The Concert Countdown: Oct. 3–Oct. 9, 2018
Every week in Saratoga and the surrounding region, there are countless concerts, from unknown bands to pop stars from the radio. Here are the top five concerts in and around Saratoga Springs this week.
5. Ryan Clark – October 6, Centre Street Pub in Schenectady, NY
Ryan Clark is a pop/soft rock artist from Lake George, NY. He sings and plays the guitar and piano. His band is made up of Andrew Schiavo, Dan Norton and Justin McPhee, who are lead guitarist, bassist guitarist and drummer, respectively. Providing something for everyone, Clark’s music contains classic pop lyrics with a bit of rock influence, and a slight dabble in country — as seen in his latest release. The band always has a fun time performing, as evidence by their music videos, making this a must-see concert.
4. The North & South Dakotas – October 6, Harvey’s Restaurant and Bar in Saratoga Springs, NY
The North & South Dakotas are an Americana band hailing from Saratoga Springs, NY. Zack Hay, Colin Hunt and Mark Retajczyk, the original members, have been providing more somber sounds with folk influence since the band’s creation in 2011. Although their message and music is not as upbeat as some others, the stories, messages and passion they share for music makes up for it. They have classic bluegrass voices, which, when layered together, create close harmonies that are intriguing for all listeners. For those searching for a close-knit show, one where the performers simply connect with the audience, look no further than the North & South Dakotas.
3. Turkuaz – October 6, Putnam Place in Saratoga Springs, NY
Turkuaz is a Funk band with some Jazz elements. They have nine members who make up the vocalists, saxophonists, bassists, guitarists and horns. In having so many people, the band is able to create a full, energetic sound that is difficult to resist. Their grooves and struts make for great listening and dancing. And along with these features come lyrics that tell stories and are quite thought-provoking. The band members each have a color that they wear to concerts, which adds to the fun and personal vibe that they put out. You won’t see another show like Turkuaz, especially since they are fresh-off a new album, so go see them while you have the chance.
2. Birds of Chicago – October 7, Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY
Birds of Chicago is a Folk band from Chicago/Montreal. They consist of JT Nero, Allison Russell and Nick Chambers, along with a plethora of other musicians who often join them. Nero and Russell are the vocalists, and often switch off as lead singer depending on the song. Nero’s huskier, crooning voice and Russell’s smoother, silvery voice blend together to evoke emotion and create a sound that can only be found with them. Their music is so pleasing, which can be attributed to their incredible songwriting skills. Each band member plays multiple instruments, and they are sure to display their many skills during the live show.
1. SIRSY – October 4, The Rusty Nail in Clifton Park, NY
SIRSY is a Rock band with soul and pop influences hailing from Saratoga Springs, NY. Melanie Krahmer, the lead vocalist, also carries the band by playing drums, bass, flute and melodica. Mel has a voice that sounds similar to Christina Aguilera, which is great for the rocking grooves of the delicate ballads. Rich Libutti, the other half of the duo, is on guitar and keys. Together, they create a unique combination of sounds that are just edgy, sassy and radiant enough to be an instant hit. Their songs have appeared in hit television shows, such as Showtime’s Shameless, and have been produced by Grammy-winners Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade. SIRSY has toured the country as a headliner as well as opened for Maroon 5, Train, Third Eye Blind, Cheap Trick and many more. With their energy and large sound, SIRSY is sure to put on a show you won’t want to miss!
Photo taken from bandcamp.com