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Buffy Sainte-Marie remains powerful talent

Buffy Sainte-Marie remains powerful talent

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Since folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie played the first great singer-songwriter show I ever saw, near Buffalo in 1965, she’s learned and grown. Musically she has developed a jazz-blues feel in songs with bounce or swing; she can lead a band and fit her voice and songs within one. She brings those strengths and more on Saturday to the Eighth Step at Proctors GE Theatre (432 State St., Schenectady), demonstrating a “new math” of talent multiplying itself.
 
Willie Nile at Linda; Lena turns 55

Willie Nile at Linda; Lena turns 55

Thursday, May 14, 2015
When the great Willie Nile started playing here in the early 1980s, he led a band mostly borrowed from Patti Smith, but he has often proved himself since as a solo performer. At WAMC’s the Linda a few years back, he came onstage on crutches after wrecking his knee in a stage jump alongside Bruce Springsteen. He was electrifying anyway. Nile returns to The Linda on Saturday, first full-band gig here in some time by this veteran New York powerhouse.
 
Jazz Fest brings all ages and genres together

Jazz Fest brings all ages and genres together

Thursday, May 7, 2015
The second weekend of the 46th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival offered the best weather in memory for the 12-stage extravaganza. And the mood stayed sunny as the skies, where every day is Halloween or Mardi Gras, where the streets are full of music and folks plan lunch and dinner over breakfast and where everybody identifies with a favorite bar.
 
New Orleans Jazz Fest is musicians’ mecca

New Orleans Jazz Fest is musicians’ mecca

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Today, zydeco accordionist Terrance Simien plays the Congo Square Stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and I’ll be there. I’ve been prepping for my fourth Jazz Fest visit by asking New Orleans musicians touring through here about playing down there.
 

Country music charging into region

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Kenny Chesney's new recording, “The Big Revival,” is his 13th album to top BillBoard’s country charts.
 
Changing lineups: Meters, Giddens backed by old friends

Changing lineups: Meters, Giddens backed by old friends

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Four original Meters reunite for a show at The Massry; Rhiannon Giddens sings, backed by members her old band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
 
Hamell on Trial to showcase unique style

Hamell on Trial to showcase unique style

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Tonight, at long last, Hamell on Trial returns to The Low Beat (335 Central Ave., Albany), not far from the scene of his first crimes against expectations of what a solo performer can do.
 
Actress/singer McKay defies genres

Actress/singer McKay defies genres

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Nellie McKay gleefully violates musical borders of genres, time and political correctness, claiming all of music for her own.
 
String bands and singer-songwriters on tap

String bands and singer-songwriters on tap

Thursday, March 26, 2015
With String bands and singer-songwriters, this could be the rootsy-est week onstage in a long time.
 
Levins, Rosewoman a musical feast

Levins, Rosewoman a musical feast

Thursday, March 19, 2015
A feast of top players: two famous brothers unite and two world-beat bands reach around the globe.
 
Simmonds brings Savoy Brown to Van Dyck

Simmonds brings Savoy Brown to Van Dyck

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Guitarist Kim Simmonds, a dependable, durable journeyman, deeply steeped in blues sounds and traditions, brings his band Savoy Brown to the Van Dyck on Friday.
 
St. Vincent's trajectory lands her at Upstate Saturday

St. Vincent's trajectory lands her at Upstate Saturday

Thursday, March 5, 2015
St. Vincent, the Grammy winning guitar playing singer/songwriter/art-pop collaborator makes a stop at Upstate.
 
New Bridge Jazz Festival will span the Hudson over 2 nights, 2 venues

New Bridge Jazz Festival will span the Hudson over 2 nights, 2 venues

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in late June offers tough choices with simultaneous music on two stages over two days. But the new Bridge Jazz Festival offers a more manageable menu: shows on two stages on two nights, Friday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and Saturday at the Massry Center at The College of Saint Rose.
 
'Mountain Club' immerses friends in music

'Mountain Club' immerses friends in music

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
At the Mountain Music Club, a crew of old friends gathers in the extra-cold season to listen to, talk and obsess about music. This annual guys’ get-together features musical contributions from each, with listening sessions punctuated by snowshoeing or XC skiing; old bourbon is also involved.
 
Glen David Andrews near the top of Big Easy musicians’ family tree

Glen David Andrews near the top of Big Easy musicians’ family tree

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Glen David Andrews would fill plenty of space in any New Orleans musicians’ family tree. You can hear family when he blasts the mic at the Parish Public House (388 Broadway, Albany) on Sunday with trombone or voice.
 
Wynn, Barone reunite at Low Beat

Wynn, Barone reunite at Low Beat

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
Steve Wynn and Richard Barone belong to a community of musicians who collaborate, separate, then recombine, like ionized atoms. They'll be playing together at the Low Beat on Saturday.
 
Everest Rising to open Place for Folk series

Everest Rising to open Place for Folk series

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Everest Rising, a regional quartet of experienced players who love mixing up folk, classic rock and jazz, sometimes in the same song, will open A Place for Folk's third season on Friday, in the “Whisperdome” of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady.
 
Ani DiFranco concert at The Egg is sold out for very good reasons

Ani DiFranco concert at The Egg is sold out for very good reasons

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Ani DiFranco is a goddess and everybody should see her. Her show on Friday at The Egg is deservedly sold out, for the same reasons everyone should see her next time: She takes her music seriously, not herself.
 
Jukebox: One-man bands and some bigger ones

Jukebox: One-man bands and some bigger ones

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Like Jim Gaudet and His Railroad Boys last weekend, Sean Rowe — another Local 518/national attraction — has sold out Caffe Lena, this Sunday. Fortunately, Lena’s (47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs) has added a Monday afternoon show.
 
David Wax Museum mixes many elements

David Wax Museum mixes many elements

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
On Friday, the wonderfully named David Wax Museum plays at Caffe Lena. The group exhibits a surprising range of elements including, at the risk of going biblical here, the jawbone of an ass.
 
 

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