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A farewell Valentine to a cool, raucous, joyful club

A farewell Valentine to a cool, raucous, joyful club

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013
Raise a glass to Valentine’s Music Hall & Beer Joint, evidently doomed by the expansion of Albany Med to join many vanished venues in rock ’n’ roll oblivion.
 
Doña Oxford happy to return to Music Haven

Doña Oxford happy to return to Music Haven

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
It’s Boomerang Week, when artists come back here.
 
Maria Muldaur, Campbell Brothers at Music Haven

Maria Muldaur, Campbell Brothers at Music Haven

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Does Maria Muldaur live here now?
 
AmericanaramA festival big for a lot of reasons

AmericanaramA festival big for a lot of reasons

Thursday, July 18, 2013
The AmericanaramA festival that hits the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park) on Sunday may be the biggest summer show here, and not just for its 13-letter name.
 

Music takes the boredom out of long drives

Thursday, July 11, 2013
A car ride without music can be an exercise in tedium.
 
Bonnaroo an all-star blast of energy and music

Bonnaroo an all-star blast of energy and music

Thursday, June 27, 2013
On Thursday, June 13, I flew to Nashville, directly to SIR (Studio Instrumental Rentals), for rehearsals of the Rock & Soul Super Jam at Bonnaroo.
 
Heartbreakers at SPAC, Haynes at Tanglewood

Heartbreakers at SPAC, Haynes at Tanglewood

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers became stars here when they opened for Edgar Winter’s reunited White Trash at Albany’s Palace Theatre when their first album hit in 1976; they’ve only gotten bigger since.
 

Payne to perform music by Little Feat, Hunter

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Bill Payne set his phone on the piano and started playing for me when I called his Montana home. The room rang with a boisterous bass line under an agile melody, proving Payne doesn’t need help when he hits WAMC’s The Linda on Tuesday in his mixed-media show “Tracing Footsteps.”
 
It’s a bonanza of good music — most of it free

It’s a bonanza of good music — most of it free

Thursday, June 6, 2013
It’s a hot mess and nothing less. This wall-to-wall week marks the start of festival season — freebie season, too.
 
David Greenberger melds monologues and music

David Greenberger melds monologues and music

Thursday, May 30, 2013
The extraordinary human qualities that make “So Tough” by David Greenberger and A Strong Dog so arresting reach way beyond mere music and meaning.
 
Annual New Orleans festival creates citywide funk school

Annual New Orleans festival creates citywide funk school

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Jazz Fest shows once again that New Orleans is a citywide school for funk and jazz. For music fans it's a great place to find "undiscovered" talent.
 
Fest reveals enduring vitality of New Orleans

Fest reveals enduring vitality of New Orleans

Thursday, May 16, 2013
“The young get old, the old get cold,” sang the leader of the Last Straws two weeks ago, launching the second weekend of Jazz Fest. Formed 57 years ago to play music already antique then, these vaudevillians sang that even in New Orleans, where the past isn’t gone and isn’t even past, change happens. It was the 44th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival — my third.
 
New Orleans festival has jazz and a lot more

New Orleans festival has jazz and a lot more

Thursday, May 2, 2013
About now, I’m waking up in New Orleans, heading to Jazz Fest. Some ask me: Isn’t it too much jazz? No such thing.
 
Shimabukuro expands possibilities of ukulele

Shimabukuro expands possibilities of ukulele

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Even for ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro, it’s more about the music than the instrument.
 
NRBQ, a work in progress, set at Ale House

NRBQ, a work in progress, set at Ale House

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Fans love NRBQ for the surprises and the skill, but mostly because they make you feel young. That’s a uniquely impressive feat for a band that formed in 1967 and features fresh ingredients whenever they play, like tonight at the Ale House.
 
Dirty Projectors, Joy Formidable, Deerhoof on tap

Dirty Projectors, Joy Formidable, Deerhoof on tap

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Skidmore always presents a hot spring show, and Saturday it’s the prolific Dirty Projectors — seven albums since 2002.
 
Graham Parker, the Rumour to play The Egg

Graham Parker, the Rumour to play The Egg

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Maybe the only reason Graham Parker getting back together with the Rumour seemed any more likely than a Beatles reunion is that several Beatles are deceased. And, yet — Graham Parker re-teams-up with the Rumour on Wednesday at The Egg.
 
Bopitude will feature Smulyan at Van Dyck

Bopitude will feature Smulyan at Van Dyck

Thursday, March 28, 2013
When Bopitude postponed its Van Dyck show after the storm on Feb. 8 to this Saturday, it seemed like a safe bet. And the forecast seems strong for two shows of post-bop jazz.

 
Field Report at Egg; Van Dyck to note 66 years

Field Report at Egg; Van Dyck to note 66 years

Thursday, March 21, 2013
In this busiest week onstage for months, Field Report may be the secret-weapon breakout band, opening for Sara Watkins at The Egg on Saturday after a week at SXSW.
 

Kooper, Vivino will pay tribute to Bloomfield

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Even a Martian with no knowledge of Kooper, Vivino or Bloomfield would likely love what he/she/it hears at The Egg on Saturday at “Al Kooper & Jimmy Vivino — Tribute to Mike Bloomfield.”
 
 

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