Best of 2011: Steve Nover’s Top 15 Concerts

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

By Steve Nover

15. Diego Garcia @ LarkFest, Albany, 9/20

14. The David Sanborn Trio featuring Joey DeFrancesco @ The Egg, Albany, 10/22

13. The Albany Symphony Orchestra: Holst’s The Planets @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, 9/17

12. Deer Tick @ Jillian’s, Albany, 12/10 (thanks to WEQX)

11. Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, 10/27

10. The Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival (esp. Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Kevin Eubanks and Michael Benedict’s Boptitude) @ Riverfront Park, Albany, 9/10

9. David Bromberg Big Band and Al Kooper & the Funky Faculty @ The Egg, Albany, 4/6

8. Soulive @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany, 10/30

7. Ray Davies and David Wax Museum @ The Egg, Albany, 11/22

6. The Either/Orchestra @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, 11/20

5. The River Street Festival (esp. Los Straitjackets and the Neanderthals) @ River Street, Troy, 6/18

4. Bruce Cockburn and Jenny Scheinman @ The Egg, Albany, 5/7

3. The Freihofer Saratoga Jazz Festival (esp. Eliane Elias, Marcus Strickland, Jack DeJohnette, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Tia Fuller and David Binney) @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 6/25-26

2. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Charles Bradley @ The Egg, Albany, 1/22

1. Bumbershoot @ Seattle, Washington, 9/3-5 Thanks to my niece and her husband living in Seattle this was the second three-day fest in Seattle I’ve attended; aside from the music, it’s a beautifully run event with enough food vendors so the lines are short; the 15 stages are relatively short walks away; and the price is ridiculous – $45 the day of show, less if bought in advance. My highlights included Trombone Shorty, the Kills, Vetiver, Big Boi, Phantogram, Broken Social Scene, Charles Bradley, the Reverend Horton Heat and Grant Lee Buffalo. The bands I discovered were the Jim Jones Revue, Little Dragon & Warpaint.


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1 Comment
  1. Kirsten says

    Nice list, Steve. I was at (and enjoyed) six of the 15. That means we were in the same place nearly half the time!

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