10/9/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

October 9th, 2015, 8:04 am by Greg

THEATER: “Grinder’s Stand” @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Kaliyuga Arts offers Oakley Hall III’s play about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Meriwether Lewis (of the Lewis & Clark expedition). Directed by John Sowle. 7:30pm. $20; $15 students & seniors. Through October 18.

MUSIC: Five Finger Death Punch @ the Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls. In support of their new album, Got Your Six. With Papa Roach, In This Moment and From Ashes to New. 6:15pm. $39.75 & $45.

MUSIC: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The Brit band of hip uke-sters celebrates their 30th anniversary. 8pm. $25, $29 & $36; $15 Test Drive tickets.

MUSIC: David Francey @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The three-time Juno Award-winning carpenter-turned-songwriter lands in the Spa City in support of his recent album, So Say We All. Sing Out calls him simply “Canada’s best contemporary songwriter.” With Scott Cook. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Amy Rigby @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. No, she’s not tending bar or slinging books – which she does semi-regularly as her day job. This is the always-charming singer-songwriter’s first local solo show since moving to town in 2011. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Granger Smith & Earl Dibbles, Jr. @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Yes, they’re the same person – just different personas. With Tucker Beathard and Chris Dukes. 8pm.

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LIVE: Yo La Tengo @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 9/23/15

October 8th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo

Review by Ross Marvin
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yo La Tengo Live: Faking it So Well for So Long & Stuff Like That There…

Performing for the first time in a four-piece acoustic incarnation, Yo La Tengo turned the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall into the Kaplan-Hubley living room for a night of indie-adult lullabies on.

With Ira Kaplan on acoustic guitar/vocals, wife Georgia Hubley standing at her small MoeTucker-esque drum kit with brushes and mallets, James McNew on stand-up bass, and special guest Dave Schramm on lead electric guitar, the two-hour, two-set show marked the band’s first Greater Nippertown appearance since 1998. The show also kicked off their fall tour in support of Stuff Like That There (Matador Records), a worthy sequel to their unparalleled 1990 release Fakebook. which featured a similar mix of covers and re-imaginings of Yo La Tengo originals.

Playing in front of a nearly full house of what might be called Upstate Music Sophisticates (spotted: a New Paltz record store owner; the lead singer of a Pitchfork-reviewed local band; owner of the Low Beat; several Nippertown.com contributors; an original Stiff Records punk pioneer; an assortment of authors, artists and gallery directors; many wearers of horned rimmed glasses and beards; and at least two patrons who brought books to read while waiting for the prime-time, no-opener show) the Hoboken DIY legends and earnest record enthusiasts covered decades of musical ground. It was a night of milestones — 30 years as a band; 25 years since the release of Fakebook; a reunion with former member Dave Schramm; and the first concert in support of their FOURTEENTH full-length record. Perhaps what holds as the most remarkable feat is how wonderful it is to watch Georgia and Ira as a couple. Ever since Thurston and Kim called it quits, Hubley and Kaplan are the last bastion of successful indie rock marriages.

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LIVE: The Alan Doyle Band @ The Egg, 9/23/15

October 8th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

While ushers were still seating patrons, Alan Doyle walked out onstage at The Egg and launched into the the concert by singing an a cappella song. But he wasn’t alone for long…

Although best known as the leader of the Canadian folk-rockers Great Big Sea, this time around Doyle was in support of his recently released solo album, So Let’s Go. The band – advertised simply as the Alan Doyle Band – had become Alan Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies by the time they hit the stage for their Greater Nippertown debut.

There was plenty of energy emanating from the stage, and it was clear that Dyle and the band – highlighted by Kendel Carson (on fiddle and backing vocals) Cory Tetford (guitar, mandolin and backing vocals) – were having themselves a grand ole time as they delivered an evening of songs from Doyle’s solo CDs, the mighty Great Big Sea catalog and some Newfoundland traditional tunes.

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Spencer Day Previews New Album in Hudson [Berkshire on Stage]

October 8th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Sara
Spencer Day. Photo by Greg Allen.

Spencer Day. Photo by Greg Allen.

Stageworks/Hudson presents Spencer Day in concert, a special one-night-only event with the acclaimed singer-songwriter whose performance will include a sneak preview of new music from his upcoming album, Angel City. The concert takes place at 8pm on Saturday (October 10), and tickets are $20. A reception follows the performance with complimentary wine and chocolates from local chocolatiers.

Fusing jazz, pop and soul, Day is a crooner with a fiercely impassioned and intelligent hybrid vibe. Day’s emergence on the Billboard jazz charts with his 2009 Concord Records debut, Vagabond, reflects the widening interpretation of the genre. For 10 years, Day has wooed audiences around the world at venues as diverse as Birdland in New York, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Jazz Alley in Seattle, the Pacific Rim Jazz Festival in Manila, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, and on national television on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” His number one hit, “Till You Come to Me,” remained on the Billboard Jazz Charts for 47 weeks.

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Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert

October 8th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

Ciaran Sheehan – the Dublin-born Celtic singer and Broadway star of “The Phantom of the Opera” – is scheduled to return to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, after making his Capital Region debut there last year. The concert is slated for 7:30pm on Friday, November 20. Accompanied by an ensemble cast of Broadway singers and musicians, Sheehan will present an evening of traditional Irish songs, Broadway showtunes, and a touch of the holiday spirit.

This concert is a benefit for Albany’s Irish American Heritage Museum, and tickets are currently on sale, priced at $25, $30 & $75.

OCTOBER 8: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

October 8th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg


Photograph by Martin Benjamin

It’s Throwback Thursday. So we’re back with another installment of our weekly flashback feature: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History. Check out our round-up of October 8 concerts through the years…

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ArtBeat: What To See

October 8th, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara

Holiday Monday @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. On Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day), the Institute is offering FREE admission to the galleries, with a gallery talk at 1pm.


Janet Werner: Untitled (Criss Cross) @ The Esther Massry Gallery

Janet Werner: Untitled (Criss Cross) @ The Esther Massry Gallery

Zero Eyes @ The Esther Massry Gallery, Albany. Janet Werner’s odd, elusive and sometimes grotesque figure paintings reveal her continued fascination with fictionalized portraiture and mostly female representation. Opens Sunday, October 11. Artist’s reception and book signing: Friday, October 16, 4:30-7pm. (Through December 6)

Gail Samuelson: Bra and Hydrangea and Sharon Arnold: Fireworks @ Davis Orton Gallery

Gail Samuelson: Bra and Hydrangea and Sharon Arnold: Fireworks @ Davis Orton Gallery

Keepsakes @ Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson. Solo shows by Gail Samuelson and Sharon Arnold. Also on display are portfolio showcases by Ellen Cantor and Norm Diamond. Opening reception: Saturday, October 10, 5-7pm. (Through November 15)

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2016 Nominees Announced

October 8th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the Class of 2016, and it includes 15 bands and solo musicians – ranging from Deep Purple to the Smiths.

A few observations:

The list includes eight first-time nominees: Chicago, Cheap Trick, the Cars, Chaka Khan, the J.B.’s, Janet Jackson, Los Lobos and Steve Miller.

N.W.A. has been nominated for the fourth time. Will the success of the hit movie “Straight Outta Compton” help them finally get inducted?

Disco pioneers Chic earned their record tenth nomination – the most nominations without being inducted.

Ground-breaking prog-rockers Yes have been eligible for enshrinement since 1994, but this is only their second nomination.

Inductees are selected by the ballots of more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders. And for the fourth year, the Hall is asking the fans to join in the voting process. You can GO HERE to vote for the TOP FIVE nominees you think should be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The fan votes will comprise a fans’ ballot that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2016 inductees. Fan voting closes on Wednesday, December 9.

The inductees will be announced in December and inducted into the Hall at a ceremony in New York City in April.

Here’s the complete list of nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2016 class:

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