Hats off to the Gazette’s Brenton Blanchet for digging out such cool stuff about the Rolling Stones’ Palace Theatre shows, April 29, 1965. In the Sept. 24-30 Ticket, he nailed perfectly the excitement of that British Invasion uproar coming to town. Fans’ memories and artifacts helped him tell that vivid story. However, the subhead contains … Continue reading The Day the Rolling Stones Played Albany →
Just couldn’t let the entire Jazz on Jazz season blur past without catching some sounds, so I hied myself to where Jay Street t’s onto State on September 18 for the Tarik Shah Trio, last in the regular free street jazz series. Had such a cool time, I then re-hied myself back for the three-band … Continue reading Jazz – and Jazz! – on Jay →
Reggae’s greatest voice goes quiet. One death lost to this plague, any death, is one too many. But it’s hitting musicians especially hard, stealing both lives and livelihoods with the hiatus on live concerts. The list is too sad to recite here; it doesn’t stop with John Prine. Now another singular talent has gone. Frederick … Continue reading Toots →
I heard it first. It woke me – a wavering high hiss with a low hum like a culmination or intensifying of the hiss. Right on time, I thought, looking at the clock as I got up and headed to the bathroom. Hurricane Isaias was forecast to pass over Chincoteague and Assateague islands on Virginia’s … Continue reading Like a Hurricane →
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 →
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