Recap: Hayley Jane and the Primates Heat it Up in Saratoga Springs, NY

Recap: Hayley Jane and the Primates Heat it Up in Saratoga Springs, NY

(Writer: Tammie Eller)

Just two days after the official start of Spring, Hayley Jane and the Primates hit Putnam Place in Saratoga Springs accompanied by Let’s be Leonard. Both of these bands heated it up indoors as early spring snowflakes fell from the sky outside.

Taking a moment from their insane tour schedule, hometown heroes Let’s Be Leonard kicked things off as only they know how. Their delightfully eclectic style and funky rhythms were a perfect warm-up for things to come. Karl Bertrand filled the air with his soulful voice as Matt Griffin on lead guitar, Connor Dunn on Sax, Chris Cronin on Bass, and Paul Guay on drums kept the buttery smooth jams on point throughout.

Then, it was time for Hayley Jane and the Primates to take the stage on one of the final stops of the band’s farewell tour. Justin Hancock on guitar, Josh Carter on Bass, Ryan Clausen on Drums, and Josh Dobbs on keys backed up Hayley Jane’s earth-shatteriingly powerful voice flawlessly as the led us on a journey through sound, love, and self-expression.

Hayley Jane and the Primates - Putnam Place 3-22-2019 (21 of 60)(Photo: Billy Francis LeRoux)

Ending the night with a powerful medley including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Hayley Jane and the Primates held the crowd in the palms of their hands throughout their incredible set.

Don’t panic, you still have a chance to catch Hayley Jane and the Primates at one of their upcoming tour dates including Boston on April 6; NYC on April 7; Cambridge, Massachusetts on June 2; and a slot at Peach Fest in July. Also, keep an eye out for festival lineups to drop because they may add a few more dates.

And mark your calendar because Let’s Be Leonard has a special Grateful Dead tribute coming up called “Let’s Be Dead,” at the Savoy Taproom on April 19th.


(Photos: Billy Francis LeRoux)

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