BEST OF 2018: Tim Reidy’s Top 11 Concerts In and Out of Albany

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Blondie @ MASS MoCA

By Timothy Reidy
Photograph by Timothy Reidy

Here are two top 11 lists. You can list them in order by number if you would like…

IN ALBANY

1. The Sea the Sea, Tania Asili, Dr. K’s Motown Revue @ the Albany Tulip Festival, Washington Park, 5/13/18. The Sea The Sea transformed the outdoor park into an intimate gig on Mothers Day.
5. Stellar Young @ LarkFest, Lark Street, 9/22/18. They Showed why they are so good even not on the Madison Avenue.
4. Kansas @ The Egg, April 27. What is the matter with Kansas? Nothing at The Egg that evening.
11. Dr. Bill Bruford @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, April 11. Epic lecture by Bill; not a true music event, though.
6. Y La Bamba, bell’s roar, The Parlor @ The Linda, 5/9/18. Solid triple bill at The Linda.
7. Caroline Rose @ PearlPalooza, North Pearl Street, 9/15/18. She shows why you need to see her, even after the bassist switch from the following week.

2. Albert Cummings @ St. Rose College’s Massry Center for the Arts, 6/6/18. Most solid show in Albany in 2018.
9. Bendt @ the Low Beat, 6/28/18. Great bar gig.
3. Kat Wright @ The Linda, 11/10/18. She was wonderful that night.
10. Smash Mouth, Moriah Formica @ the Empire State Plaza, 7/4/18. The concert you want on Independence Day, and Smash Mouth still has chops.
9. 518 SongFest @ The Egg, 5/18/18. Julie Gold’s performance was worth remembering and crying for.

OUT OF ALBANY

6. Turkuaz @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 1/31/18. Fun funk in wintertime.
3. Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, 4/23/18. He wowed the Cohoes crowd.
4. Company of Thieves @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland, 4/19/18. Powerful and acoustic.
7. Chandler Travis Three-O @ River Street Beat Shop, Troy, 5/27/18. Was it surreal or surround sound?
2. Lucy, the Spin Doctors @ Schenectady SummerNight, State Street, Schenectady, 7/13/18. The Spin Doctors and Lucy told you the time in Schenectady.
10. Music Haven Concert Series @ Central Park, Schenectady, various summer Sundays. They were all fun, and I could not pick an exact one.
8. Onlyness, And the Kids, Rubblebucket @ Rockin’ on the River, Riverfront Park, Troy, 8/1/18. Thanks to Mother Nature we had a crazy time on the river.
7. And the Kids, Blondie @ MASS MoCA’s Joe’s Field, North Adams, 8/3/18. Who were the legends that summer night in North Adams?
1. Rubblebucket’s Dream Picnic @ Gateway City Arts, Holyoke, 9/28/18. Probably the best day of music outside of Albany that I had.
5. Sona Jobarteh @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady, 10/10/18. Bringing sonic delights to Schenectady via Africa.
9. Acoustic Trauma @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy, 9/29/18. Solid sets and varied performers.
11. Home Body @ Dream Away Lodge, Becket, 8/4/18. Packed crowd full of dancers and sweat.

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