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.
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.
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."
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Onstage music ranges from solo-sparse to sprawling-sumptuous this week. Take tonight: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton St. at N. Pearl St., Albany), John Hiatt at The Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany), Mike Watt’s Il Sogno Del Marinaio at the Low Beat, and Carlene Carter at Caffe Lena.
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
The Eighth Step, Steamer No. 10’s Eclectic series, and the Sanctuary for Independent Media start new seasons this week, while The Low Beat, The Egg and the Palace rev up theirs.
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
I was right to call this Live Jazz Month in a previous Jukebox, but wrong to list the John Pizzarelli Quartet as playing The Egg: They play the Massry Center on Saturday.
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Outdoor shows are still going on; there are three this weekend. Besides LarkFest on Saturday, FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival 2014 returns to MASS MoCA from Friday through Sunday, and the new American Music Festival for the Lake hits Lake George on Saturday and Sunday.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
April was Jazz Appreciation Month, but this could be live jazz month.
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
The sun sets before evening show times these days, as outdoor music events get scarce. Music mostly moves indoors, now.
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Making almost perfect music that swung, jazz-wise, more than it rocked, Steely Dan has changed and changed again since taking over the radio in 1972. And the group's Jamalot Ever After Tour that rolls into SPAC on Friday features 11 studio-perfect and road-seasoned players and singers.
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Blotto has played every bar, park, theater and arena here in 30 years of rocking us and making us laugh. Tonight, they play the Low Beat (335 Central Ave., Albany), just steps from where JB Scott’s became their regular hang, and everybody’s, when they were on the charts, on MTV and on tour.
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Jackson Browne has been singing his songs with less and less help. When he performed in the early 1970s at the RPI Fieldhouse, he had a seven-piece band. When he hits the Palace Theatre tonight, he’ll perform solo.
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
A number of sidemen (sorry, sidepersons), the indispensable, often unknown players who toil behind the stars, will be performing with their own bands in the area this weekend.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Saw two of my favorite bands from Saturday to Saturday: NRBQ in Pawtucket and the subdudes at The Egg.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
“Superharp” bluesman James Cotton: the perfect choice to headline Music Haven’s 25th anniversary gala on Sunday in Schenectady’s Central Park.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
James Taylor had been such a dependable summer presence in the area, it’s startling to hear that Saturday’s return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center is his first in 11 years.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Is it an “international” week? Worldwide popster Justin Timberlake plays the Times Union Center on Wednesday, Ethiopian Afro-pop orchestra Debo plays Freedom Square in Troy on Friday and pre-eminent Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers plays Music Haven on Sunday.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
"Any band I put together starts with the players and starts also with an idea,” said jazz bassist Dave Holland, who leads Prism on Sunday at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Stuff happens twice this week: two big MASS MoCa shows, two Van Dyck guitar shows, a double-named band at the Low Beat, a married duo at The Egg, two stars we might not expect to see together at the Palace, two very different divas, and two unusual instrumental quartets.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Texan singer-songwriter James McMurtry — a novelistic tunesmith of dauntless phrasemaking, honed descriptive skills and deep emotional insight — headlines at The Egg tonight with the rootsy Bottle Rockets opening.