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Fiddlers take a swing through musical history

Fiddlers take a swing through musical history

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
On Friday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, fiddlers Mark and Maggie O’Connor play “American Classics,” solo and duet pages from what Tony Bennett calls the Great American Songbook, but reaching back further, into timeless folk.
 
Stefon Harris bringing Sonic Creed to Egg

Stefon Harris bringing Sonic Creed to Egg

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
Albany-born jazz vibes master Stefon Harris brings his new band, Sonic Creed, Friday to The Egg on Friday.
 
Mike Stern of rock-jazz fame at Van Dyck

Mike Stern of rock-jazz fame at Van Dyck

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Jazz guitarist Mike Stern returns to the Van Dyck (237 Union St., Schenectady) on Friday with his own trio: drummer Richie Morales and bassist Teymur Phell.
 
We will never see another like David Bowie

We will never see another like David Bowie

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
“Everybody knows me now” — from “Lazarus” on the late, great David Bowie’s album “Blackstar,” released last Friday, his 69th birthday.
Yes, everybody knows Bowie now: pop’s British-born, innovative/transgressive, sequentially self-reinventing chameleon, the avatar of music as spectacle and ch-ch-changes for their own vivid, exciting sake.
 
New Year's Eve rocked with NRBQ

New Year's Eve rocked with NRBQ

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
In an extra-cool start to 2016, NRBQ played Saratoga First Night — a mostly upbeat, rocking party of a show. How fun it was to see newbies dig the ’Q for the first time and bump into folks I only/always see at ’Q shows, including fans from several states away.
 
Plenty of music to rock you into the New Year

Plenty of music to rock you into the New Year

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015
moe. at the Palace; NRBQ at First Night Saratoga; John Cleary in Hudson
 
Some worthy music didn’t make Top 10 List

Some worthy music didn’t make Top 10 List

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015
Here's a supplement to this coming Sunday's list of our favorite live shows of the year.
 
Fans and musicians pay tribute to Lee Shaw

Fans and musicians pay tribute to Lee Shaw

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
When 21 musicians in seven groups honored the late, great jazz pianist Lee Shaw’s music and memory last Friday, the marathon tribute (four hours plus!) packed the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady with sound and soul.
 
Musicians, friends to honor pianist Lee Shaw
SCHENECTADY

Musicians, friends to honor pianist Lee Shaw

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
On Friday, local jazz players will perform in Lee Shaw’s cherished memory at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady.
 
Tedeschi Trucks, Jones return after SPAC triumph

Tedeschi Trucks, Jones return after SPAC triumph

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
They’re worth it, believe me.
 
Funkmaster Clinton leads wildly varied crew

Funkmaster Clinton leads wildly varied crew

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic sounded fantastic, and strange enough, even without the bagpipes . . .
 
Toussaint left a mighty musical legacy

Toussaint left a mighty musical legacy

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Allen Toussaint’s death is a sad loss to music. He was a god.
 

Lightfoot, McClinton, Scaggs are set to sing

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Three super soulful singers who first hit in the 1960s play here this weekend.
 
Rawlings, Welch bring their machine to Egg
ALBANY

Rawlings, Welch bring their machine to Egg

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Lots of extra-fine pickers play here this week
 
Dead & Co. tour hits TU Center Thursday

Dead & Co. tour hits TU Center Thursday

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
Longtime Grateful Dead members — guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart — plus guitarist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti trouing as Dead and Company.
 
Oh brother: Sibling bands have stormy past

Oh brother: Sibling bands have stormy past

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
Musician brothers fuss, fight and fire each other; break up, make up and sue. The Davies brothers (Kinks) famously fist-fought onstage, where the Everly Brothers broke up (reuniting later), and one of the Thomson brothers (Slipknot) stabbed the other. This week we see a musical sibling on his own — Dave Davies at The Egg on Monday — and a reunited pair — Dave and Phil Alvin on Wednesday at the Hollow.
 
Packed lineup creates entertainment dilemma

Packed lineup creates entertainment dilemma

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
It’s even worse than my recent double-vision rant: Three dynamite divas (violinist Regina Carter and singers Maria Muldaur and Kat Edmonson) tonight; three fascinating singer-songwriters (Kinky Friedman, Craig Finn and Loreena McKennitt) on Friday; and two Latin jazz bands (Arturo O’Farrell’s and Manuel Valera’s) also Friday.
 
Mark Knopfler, Peter Wolf bringing bands to town

Mark Knopfler, Peter Wolf bringing bands to town

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
Former frontmen for Dire Straits and J.Geils Band both in town with their solo bands.
 
Wainwright III to sing, read father's writings

Wainwright III to sing, read father's writings

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Loudon Wainwright Jr. wrote 200 columns for Life magazine, but his son didn't read them while he was living. Now, Loudon Wainwright III is touring with a show he calls “Surviving Twin,” which combines his own songs and his father’s writings. He brings the show to The Egg on Saturday.
 
Don't miss guitar, folk, musical tributes this week

Don't miss guitar, folk, musical tributes this week

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
Everything is doubled this week: two guitar shows, two folkies, two tributes.
 
 

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