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Readers’ Poll Winners: Music

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Readers’ Poll Winners: Music

The best in local music as voted by our readers:

BEST BAND
TAINA ASILI Y LA BANDA REBELDE

Votes for best band were spread out across a diverse swath of artists from an array of genres. The solid consensus landed behind Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde. Taina drew national attention for her protest fusion rock and a music video that took on Trump. (Photo above by Kiki Vassilakis)

2ND PONY IN THE PANCAKE
3RD DARK HONEY

Best MC
SIME GEZUS

He has the rhymes to keep any venue hyped.

2ND KATANI
3RD JB AKA DIRTY MOSES

Best DJ
SIME GEZUS

Dirty analog beats and spacey synths define Sime Gezus’ sound. He’s got a strong following that carried him easily to the finish line.

2ND DJ TRUMASTR
3RD DJ DEBONAIR – KENDRICK RICCI

Best Singer-Songwriter
GIRL BLUE

Fresh onto the Capital Region scene, Girl Blue’s soulful lyrics, passionate performance and vocal wizardry have set local venues on fire. Her millions of hits on Spotify and growing tour schedule show that she’s sweeping up far more than just the Capital Region’s attention.

2ND SEAN ROWE
3RD ZAN STRUMFELD

Best Jazz Group

Photo provided by Lecco Morris

Photo provided by Lecco Morris

JECCO

Lecco is a handsome boy and his band name is almost his name except that there is a J where the L should be–for Jeff. As in Jeff Nania. 

2ND (TIE) SHEIKS OF 3RD STREET, DYLAN PERRILLO ORCHESTRA
3RD BRIAN PATNEAUDE QUARTET

Best Country Group
SKEETER CREEK

Yeehaw!

2ND ANTHONY FALLACARO
3RD KYLE BOURGAULT BAND

Best Blues Band
HOLLY & EVAN BAND

Holly’s got a voice deep and smooth as velvet. Evan can slappa the bass. They make a good pair.

Best World Group
TAINA ASILI Y LA BANDA REBELDE

The spirit and the rhythm of rebellion.

2ND HEARD

Best Reggae
ROBANIC

Saratoga jammin’.

Best Cover Band
THE REFRIGERATORS

This nine-piece powerhouse is sure to get you on your feet.

2ND (TIE) THE DEADBEATS, SOUL SESSION

Best Tribute Band
ALMOST QUEEN

The rock and roll tribute players pull in the big crowds.

2ND (TIE) THE DEADBEATS, HEY JUDE

Best Jam Band
THE DEADBEATS

Dead heads are everywhere, man.

2ND FORMULA 5

Best Punk

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Photo by Kiki Vassilakis


PRINCE DADDY AND THE HYENA

Don’t let their chops fool you–P Daddy are punk to the core. Their devotion to self deprecation and stoned-out nihilism is matched only by their desire to party and not give a shit.

Best Indie
PONY IN THE PANCAKE

PIP has wowed the region with their lo-fi rock, catchy melodies, wild guitar riffs and dark sunglasses.

2ND DARK HONEY
3RD HOSPITAL CORNERS

Best Metal

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Photo by Bryan Lasky

MAGGOT BRAIN

Albany’s downbeat hardcore devotes smash together Converge’s spikey aggression with Eyehategod’s southern swagger. These dudes are just as dedicated to the local music scene as they are to perfecting their metallic assault.

Best Garage
RECHORDUROYS

The more grit and fuzz out of those amps, the better.

2ND LEGENDARY LOSERS

Best Experimental
THE MACHINE THAT WOULDN’T DIE

The beautiful, immortal combination of performance art and punk rock.

2ND SCUM COUCH

Best Classical
ALBANY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Our Grammy-award winning local orchestra, led by world-renowned conductor David Allen Miller, needs no introduction to the greater classical community, and a single performance is all you’ll need to want to hear the rest of their season.

2ND MUSICIANS OF MA’ALWYCK

Best Jazz Soloist

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Photo by Kiki Vassilakis

JEFF NANIA

His searing lines are featured in The Chronicles, JECCO Trio, Dylan Perrillo Orchestra, Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, Funk Evolution, Le Rubb and countless other regional acts – once you hear his tenor sing you know you made the right choice for your night.

2ND MIKE JENKINS

Best Club
THE LOW BEAT
Albany

Ya like rock bands? Hip-hop? Slam poetry? This is your spot.

2ND THE HANGAR ON THE HUDSON
3RD THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN

Best Venue
THE PALACE THEATER
Albany

The picturesque theater is host to the greatest musicians, comedians and dancers to pass through the Capital Region.

2ND THE EGG
3RD SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Best Outdoor Venue
SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Saratoga Springs

Those lawn seats though.

2ND OMMEGANG BREWERY
3RD MASS MOCA

Best Hip Hop Venue

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Photo by Kiki Vassilakis

THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN
Albany

For rising and established talent, The Hollow marks an arrival – its intimate space, kickin’ sound system (and award-winning kitchen to boot!) makes the staple Albany venue a clear winner!

2ND UPSTATE CONCERT HALL
3RD THE LOW BEAT

Best Rock Venue
THE HOLLOW BAR + KITCHEN
Albany

For rising and established talent, The Hollow marks an arrival – its intimate space, kickin’ sound system (and award-winning kitchen to boot!) makes the staple Albany venue a clear winner!

2ND THE HANGAR ON THE HUDSON
3RD SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Best Classical Venue
TROY MUSIC HALL
Troy

The greatest place to enjoy local and touring orchestral sounds.

2ND SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
3RD TANGLEWOOD

Best Jazz Venue
SPEAKEASY 518
Albany

Speakeasy’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere makes it the best joint to enjoy jazz tunes.

2ND (TIE) THE VAN DYCK LOUNGE, ONE CAROLINE
3RD 9 MAPLE AVE

Open Mic
MCGEARY’S IRISH PUB
Albany

Tess’s open mics have been a home for aspiring and established musicians since she managed Justin’s and then owned Lark Tavern – this staple is always sure to surprise!

2ND CAFFE LENA
3RD NITTY GRITTY POETRY SLAM

Best Concert This Year

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Photo by Katie Cusack

GLASS ANIMALS WITH LITTLE DRAGON AT OMMEGANG BREWERY

The last show of this year’s summer series at Ommegang was a blowout. The sights and sounds mesmerized us all, leaving us with lasting memories and anticipation for next year’s lineup.

2ND BLUES TRAVELER AT SUMMERNIGHT 2017
3RD BRYAN FERRY AT PROCTORS

Local Music Series

Photo by Bryan Lasky

Photo by Bryan Lasky


ALIVE AT FIVE
Albany

It’s Thursday. It’s 5:00. It’s summer in the Capital Region. Our readers know where to be.

2ND (TIE) ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER, BROWN’S SUMMER SESSION
3RD PEARLPALOOZA

Recording Collective
JUST PRETEND RECORDS
Albany

The brainchild of the folks behind One Red Martian (now Dark Honey) and home to Girl Blue. Just Pretend is getting realer by the second.

2ND B3NSON
3RD (TIE) SWORD PAW, MAGNETIC EYE

 

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