Albany has a new funk band in town and Hartley’s Encore is a can’t miss show! Twice this spring I have been floored by the high energy funk originals and covers that have kept bar stools empty and the club floor full. A lineup of veteran musicians from around the Capital District, Hartley’s Encore is led by Luke Malamood on keys and vocals, backed by what he accurately refers to as ‘Albany’y Best Rhythm Section’ in Andrae Surgick on drums (and occasionally Mike Gilet) and Josh Gordon on bass. Co-founder Chris Oliver on guitar opposite Jeff Nania on saxaphone (and on some nights like this evening at Parish Public House, joined by Phil Chow on trumpet) completes the five/six man group, a welcome addition to Albany’s stellar music scene. Go see this band!
About Pete Mason
Pete Mason is a teacher and writer living in Albany, NY. His upcoming book "The Grateful Book of Letters" is his third children's book with illustrator Ryan Kerrigan, whom he previously published "The Alphabet Book, for Little Phans: From Antelope to Zero" and "A Well Traveled Dog." He has also published "PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish," a compilation of art made by Phish fans, and co-authored "PhanFood," a cookbook of recipes by and for Phish fans. He promotes artists through PhanArt shows and PhanArt.net, highlighting concert posters, street art, official prints and fan creations while benefiting The Mockingbird Foundation. He is co-publisher and Editor-in-Chief of NYS Music and manages rock improv group Formula 5.