Music

TUESDAY DECEMBER 24 TO  WEDNESDY DECEMBER 25                     FRIDAY JANUARY 31, 2020

Proof of concept in Sight and Sound – Ampevene by Ralph Renna In  the early days of Rock-N-Roll, music  had a formula. Hit makers, the right producers and all the key players and musicians, backed up singers like Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin. Now let us fast forward a few decades into the future, when bands started to […]

The modern world, in many ways, is a created thing. Not getting religious or philosophical, just saying that every graphic, every jingle, every eight-thirty a.m. pre-work cranker was created. Yes, yes, your favorite band, but more than that; the world as we know it is propped up by names that appear in the liner notes […]

When we talk about music, we talk about genres, and grooves, and what story it tells, and what feeling it imparts. It’s as if we can somehow separate it from the people that perform it. That’s a relatively new way of thinking about it, as new as phonographs, anyway. For most of human existence, the […]

Johnny Clifford is well-known in the area. He has ties in the Queensbury and Hudson Falls area, as well as Saratoga and Troy. He has been referred to as ‘that Tom Petty Dude’ and rightfully so. If you have ever caught The BrokenHearted- Tom Petty Tribute Band, you will understand why. When people speak of […]

The Fleshtones have been rocking the music scene since 1976. I recently had the good fortune of asking Ken Fox a few questions. Ken has been holding down the bass position with the band for almost 30 years and is, in my opinion, half of one of the greatest rhythm sections in rock and roll. […]

“Fierce Commotion From Ocean To Ocean”- JJ SAVAGE  by Ralph Renna When we are children we dream of being many things. But when I was younger I wanted to be an elevator operator. I was only five years old what did I know? It seemed like a real important job at the time. It really […]

Performing is a power. When you have an instrument that you know how to wield, or a voice you know how to elicit a sweet tone from, you’re a superhero. You may be a mutant of natural talent, or an equipped super-soldier, but you don’t go to the bars or the clubs or the dance […]

Happy Birthday to Troy’s own patriotic hero, Samuel Wilson, also known throughout the world as “Uncle Sam”. Wilson was born on September 13, 1766 and passed away on July 31, 1854. Residents can visit his burial site at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy or check out a pavilion on top of Prospect Park with information about […]

It was a beautiful fall-like day along the Hudson River at Albany’s Jennings Landing.  The sun poked in and out among the rolling clouds making for a beautiful setting for the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, which has been around for 18 years. A personal obligation kept me from arriving at the festival until the last […]


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