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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
Sun, Dec 01, 2013
Long Path - Mount Pisgah State Forest

Needed to stick close to home, so out and back to Richmond Mt. from County Rt. 10 Durham. Decent views of Windham High Peak and Ski Area from side trail. Short bushwhack up Richmond from off the Path.
[Long Path - Mount Pisgah State Forest]
12/01/2013 12:00 | Category: /outside
Fri, Nov 15, 2013
Joe Ely (Hangar)
It's been a good year for Texas singer-songwriters in Upstate New York. Thanks to Mark Gamsjager for bringing Mr. Ely to town.
[Joe Ely, Hangar, Troy]
11/15/2013 21:15 | Category: /music
Sun, Oct 20, 2013
Fred Eaglesmith and the Traveling Steam Show (Helsinki)

Fred, Tif Ginn, Matt Simpson, Kori Heppner, Justine Fischer. Bill Poss opened.
[Fred Eaglesmith (Helsinki Hudson)]
10/20/2013 15:51 | Category: /music
Mon, Oct 07, 2013
Pharaoh Lake Wilderness

Went up to relatively nearby Pharaoh Lake Wilderness for an overnight. Unfounded fears of overcrowded campsites gave way to surprise at how remote the area felt so close to civilization.
[Photos]
[Pharaoh Mountain]
[Pharaoh Lake Wilderness]
10/07/2013 17:01 | Category: /outside
Fri, Oct 04, 2013
Walt and Tina Mitchell Wilkins (WAMC Auditorium)

My favorite performance of the year, Walt Wilkins at the WAMC Auditorium (The Linda) in Albany. Unbelievable voice, flawless guitar and great songwriting... and Tina's no slouch either. Michael Eck opened.
[A few concert photos]
10/04/2013 12:00 | Category: /music