BEST OF 2016: Tim Reidy’s Top 10 Concerts in and Out of Albany

Cage The Elephant
Cage the Elephant @ the Palace Theatre, 5/11/16

Story and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Yes, it’s that time of year once again – best of the year list-time, that is. We’re gathering together Best of 2016 from various media outlets, our own contributors and our readers, too.

Here’s Timothy Reidy’s dual list of Top 10 Albany Concerts and Top 10 Concerts Beyond the Albany City Limits:


10. Off the Record @ the University Club. One of their best sets of the year, Best Dressed Show, plus there was an Off the Record quatro for a part of this one. Good singing also. (December 2)
9. Albert Cummings @ the Linda. I thought he would deliver, and he did so. Lots of blues on Saturday night. (November 5)
8. Bella’s Bartok @ Empire State Plaza. The Made in the Shade of The Egg was a solid concert series with fine lunch companions. (August 31)

7. MOVE Music Festival @ various locations. Fun weekend that I think was best on Friday. (April 22)
6. Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ the Parish Public House. Summer party with Big Sam. (July 15)
5. Built4BBQ’s Star Spangled Bonanza @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel. Solid line-ups at both venues that rocked. (July 1)
4. The AndersonPonty Band @ The Egg. Great instrumentation and great singing by J Anderson. (May 25)
3. Erin Harkes, Sirsy & Mirk @ Parish Public House. Super Duper Triple bill with tons of duos. (October 28)
2. Yes @ The Egg. No Alan White, but really good albums and extras thrown in for this fine show. (August 14)
1. Cage the Elephant @ the Palace Theatre. The spectacle of the year. Grandparents will be telling their children about this show. (May 11)

HONORABLE MENTION to the Made in the Shade of The Egg series as being superb this year.



10. Arc Iris @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Eclectic and classic show. (April 9)
9. Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. Mesmerizing African music at the Sanctuary. (April 2)
8. Plena Libre @ the Music Haven, Schenectady. Fun plena on a great Music Haven night. (July 24)
7. The Sea The Sea @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. The Sea The Sea was solid all year. This was their most special show with great acoustics. (August 6)
6. Eastbound Jesus and North & South Dakotas @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. EBJ have gotten better and better over the years and proved that at their Vapor show. (June 9)
5. Prince Rama and Shana Falana @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Great songs and energy. (March 2)
4. Lake Street Dive and Rubblebucket @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Good community show with great scenery. (October 4)
3. Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds and Sun Parade @ Gateway City Arts, Holyoke. Killer soul in Mass. (December 16)
2. O+ Festival @ various locations, Kingston. Best improvement from a band I’ve seen all year with Frenchy & the Punk being tons better on sunday, and it ended with good finisher with Telenovella. (October 9)
1. Adirondack Independence Music Fest @ Wood Park, Lake George. Fun venue with lots of blues on the Friday night. (September 30)

HONORABLE MENTION to Music Haven for a well-done series.

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