Concerts

(Concert Review) Buddy Guy, Mahaiwe, 7.11.14

  Buddy Guy Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Friday, July 11, 2014 Review and photography by Seth Rogovoy (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Buddy Guy is on everyone’s list of the greatest bluesmen of all time. Many in particular pay tribute to him as an essential and influential guitarist – Eric Clapton, no guitar slouch himself, said,…

(Concert Review) Beck, MASS MoCA, 6.24.14

Beck Ghost of a Saber-Toothed Tiger (GOASTT) with Sean Lennon MASS MoCA North Adams, Mass. Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – As if we needed any reminding, Beck demonstrated once again that he is one of the greatest entertainers and songwriters in modern music in his stellar…

(Concert Review) Ethel, the Mahaiwe, 6.21.14

Ethel Mahaiwe Theatre Great Barrington, Mass. Saturday, June 21, 2014 Review by Seth Rogovoy (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – String quartet Ethel played one of the rockingest concerts ever at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Saturday night. Yes, you read that right. Although the group is a classic, classical string quartet – two violins, a…

(Concert Review) Autumn Defense, Club Helsinki Hudson, 6.5.14

Autumn Defense Club Helsinki Hudson Thursday, June 5, 2014 Review and photos by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y.) – Autumn Defense – like Wilco, of which it is an offshoot – is one of the dwindling number of bands who still think the Beatles were onto something. Like the Fab Four before them, they’re a vocal…

(Concert Review) Magyar! – Close Encounters With Music, Mahaiwe, 4.27.14

MAGYAR! Close Encounters With Music Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Sunday, April 27, 2014 Review by Seth Rogovoy (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – A brilliantly curated and executed chamber music concert on the theme of Hungarian- and Gypsy-influenced art music took place at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Sunday, as part of the Close Encounters With…

(Concert Review) Banda Magda, MASS MoCA, 4.12.14

  Banda Magda Club B-10 MASS MoCA North Adams, Mass. Saturday, April 12, 2014 Review by Seth Rogovoy Photography by Sabina Curti (NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Athens-born accordionist, vocalist and musical polymath Magda Giannikou brought her cosmopolitan world-pop group Banda Magda to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA on Saturday night, lending the cozy North Adams…

(Concert Review) The Budos Band, Club Helsinki Hudson, 4.11.14

  The Budos Band Club Helsinki Hudson Hudson, N.Y. Friday, April 11, 2014 Review by Seth Rogovoy Photography by Sabina Curti (HUDSON, N.Y.) – On paper, what the Budos Band is going for is quite promising – an instrumental fusion of funk, Ethiopian grooves and Black Sabbath-style heavy metal. And in concert at Club Helsinki…

(Concert Review) Eviyan, Hudson Opera House, 4.5.14

Eviyan Hudson Opera House Hudson, N.Y. Saturday, April 5, 2014 Review by Seth Rogovoy (HUDSON, N.Y.) – With only three members, avant-folk trio Eviyan is an Atlas of an ensemble, holding much of the globe and musical history on its shoulders, and seemingly tossing it around with ease, virtuosity, passion and humor, as was the…