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Music on the road, more at home

Music on the road, more at home

Alejandro Escovedo and NRBQ on the road, and a Malian ngoni player right here at home at Proctors.

Shuggie Otis is back — and playing at The Egg

Shuggie Otis is back — and playing at The Egg

Shuggie Otis at The Egg, Tedeschi Trucks at SPAC and Edgar Winter at Alive at Five. It's summer!

Joint venture bringing jazz show to Saratoga

Joint venture bringing jazz show to Saratoga

Hats off to joint ventures as Caffe Lena teams up with the Universal Preservation Hall (25 Washington St., Saratoga Springs) to present a show there by David Amram with the Dylan Perillo Orchestra on Friday.

Free shows feature Yonder Mountain, Bopitude

Free shows feature Yonder Mountain, Bopitude

Life is “back to normal” after the holiday, and there’s extra cool music, in both quantity and quality, with many freebies. In honor of ailing/recovering jazz-pop giant Joni Mitchell, let’s dub these shows “Playing Real Good for Free.”

Jazz Fest highlights: Cassandra sizzled, LeDonne went deep

Jazz Fest highlights: Cassandra sizzled, LeDonne went deep

Looking back on last weekends Freihofer's Jazz Fest at SPAC.

Youth will be served at Freihofer's Jazz Festival

Youth rules at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival Saturday and Sunday at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Trumpeters Theo Croker and Etienne Charles are 29 and 31, respectively, and bassist Michael League of Snarky Puppy is also 31.

Gordon at Egg; Tuck & Patti at Van Dyck

Gordon at Egg; Tuck & Patti at Van Dyck

This week it's Mike Gordon, Tuck & Patti, the Clearwater Fest and more.

Bad Plus with Redman set stage for jazz fest

Bad Plus with Redman set stage for jazz fest

As a warmup for the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in two weeks, tenor sax-man Joshua Redman joins the Bad Plus at Alive at Five tonight.

Summer concert series kick off season of fun

Summer concert series kick off season of fun

In this season of too much fun, several concert series start this week; two others started yesterday and gather steam this week.

Orleans opens outdoor show season

Orleans opens outdoor show season

Aside from wacky weather, we know the seasons are turning just by the shows happening now. The first free outdoor show of the season features Orleans — yeah, those 1970s hit-making pop-rockers — on Wednesday at the Empire State Plaza.

Buffy Sainte-Marie remains powerful talent

Buffy Sainte-Marie remains powerful talent

Since folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie played the first great singer-songwriter show I ever saw, near Buffalo in 1965, she’s learned and grown. Musically she has developed a jazz-blues feel in songs with bounce or swing; she can lead a band and fit her voice and songs within one. She brings those strengths and more on Saturday to the Eighth Step at Proctors GE Theatre (432 State St., Schenectady), demonstrating a “new math” of talent multiplying itself.

Willie Nile at Linda; Lena turns 55

Willie Nile at Linda; Lena turns 55

When the great Willie Nile started playing here in the early 1980s, he led a band mostly borrowed from Patti Smith, but he has often proved himself since as a solo performer. At WAMC’s the Linda a few years back, he came onstage on crutches after wrecking his knee in a stage jump alongside Bruce Springsteen. He was electrifying anyway. Nile returns to The Linda on Saturday, first full-band gig here in some time by this veteran New York powerhouse.

Jazz Fest brings all ages and genres together

Jazz Fest brings all ages and genres together

The second weekend of the 46th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival offered the best weather in memory for the 12-stage extravaganza. And the mood stayed sunny as the skies, where every day is Halloween or Mardi Gras, where the streets are full of music and folks plan lunch and dinner over breakfast and where everybody identifies with a favorite bar.

New Orleans Jazz Fest is musicians’ mecca

New Orleans Jazz Fest is musicians’ mecca

Today, zydeco accordionist Terrance Simien plays the Congo Square Stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and I’ll be there. I’ve been prepping for my fourth Jazz Fest visit by asking New Orleans musicians touring through here about playing down there.

Country music charging into region

Kenny Chesney's new recording, “The Big Revival,” is his 13th album to top BillBoard’s country charts.

Changing lineups: Meters, Giddens backed by old friends

Changing lineups: Meters, Giddens backed by old friends

Four original Meters reunite for a show at The Massry; Rhiannon Giddens sings, backed by members her old band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Hamell on Trial to showcase unique style

Hamell on Trial to showcase unique style

Tonight, at long last, Hamell on Trial returns to The Low Beat (335 Central Ave., Albany), not far from the scene of his first crimes against expectations of what a solo performer can do.

Actress/singer McKay defies genres

Actress/singer McKay defies genres

Nellie McKay gleefully violates musical borders of genres, time and political correctness, claiming all of music for her own.

String bands and singer-songwriters on tap

String bands and singer-songwriters on tap

With String bands and singer-songwriters, this could be the rootsy-est week onstage in a long time.

Levins, Rosewoman a musical feast

Levins, Rosewoman a musical feast

A feast of top players: two famous brothers unite and two world-beat bands reach around the globe.

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