LIVE: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, 7/16/15 (Day One)

July 28th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

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Review by Richard Brody
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Under a crystal clear blue sky in Oak Hill, the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival began with a stellar line-up and a multitude of activities on five stages. I spent almost all of my time at the High Meadow Stage that could accommodate the largest crowd. The line-up there featured a variety of bands from bluegrass traditionalists the Del McCoury Band to the jammy Infamous Stringdusters to relative newcomers the Stray Birds.

The Stray BirdsMaya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charlie Muench – are known for their tight playing, clear lead vocals and strong harmonies. While Muench stayed with his stand-up bass, Craven played Dobro, guitar, mandolin and fiddle with de Vitry on guitar and fiddle. Stand-outs in the set were two songs – “The Bells” and the title song from their most recent album Best Medicine. The former was a cautionary tale dedicated to all the people working for equality and featuring de Vitry on lead vocals with fine three-part harmony on the chorus. “Best Medicine,” with lead vocals by de Vitry and nice soloing by Craven on Dobro, featured three-part harmony on a chorus proclaiming music as the best medicine. They also paid tribute to their influences with some fine yodeling from bass man Muench on Jimmie Rodgers’ “Blue Yodel #7″ and Townes Van Zandt’s “Loretta” with three-part harmony throughout and fine mandolin work by Craven.

Bluegrass godfather Bill Monroe helped launch many a musical career. Two of his former Bluegrass Boys – Peter Rowan and Del McCoury – brought their own bands to Grey Fox. Rowan paid his respects with a number of Monroe’s tunes, including “Uncle Pen,” “Brown County Breakdown” and “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’” with superb support from his band – bassist Sharon Gilchrist, banjoman Keith Little, fiddler Blaine Spouse and Chris Henry, whose mandolin playing provided many of the set’s musical highlights. Rowan might not have the same vocal fire-power that he once did, but he pulled out some stellar yodeling on “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” Called back for encores, Rowan introduced one his selections with some amusing stories about his former boss’ pension for running a very tight touring ship and then launched into “Keepin’ It Between the Lines (Old School).”

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LIVE: Rustic Overtones @ Rockin’ On the River, 7/22/15

July 28th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Rustic Overtones

Rustic Overtones

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

WHAT: Rockin’ On the River
WHO: Rustic Overtones
WITH: Mirk
WHERE: The Green Island Bridge Parking Lot, Troy
WHEN: 5pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

UPCOMING: The next installment of the free Rockin’ On the River concert series takes place at Troy’s Green Island Bridge Parking Lot on Wednesday (July 29), featuring the Stevie Wonder tribute band Natural Wonder. The Beat*Shot Allstars kick off the show at 5pm.

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LIVE: Troy Pig Out @ Riverfront Park, 7/11/15

July 28th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
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Super 400

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

This year the annual Troy Pig Out was scaled back from two days to one single-day festival on Saturday, July 11, but Troy’s Riverfront Park was packed with lip-smacking variety of BBQ and a smokin’ selection of music from Maurizio, the Holly & Evan Band, the Matt Mirabile Band, Super 400 and horn-fueled headliners the Refrigerators.

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FEST: Eastbound Throwdown in Greenwich on Saturday

July 28th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

Those fine purveyors of “northern rock,” Eastbound Jesus are hosting their first-ever music festival right in their hometown on Saturday (August 1). The bash is slated to take place on the grounds at the Greenwich Elks Lodge with the gates opening at 12noon for a 10-hour, six-band bash.

Tickets are $18 in advance; $25 at the gate.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the inaugural Eastbound Throwdown:

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Massry Center for the Arts Announces 2015-2016 Season of Concerts

July 28th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Massry Center for the Arts at Albany’s College of Saint Rose has announced more than a dozen concerts for its 2015-2016 season, including virtuoso stringed instrumentalists Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Jake Shimabukuro, Andy McKee and more. The roster of shows includes returning favorites (“It’s a Jazzy Christmas” and zydeco master Terrance Simien), as well as plenty of new faces, including Stewart Copeland (the drummer for superstar rock band the Police) leading a new post-modern chamber ensemble.

The schedule also spotlights the second annual Bridge Jazz Festival, co-presented with the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and the 13th season of free chamber music concerts from the College of Saint Rose Camerata.

Tickets for the concerts are currently on sale.

Here’s the complete schedule for the Massry Center’s 2015-2016 season of concerts:

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New Concert Announced for the Times Union Center

July 28th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

Although there’s been no official word yet from Albany’s big downtown arena just yet, former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman-turned country music star Darius Rucker is bringing his Southern Style Tour to Albany’s Times Union Center on October 23, according to his website.

Up-and-coming country singer David Nail is slated to open the show.

More details and ticket info to come as soon as it’s announced…

Palace Theatre Announces New Show

July 28th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

A British tribute to the vintage soul music of Detroit? Yup…

“Dancing in the Streets: Motown’s Greatest Hits” is a tribute show that earned rave reviews in London’s West End, and now it’s gearing up for its maiden U.S. tour, including a stop at Albany’s Palace Theatre at at 7pm on Sunday, April 3.

The show features songs originally made famous by the Four Tops, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and many more…

Priced at $42, $48 & $58, tickets are available now to Palace members only and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (July 31).

7/28/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

July 28th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Primus @ Mountain Park, Holyoke. Singer/bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander are together again and rampaging through such gems as “Tommy the Cat,” “John the Fisherman,” “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver,” “My Name Is Mud,” “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” and more. With Dinosaur Jr. and the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (featuring Sean Lennon). 7pm. $39.50.

MUSIC: Occidental Gypsy @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The Boston-based Gypsy swing-jazz-fusion band features Eli Bishop on violin, Jeff Feldman on bass, Jeremy Frantz on guitar and vocals, Erick Cifuentes on drums and Brett Feldman on lead guitar. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Loren & Mark @ Town Park, Stony Creek. Guitar master duo. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ Dutch Apple Cruise, Albany. It’s time for another Howlin’ On the Hudson three-hour concert-cruise. 7pm departure.

MUSIC: Cayucas @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The LA-based band rolls into town in support of their new album, Dancing at the Blue Lagoon. This is the sound of kids from the suburbs who fantasize in Technicolor. 9pm.

MUSIC: Whiskey Highway @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Troy. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

THEATER: “Murder for Two” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Scott Schwartz directs the new musical murder mystery-comedy. 7:30pm. Through August 9.

MUSIC: Electric City Horns @ Cook Park, Colonie. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

MUSIC: Easy Money Big Band @ NBT Bank Lawn, Canajoharie. 7pm. FREE. The Music on Mainstreet concert series continues. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert schedule…

OPEN MIC: Open Mic with Cameron & Ryder @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 6pm sign-up; 7pm show. FREE.

COMEDY: Low Down Comedy Open Mic @ the Low Beat, Albany. 7:30pm sign-up; 8pm show.

FILM: “The Mighty Ducks” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. 1pm. FREE.

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