LIVE: Clutch / Stoner / King Buffalo @ Empire Live, 10/01/2021

Empire Live in Albany was a fully packed house on Friday, October 1st, when the night started out with King Buffalo, a psychedelic rock band from Rochester. Their groovy riffs and powerful sound commanded the crowd.

Stoner was the next band to play. The lead singer came out in a Vietnam-era outfit with a green military jacket. He looked like he had arrived in a time machine from 1970. The crowd was moving to the sound of the grungy, heavy bass. The bassist Nick Oliveri is well known for playing bass in Queens of the Stone Age.

Photo by Nick Dicocco

Veteran rockers Clutch took the stage last but certainly not least. Actually, this is the definition of saving the best for last and why they were the headliner. The lead singer Neil Fallon said, “it’s been a minute New York” and it really has since we have been able to feel normal about live music again.

Clutch brought it in every sense of the word. Since 1991, Clutch has been rocking biker bars and festivals for three decades. Empire Live was wall to wall with energy and the fans were hungry for the mix of blues, funk, and stoner rock. The unique thing about Clutch is that no other band sounds like they do. With Neil Fallon’s insanely deep voice, they have honed their craft to the point that they stand on their own.

Photo Gallery by Nick Dicocco

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