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Talking Blues

by Alexander M. Stern May 1, 2014

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  At some point between the first and second gin and tonic, Evan Conway orders a corned beef sandwich on rye. We’re at Slick’s, a bar in Schenectady’s historic Stockade District, not far from Union Street. ...

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World Blues

by The Staff October 31, 2013


  If you're feeling a little bit down and out, we got a cure for your blues. Come join Grammy Award-winning artist Taj Mahal (left) while he, Vusi Mahlasela (or as his friends like to call ...


Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

by The Staff July 3, 2013

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Manhattan NY

  Wait! I know you may be allergic to any band with the word “blues” in their name, but this isn’t just another bunch of dads playing Eric Clapton riffs in the basement man cave. Since ...


Duke Robillard

by The Staff January 16, 2013


  What do Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Wham! have in common? They’ve all recorded with world-class blues guitarist Duke Robillard. Robillard’s website describes him as “a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms ...

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band

by The Staff November 29, 2012

  Derek Trucks is only 33 years old, and he’s already won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. This was, of course, along with the other former and current members of the Allman Brothers Band, a group ...

Palace Theatre

Blues Traveler

by The Staff October 11, 2012


  For everyone who wasn’t of show-going age in the mid-’90s, please watch Wetlands Preserved, the documentary on legendary NYC jam venue the Wetlands Preserve, streaming on Netflix. We’ll wait . . . Crazy, right? Who knew ...

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Bonnie Raitt

by The Staff May 30, 2012


Here’s a fun fact: Blues and folk singer-songwriter and activist Bonnie Raitt has lifelong connections to upstate New York. As a kid, Raitt would practice guitar in Camp Regis-Applejack in the Adirondacks, and she graduated ...

Palace Theatre

Soul to Soul

by James Yeara March 22, 2012


The first song starts immediately once the lights fade into a blackout, and “Down on Me” reverberates like a call from the shores of the Hudson River far beyond the walls of the theater. Then ...

Capital Repertory Theatre

Black Pearl Sings!

by The Staff March 8, 2012


The arts bring two very different women, and worlds, together in Frank Higgins’ musical drama Black Pearl Sings!, opening this week at Capital Repertory Theatre. In this story set in the Great Depression, a government-sponsored “song ...

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Keb Mo

by The Staff September 28, 2011


Keb’ Mo’s new CD The Reflection is the singer-guitarist-songwriter’s first studio album in five years, but it’s not as if the three-time Grammy winner has been idle: Besides maintaining a busy touring schedule, Keb has ...

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