room for John Hiatt, Pat Metheny, Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Jarosz, Diana Ross, Jerry Douglas, Young Kim, Findley Cockrell, Regina Carter, etc… Didn’t want you think I wasn’t using a little restraint.

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  1. michael eck says

    I love Steve Nover, but how these folks can keep having something above King Crimson on their live list baffles me. Were we even at the same show?

  2. Rudy says

    I am glad you have restrained yourself. 🙂

  3. Dave Farison says

    wow – I was able to join you at about 10 of these. A dozen more that I should have seen. I’m thinking trombone Shorty at the Egg or Vintage Trouble at the Hollow might have been my #1, but King Crimson & Trower were also great shows.

  4. David Brickman says

    Steve is the people’s reviewer. He makes me so sad at all the great shows I missed. But I did get to join him for Oumar Konate, Trombone Shorty and Steve Miller, among others, so there’s some great memories, too. ROCK ON Steve!

  5. martyn says

    Nover’s Top 51 concerts: and that just covers January 2014.

  6. Mark says

    And he had time to play some bongos, too! Wow!

  7. steve nover says

    enjoyed the comments….not an exact science & a different day would probably have another order-already sorry Johnny Marr isn’t higher…….also clubs I got a ticket the night of the show made it hard for me to remember all; since I went through my saved tickets…realized I forgot FISHBONE’s great show at Putman den…6/24….as for Mike-so glad I bought tickets for both King Crimson nights but feel # 4 was about right since McCartney was fantastic; had never seen him perform & his energy, the drama of cancelling the tour for over a month & starting here in Albany along w/ the music songs & the sheer emotionality knocked me out. Putting a 2 day festival (or even 1) at # 2 might be suspect but there’s something about a fest that makes it organically whole. I had never seen Rod Stewart & thought it might be anti-climactic after Santana but w/ wonderful pacing he like Paul belied his age & gave a concert so much better than my expectations, that was truly memorable

  8. steve nover says

    I also left off the underrated Garland Jeffreys who gave a moving, heartfelt performance at The Linda on 1/24

  9. Harry Palmer says

    Steve Nover smokes good weed!.

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