In awarding management of the Cohoes Music Hall to Playhouse Stage Company/Park Playhouse through an RFP process, the City seems to be punishing success while repeating missteps of the past. We’re seeing the same bad movie, again. Over the past several years, Holly Brown and her team operated the Hall so effectively that Times Union … Continue reading Cohoes Music Hall Changes →
The Legendary Characters Play Freedom Park Quarantune Streaming Series Tonight, July 25 From leading the Out of Control Rhythm & Blues Band Blues Band and Out of the Blues in the 80s and 90s, Rick Siciliano now plays what the drummer-singer cheerfully calls the “silver-haired circuit” with the Legendary Characters, a trio that entertains in … Continue reading Watch, Listen = stream →
And it was right next door. The first live music I’ve heard since early March was karaoke at a birthday party yesterday in Carolina’s yard. The barbecue smelled great, the talk sounded happy, but the best part for me was the singing. It was all in Caribbean Espanol, it was pretty loud and it was … Continue reading It was merengue. It was salsa. It was reggaeton →
Big ups to brother Jim Hoke for his traditional jazz arrangement of Janis Ian’s “Better Times Will Come.” Traditional jazz* was the first music Jim and I fell in love with, growing up in Guilderland. I remember that Pee Wee Hunt album he holds up in the video as a real ear-opener – first 33-1/3 … Continue reading Watch THIS, for your best smile all day →
When friend and fellow Mountain Music Club member Dan from coastal Massachusetts recently sent a link to The Guardian newspaper’s Patti Smith profile, the powerful poet-singer came into sharper focus than that background awareness her 1970s work earned. It’s a good overview, in the U.K. paper’s ongoing series recommending entry points into recording artists’ work. I came … Continue reading Thinking about Patti Smith →
I hope all dads in this circle enjoyed as fine a Father’s Day as my family gave me. It went like this 1. A sweat-hog Nordic Trak session. Heat reduced my time aboard but increased perspiration and heightened a sense of righteous virtue. Even with a full-cold shower, I think I continued sweating throughout and … Continue reading Let’s Get Personal, Personal →
When I first picked up this new megaphone to yell about music, I promised – teased, really – some particular episodes and anecdotes. I teased, “What veteran soul singer answered my impulse-driven phone call having just signed his first record deal in years?“ It was one of those “where are they now” musings, of the … Continue reading Where… was he? →
During the February meet up of the Mountain Music Club (reported in the March 5 Gazette, if you’re scoring at home), we talked some about Miles Davis but never got around to watching the PBS “American Masters” profile, whose release had prompted the conversation in the first place. The death of Jimmy Cobb, last surviving … Continue reading Swing Sweet; Jimmy Cobb, and Miles Davis →
How fun to see Caffe Lena celebrate both its heritage and future. This story first appeared in Nippertown and I want everyone to see it. Caffe Lena will mark its 60 anniversary Thursday with “concerts” in the streets and online. The Caffe at 47 Phila St. in Saratoga Springs deserves this two-part soiree for sheer … Continue reading Caffe Lena Lives, Breathes →
In a previous post, we talked about Delaney and Bonnie & Friends’ Accept No Substitutes. Fast forward 44 years to a surprise encounter with Bonnie on a visit to my brother Jim in Nashville— one of those trips when music started happening as soon as I got there. A cab carried me from the airport to … Continue reading Bonnaroo and Bonnie →
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