LIVE: Winterpills / the Suitcase Junket @ Caffe Lena, 2/20/15

March 5th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Winterpills with Matthew Loiacono

Winterpills with Matthew Loiacono

Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

For one of the best albums of 2014, Winterpills paired down to the acoustic duo of Flora Reed and Philip Price on Echolalia, a sparkling collection of cover tunes originally by the likes of everyone from Buddy Holly to Nick Drake to Sharon Van Etten.

Last month at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, the twosome proved to be just as captivating as they are in full-band mode, whether showcasing material from the new album (Lisa Germano’s “From a Shell” was particularly impressive) or dipping into their back catalog for gems like their show-closing “Feather Blue.”

They also got a bit of vocal help from Saratoga’s own Matthew Loiacano (of Rosary Beard) on one selection.

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LIVE: The Flurry @ Saratoga Springs, 2/14/15 (Part I)

March 5th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

Dance Flurry

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The true blue Flurry fans weren’t about to let some snow flurries get in the way of a jam-packed weekend of singing and dancing, of playing and listening to music that makes you want to kick up your heels. And while there was a snow emergency in effect throughout Saratoga Springs, the spirit was warm and welcoming at more than a dozen indoor venues that hosted a wide variety of Flurry events, from concerts to dance parties to workshops to jam sessions.

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“Available Light” Brings Lucinda Childs, John Adams and Frank Gehry Together Again at MASS MoCA, March 6-8 [Berkshire on Stage]

March 5th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Sara
Available Light

“Available Light” is reimagined at Mass MoCA as choreographer Lucinda Childs, set designer Frank Gehry and composer John Adams are artists in residence at MASS MoCA.

By Larry Murray

Lucinda Childs, one of the most celebrated choreographers of the modern era, revives her seminal 1983 collaboration with composer John Adams and architect Frank Gehry. During an extended artistic residency at North Adams’ confluence of visual and performing arts, MASS MoCA, Childs remounts “Available Light,” which features an updated version of Childs’ choreography and Gehry’s striking set. The work-in-progress preview performances will take place in the museum’s Hunter Center at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (March 6 & 7) and at 3pm on Sunday (March 8).

“Available Light” was commissioned by and had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art in 1983. The piece was originally conceived as a site-specific work, in which the museum’s large, warehouse-style performance venue, called the Temporary Contemporary, played an integral role. Lucinda Childs’ signature style of choreography, much of which she established in this work, merged with Frank Gehry’s stunning two-story Constructivist set and John Adams’s original, textured score, “Light Over Water.”

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Another New Concert Announced for SPAC

March 5th, 2015, 12:53 pm by Greg

The Zac Brown Band is slated to return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, September 6.

The band will roll into the Spa City in support of their fourth studio album, Jeckyll + Hyde, which is slated for release on April 28. It sounds as though the rockin’ country band is diversifying its sound with the new album, which features special guests Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden) and pop singer Sara Bareilles.

Details regarding ticket info will be updated as announced. Stay tuned…

UPDATE: Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday, March 20. Prices still TBA…

Bands Announced for Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival

March 5th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

Despite last year’s loss of founder Pete Seeger, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival carries on the tradition of music and environmental activism. The two-day festival returns to the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park in Croton-On-Hudson again on Saturday & Sunday, June 20-21.

Early Bird tickets are on sale now through Monday, March 23 at $48 per day; $72 for a weekend pass. Kids age 12 and under are free. Clearwater members receive 20% off. Camping passes are also available.

The 2015 Clearwater Festival welcomes a diverse group of established and emerging talent. Here’s the line-up of artists confirmed for this summer’s fest:

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MARCH 5: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

March 5th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg


Throwback Thursday? Oh yeah. So we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of March 5 concerts through the years…

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ArtBeat: What To See

March 5th, 2015, 10:00 am by Sara


Works  by Maria Mangano @ Courthouse Gallery

Works by Maria Mangano @ Courthouse Gallery

Prints and Installations: New Work by Maria Mangano @ Courthouse Gallery, Lake George. Prints, works on paper and installations by Maria Mangano, who focuses on the intersection of nature, museums, academia and science to address issues of wildness, wilderness, conservation, memory and humanness. Opening reception: Saturday, March 7, 4-6pm. (Through April 10)

Paintings by Wren Panzella @ Sorelle Gallery

Paintings by Wren Panzella @ Sorelle Gallery

Wren Panzella: Color in Movement @ Sorelle Gallery, Albany. Wren Panzella’s works depicting music and baseball are explosions of color. Opens Friday, March 6. (Through April 9)

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3/5/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

March 5th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Moon Worship @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Pick Your King, CJ Champagne and Inch. 8pm.

MUSIC: Annie in the Water @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Switch @ the Low Beat, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers Burrito Bar, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts the Local 518 showcase featuring Birds of the Northeast, Dom Pat, Jeremy Gold and Matthew Pryce. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Souvenir” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the comedy with heart is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who rose to fame for her annual, sold-out, opera recitals at Carnegie Hall. Crowds went wild when she tackled the most difficult arias. The only trouble was that she could not sing. Not a note. 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through March 22.

MUSIC: Toy Cities @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. With the Love Ways. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Tommy Verrigni @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Waiting for Godot” @ Confetti Stage, Albany. Samuel Beckett’s classic tragicomedy directed by Linda D. Shirey. “Nothing to be done…” 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Westhuizen Duo @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The piano duo of Sophie & Pierre van der Westhuizen performs Brahms’ Sonata for Two Pianos, Op. 34b; Mack’s American Groove; Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children.

THEATER: “Annie” @ Proctors, Schenectady. “The sun will come out TOMORROW…” 1:30 & 8pm. $20-$85. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Matty Finn @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. 6pm.

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