LIVE: The Carlo Aonzo Trio @ Caffe Lena, 10/22/17


Photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

There was a time not all that long ago when the mandolin was something of a rarity on Greater Nippertown stages. But now it seems as though we’re in the midst of a major parade of mandolin masters with recent concerts by Sam Bush at The Egg and Frank Wakefield at the Parting Glass, as well as upcoming performances by Joe K. Walsh at Caffe Lena tonight (Friday, November 10) and Matt Flinner at Wolf Hollow Brewing (Wednesday, November 15) and the Cock ‘n Bull (Thursday, November 16).

You may have missed Carlo Aonzo, however. Accompanied by guitarist-vocalist Lorenzo Piccone and bassist Luciano Puppo, he slipped into Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs last month with a melting pot of mandolin music from Italian folksongs to bluegrass, from soundtracks to jazz and Brazilian music, from Italian popular song to a review of the classical repertoire.

And opening the show was the duo of Hui Cox and Local 518 mandolinist Alan Epstein, who upped the ante this year with the release of his album Sunset on Meridan Hill as well as the five-song EP, That Lonesome Bluegrass Sound.

Looks like the mandolin is making a major comeback…

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