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Jayhawks in tune with joyous performance at The Egg

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
It was an all-Midwest bill at The Egg on Thursday night, with Wisconsin’s Trapper Schoepp and the Shades opening for the Jayhawks, the influential alt-country band who formed in Minneapolis in 1985.
 
Jayhawks bring pop-flavored tunes to Egg

Jayhawks bring pop-flavored tunes to Egg

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.
 
Symphonic rockers Renaissance to perform at Egg

Symphonic rockers Renaissance to perform at Egg

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Annie Haslam has heard the descriptions before — art rock, progressive rock, classic rock, progressive folk-rock. They’re all supposed to label her band Renaissance. But the words are not quite right.
 

Pianist Blechaz makes classics sound new, wows audience

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Polish pianist Rafal Blechaz returned to the Union College International Festival of Chamber Music series Sunday afternoon and confirmed that at only 29 he is one of this century’s master pianists.
 
ALBANY

Primus mixes old, new for entertaining Palace show

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
The heavier the music, the happier the crowd at Friday night’s sold out Primus show at the Palace.
 

Renaissance band to play on early instruments

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Kids in the 1500s who wanted to learn to play an instrument couldn’t just go to the neighborhood music store and buy what they wanted or even find someone local who could teach them.
 
Terrific Friday features Menegon, Fleck

Terrific Friday features Menegon, Fleck

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.
 
Johnny Mathis gave up sports for music; still offers his best

Johnny Mathis gave up sports for music; still offers his best

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
With a spot on the 1956 U.S. Olympic team well in his grasp, Johnny Mathis decided his best interests lay in a recording studio rather than a high-jump pit.
 

'Piano Four Hands' concert tonight at SCCC

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Gili Melamed-Lev and Mark Evans will perform “Piano Four Hands,” works by Schubert, Mozart and Dvorak, at 7:30 p.m. today at the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady.
 
SCHENECTADY

Youth orchestra to play for seniors today at Proctors

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
The Empire State Youth Orchestras will hold a free concert for senior citizens at Proctors at 1 p.m. today.
 
SCHENECTADY

Janis Ian mixes sparse, meaningful songs with life stories

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Janis Ian told the crowd at the GE Theater Sunday night that she wrote her first song at 12, published at 13, had a hit at 16, and was a “has-been” at 17.
 
ALBANY

Drive-By Truckers muscle, mourn and mock their way

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
When Lynyrd Skynyrd slammed Neil Young in “Sweet Home Alabama” for knocking “Southern Man,” famously contrary Young said he’d rather play “Sweet Home Alabama” any day and loved how the Skynyrd boys played guitar.
 

Belcea String Quartet shares its crystalline sound at Union

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
The Belcea String Quartet returned to the International Festival of Chamber Music Thursday night at Union College’s Memorial Chapel in their fifth appearance on the series.
 
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."
 
‘Banjo Man’ struck chord with Saratoga community
SARATOGA SPRINGS

‘Banjo Man’ struck chord with Saratoga community

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
Cecil Myrie, who many credit for opening the streets of Saratoga Springs to musicians, died last week after a seven-month battle with multiple myeloma — a form of bone marrow cancer.
 
 

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