Best of 2019: Johnny Morse’s Top 5 Shows of the Year
When local musicians aren’t playing out and entertaining others, they find great shows to go see themselves. One of Albany’s finest blues rock guitar masters, Johnny Morse, is no exemption. Here’s John’s top five shows of 2019. — Jim Gilbert
Buddy Guy & Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ The Palace Theatre on November 19th
Experience Hendrix @ The Palace Theatre on April 3rd
Featuring Billy Cox (from Jimi Hendrix Experience / Band Of Gypsys), Joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine (from Megadeth), Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Doug “dUg” Pinnick (from King’s X), Chris Layton (from Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble), Mato Nanji (from Indigenous), Kenny Aronoff, The Slide Brothers, Henri Brown, Kevin McCormick, and Taj Mahal.
Alice Cooper @ Glens Falls Civic Center
Stop Making Sense @ Cohoes Music Hall on December 27th
Johnny Morse All-Stars and Friends @ Chrome on November 15th
“After incredibly eclectic performances by 5 Daze Out, Harmony Rocks, Johnny Clifford and Tom Atkins. The volume was pumped up to over 120 DBs halfway into a four-plus hour musical smorgasbord, and John held court with nine musicians including Luke McNamee of Blue Hand Luke legend on sax.”
Honorable Mention: Sean & Henry McFerran Benefit @ Chrome on November 9th
This benefit concert raised money for the Colonie Central School District Music Education Program and had five great bands rockin’ the night away at Chrome in Waterford. The bands were Ike’s Wasted World, Non-Compliants, CHINA WHITE, Maxx Thrust and Shotgun Wedding.