From CRUMBS Blog: Andrew Gregory serves up a photo array of the musicians who performed along the route of the fourth annual SPAC Rock & Run on 5/19/13
From Berkshire On Stage: What’s the best art museum in Massachusetts? The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown? MASS MoCA in North Adams? No, according to The Times of London, the best art museum in the state is the Museum of Bad Art in Boston. And Larry Murray has a problem with that choice…
Bassist/guitarist Pete Donnelly has been a busy guy. Of course, he still helps fuel the former-Nippertown power-popsters the Figgs. And the Figgs have occasionally served as Graham Parker’s back-up band (at least until GP reunited with the Rumour). For a while there, he was also anchoring Terry Adams’ resurrected NRBQ, as well, though he did leave the ‘Q back in September. And he also released his solo album When You Come Home at the end of 2011, and he’s toured extensively in support of that, too.
Yes, today (May 24) we celebrate Bob Dylan’s 72nd birthday.
To mark the occasion, radio station WEXT 97.7FM is playing the Bob Dylan 100 (much better than the Indianapolis 500). The countdown began at 8am.
In a slightly belated celebration, the Bearsville Theater in Dylan’s old hometown of Woodstock will be hosting an all-star Bob Dylan Birthday celebration at 8pm on Sunday (May 26), a benefit fundraiser for the Woodstock Day School. For more details and the impressive line-up of performers, just go here…
And don’t forget that Bob Dylan himself will be back at SPAC this summer, heading into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, July 21, when he’ll join Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham in the Americanarama Music Festival.
MUSIC: SPAC Battle of Bands After-Party @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. It’s the official SPAC Battle of the Bands after-party featuring performances by the North & South Dakotas and VONTUS, as well as the newly crowned 2013 SPAC BoB winner. 10pm. $7; FREE with SPAC Battle of the Bands ticket stub.
Pete Seeger and Peggy Seeger (photos by Rudy Lu courtesy of The Eighth Step)
Review by Charlie Braverman
Photographs (from soundcheck) by Rudy Lu
It is still Pete’s season.
Saw Pete Seeger last weekend. So old, he has outlived his singing voice, which died a quiet death years ago… but was it from old age – or a vast right wing conspiracy, you decide.
Played to a packed house of doddering devotees, average age topping 72 years old. The concert, itself, was so long (over three hours) that seven audience members dropped dead of natural causes over the course of the evening. A concert that long mixed with an audience that old, you naturally expect some ‘spillage.’ “And the big fool said, push on…”
[NOTE: nobody died during the performance; that was hyperbole.]
We’re giving away a pair of FREE tickets to two different events that are happening on Friday night (May 24). So if you want to kick off your Memorial Day weekend with some rockin’, but you find yourself a bit low on dough, just throw your email address into the ring…
“Take the elevator down one floor. Hurry, the meet and greet has already begun!,” the merchandise vendor tells me just after I have purchased a gatefold copy of Eric Burdon’s new LP, ‘Til Your River Runs Dry. So much for thinking there will be time to grab a cold beverage. I sprint to the nearest elevator seconds before its doors close.
One flight down, I exit to see approximately 20 fans queued up within two velvet ropes. Many are clutching Burdon’s recent CD. Some have old vinyl albums by the Animals; one appears to have dug up a dog-eared paperback copy of “The Rolling Stone Guide to Music.” All anticipate an autograph and a photo opportunity with Eric Burdon, who is dressed in black from head to toe. A large peace sign adorns his t-shirt, and he is wearing sunglasses tonight. A vintage bottle of red wine is set at the table to his left, and his glass appears half full.
Initially, a few get their items signed, and yet things quickly get weird. Event organizers walk down the line, telling those of us who are waiting that there will be absolutely no autographs. Their tone is terse, yet absurdly so. They say something about the headlining set being on a time constraint; meanwhile, Burdon accepts a Sharpie pen, signs another album, poses for a photo. He is gregarious and smiling – he is in no hurry. The event staff reiterates the “no autographs” directive with the finesse of Dean Wormer admonishing the hapless pledges in “Animal House.”
Pick a Point in a Picture: New Mind Model Works @ Uncommon Grounds, Albany. Thirty digital collages by George Guarino that are meant to serve as focal points for meditation, self-growth and insight. Guarino will be on hand to discuss his process for enhanced viewing of the artwork on Friday, May 24, 7-9pm and again on Friday, June 28, 7-9pm. (Through July 2)
Jason Middlebrook: Inspired by Asian Pear Wrapping @ MASS MoCA
Jason Middlebrook @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. For the past decade, Jason Middlebrook has been exploring the complex relationship between man and nature in his sculptures, installations, paintings and large-scale drawings. Responding to the unusual scale of MASS MoCA’s gallery, the artist will be working with planks that in some instances reach tree-like heights, while others will retain a human scale. Middlebrook will also debut a new monumental mobile that will function like a fountain within the gallery. Titled Falling Water after Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Kaufman residence, the work continues the artist’s exploration of manufactured nature while adding a twist to Wright’s notions of living in harmony with the environment. Opens May 26. (Through April 7)