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Mon, Aug 18, 2014
Jason Isbell (Mass MoCA)

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, played through most of Southeastern, a few songs from the back catalog, and some of his Drive By Truckers songs. The band was tight. The witnesses were pleased. Jason Isbell, Sadler Vaden, guitar; bassist Jimbo Hart; drummer Chad Gamble and keyboard player Derry deBorja.
[Jason Isbell]
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08/18/2014 12:38 | Category: /music
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
West Kill Mountain

Opted to do a loop starting at the trailhead to Devil's Path up and over West Kill returning to Spruceton Rd. I'd leave a bike at the Spruceton Rd. trailhead next time as feets were tired by the end of the 3-mile (pleasant) walk-jog back to the car. A dip in the falls before heading home cured all that.
[West Kill Mountain Loop]
08/11/2014 20:00 | Category: /outside
Thu, Aug 07, 2014
Jerry Douglas (Helsinki)

Jerry Douglas makes me angry, and he bores me to death. Simultaneously, because he never makes mistakes and plays cleaner than a chip fab plant. An opinion I formed based on prior experience watching him perform from a distant perspective at larger venues, mostly festivals, either with his own band or as support. From far away, it could be an animatronic dobro player. Ignorance formed from never actually seeing the man work up close; the expression on his face, fingers working each note. Whether it's originals, bluegrass standards or covering Hendrix, the intensity and good humor of his playing comes through in a smaller club. Alison Krauss called him one of the greatest musicians in the world, something I once thought was hyperbole.
08/07/2014 20:00 | Category: /music
Sat, Aug 02, 2014
Grey Fox Festival 2014

The fields were saturated but the weather more than cooperated for one of the best Oak Hill experiences yet. The great thing about the festival is witnessing performances from both near and far. That and staying up all night to noodle on a stringed instrument. Highlights were Aoife O'Donovan, Nora Jane Struthers, Tim O'Brien with Darrell Scott, Nickel Creek (surprisingly) and Jim Lauderdale at the Grass Roots stage and backed up on the big stage by Della Mae.
[Grey Fox 2014]
08/02/2014 11:45 | Category: /music
Hanging out

Common garter snake halfway up the ledge.
08/02/2014 11:14 | Category: /outside
Sat, May 17, 2014
Mt. Greylock

Spring hike up and over Greylock west to east. Best time of year to go even if the weather hides the view: carpet of trout lilies, hepatica, Dutchman's breeches, trillium.
[Fog]
05/17/2014 11:43 | Category: /outside
Wed, May 07, 2014
Neko Case (Egg)

The Dodos opened. Was threatened with camera confiscation but stole two bad pictures.
[Neko Case / Dodos]
05/07/2014 22:00 | Category: /music
Thu, May 01, 2014
Ray Wylie Hubbard (The Hangar)

With Kelley McWee opening. Same show as the Ale House last year, but with his son on guitar. This time, Snake Farm was not performed twice. [View from the bar]
05/01/2014 22:00 | Category: /music
Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Ed Palermo Big Band (Proctor's)

Two sets of arrangements of Ellington, King Crimson, Todd Rundgren, Rolling Stones, Beatles and a little Zappa... some played at the same time.
[EPBB Proctor's]
04/23/2014 22:00 | Category: /music
Fri, Apr 11, 2014
The Hold Steady (Hollow Bar)

The fire trap holds another sold out show. This one worth risking death.
[Pictures from the South Park pinball machine]
04/11/2014 22:00 | Category: /music
Mon, Mar 10, 2014
Deer Tick - The Hollow

Toy Soldiers opened this sold out fire hazard..
[Deer Tick and Toy Soldiers - Hollow Bar ]
03/10/2014 15:32 | Category: /music
Billy Eli - Ale House

Billy did two sets with local musicians Kevin Maul (slide) and Tony Markellis (bass).
03/10/2014 15:25 | Category: /music
Mon, Feb 10, 2014
The Bad Plus (The Egg)

Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson and David King made a jazz noise at The Egg on Saturday. [
The Bad Plus]
02/10/2014 14:44 | Category: /music
Sun, Dec 29, 2013
World Famous Headliners - Iron Horse Music Hall

Almost didn't make it because of a late flight, but some live musical events are just mandatory... Full set from their new album with second acoustic songwriter's circle set. Any one of these guys would be worth a two hour drive to see. One of the best shows ending probably the best year in live music (within generous driving distance of the Helderbergs).
[World Famous Headliners]
12/29/2013 13:52 | Category: /music
Mon, Dec 09, 2013
Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quintet (Le Poisson Rouge)

Why does Bender Melon not go to NYC more often? Because it's an idiot, that's why. Jenny Scheinman, Eyvind Kang, Hank Roberts, Rudy Royston, Bill Frisell. Mind-blowing musicianship.
12/09/2013 12:37 | Category: /music