BEST OF 2013: Steve Nover’s Top 44 Concerts of the Year

Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

By Steve Nover
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Rudy Lu, Jessica Ayotte, Jason Spiro

EDITOR’S NOTE: Belatedly, it appears that we’ve got a couple of last looks back at 2013. Here’s a wrap-up from uber-fan (and occasional Nippertown contributor) Steve Nover of his fave live music music events:

1.) Gary Numan & the three-day Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington, 8/31-9/2. With 15 stages, it’s easy to see a few bands an hour, but my niece and I were completely riveted and stayed put.
2.) Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 6/2&3. Many highlights included Buddy Guy, Tony Bennett, McCoy Tyner with John Scofield and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
3.) Shuggie Otis @ Neumos, Seattle, Washington, 9/5
4.) Todd Rundgren @ The Egg, Albany, 7/30
5.) Los Lobos @ The Egg, Albany, 12/3
6.) Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, 10/8
7.) The B52’s @ Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland, 8/9
8.) The Zombies @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 6/26
9.) Wilco @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 7/21. With Bob Dylan and My Morning Jacket.
10.) The Rascals’ “Once Upon a Dream” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, 11/24

11.) The Feelies @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, 5/17
12.) Al Kooper & Jimmy Vivino: Tribute to Michael Bloomfield @ The Egg, Albany, 3/16
13.) The Jim Kweskin Jug Band @ The Egg, Albany, 8/28. Their 50th anniversary tour featuring Maria Muldaur and her ex, Geoff Muldaur
14.) The Waterboys @ The Egg, Albany, 9/26
15.) George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Riverfront Park, Albany, 6/27. Alive at 5.

(photo by Rudy Lu)
George Clinton (photo by Rudy Lu)

16.) Loudon Wainwright III @ The Egg, Albany, 1/25
17.) Graham Parker & the Rumour @ The Egg, Albany, 4/18
18.) The Joshua Redman Quartet @ The Egg, Albany, 11/7
19.) Metric @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, 6/6
20.) Al Di Meola & Gonzalo Rubalcaba @ The Egg, Albany, 1/7
21.) Kodo @ Proctors, Schenectady, 3/29
22.) The Dirty Dozen Brass Band with the Chronicles @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany, 2/9
23.) Richard Thompson @ The Egg, Albany, 9/28. I missed son Teddy’s opening.
24.) PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany, 9/28. Especially Portugal. The Man.

Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man (photo by Jessica Ayotte)

25.) Tartit @ Freedom Square, Troy, 7/26. A free show put on by Santuary for Independent Media
26.) Savion Glover & Jack DeJohnette @ The Egg, Albany, 12/28
27.) The John Scofield Uberjam Band @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany, 9/15
28.) Leo Kottke @ The Egg, Albany, 4/26
29.) Hot Tuna and Jill Sobule @ The Egg, Albany, 6/21
30.) World Blues @ Proctors, Schenectady, 11/2. Featuring Taj Mahal and Vusi Mahlasela
31.) Bucky Pizzarelli & Frank Vignola @ The Egg, 3/7
32.) The Figgs @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany, 12/20
33.) Vieux Farka Toure @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, 10/24
34.) The New Gary Burton Quartet @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany, 9/24
35.) Eric Burdon @ The Egg, Albany, 5/19
36.) The Fabulous Thunderbirds / Super 400 @ Riverfront Park, Albany, 6/6. Alive at 5
37.) Trey Anastasio @ the Palace Theatre, Albany, 1/26
38.) Phantogram @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, 12/7
39.) Silversun Pickups @ the Tulip Festival, Washington Park, Albany, 5/11
40.) Thomas Dolby @ The Egg, Albany, 10/25
41.) Tango Fire @ The Egg, Albany, 11/1. Dance company with sensational band on stage.
42.) Joe Lovano’s Us Five @ The Egg, Albany, 1/20. With Esperanza Spalding.
43.) The SF Jazz Collective @ The Egg, 3/10. With hometown hero Stefon Harris on vibes.
44.) Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, 4/9

The Figgs
The Figgs (photo by Jason Spiro)

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1 Comment
  1. Lotta Bottom says

    Steve, you are The EGG Man.

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