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Guthrie, Traum, Weight evoke Woodstock

Guthrie, Traum, Weight evoke Woodstock

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.

LaMontagne, at the Palace, best when sticking to acoustic sounds

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
The rustic, whispery folk-rock sound as in “New York City’s Killing Me” were highlights.

Violinist brings passion, precision to Music Hall show

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Prize-winning violinist Tessa Lark took a small crowd on an exploration of folk music Sunday afternoon in her terrific debut recital at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall as part of the Troy Chromatic Concerts series.

Skonberg charms with talent, poise at A Place for Jazz

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Bria Skonberg wrapped the season at A Place for Jazz on Friday, giving the capacity-plus crowd a lot to like.

Uptempo Mavericks get crowd dancing at The Egg

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
The Egg isn’t typically a place you would go to dance. The oval performing arts center perched over the Empire State Plaza is more of a place to stay seated and respectfully listen to the musical act on stage.

Lovett, top-notch bandmates, delight crowd at Egg

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Texas troubadour Lyle Lovett, making his return to The Egg for the third time in three years with his five-piece Acoustic Group, has a dark side that lives comfortably alongside his breezy banter and better-known sense of humor.

Classical music lovers facing choice of 5 Sunday concerts

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Five concerts on Sunday, most of them at the same time but in venues scattered across the Capital Region, can make life confusing. Here’s some background on each one to help make choosing a bit easier.
Mavs at The Egg, LaMontagne at Palace

Mavs at The Egg, LaMontagne at Palace

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.
B.J. Thomas says songs retain appeal

B.J. Thomas says songs retain appeal

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
Don’t try to label or pigeonhole B.J. Thomas. He’ll have none of it.

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.

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.

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