Bluegrass Music Awards Go to the Earls of Leicester, Bill Keith, Jesse Brock

October 7th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg
The Earls of Leicester

The Earls of Leicester

Fresh from their knock-out performance at FreshGrass at MASS MoCA in North Adams last month, Jerry Douglas & the Earls for Leicester were the big winners at the 26th annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Earls of Leicester swept with four wins: Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Add to that Earls of Leicester member Jerry Douglas’ win for Dobro Player of the Year and Earls member Shawn Camp’s Male Vocalist of the Year win. It was a good night indeed for the five-piece traditional bluegrass band.

Hosted by the Local 518′s own premiere bluegrass band the Gibson Brothers, the big bluegrass bash also inducted Woodstock banjo master Bill Keith into the the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

The Gibson Brothers – themselves two-time Entertainer of the Year award winners – were nearly shut out at this year’s ceremony, their lone trophy going to Jesse Brock as Mandolin Player of the Year. He had also won the award in 2009.

Here’s the complete list of winners of the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards:

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Explore Historic Fab Four Sites in NYC

October 7th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg
Strawberry Fields, Central Park

Strawberry Fields, Central Park

Carnegie Hall…
The Plaza Hotel…
The Dakota Apartments…
The Ed Sullivan Theater…
Strawberry Fields in Central Park…

Experience first-hand some of the most significant New York City sites in the musical history of the Fab Four on Saturday, October 17 on Rick Bedrosian’s Beatles New York City Walking Tour. A chartered bus will depart from Yankee Trails in Rensselaer at 7am and return at approximately 9:30pm.

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10/7/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

October 7th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Nick Lowe @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Whether you prefer The Jesus of Cool or Pure Pop for Now People, there’s no denying the fine British craftsmanship of his songs. He drops into Hudson tonight for a solo show prior to going back out on the road with Los Straitjackets for another holiday tour in December. With Nashville-based folk-roots-pop singer-songwriter Josh Rouse. 8pm. $45 & $65.

Nick Lowe (photo by Ed Conway)

Nick Lowe (photo by Ed Conway)

MUSIC: Shania Twain @ Times Union Center, Albany. “Damn, I feel like a woman…” The pre-Taylor Swift country-pop crossover queen originally announced that the Rock This Country Tour would be her farewell, but now she seems to be hedging her bets. With Gavin DeGraw. 7:30pm. $46, $66, $86 & $136. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled due to illness. GO HERE for more info…

FILM/MUSIC: Silent Film Spectacular @ Albany Public Library, Albany. The film is “Dementia” with an original score performed live by Blacklight Lighthouse. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Wood Brothers @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. If you missed ‘em at the Upstate Concert Hall last weekend, well, now you get another chance to catch ‘em live. In support of their brand new album, Paradise, recorded at Dan Auerbach’s East Eye Sound Studios. With Gill Landry. 7:30pm. $25 & $35.

THEATER: “4000 Miles” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Amy Herzog’s Obie Award-winning odd couple dramatic comedy kicks off the 2015-16 season at Cap Rep. He’s a millennial, 21, a ball of energy and contradictions still taking shape with every word he utters. She’s his grandmother, a Greenwich Village lefty, 70 years his senior, and cut from even older cloth, wise enough to know when to hold her tongue. Directed by Stephen Nachamie. 2 & 7:30pm. $20-$50.

OPEN MIC: Poetry Open Mic Night @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. with featured readers Susan Fantl Spivack and James Schlett. 7pm. $5.

CANCELLED: Shania Twain @ Albany’s Times Union Center

October 6th, 2015, 5:10 pm by Greg

Originally slated for Wednesday (October 7), Shania Twain’s concert with Gavin DeGraw at Albany’s Times Union Center has been cancelled due to illness. Due to her touring itinerary, the concert will not be re-scheduled.

Twain’s Rock This Country tour has also been cancelled for tonight (Tuesday, October 6), originally scheduled for the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Twain’s doctors have apparently advised her to rest for several days after she was diagnosed with a respiratory infection, and she is currently scheduled to resume her tour on Friday (October 9) at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.

Ticket refunds for Wednesday’s Times Union Center concert are currently available at the place of purchase…

If you’re a Shania fan, of course, you’re bummed, but probably not as disappointed as Janne Pettersen, who posted on Facebook: “Hope you get better soon Shania. … but we are so dissapointed…. We came all the way from Norway Just for this concert in Albany NY. ….”

LIVE: Jazz at the Lake @ Shepard Park, 9/19/15 (Day One)

October 6th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Jason Marsalis

Jason Marsalis

Review and photographs by J Hunter
Additional photographs by Rudy Lu, Richard Brody, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Stanley Johnson

When dressing for the Jazz at the Lake festival, you usually have to hedge your bets. While last year’s torrential downpour was an anomaly, the average temperature in Shepard Park can be anywhere from mildly pleasant to downright chilly – and that’s during the daytime! On this day, though, you would have thought it was mid-summer: Sunny, temps in the mid-80s, and almost every leaf you saw was a deep, dark green. As a matter of fact, we needed the breeze off Lake George to keep things tolerable. In any case, even if the weather wasn’t hot, the music certainly was, as we saw one of the most adventurous bills in festival history.

Guitarist Julian Lage knows about how cold it can get in Shepard Park: Both Lage and bassist Scott Colley had to blow on their hands to keep warm when they played with the New Gary Burton Quartet during the evening set in 2013. For that set, Lage played the Linda Manzer electric/acoustic rig with which he’d established his unique sound. When the NYC transplant stepped onto the stage at Lake George this year with his new trio (featuring Colley and legendary drummer Kenny Wolleson), Lage was packing the white Fender Danocaster he’d used to blow people’s heads off when he played with Eric Harland Voyager at Skidmore’s Zankel Music Center last year. And while this audience kept their heads on their shoulders, it wasn’t because Lage wasn’t trying.

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LIVE: Lucius @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, 9/18/15

October 6th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

There certainly wasn’t much off-campus promotion for the Saratoga Springs debut of the captivating alt-pop band Lucius, but if you missed it, well, all I can say is that you just gotta stay tuned to

Just two days after a knock-out show at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, the Brooklyn-based indie popsters slipped quietly onto the Skidmore College campus for a free concert to help kick-off the new school semester.

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October 6th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf

Interview and story by Don Wilcock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The older I get the more I realize that it’s the veterans who stick with it who get all the toys in the end and win life’s game. Peter Wolf – who plays The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany on Saturday night (October 10) with his solo band the Midnight Travelers – finally has all the toys. He’s just off a tour with the J. Geils Band – the hit-making urban soul-rocking behemoth that scored big in the 1970s with “Looking for Love,” “Must of Got Lost” and their No. 1 hit “Centerfold” – which included a stop at the Times Union Center opening for Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band last December.

He’s excited about playing The Egg again, one of his favorite venues, but he had to delay our recent phone interview by three hours because he was in the studio working on his next solo album, and he began our conversation graciously:

A: First of all, I want to apologize for things having gotten moved around.

Q: No apology necessary. When the muse calls, you go.

A: Yeah! I got a new record that’s coming out in March. We’re almost done negotiations on it, so I’d rather just say it’s coming out in March. The title is still just being formulated. There are several up for choosing, but it’ll definitely be hitting the highways and byways in March.

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Theater Review: “The Homecoming” @ the Unicorn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

October 6th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
 L to R: Rocco Sisto, John Rothman, Rylan Morsbach,David Barlow, Tara Franklin and Joey Collins. Photo by Michelle McGrady.

L to R: Rocco Sisto, John Rothman, Rylan Morsbach,David Barlow, Tara Franklin and Joey Collins. Photo by Michelle McGrady.

Theater review by Roseann Cane

Harold Pinter’s plays make great demands on actors. Ideally, the hallmark “Pinter pause” or “Pinter silence” should be at least as communicative and rich as the spoken dialogue, if not more so. I’ve seen productions where I can feel an actor ticking off the seconds until he or she speaks, and this can render the entire play tedious and slow and one-dimensional.

In a speech presented in 1962 to a student drama festival, Pinter said, “There are two silences. One when no word is spoken. The other when perhaps a torrent of language is being employed. This speech is speaking of a language locked beneath it. That is its continual reference. The speech we hear is an indication of that which we don’t hear. It is a necessary avoidance, a violent, sly, anguished or mocking smoke screen which keeps the other in its place. When true silence falls we are still left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.”

It gives me great joy to report that this production of The Homecoming, beautifully directed by Eric Hill, boasts sterling actors who are not only up to the task, but inspired, fierce, funny, and fully realized.

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