As an appetizer for the Weird Al Yankovic’s Proctors concert later in the day, Jim “Kimo” West played an afternoon concert at Proctors’ Underground. Many people know West as the long time guitarist in Weird Al’s band, but what is lesser known is that he’s also a master of the Hawaiian slack key style guitar.
Slack key refers to the tuning of the guitar – instead of the normal tuning, the guitar is tuned to what is called open tuning where some of the strings are loosened of “slackened” down, usually so that when strummed, they formed chords without additional fingerings. When combined with a fingerstyle of playing, rather than using a pick, it results in a ringing quality to the chords. This harkens back to the Mexican vaqueros, who were brought in to teach the Hawaiians how to tend their herds of cattle. They brought their guitars with them. These guitars were left behind and picked up by the locals who, not knowing how to tune them, just did so to what sounded good to them, resulting in several different tunings.
Virginia-based husband and wife Robin & Linda Williams wrapped up this summer’s fabulous Riverlink Park concert series in Amsterdam with a duo performance of old-time folk and country music. It’s such a shame more people didn’t come to see these two past regulars on NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion” and frequent guests on “Mountain Stage.”
Six years ago they helped celebrate Caffe Lena’s 50th anniversary by playing a double-bill with Arlo Guthrie at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center with a sold out evening of great music. And they’ve been regulars on the Greater Nippertown circuit, from the Eighth Step to the Old Songs Festival.
(l to r) David Adkins, Kristen van Ginhoven and Corinna May
The summer has been exciting for the team at WAM Theatre as the seven-year-old Berkshire-based theater company has received three substantial competitive grants, been honored by the National Philanthropy Day Committee, been nominated for a Berkshire Trendsetter Award and a Nonprofit Awareness Day Excellence Award – and WAM’s Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven was recently invited to attend the Women’s Leadership Conference in San Francisco.
“Excellence comes in all shapes and sizes. This is what I was told when I received the call informing me that WAM Theatre was awarded the Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation award from the National Philanthropy Day Committee. What a wonderful acknowledgement of our work!” exclaimed van Ginhoven. “WAM has been the lucky recipient of an incredible number of awards and accolades this year. We feel lucky that our double philanthropic mission has received such esteemed recognition. As a young, fast growing company, we are incredibly grateful for these votes of confidence in our work and look forward to our continued impact into the future.”
Planning for next summer’s concert season yet? If so, you might want to pay attention to the notice recently posted on Mountain Jam’s website:
Since its inception in 2005, Mountain Jam has been held at the end of May/early June. However for 2017, we have decided to move the date to June 16-18, 2017 in an effort to prevent weather cancellations or delays and increase our chances of sunny days and clear mountain nights.
Michael Franti often says that you get to experience ALL four seasons at Mountain Jam, however after 12 Mountain Jam festivals we decided it was finally time to push the date ahead, focusing on two ideal seasons Spring and Summer!
If you’ve already purchased tickets for Mountain Jam’s previously announced 2017 festival dates, GO HERE for instructions…
The Irish music ensemble brings their angelic vocals and violin virtuosity to the stage with their Voice of Angels Tour. The group’s uplifting mix of traditional and contemporary craft music transcends national and cultural borders to touch the hearts of a large and loyal international fanbase.
Tickets are priced at $42, $62 & $102 and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Wednesday, October 5.
TALK: The Great Porn Debate @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. You thought Monday’s debate was interesting? In this multi-faceted debate between Pastor Craig Gross and Ron Jeremy, all aspects of the pornography issue are discussed and examined. 7pm. $10.
MUSIC: Ace Frehley @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and founding guitarist of KISS fires it up. With Nashville-bases rock trio Simo. 8pm. $60.
THEATER: “Outside Mullingar” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s opening night. This charmer of a play by Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley whisks you away on a delightful journey to the farmlands of Ireland and the unlikely romance between two middle-aged neighbors. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, October 16.
MUSIC: Graham Nash @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer celebrates the release of his latest solo album, This Path Tonight. No Crosby, No Stills. No Young… 7:30pm. $39.50-$79.50.
ARTIST TALK: Jennifer Kabat @ UAlbany’s University Art Museum, Albany. From the Hudson River School to drones, the talk by the essayist/blogger is a meditation on travel, writing, and the search for meaning in contemporary art and American culture. 7pm. FREE.