Just now coming to fruition is Jocelyn Arem's 11-year journey, the Caffe Lena History Project, which included the compiling and editing of artist interviews and photos that make up a new coffee-table book about the famed folk music venue.
The Van Dyck Drum Battle, which will feature Michael Benedict and fellow local drummers Pete Sweeney, Mark Foster and Bob Halek performing with Benedict’s regular group Bopitude, will take place Friday night.
The three members of Albany’s hard-rocking Charmboy certainly get around on the local music scene. In the past few years, the trio has become something of a go-to group for singer-songwriters looking to beef up their sound.
Tonight, the band Hand Habits is part of the lineup for “Sammyfest” at Putnam Den, also featuring Skeletons in the Piano, William Hale, Kite Persons, Neutron Rats and Eternal Crimes. The event is a benefit for local musician Samuel Yager
This week San Cisco’s first full-length, self-titled album hit U.S. stores to coincide with a U.S. tour, which runs through mid-August. On Friday night, the band will play Upstate Concert Hall, opening for Youngblood Hawke.
John Eisler is not a drummer, and Robert K. Stern is not an electric guitarist. But when the two principal songwriters of local folk group The Stone Thoreaus met a few years ago, that’s what they initially tried to be.
Whether he’s backing up members of Bill Haley’s Comets in Florida, or leading his own quartet at a club in the Capital Region, drummer Pat DiCesare is concerned with one thing first and foremost — having fun.
When Soul Sky started, it combined material from the bands Folding Sky and Right Coast Soul; now the band has a cache of its own original songs, and often band members will bring in songs on a whim at shows, without any prior rehearsals.