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Singer Eric Owens fills hall with lustrous voice

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Singer Eric Owens fills hall with lustrous voice

Bass-baritone Eric Owens gives superb recital Friday at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall stage.

Smooth as silk, Boz Scaggs in fine voice at Egg

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Smooth as silk, Boz Scaggs in fine voice at Egg

Boz Scaggs is one smooth dude. His show Friday night at The Egg’s Hart Theater was a class act of wide-ranging songs with a band as slick and efficient as his “silk degrees” sound.

Gordon Lightfoot, at 77, still delights reverent crowd

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Gordon Lightfoot, at 77, still delights reverent crowd

Regardless of weary voice, Gordon Lightfoot’s songs are timeless and convey great empathy, possessing an emotional depth that resonates despite the delivery and a lyrical richness that creates whole worlds within each song.

Explosive Buddy Guy offers history lesson in blues

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Explosive Buddy Guy offers history lesson in blues

Buddy Guy, the 79-year-old, six-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, played for two explosive hours, backed by his truly excellent four-piece band.

Dazzling Bronfman thrills in concert of Prokofiev

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Dazzling Bronfman thrills in concert of Prokofiev

From the sweet, gentle melodies to the exuberant sweeps of sound throughout each of the five very different sections, pianist Yefim Bronfman was sensitive Prokovief's to every nuance.

Music Review: Staples, Osborne offer solidly soulful show

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Music Review: Staples, Osborne offer solidly soulful show

Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne brought their Solid Soul tour to Proctors on Friday in a satisfying survey of inspirational Gospel, earthy R&B and, well sure, solid soul.

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Music Review: Indonesian music, dance is front and center at Skidmore

A window into the exotic and often complex music and dance of Indonesia was offered Friday night at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center as part of the Sterne Virtuoso Series.

Bold Munich Symphony delights Music Hall crowd

The big, bold sounds of the Munich Symphony Orchestra debuted Wednesday night at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall to open the 119th season of the Troy Chromatic Concerts series.

Paul Anka delights fans with decades of hits

Paul Anka delights fans with decades of hits

Paul Anka, now in his early 70s, sang with a strong voice and moved well around the stage for a full two hours.

Dead & Company mine the '80s at TU Center

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Dead & Company mine the '80s at TU Center

Dead & Company, the latest version of the ever-shrinking Grateful Dead, began its tour at the Times Union Center Thursday night with a quintessential mid-‘80s set-list.

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Music review: Subdudes give solid show with signature sound

The Subdudes played their typically cool, folky, roots rock Saturday night at the Egg’s Swyer Theater to a mostly filled and feisty crowd.

Adventurous sax-harp duo opens SCCC chamber series

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Adventurous sax-harp duo opens SCCC chamber series

Inspired by the launching into flight of Admiral butterflies, the Admiral Launch Duo — saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and harpist Jennifer Ellis — propelled an audience of enthusiasts into an evening of adventurous listening on Thursday at the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at the Schenectady County Community College. The concert opened the SCCC Chamber Music Series.

Violinist Regina Carter gives wings to rootsy music

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Violinist Regina Carter gives wings to rootsy music

Regina Carter brought her trademark tremendous skill and a warm feel whenever Regina Carter picks up her violin. The booklet of her 2014 album “Southern Comfort” shows her family tree, and so did the music she made at Troy Saving Bank Music Hall on Thursday with first-class player

Knopfler tells stories with signature guitar, voice

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Knopfler tells stories with signature guitar, voice

Mark Knopfler is one of the great products of the MTV world — Dire Straits were on air for its start — and he hasn’t stopped moving his music forward with his writing, producing, recording and performing.

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Music review: Pianist Ax gives crowd thrills

Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax gave a large crowd plenty of thrills Saturday night at the Palace Theatre to help open the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s annual gala. He played not only two of the programmed works but gave an encore of an additional eight minutes, and all of it was stunning.

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British ukulele orchestra delights Troy Music Hall crowd

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain gave a large crowd of vocal, rowdy fans a rip-roaring good time Friday night in its debut at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

From Ungar and Mason, two sets of eloquence

Of course, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason played “Ashokan Farewell” on Friday at A Place for Folk, Ungar humbly hoping “people still want to hear it after all this time.”

Packed house at Proctors for Marsalis, jazz orchestra

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Packed house at Proctors for Marsalis, jazz orchestra

The full theater at Proctors erupted in applause throughout the night for nearly every thrilling solo and emphatic note played by members Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Grammy winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Harmonic Brass Munich delivers first-rate, varied program

Harmonic Brass Munich entertained a capacity crowd Sunday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in a varied program that featured the quintet’s customary sensational playing spiced with a dry wit.

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Music Review: A mystical musical show at Saint Rose

Thirteenth-century Arabic poetry by Sufi mystics and the music that brings it to life made for a rare treat Friday night at the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose when Amir Vahab and his four-piece Soroosh ensemble performed, occasionally accompanied by a whirling dervish.

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