BEST OF 2018: Fred Rudofsky’s Top 21 Concerts


By Fred Rudofsky
Photograph by Michael Hochanadel

21. Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience at the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes (May 12)
20. Bombino at the Music Haven, Schenectady (July 8)
19. Shelby Lynne with Teddy Thompson at The Egg, Albany (February 24)
18. Justin Townes Earle with Lilly Hiatt at The Egg, Albany (May 20)
17 Duke Robillard at the Upper Room, Albany (June 15)
16. J.D. McPherson with Sam Lewis at the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy (July 21)
15. Marcia Ball at the Upper Room, Albany (June 1)
14. Neko Case at The Egg, Albany (January 15)
13. Chandler Travis Three-O at the Ale House, Troy (June 16)
12. Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles at Dinosaur BBQ, Troy (January 27)
11. Willie Nile at The Linda, Albany (May 26)

10. Carolyn Wonderland at the Massry Center for the Arts, Albany (January 13)
9. Los Lobos at the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes (July 22)
8. David Byrne at the Palace Theatre, Albany (September 9)
7. Alejandro Escovedo at the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes (May 12)
6. Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express at Club Helsinki, Hudson (July 13)
5. Super 400 (acoustic) at the Ale House, Troy (July 14)
4. Neko Case at MASS MoCA, North Adams (June 29)
3. Amy Helm at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany (April 8 & 22)
2. Chandler Travis Three-O’s CD release party at a gracious couple’s backyard, Brunswick (May 25)
1. Bettye Lavette at Club Helsinki, Hudson (April 7)

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  1. Denise Borden says

    Fred ,
    You see far more live shows than we do in the coarse of a year and we always love reading your reviews and hearing your impressions because in doing so you take us along on your musical journey allowing us to feel like we were right there with You . We were there at a few of these shows and they were indeed favorites of ours as well and now we wish we could have been right there with you at all of the others . We so appreciate knowing you are a constant support to all of the many fine local musicians we have here in and around the Capital District as well as the many incredible touring artists that we are all blessed and fortunate to have performing in our local venues .
    Thank You Fred .We will look forward to seeing you again hopefully very soon and probably while out for music

  2. Fred says

    Thanks, Denise!

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