Thursday, April 17, 2014
Jesse Winchester, who died last week, made music that was rooted deep in America’s southland, but he escaped the Vietnam-era draft, fleeing to Montreal. Years later, he escaped from the music business; later comebacks brought him here periodically.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
This week is mostly about local roots and wide wings: artists from here who have returned.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
As we try hard to believe that spring might actually come sometime soon, touring artists are sprouting up in growing numbers, and homegrown performers are gathering on our stages, too.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Wussy makes its area debut on Monday at The Low Beat in Albany, following a crowded weekend of concerts in the area.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny plays Proctors Mainstage tonight with his Unity Band, an all-star crew he recruited to explore anew all the many peaks he’s climbed in restlessly exploring jazz from the most acoustic or basic to the most electronic or elaborate — “everything I’ve done as a bandleader under one roof,” Metheny has said.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
An exceptional, familiar wine in a new bottle: That’s the great Cassandra Wilson.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Caffe Lena and Skidmore's Tang Teaching Museum host a pair of words-and-music format sessions this weekend.
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
“A feather’s not a bird, the rain is not the sea,” sings Rosanne Cash; “A stone is not a mountain, but a river runs through me.” That river is talent.
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
The Egg has two sold-out shows on Sunday, but there are plenty of quality shows to take in at other venues this weekend.
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Long live memories of Valentine’s — Albany’s vanishing juke joint — and long live its replacement. Howard Glassman’s new venue, The Low Beat, presents its first-ever show on Saturday, just a week after the last call at Valentine’s.
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
The Egg all but cracks open this week, maybe the concrete orb’s busiest music season. Prolific, powerful, plain-spoken troubadour Dar Williams kicks it all off on Friday at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
I think Pete Seeger is one of the greatest human beings of the past 100 years — along with Franklin Roosevelt, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and a handful of others. In his last year, he played here twice, with his sister at Proctors and as the moral center of Farm Aid. We’re lucky we had him as long as we did.
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
The hits kept coming at the Mountain Music Club last weekend in the Adirondacks — the annual dead-of-winter gathering when a handful of old friends meet up to listen, talk, eat, drink and wander in the snowy woods.
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
The son of actors Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis, Guy Davis sings the rural acoustic traditional music, dubbed “country blues” back in the 1960s Folk Revival days.
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
Nature or nurture? Trombone Shorty’s talent blows that question down the Mississippi and out over the Gulf. Whatever is in his genes has been honed on the streets of Treme in New Orleans.
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
If anyone ever fires Dave Mason, he could claim, “Hey, I’ve QUIT better bands than this!” — and he’d be right. He quit Traffic three separate times, so embracing that piece of his past in “Traffic Jam” — the mixed-media show he brings to The Egg on Saturday — seems surprising somehow.
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
Darlene love, jazz men and rockers all hit the right notes for the holiday season.
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
Meanwhile, two sons of superstars play Club Helsinki tonight and Friday: Devon Allman, son of Gregg; and Teddy Thompson, son of Richard — winners, both, in the genetic lottery of musical talent DNA.
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
I loved Jazz Fest in New Orleans in May and Bonnaroo near Nashville in June. Closer to home were some fantastic shows — too far away to include in our coming year-end wrap-up, but well worth remembering.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
Better rearrange the records — The Turtle Island Quartet was in classical, and Tierney Sutton was in jazz. Now they may belong on the same shelf, because they’re on the same stage on Friday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.