Thursday, August 22, 2013

# 1 Area Country Band To Invade Powers Park:

   Skeeter Creek will make its first appearance on the Neil Kelleher Stage this Saturday. The 7 piece Country powerhouse has been thrilling crowds in the Great Northeast over the past 5 years with their, 'In Your Face' brand of Country.
   The group now includes my favorite local female Country vocalist, Renee' Lussier. Renee over the years has performed at every major Troy event including: Troy Chowder Fest, River St. Festival, Troy Pig Out, The Uncle Sam Jam, and the Powers Park Concert Series. I remember the first time I heard her at the first Uncle Sam Jam in 2006. She was just 13 years old, and was brought up on stage by the North 40 Band to perform a few songs. Her immense talent delighted the crowd, and she was brought back multiple times to perform with her new band, Branchwater.
   Skeeter Creek is just such a high impact, over the top, pedal to the metal Country group, that their reputation as the 'best', just keeps growing and growing. Showtime is at 6 p.m. As always, there will be a giant 50/50 raffle benefiting the Central Little League, along with Tri City Valley Cat tickets, as well as gift certificates donated by Snowman Ice Cream. 
   There is a 'No Pet' policy in effect for each show, so please leave Fido, or your pet snake at home.  

Friday, August 2, 2013

Extreme Funk Down At Powers:

   I've been trying to book this band for the past three years. But they are just so darn busy, we couldn't get together on a date. 
   Like our local Refrigerators, this group has a similar reputation as the hottest party band in the NY Metro area. Check out their website or Facebook page for bio's, and general band info. Comprised of quite a few Berklee School of Music grads, this group is just so damned good. Tight musical arrangements, covers, original music, and the Wall St. Horn's --Wow! This is a don't miss show. 
   I've been Blogging quite a bit lately, and have a show at Prospect Park tonight, so I'll let you do the research on this amazing group of musical talent. Showtime on Saturday is at 6:00 p.m. There are no pets of any kind (except service dogs), allowed at the concerts.
   We'll be raising money for the 9/11 Memorial Committee this week, so bring your appetites, and a lawn chair for a great night of music with NY Funk Exchange --direct from Manhattan  -which you can no longer buy for $24 & some beads!
   Many thanks to our media sponsors, The Record, and WVCR, 88.3, The Saint for all the fantastic advertising this season.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Quiet As A Clam --I Don't Think So:

   The Standard Clam's will make their way to the Pavilion at Prospect Park on Friday night, at week # 3 of Troy's new Jazz series. Voted the top Jazz band in 2012 by Metroland readers, this group of veteran area musicians has been gaining wide spread recognition over their four years together.
   Playing standards by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darrin, and Ray Charles, the band also infuses their own Jazz versions of popular rock tunes into the set list. The group is fronted by guitarist/singer Mike DeAngelis, of Hair of the Dog fame. Scott Apecelli mans the drums, Rob Cohen on guitar, with the eclectic Ed Tourge laying down the groove on bass guitar. 
   Showtime is at 6:30, with a 'No Pet' policy in effect for the weekly event. Festival food and beverages are available, as is a beer & wine bar, provided by RBC Jazz Club in Troy. Prospect Park Jazz is presented by Mayor Lou Rosamilia & the City of Troy. Media support and sponsorship is provided by The Troy Record, and WVCR, 88.3, The Saint. Info is available at,, &, or read more in Friday's Troy Record. Prospect Park Jazz is dedicated to Mrs. Georgia Urban --former Troy Record writer and Jazz enthusiast.

   FYI: Next week will be the final show of the short season. Showtime for the amazing Keith Pray will be at 6:00 p.m.