Capital Region Timekeepers

Joe Putrock – An Xperience Interview – by OP Callaghan. “There are thousands of great pictures of Seth (Powell) and Mike (Pauley), but very few of me!” mused Joe Putrock. “That’s what happens when you spend so much time behind the camera!” As the drummer for the Charlie Watts Riots, Putrock is used to sitting […]

Mark Tritico – Capital Region Timekeepers – An Xperience Interview – by OP Callaghan. Recent “Listen Up Award” winner, the Donna Tritico Band, has been a fixture on the local scene for several years. Opening for such acts as Robin Trower, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Blues Traveler, Donna and her band have a well-earned reputation […]

Leo Kachidurian – Capital Region Timekeepers – An Xperience Interview – by OP Callaghan. I first saw Leo Kachidurian playing with Doc Scanlon. I was relatively new in the area, and went to The Saratoga Race Track for a day of betting when I heard the band from a distance. Being the nosey music geek […]

As the holidays quickly approach, I am constantly reminding myself how lucky I am to have a wonderful family, good friends and a wealth of talented musicians in the 518.  I’ve been writing this column for a while now and I still have a list of local drummers that I am looking forward to interviewing. […]

In the early 80’s, I was an underaged aspiring musician, desperately trying to break out of my high school music scene to be a part of something bigger. I think the drinking age was still 18; but I was far from the cutoff age, and looked even younger, so getting into clubs to see bands […]

After a four-year hiatus to pursue higher education, I returned to the Capital District, anxious to re-immerse myself in what was a thriving local music scene. I grabbed a copy of a local music magazine, and like a starving man opening a menu, began to metaphorically salivate at the possibilities.   My anticipation led to disappointment as […]

One of the most obvious benefits to being involved in the local music scene is the “behind the scene” activities that occur.  The scene can certainly be “gossipy” at times, but in this particular case, the gossip is good. The gossip is Chad Ploss.   Nearly every drummer that I have interviewed thus far, has mentioned Chad […]

Art Bernstein has been playing, recording, teaching and writing about drumming for over 30 years. As a contributing writer to “Drumhead Magazine”, a teacher with The Empire State Youth Orchestra, and performer on over 40 albums, Art is a master at his craft, whose teachings, publications and performances have undoubtedly enriched the lives of so […]

Mark Foster has been a staple of the local music scene forever.  As a member of the Grammy winning Albany Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years, he has performed at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, and has recorded over two dozen albums.  Mark has performed several seasons with the Williamstown Theater Festival and has […]

Hello Capital Land, and welcome to the second installment of “Capital Region Timekeepers”.  As a drummer from the area, it’s my pleasure to spotlight some of the exceptional drummers in the area.  This week, we’re shifting gears and will talk about jazz. Although the Capital Region has always had a vibrant jazz scene, I feel that […]


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