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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014
Formerly Albany-based improv-rockers moe. is the latest band to play homecoming shows here. They play Tuesday and Wednesday at the Palace Theatre — their second batch of multi-night New Year’s shows here.
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
In a wondrously odd mutual-admiration mash-up, Nick Lowe brings his Quality Holiday Revue to The Egg on Friday with Los Straitjackets as his band.
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
The holiday beats go on, in the capable hands of pianist Jim Brickman, the folk veterans of the Nowell Sing We Clear crew, our own Local-518 kids’ faves the Zucchini Brothers, and area jazz singer Jeanne O’Connor.
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Here come the holiday shows, all at once and right on time.
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014
We have plenty to be thankful for, apart from not having Buffalo’s weather. Even in this holiday stretch, we have lots of live music here while the kids are home from wherever and need a night out.
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
The Egg in Albany is guitar central this week. The parade of virtuosos starts tonight when Nels Cline duets with Julian Lage.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Several veteran artists playing here this week echo Woodstock. One of them, Arlo Guthrie, played the Woodstock festival on Aug. 15, 1969, and he returns to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall tonight.
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
In early 1998, The Mavericks opened for (bigger star, lesser talent) Tim McGraw at the Pepsi Arena and stole the show. They reformed last year for “In Time” and hit the road, playing The Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany) tonight.
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
The Jayhawks who play The Egg tonight are the same crew who opened for Matchbox 20 at the RPI Fieldhouse in 1996: Gary Louris, guitar and vocals; Karen Grotberg, keyboards; Mark Perlman, bass; Kraig Johnson, guitar and Tim O’Reagan, drums. They’re complicated; with departures, marriages and divorces, side projects, rehab and reconciliations. Louris’ Jayhawks make more pop-flavored music than when the earthier Olson is aboard.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
What a great Friday night! Local shows scheduled include Johnny Mathis, Primus, John Menegon, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn playing together and Lip Talk.
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Promising new songs onstage at the Eighth Step at Proctors GE Theater on Sunday, Janis Ian said on Monday that “I’m Still Standing."
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Onstage music ranges from solo-sparse to sprawling-sumptuous this week. Take tonight: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton St. at N. Pearl St., Albany), John Hiatt at The Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany), Mike Watt’s Il Sogno Del Marinaio at the Low Beat, and Carlene Carter at Caffe Lena.