Kirsten Ferguson

Freelance Writer and Editor


A selection of pieces from the past decade

Features and Cover Stories

The Art of Conversation: A Collection of new music from David Greenberger
A Big Fan of the Pigpen: Skidmore author Marc Woodworth deconstructs the slapdash genius of Guided by Voices
Happening Cats: Charlie Everywhere [Phantogram] make music that’s hard to define, but easy to enjoy
Living Arts: Salem Art Works is a model of community spirit and sustainability
Nature and Nurture: Champion horse Funny Cide spent his formative year at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, where he’s still regarded as part of the family
The Shape of Troy to Come: New York producer Don Fury aims to put his stamp on the Capital Region music scene
A Smashing Sisterhood: Roller derby leagues in Troy and Albany become part of a national trend

Travel and Local Interest

Exile in Geyserville: Despite its forbidding name, travelers find a warm reception – and hot springs – in Iceland
In Search of Donut Perfection: A tour of regional apple orchards, and a survey of their ultimate prize: cider donuts
Inside Saratoga: At Saratoga’s polo matches, the upper and middle classes enjoy the fun from opposite sides of the field
Living in the Pastels: Enjoying the many sensory delights of Florida’s Keys
Taking the Mineral Cure: 
Although Saratoga’s soothing baths reached the height of their popularity in the middle of the last century, two facilities carry on the Spa City hydrotherapy tradition

Performance Reviews

Public Image Limited @ Upstate Concert Hall, 10/12/12
Nick Lowe @ the Egg, 9/18/12
Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings @ the Egg, 7/13/12
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ SPAC, 7/1/12
Roger Waters’ “The Wall” @ Times Union Center, 6/28/12
The Beach Boys @ SPAC, 6/23/12 
Avett Brothers @ Palace Theatre, 4/22/12
Bruce Springsteen @ Times Union Center, 4/16/12
Alabama Shakes @ Higher Ground, 4/14/12
Tommy Stinson @ Club Helsinki, 4/12/12
Jane’s Addiction @ Palace Theatre, 3/2/12
Ray Davies @ the Egg, 11/22/11
Chris Cornell @ the Egg, 11/17/11
Shonen Knife @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 11/20/11
The Feelies @ MASS MoCA, 11/11/11
Andrew Bird @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/13/11
TV on the Radio @ Skidmore College, 10/7/11
Stevie Nicks @ SPAC, 8/30/11
Toots & the Maytalls
 @ Green River Festival, 7/16/11

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings @ the Egg, 1/22/11
Wu-Tang Clan @ Northern Lights, 1/13/11
The Gaslight Anthem @ Northern Lights, 9/26/10
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers @ SPAC, 8/27/10
Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, 8/15/10
Public Enemy @ Northern Lights, 8/10/10
 @ Northern Lights, 7/31/10
Cowboy Junkies @ Revolution Hall, 5/7/10
Joe Jackson @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/30/08
Steve Wynn @ Valentine’s, 1/21/05
Guided By Voices @ Pearl Street Nightclub, 4/23/04
Neil Young & Crazy Horse/Lucinda Williams @ SPAC, 7/4/03
Beck @ SPAC, 6/8/03



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