BEST OF 2017: Richard Brody’s Top 22 Concerts

Steep Canyon Rangers
The Steep Canyon Rangers @ the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, 7/14/17

Story by Richard Brody
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It has been a great year for live music in our part of the world. I gave up trying to order them in terms of “best.” That changed every time I went back to the list, so it seemed like ordering them by date made the most (or least) sense.

1. Pat Metheny Band @ The Egg, Albany, January 18
2. Los Lobos @ The Egg, Albany, January 29
3. The Wood Brothers @ College of St Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany, February 3
4. Beth Hart @ The Egg, Albany, February 26
5. Release the Hounds featuring Julian Lage, Chris Eldridge & Aiofe Donovan @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany, March 24
6. SFJazz Collective @ The Egg, Albany, March 31
7. Dale Watson & Ray Benson @ The Egg, Albany, April 9
8. Willie Nile @ The Linda, Albany, April 21
9. Lucinda Williams @ The Egg, Albany, May 9
10. Hudson @ Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC, Saratoga Springs, June 25
11. Gillian Welch @ The Egg, Albany, July 2
12. Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 14

13. Robert Earl Keen @ The Egg, Albany, July 18
14. The Stick Men @ The Van Dyck, Schenectady, August 12
15. Yemen Blues featuring Ravid Kahalani with Ahmed AlShaibi @ the Music Haven, Schenectady, August 13
16. Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 16
17. Sam Bush Band @ The Egg, Albany, October 14
18. Loudon Wainwright III with Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche @ The Egg, Albany, October 28
19. John McLaughlin & 4th Dimension with Jimmy Herring & the Invisible Whip @ The Egg, Albany, November 2
20. King Crimson @ The Egg, Albany, November 8
21. Richard Thompson @ The Egg, Albany, December 1
22. Darlingside with Front Country @ The Egg, Albany, December 8

Best Busking (far away)
1. Sandino Cerrado with Georgia Ollier @ Santa Fe Park – Sandino on resonator guitar with slide and Georgia on washboard with various accoutrements dove deep into the heart of Robert Johnson territory.

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RUDY LU’S Top 12 Favorite Concerts
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ED CONWAY’S Bakers’ Dozen Best Concerts
J HUNTER’S Best Jazz2K Releases (Part Deux)
DON WILCOCK’S Top 8 Blues Albums (And Year-End Rant)
WES SENECA’S Best Third Member of a Duo, Fourth Member of a Trio, Fifth Member of a Quartet…
STANLEY A. JOHNSON’S Top 12 (Or So) Live Music Performances
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  1. Rudy says

    Great list Richard. You hit many that I missed. Shows you how much great live music we have around here.

  2. Richard Brody says

    Thanks Rudy – you take the great photos and get to go to the great shows at The Falcon. It’s on my to-do list this summer.

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