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Oct
08
2009

Baseball at the egg?

Thursday, 08 October 2009 01:47
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For those of you not familiar with the capital of New York, we have a performing arts venue that because of it's architecture is commonly referred to as "the egg." It is really more of a sculpture than a building on the Albany skyline. Instead fo trying to describe it, I'll just show you.

The Egg

Well for my upcoming birthday, Brenda surprised me with tickets to see former Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams perform there this past Tuesday night. You see, Bernie, born and raised in Puerto Rico, is also a classically trained guitarist.

The Egg

The opening act was a young blues guitarist by the name of Patrick Droney. Patrick's skills on the guitar were impressive, and I look forward to hearing more from him as he grows into his skills a bit more. Then after a short stage reset, Bernie came strolling out in jeans and an untucked shirt, no pinstripes, or baseball glove. Just Bernie, 8 band members led by renowned saxophonist Richie Cannata, and his guitar. The music, a combination of Latin, funk and jazz, was smooth and polished. There was a good mix of instrumental songs written by Bernie, along with a few covers of recognizable tune with vocal accompaniment by Eren Cannata. Bernie explained the inspiration for each of his original songs, and of course the crowd broke out into a "Bernie Williams" chant when he talked about his time with the Yankees.

All in all, it was a good show, and a nice night out. But there wasn't any baseball.

Scott Pollacek - about me

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