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Print o’ the week #6: Artist HERO

This week’s print pick is by Buffalo, NY artist Hero.  I thought this print was very cool for an AC Newman (front man for the band The New Pornographers) show in Ithaca, NY in 2009.

The print is limited to only 110 and is signed and numbered, again, it is a mere $25! What a bargain for a fantastic work of art.  The image measures 16 x 20, so it’s a nice size for framing.

You can check out more of Hero’s prints and artwork by clicking his site here.

Let us know what you think, please!


Al DiMeola World Sinfonia 2010 – 1/30/2010 The Egg

There are a few times in your life when you would wish a concert would never stop, Al DiMeola’s perfomance at The Egg (Albany, NY) on January 30th, 2010 was one of those nights.  DiMeola had not played in the capital city of New York for nearly 4 years; fans had been anxiously crossing their fingers hoping that DiMeola would play Albany on his return trip from an exhausting European tour. Nixing out Boston and NYC to our surprise,  we in Albany, NY would get a chance once again to see the master in action; and he would not disappoint.

The concert was held in the smaller of two concert halls that make up the unique Egg Performance Center. The smaller Swyer Theatre held roughly about 450 patrons in a cozy, personal, and intimate setting; there was not a bad seat in the house whether  you had 4th row (as your HiFi Reviewers did) or 20th row.  I’m sure that DiMeola could have filled the much larger 980 capacity theatre, but it appeared as if DiMeola wanted his best friends close by to get a quality performance.  The Swyer was an appropriate space (especially with the negative degree weather raging outside) the venue cozy, the mood was perfect, the fans respectful, and the acoustics simply top rate.

DiMeola clearly has decided to take his music in a new direction, focusing on world music influences of the Middle East, South America, Eastern Europe, and The Carribean.  Surrounding himself with a bass player from Cuba, a drummer from Hungary, a percussionist from the Bronx ( with Latin American roots), a second guitarist from France, and an accordian player from Italy; the cultural  ingredients and flavors of his new “World Sinfonia” combined to satisfy everyones palette that night.  

DiMeola mainly played music off of his new studio album (yet to be named or released) and o his credit it was surprisingly entertaining. I feel that many wanted to hear a variety of new and old DiMeola material.  I’m sure that many of us that night wanted to hear classics such as “Short Tales of the Black Forest“, “Casino” or “Race with Devil on a Spanish Highway“; but no. DiMeola played one song off of  his Consequences of Chaos album and ended the night with an encore of his own rendition of “Strawberry Fields” ; the finale was the classic song “Elegant Gypsy Suite“.  It was a fitting song to end the night, but many of us wanted simply one more song before he departed; sadly he left after that one encore.

With the $35.00 ticket pricetag this concert was worth every penny, however my colleague and I were a bit bummed that after 40 minutes he and his band took a 20 minute break and returned for 40 minutes for the second set.  The show was rougly less than two hours, we thought that a 4 year absence to our area would have resulted in a bit more, but no.  I would recommend seeing DiMeola if he comes to your town, his US tour is playing only select cities, so if he’s in yours get your tickets.  The show was sold out and I would imagine following dates will be as well if they are not already. 

If you are interested in seeing a portion of this show, click here I’ve uploaded Al’s rendition of   “Strawberry Fields”  played that night; sorry the sound quality is blah.  But hey, “The Egg Nazi’s” would have grabbed my camera if they saw it.

Al DiMeola World Sinfonia 2010 Tour gets 4.5 out of 5.


Larkfest ~ 9/19/09 in Albany, NY

Wow guys, sorry for jumping on the bandwagon for this review late.  For anyone who wasn’t at Larkfest this year (an annual music event sponsored by WEQX that’s held on Lark Street in Albany) sure missed out.  I’ve been to the festival quite a few times and must say – this year was the best.  There was a huge persons turnout, the bands were amazing, and the “air” and feel of the event was indescribable.  It literally was a day and a night of positive revelry for the entire city.  Strangers came together and bonded over their love of music, jumping up and down, throwing their hands in the air, and screaming.   People sitting up on 2nd and 3rd and 4th floor window stills (note: not recommended, but luckily no injuries occurred) laughing and singing with the rest of em only made the day that much greater.

(photo by the.bnut)

I’ll give you a little description:  8 blocks of the city are shut down and WEQX sets up a combination of stages (a MAIN STAGE, SOUTH STAGE, Western Ave Stage, etc.) , and each have different bands playing throughout the day, for people to come and enjoy for free.  A ton of vendors are set up, Heineken has a huge blow up bottle prop (it deserves a segment because it’s that awesome),and all the local eateries and vintage stores that Lark Street is famous for are open.

All in all, it was great- and the truth is, it always is.  Even if you’re not from around the city, I strongly urge you to come next year because it’s just a ton of fun.  The band list this year:





(photo by the.bnut)

Matt and Kim’s last song, Daylight, blew everybody away.   I had never seen so many people crowd surfing at the same time.  There was also a load of beach-balls flying thrown into the air for that last song too.  This was my first review (dmbxvii), and I hope you all enjoyed it!   Will be back soon


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