LIVE: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, 7/17/14

July 22nd, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Nickel Creek at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (photo by Dave Weiland)

Nickel Creek at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (photo by Dave Weiland)

Review by Bokonon
Photograph by Dave Weiland

Thursday night at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is usually something of a warm-up. That doesn’t mean it’s any lesser quality, simply that the biggest names tend to hit Friday and Saturday evening. Not so for 2014. The 25th Anniversary Reunion of Nickel Creek was easily the biggest news of the fest, and deservedly so.

Chris Thile and Sean and Sara Watkins, who evidently started picking in the womb, were long favorites of the fest, wowing everyone with their prodigious skills and raw youth. The trio is older now, sort of, with Sean topping out at a whopping 37 and the other two checking in at a withered and wizened (not!) 33.

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Song o’ the Week: Great Mutations’ “Vessel”

July 22nd, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

The Troy-based pop-rock trio Great Mutations – featuring drummer Ian White, bassist Mitchell Masterson and singer-guitarist Matthew Thouin – will be celebrating the release of their debut album, Cheap Stuff, with a party and performance at the Low Beat in Albany on Friday (July 25). The evening’s festivities are slated to kick off at 8pm with the Firs and Hammer Hawk. Admission is $5.

Real Good for FREE: Stony Creek’s Music in the Park

July 22nd, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Starline Rhythm Boys

The Starline Rhythm Boys

The Music in the Park Concert Series is churning out plenty of top-notch music this summer season at the Town Park in Stony Creek. The concerts take place at 7pm on Tuesdays in the park pavilion, rain or shine.

Here’s the upcoming line-up of bands for the 2014 season:

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James and Keira Naughton Preparing for Premiere of “Cedars” [Berkshire on Stage]

July 22nd, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
James Naughton stars in Cedars at the Berkshire Theatre Group.

James Naughton stars in Cedars at the Berkshire Theatre Group.

Berkshire Theatre Group presents James Naughton in the world premiere of Cedars at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge. Opening night is Saturday (July 26) at 8pm; preview performances begin on Wednesday (July 23) at 8pm and the production closes Saturday, August 9 at 8pm.

In this world premiere, two-time Tony Award-winner James Naughton takes the stage as Gabe in Eric Tarloff’s one-man comedy, a raw and witty exploration of an estranged father-son relationship. Cedars is directed by Naughton’s daughter, Keira Naughton, who is a long-time BTG artist. She has acted in productions including: Birthday Boy, Macbeth, Faith Healer and The Book Club Play and most recently directed a stage adaptation of Roman Fever by Edith Wharton which featured Kim Taylor and BTG’s Artistic Director, Kate Maguire in 2013.

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New Concert Announced for Washington Avenue Armory

July 22nd, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

They’re calling it simply “The World Tour.” Co-headlining headbangers Pierce the Veil and Sleeping With Sirens are headed out on a global assault, and along the way, they’ll be making a tour stop at Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory at 7pm on Friday, November 21. Beartooth and This Wild Life are slated to perform in the support slots.

Advance tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday (July 26) priced at $27.50. Ticket prices will be $32 on the day of the show.

Parade o’ Shoes: Chris Bergson

July 22nd, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

Parade of Shoes: Chris Bergson

Photograph by J Hunter

- Chris Bergson @ Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY, 6/30/13

Blues guitarist Chris Bergson leads his band in concert at Shepard Park in Lake George at 7:30pm on Wednesday (July 23), in support if his recently released album, “Live at Jazz Standard.” Admission is FREE.

Another New Concert Announced for The Egg

July 22nd, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Chris Isaak will be playing his wicked games at The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Tuesday, September 16. Priced at $59.50, $64.50 & $75, tickets are currently on sale to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (July 25).

RIP: Tom Healey

July 22nd, 2014, 9:00 am by Greg

As I wrote back in 2006 on the occasion of the release of their sophomore album, Tough Dog, “the Tom Healey Band once again proves they’re the Capital Region’s premiere blues band.”

Guitarist-vocalist-bandleader Tom Healey died earlier this week, and his passing leaves a major hole, not only in the Nippertown blues scene and the Local 518 music scene, but all throughout the Capital Region community. His band – formerly known as Good Friday – was an anchor all around town, frequently playing neighborhood clubs, the Hibernian Hall and a countless number of benefit shows. Healey played with the band just last weekend at the Albany Rail Yard.

At various times, his band featured such musicians as keyboardist Jason Ladanye, saxmen Brian Patneaude and Keith Pray, drummer Al Kash, bassist Adam Graham and many others over the years.

The Tom Healey Band’s debut album, Pearl Street, was hailed by regular Nippertown contributor Don Wilcock as “the best local blues album I’ve ever heard,” upon its release in 2001.

A longtime history teacher at Albany High School, Healey had only just retired from his day job a month ago.

Life can be very, very cruel…

Five Firsts: Tom Healey of the Tom Healey Band

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