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Janis Ian at Eighth Step, says new album is about astonishment, survival

Janis Ian at Eighth Step, says new album is about astonishment, survival

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."
 
Big shows punctuate solo performances

Big shows punctuate solo performances

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.
 
Some venues start season, others rev it up

Some venues start season, others rev it up

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
The Eighth Step, Steamer No. 10’s Eclectic series, and the Sanctuary for Independent Media start new seasons this week, while The Low Beat, The Egg and the Palace rev up theirs.
 

Pizzarelli, Harris lead a busy jazz weekend

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
I was right to call this Live Jazz Month in a previous Jukebox, but wrong to list the John Pizzarelli Quartet as playing The Egg: They play the Massry Center on Saturday.
 
Summer lingers with 3 outdoor festivals

Summer lingers with 3 outdoor festivals

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Outdoor shows are still going on; there are three this weekend. Besides LarkFest on Saturday, FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival 2014 returns to MASS MoCA from Friday through Sunday, and the new American Music Festival for the Lake hits Lake George on Saturday and Sunday.
 
Jukebox: APFJ, Lake George part of jazz weekend

Jukebox: APFJ, Lake George part of jazz weekend

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
April was Jazz Appreciation Month, but this could be live jazz month.
 
Outdoor events dwindle as summer ends

Outdoor events dwindle as summer ends

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
The sun sets before evening show times these days, as outdoor music events get scarce. Music mostly moves indoors, now.
 
Jamalot tour, drummer Cobham on tap

Jamalot tour, drummer Cobham on tap

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Making almost perfect music that swung, jazz-wise, more than it rocked, Steely Dan has changed and changed again since taking over the radio in 1972. And the group's Jamalot Ever After Tour that rolls into SPAC on Friday features 11 studio-perfect and road-seasoned players and singers.
 

Blotto at Low Beat; summer shows dwindle

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Blotto has played every bar, park, theater and arena here in 30 years of rocking us and making us laugh. Tonight, they play the Low Beat (335 Central Ave., Albany), just steps from where JB Scott’s became their regular hang, and everybody’s, when they were on the charts, on MTV and on tour.
 
Browne performs pared-down songs alone

Browne performs pared-down songs alone

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Jackson Browne has been singing his songs with less and less help. When he performed in the early 1970s at the RPI Fieldhouse, he had a seven-piece band. When he hits the Palace Theatre tonight, he’ll perform solo.
 
Dobro master Jerry Douglas goes from valued sideperson to star

Dobro master Jerry Douglas goes from valued sideperson to star

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
A number of sidemen (sorry, sidepersons), the indispensable, often unknown players who toil behind the stars, will be performing with their own bands in the area this weekend.
 
NRBQ, subdudes exude joy, deep grooves

NRBQ, subdudes exude joy, deep grooves

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Saw two of my favorite bands from Saturday to Saturday: NRBQ in Pawtucket and the subdudes at The Egg.
 

Bluesman James Cotton to lead Music Haven’s 25th celebration

Thursday, July 24, 2014
“Superharp” bluesman James Cotton: the perfect choice to headline Music Haven’s 25th anniversary gala on Sunday in Schenectady’s Central Park.
 
Taylor returning to SPAC after 11 years

Taylor returning to SPAC after 11 years

Thursday, July 17, 2014
James Taylor had been such a dependable summer presence in the area, it’s startling to hear that Saturday’s return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center is his first in 11 years.
 
Debo, Ivers part of ‘international week’

Debo, Ivers part of ‘international week’

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Is it an “international” week? Worldwide popster Justin Timberlake plays the Times Union Center on Wednesday, Ethiopian Afro-pop orchestra Debo plays Freedom Square in Troy on Friday and pre-eminent Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers plays Music Haven on Sunday.
 
Bassist Holland brings years of playing — and listening — to Jazz Fest

Bassist Holland brings years of playing — and listening — to Jazz Fest

Thursday, June 26, 2014
"Any band I put together starts with the players and starts also with an idea,” said jazz bassist Dave Holland, who leads Prism on Sunday at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
 

Musical offerings come in pairs this week

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Stuff happens twice this week: two big MASS MoCa shows, two Van Dyck guitar shows, a double-named band at the Low Beat, a married duo at The Egg, two stars we might not expect to see together at the Palace, two very different divas, and two unusual instrumental quartets.
 
McMurtry at Egg, Tuck & Patti at Van Dyck

McMurtry at Egg, Tuck & Patti at Van Dyck

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Texan singer-songwriter James McMurtry — a novelistic tunesmith of dauntless phrasemaking, honed descriptive skills and deep emotional insight — headlines at The Egg tonight with the rootsy Bottle Rockets opening.
 
Matthews first played SPAC 20 years ago

Matthews first played SPAC 20 years ago

Thursday, May 29, 2014
When the Dave Matthews Band played Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Blues Traveler’s H.O.R.D.E. tour 20 years ago, who knew they’d still be coming back to fill the place year after year and night after night?
 
Nile compelling; Santana, Stewart on tap

Nile compelling; Santana, Stewart on tap

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Many of those attending Willie Nile's show at WAMC’s The Linda last Saturday considered the performance to be even better than the one by Bruce Springsteen at the Times Union Center.
 
 

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