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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Even for ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro, it’s more about the music than the instrument.
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.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Skidmore always presents a hot spring show, and Saturday it’s the prolific Dirty Projectors — seven albums since 2002.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Thursday, March 7, 2013
When the state Authorities Budget Office suggested that the Office of General Services take over The Egg, some alarmed fans of the superb programming at one of our premier venues compared it to building superintendent Dwayne Schneider (Pat Harrington Jr.) on TV’s “One Day at a Time” taking over from ace showmen Ed Sullivan or Bill Graham.
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013
Howard Fishman’s big achievements grow from big ambition. He began making music of both spiritual and earthly intent by busking in New Orleans and New York, and he’s as dedicated to exploring his Jewish heritage as Big Easy Second Line or Lower East Side folk.
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
When Ellie and I went to the opera at Proctors last week, we found that “La Traviata” by the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater was the perfect date night for Valentine’s Day.
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013
Another folkie Saturday is headed our way, delivering tough choices to fans of acoustic music, troubadour or old-timey style.
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013
This week’s onstage offerings include numerous mobile gestalt units, some smaller than others, most armed with guitars, and all bringing songs to us in simple, strong terms.
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
On Wednesday, Heart plays Proctors, a rare and wonderful thing. Rock tours seldom plug into the hyperactive Proctors schedule, where Broadway musicals and other extravaganzas dominate.