LIVE: Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown @ The Falcon, 10/9/16

October 26th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Music is about communication through sound. The communication can be free and simple yet complex and freewheeling. Such is the case of a duet between bass and vocals in jazz. NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan and her longtime friend Cameron Brown are master partners in the form.

The duo recently performed at the Falcon in Marlboro, and the playful interplay between the two was best exemplified by a performance of “Dat Dere,” a tune that appeared on Jordan’s debut album Portrait of Sheila back in 1963. The 87-year-old Jordan sang with the voice of a child filled with wonder on the first visit of the zoo. Brown’s bass alternately followed and led with the two musicians telepathically reading each other’s mind.

Both Jordan and Brown share a long-time association with the late trumpeter Don Cherry as well as with each other. The Cherry tribute to Billie Holiday, “Art Deco,” had no lyrics, although he wanted her to write lyrics for this composition; they did not come to her until his passing, almost telepathically from the other side. The composition “Remembrance” celebrates the Native American heritage that Jordan shares with Cherry, and her lyrics reflect that rich lineage. Jordan also performed a traditional chant to pay tribute to her heritage as a descendant of Seneca Queen Aliquippa.

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“Whispering Bones” Makes for a Creepy Hubbard Hall-o-Ween [Berkshire on Stage]

October 26th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Sara


Once again, Kelvin Keraga hosts an evening of creepy and chilling tales at Cambridge’s Hubbard Hall, told by some of Greater Nippertown’s best storytellers. For hundreds of years writers have taken us by the hand and led us into old houses filled with apparitions: phantoms woven from memories and dreams and the dark core of our humanity. These tales are explorations of our souls, where characters cross the line between life and death, caught in situations that often draw out their deepest feelings. The supernatural teaches us what is natural: frailty and strength, loss and recovery. The nurturing power of imagination.

Saturday’s Whispering Bones is a great mix of great stories and the proceeds from the show will benefit Hubbard Hall’s Arts Education Scholarship program. This program helps to ensure that no student at Hubbard Hall is ever turned away from a class based on financial limitations.

This year’s Whispering Bones cast includes Siri Allison, Jack Boggan, Barbara Chepaitis, Kelvin Keraga, Stephanie Moffett-Hynds, Erin Ouellette, Tony Pallone and Catherine Seeley.

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Helga Davis Brings Music to Nick Cave’s “Until” @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

October 26th, 2016, 1:30 pm by Greg

Helga Davis, “a powerful vocalist with an almost operatic range and all the bruised sensuality of Jeanne Lee” (Wire Magazine), responds to Nick Cave’s exhibit “Until” with an intimate performance – solo with her loop station – inside the exhibition. Experience the merging of music and art at 8pm on Friday (October 28) at MASS MoCA in North Adams.

Actor, vocalist and performance artist hailing from New York City, Davis is known for collaborating with composers and choreographers to build original works. She has appeared in pieces by Ann Hamilton, Missy Mazzolli, Paola Prestini, Peter Greenaway, and Shara Worden. Davis is currently starring in Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach, a four-piece opera composed by Glass and directed by Wilson. She has previously appeared at MASS MoCA in The Love Show (2011) and Oceanic Verses (2012).

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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

October 26th, 2016, 12:01 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

The Hangar on the Hudson is hosting the 20th anniversary reunion of the Greater Nippertown rockabilly cats Rocky Velvet at 8pm on Saturday, November 26. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Also new on the Hangar’s calendar are The Sea The Sea with Mikaela Davis and Eric Margan & Cara May Gorman at 8pm on Saturday, November 12 ($10); the annual Bill Kirchen Honky-Tonk Holiday Show at 8pm on Friday, December 2 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); and the double bill of Americana-Primitive duo Swampcandy with Jeremiah Tall at 8pm on Saturday, December 10. Tickets are $10.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Their August concert at Albany’s Times Union Center was cancelled, but ZZ Top is headed to Greater Nippertown anyway… at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (October 28).

Sick Puppies headline at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Wednesday, December 14 with Trapt, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy and Citizen Zero opening the show at 7pm. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Also on tap at UCH, August Burns Red brings their 10th anniversary tour to town on Friday, February 17 with Protest the Hero, In Hearts Wake and ’68 opening the show at 7pm. Tickets are $23 in advance; $25 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Celtic favorites the High Kings and soulful Americana quartet the subdudes are both slated for return appearances at The Egg in Albany. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 11am on Friday (October 28).

Vapor in Saratoga Springs is hosting a free concert by up-and-coming country combo the Houston Bernard Band on Saturday, November 5. Also coming up at Vapor are the Four Seasons tribute band Let’s Hang On at 2 & 5pm on Sunday, December 4 ($20) and R&B star Ginuwine, who broke into the national spotlight 20 years ago with his hit debut album The Bachelor, at 9pm on Thursday, January 26 ($25).

New shows coming up at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls include Hey Jude…The Tribute at 7:30pm on Friday, November 25 ($30) and veteran folksinger Peter Yarrow at 7:30pm on Monday, November 28 ($46).

CANCELLED: Originally scheduled for Albany’s Times Union Center on Thursday, November 10, Novemberfest – featuring hip-hop stars T.I., Gucci Mane, Fetty Way and Kent Jones – has been cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

October 26th, 2016, 10:00 am by Greg

10/26/16: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

October 26th, 2016, 8:20 am by Greg

MUSIC: Elvis Costello & the Imposters @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Angry Young Man of New Wave-turned-jack-of-all-genres-singer-songwriter takes the spotlight will a focus on his 1982 gem of an album, Imperial Bedroom, but he’ll be playing selections from all through his dizzying eclectic career. 8pm. $49.50, $59.50, $69.50, $79.50 & $99.50.

MUSIC: Warsaw Philharmonic @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Under the direction of Jacek Kaspszyk, the orchestra performs Weinberg’s Polish Melodies No. 2, Op. 47; Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11; and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor Op. 68. With pianist Seong-Jin Cho. 7:30pm. $45 & $55.

MUSIC: Elizabeth Cook @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The sassy country outlaw has performed at the Grand Ole Opry over four hundred times, hosts her own Sirius XM show on the Outlaw Country station, and has worked with everyone from Jason Isbell to Steve Earle to John Prine. With Derek Hoke. 8pm.

THEATER: “This Is Not a Test” @ Revolution Hall, Troy. Montreal-trained clown Aaron Marquise presents his first solo performance, a mix between theater and the French style of clowning, the tale of an isolated clown who finds shelter in a desolate theater. With only inanimate objects as his friends, he attempts to live out the end of times, trapped between the music of yesterday and the disaster of tomorrow. 7:30pm. $12.

COMEDY: Tracy Morgan @ Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7:30pm. $35 & $45. UPDATE: This performance is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Hamell on Trial @ the Low Beat, Albany. He’s ferocious. He’s funny. He’s Hamell On Trial. 7pm. $10.

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LIVE: Adirondack Independence Music Festival @ Wood Park, 9/30/16

October 25th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Sara
The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The second annual Adirondack Independence Music Festival kicked off in fine fashion with a rollicking night of R&B from Robert Randolph & the Family Band and the Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring vocalist-harmonicat Kim Wilson. Rounding out the line-up for Day One of the fest at Lake George’s Wood Park were Greater Nippertown favorites Mister F and Capital Zen.

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Films & Talk Explore the Art of Robert Hite [Berkshire on Stage]

October 25th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

A special film screening and artist talk will be presented at 7pm on Thursday (October 27) at Pittsfield’s Berkshire Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite. The solo show of sculpture, paintings and photography by artist Robert Hite is a dual exhibition at the Berkshire Museum and Hancock Shaker Village. Living on Earth will be on view at both venues through Sunday (October 30). Living on Earth is funded in part by Balance Rock Investment Group, the Dobbins Foundation, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace and Take Magazine.

The special film screening will be the Berkshire premier of two films about Robert Hite’s work, both directed by award-winning filmmaker Okin Khan. Little Corn follows Hite during a trip to Central America in the winter of 2015 to photograph and film rural houses along the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. Living on Earth is a documentary portraying Hite and his preparations for his exhibitions at Hancock Shaker Village and Berkshire Museum.

A Q&A session with the artist will follow the films. Tickets are $7.50; $5 for members of the Berkshire Museum and Hancock Shaker Village.

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