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Dobro master Jerry Douglas goes from valued sideperson to star

Dobro master Jerry Douglas goes from valued sideperson to star

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.
 
NRBQ, subdudes exude joy, deep grooves

NRBQ, subdudes exude joy, deep grooves

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Saw two of my favorite bands from Saturday to Saturday: NRBQ in Pawtucket and the subdudes at The Egg.
 

Bluesman James Cotton to lead Music Haven’s 25th celebration

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.
 
Taylor returning to SPAC after 11 years

Taylor returning to SPAC after 11 years

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.
 
Debo, Ivers part of ‘international week’

Debo, Ivers part of ‘international week’

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.
 
Bassist Holland brings years of playing — and listening — to Jazz Fest

Bassist Holland brings years of playing — and listening — to Jazz Fest

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.
 

Musical offerings come in pairs this week

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.
 
McMurtry at Egg, Tuck & Patti at Van Dyck

McMurtry at Egg, Tuck & Patti at Van Dyck

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.
 
Matthews first played SPAC 20 years ago

Matthews first played SPAC 20 years ago

Thursday, May 29, 2014
When the Dave Matthews Band played Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Blues Traveler’s H.O.R.D.E. tour 20 years ago, who knew they’d still be coming back to fill the place year after year and night after night?
 
Nile compelling; Santana, Stewart on tap

Nile compelling; Santana, Stewart on tap

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Many of those attending Willie Nile's show at WAMC’s The Linda last Saturday considered the performance to be even better than the one by Bruce Springsteen at the Times Union Center.
 
Holly Near to close Eighth Step season

Holly Near to close Eighth Step season

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Holly Near wraps up the Eighth Step season on Saturday at Proctors GE Theatre in Schenectady, while Red Molly closes the year at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday.
 
Springsteen, Gorka are two faces of Jersey

Springsteen, Gorka are two faces of Jersey

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Two Jersey boys play here this week: Bruce Springsteen, who rocks the Times Union Center on Tuesday and It’s John Gorka, who plays quietly on Friday at the Eighth Step and is every bit as notable a talent.
 

Neko Case bringing powerful voice to Egg

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Neko Case totally had me, way before I saw her cry on Youtube as the late, great Jesse Winchester sang beside her on Elvis Costello’s TV show.
 

Events offering too much music to list

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Albany's Move Festival, music extravaganza at Low Beat and Pauly's and more
 
Winchester, Matthiessen memorable voices

Winchester, Matthiessen memorable voices

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Jesse Winchester, who died last week, made music that was rooted deep in America’s southland, but he escaped the Vietnam-era draft, fleeing to Montreal. Years later, he escaped from the music business; later comebacks brought him here periodically.
 
Rowe at Music Hall, Corea at Saint Rose

Rowe at Music Hall, Corea at Saint Rose

Thursday, April 10, 2014
This week is mostly about local roots and wide wings: artists from here who have returned.
 
Out-of-towners, local bands herald spring

Out-of-towners, local bands herald spring

Thursday, April 3, 2014
As we try hard to believe that spring might actually come sometime soon, touring artists are sprouting up in growing numbers, and homegrown performers are gathering on our stages, too.
 
Wussy’s area debut tops crowded schedule

Wussy’s area debut tops crowded schedule

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Wussy makes its area debut on Monday at The Low Beat in Albany, following a crowded weekend of concerts in the area.
 

Metheny band heads up stellar schedule

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny plays Proctors Mainstage tonight with his Unity Band, an all-star crew he recruited to explore anew all the many peaks he’s climbed in restlessly exploring jazz from the most acoustic or basic to the most electronic or elaborate — “everything I’ve done as a bandleader under one roof,” Metheny has said.
 
Cassandra Wilson, Tubman team up at The Egg

Cassandra Wilson, Tubman team up at The Egg

Thursday, March 13, 2014
An exceptional, familiar wine in a new bottle: That’s the great Cassandra Wilson.
 
 

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