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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Kenny Chesney's new recording, “The Big Revival,” is his 13th album to top BillBoard’s country charts.
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.
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.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Nellie McKay gleefully violates musical borders of genres, time and political correctness, claiming all of music for her own.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
With String bands and singer-songwriters, this could be the rootsy-est week onstage in a long time.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
A feast of top players: two famous brothers unite and two world-beat bands reach around the globe.
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.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
St. Vincent, the Grammy winning guitar playing singer/songwriter/art-pop collaborator makes a stop at Upstate.
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.