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Escovedo, new trio to rock Cohoes Music Hall

Escovedo, new trio to rock Cohoes Music Hall

Alejandro Escovedo, one of our greatest rockers, plays the Cohoes Music Hall on Wednesday after making his first new album in four years, playing birthday gigs in Austin, New York City and Chicago, and forming a new trio — Brian Standefer, cello, and Sean Giddings, keyboards — for this short tour before the album hits.

McKay returns to Van Dyck with political show

McKay returns to Van Dyck with political show

On Friday, pop’s try-anything quicksilver girl Nellie McKay brings her “Follow the Money: An Election-Themed Show” to the Van Dyck (237 Union St., Schenectady) where she played a brilliant show last April.

Jazz Fest in New Orleans a rite of passage for many

No Jazz Fest in New Orleans for me this year, thanks for asking. But when son Zak’s friend Mary said she was going it, I realized how much I love Jazz Fest even without going, this time...

Carlene Carter’s music builds on family legacy

Carlene Carter’s music builds on family legacy

When John Mellencamp’s “Plain Spoken Tour” hits Albany’s Palace Theatre on Saturday, Carlene Carter opens: a surprising, perfect match. “We do two songs together,” said Carter, adding that she joins Mellencamp halfway through his show before he shifts to full-on rock mode with his band.

Crawford, Simien bringing Louisiana to town

Crawford, Simien bringing Louisiana to town

Louisiana visits with pianist Davell Crawford tonight at the Cock ’n Bull in Galway and Terrance Simien and his Zydeco Experience on Friday at the Massry Center at The College of Saint Rose.

Sam Bush, 'newgrass' pioneer, headed to The Egg

Sam Bush, 'newgrass' pioneer, headed to The Egg

Sam Bush, mandolinist/singer and “newgrass” pioneer, said he’s glad that traveling by bus to The Egg on Sunday means he and his band can bring all their own instruments for the full range of music they’ll play.

Palace deal should benefit Cohoes Music Hall

Palace deal should benefit Cohoes Music Hall

Albany’s Palace Theatre taking over operations at the Cohoes Music Hall seems good news for the venerable hall. Key contributions of other players unfortunately went unmentioned in last week’s announcement: the Eighth Step Coffeehouse operated the hall before C-R Production’s tenure, Cohoes resident and Massry Center at the College of St. Rose Programming Manager Sal Prizio revived the hall with quality shows after C-R departed, and promoter Greg Bell of Guthrie-Bell Productions has teamed up with Prizio on additional shows this spring.

Bonerama sure to surprise at tonight’s show

Bonerama sure to surprise at tonight’s show

“If you’re holding a trombone, you’re supposed play certain kids of music,” said Mark Mullins, one of three trombonists in Bonerama. “But we’re not gonna!” Expect anything when Bonerama plays tonight at the Parish Public House (338 Broadway, Albany).

Willie Nile had way more than a good night

Willie Nile had way more than a good night

Willie Nile rocked WAMC’s The Linda last Saturday; an extra-cool show I’d have loved even if he hadn’t honored me with a great shout-out.

Celebrating anniversary with Willie Nile show

Celebrating anniversary with Willie Nile show

I plan to celebrate Ticket’s one-year anniversary — and my own 35-year connection — by hitting Willie Nile’s show on Saturday night at WAMC’s Linda (339 Central Ave., Albany).

McMurtry puts on powerful live show

McMurtry puts on powerful live show

James McMurtry's packed show at The Hangar made us miss the late, great cartoonist John Caldwell

Freelon, Marsalises set for Bridge Jazz Fest

Freelon, Marsalises set for Bridge Jazz Fest

“There are things you do because you choose them and things you do because they choose you,” said singer Nnenna Freelon. Chosen by jazz, she sings at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday, first night of the second annual Bridge Jazz Festival, co-presented by the Massry Center at the College of Saint Rose.

Thompson a high point of yearly Mountain Music Club

Thompson a high point of yearly Mountain Music Club

The Mountain Music Club moved our annual meet-up from the Adirondacks to Northampton not just to swap 40 below for 15 below but also to take in a (typically) great Richard Thompson show at the Academy of Music.

White, Dan Hicks latest losses in music world

White, Dan Hicks latest losses in music world

Mortality keeps hitting second-generation giants of popular music hard; sadly, two more in recent days. Best known was Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire’s founder, leader, main songwriter and co-lead singer. Dan Hicks was just as entertaining, but on a smaller scale

Fiddlers take a swing through musical history

Fiddlers take a swing through musical history

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

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

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

“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

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

moe. at the Palace; NRBQ at First Night Saratoga; John Cleary in Hudson

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