Friday, April 26, 2019
7 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, University at Albany Downtown Campus.
Free and open to the public.
Four of the Capital Region’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters will talk about the challenges and pleasures of their work.
Taina Asili, musician and activist, is the leader of local AfroLatin fusion group, La Banda Rebelde. Billboard featured her in a list of “11 Songs of Protest & Resistance by Latino Artists,” and The Huffington Post named her #2 on a list of “12 Freedom Fighting Bands To Get You Through the Trump Years.” Her songs are frequently featured on "Democracy Now!"
Michael Eck, writer, musician and host of WAMC’s "American Roots" Series, has produced four solo albums and is a member of several local bands. The Village Voice said, “Somewhere between lovelorn cowpoke and sardonic folkster is nose-pierced Albany NY dad Michael Eck, whose sharp lyrics and quick-witted guitar reflect all over like a broken mirror and shine with liberation like a tossed-aside wedding ring.”
Greg Haymes, writer, music critic, and creator of the Albany arts and music blog, Nippertown, cofounded the legendary Albany “post-Hippie” jug band, Blotto, whose video “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard,” was played during MTV’s very first day on the air, and kept in frequent rotation for many years thereafter.
Bryan Thomas (“Dr. Buggy Jive”) evokes Prince and Lenny Kravitz, but with a strong literary hook. The Times Union named him “Best Male Singer-Songwriter” for his 1999 acoustic hip-hop debut, "Radio Plastic Jennifer," and his soul rock epic "Ones and Zeros" was Metroland’s 2002 “Album of the Year.” His new music video, “Stole My Stealing from Eliot,” a quirky homage to T. S. Eliot shot in London, Paris and Albany, is available on YouTube.