10/24/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

October 24th, 2014, 7:57 am by Greg

MUSIC: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The virtuoso banjo duo of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn embraces a diversity that stretches from the traditional to the groundbreaking with just two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck’s riveting and adventurous musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar in texture. 8pm. $25, $34 & $42.

MUSIC: Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Les Claypool & Co. pay tribute to the music of the original “Willy Wonka” film and then go wonking through a batch of the greatest hits, too. 8pm. $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $44.50 & $54.50.

MUSIC: Lip Talk @ the Low Beat, Albany. Yes, it’s the band’s first Albany show since changing their name from Railbird, but Sarah Pedinotti’s voice and imagination are as charming and captivating as ever. With Better Pills and Alexander Turnquist. 9pm.

MUSIC: Johnny Mathis @ Proctors, Schenectady. “Chances Are.” “Misty.” “It’s Not for Me to Say.” And too many other hits to count, the sublime singer celebrates his 58th year in the music business with an orchestra conducted by Scott Lavender. With comedian Brad Upton. 8pm.

MUSIC: Buffalo Stack @ Keegan Ales, Kingston. The Hudson Valley-based Americana rockers do their thing in support of their recently released self titled debut album. 9pm. FREE. GO HERE for a recent concert review…

MUSIC: Mary Chapin Carpenter @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. The five-time Grammy Award-winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer offers an intimate acoustic performance. With special guest Tift Merritt. 8pm. $28.50, $38.50 & $48.50.

MUSIC: John Menegon Quartet @ the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Great Hall, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz presents the Hudson Valley bassist and his band – Tineke Postma (sax), Frank Kimbrough (piano) and Matt Wilson (drums) – in support of Menegon’s new album I Remember You. 7:30pm. $15.

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LIVE: The Alexis Cole Quintet @ A Place for Jazz, 10/10/14

October 23rd, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Alexis Cole

Alexis Cole

Photographs by Rudy Lu

Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole has made an impressive impact on audiences ever since she first took the stage as a teenager. She won the 2007 Jazzmobile competition and received an award in the Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition. And she handily won over another batch of new fans earlier this month when she made her debut at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Great Hall as the third installment of A Place for Jazz’s fall concert series.

She had plenty of support from her ace band featuring smooth-as-silk saxman Eric Alexander and 78-year-old veteran pianist Harold Mabern, as they wove their way through a well-chosen selection of Great American Songbook standards (from “All the Things You Are” to “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To”), blues (“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”) and originals (highlighted by Mabern’s “Such Is Life”), as well as a show-closing romp through Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz,” featuring a call-and-response between Cole and bassist David Finck).

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Festival Fever: Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam on Saturday

October 23rd, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

The inaugural Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam takes place at the Olympic Center’s 1932 Rink in Lake Placid on Saturday (October 25) with a solid line-up of both traditional and contemporary bluegrass artists on two stages throughout the day, including headliners Sam Bush and the Del McCoury Band.

Tickets are $55 & $80 in advance; $65 & $90 at the door. Doors open at 12noon, and the music starts at 12:30pm.

Here’s the complete schedule for the fest:

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ArtBeat: What To See

October 23rd, 2014, 2:00 pm by Sara


Works by Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary @ Sienna Patti

Works by Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary @ Sienna Patti

Where Blue Hides After Dark @ Sienna Patti, Lenox. Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary presents work from her latest series, Karma Chroma. (Through November 16)

Alexandra Dauz: The Smiths @ Limner Gallery

Alexandra Dauz: The Smiths @ Limner Gallery

A Show of Heads @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. The Limner’s annual group portraiture show, in a wide variety of media. Opening reception: Saturday, October 25, 5-7pm. (Through November 22)

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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

October 23rd, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

The subdudes’ soulful frontman Tommy Malone brings his side-project band to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock in support of his new solo album, Poor Boy. The concert takes place at 9pm on Friday, November 21, and tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Other newly added shows on the Bearsville concert calendar include comedian Ralphie May at 9pm on Friday, December 5 ($29, $39, $49 & $99); twangmaster Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun’s annual Holiday Honky-Tonk Tour at 7pm on Sunday, December 7 ($20); and the Winter Solstice Concert with Happy Traum & Friends at 8pm on Saturday, December 13 ($25, $45 & $65).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Citizen Cope has been added to the concert calendar at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday (October 27).

DigiTour 2014 featuring up-and-comers Andrea Russett, Brent Rivera, Andrew Lowe, Sammy Wilk, Rickey Thompson and Kenny Holland lands at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 4pm on Saturday, December 20. Tickets are $25 in advance; $28 at the door. Also new at UCH, August Burns Red with Miss May I, Northlane and Erra at 7pm on Saturday, January 24 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Quiet Music Festival makes its east coast debut at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs featuring Sun Foot, Rosary Beard, Melissa Chilinski, Lizzi Bougatsos, Hush Arbors, Dragging an Ox Through Water, David Greenberger and Trinie Dalton. Admission is free.

Headed into Club Helsinki in Hudson in support of her new album Slow Phaser, singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins takes the stage for a Valentine’s Day concert at 9pm on Saturday, February 14. Ticket price TBA.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In support of their new album Similar Skin, Umphrey’s McGee makes a tour stop at the Palace Theatre in Albany. Tauk opens the show. Tickets go on sale at 1pm on Thursday, October 30.

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OCTOBER 23: On This Date in Nippertown Music History…

October 23rd, 2014, 10:16 am by Greg


Throwback Thursday? Yeah, so we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Music History. Check out our round-up of October 23rd concerts through the years…

2013: Phish @ Glens Falls Civic Center
2012: Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie @ Glens Falls Civic Center
2011: Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three @ Caffe Lena
2010: Maura O’Connell and Paul Brady @ The Egg
2009: Farmer Jason @ The Linda/Jason Ringenberg @ Valentine’s Music Hall
2008: Rodney Crowell @ The Egg
2007: The Wiggles @ the Times Union Center
2006: The Wiggles @ the Pepsi Arena
2005: Four Bitchin’ Babes @ The Egg
2004: Blotto and Fear of Strangers @ Revolution Hall
2003: The Slip and Townhall @ Revolution Hall
1998: The Figgs and the Vodkasonics @ Valentine’s Music Hall
1994: Offspring and Rancid @ Saratoga Winners
1993: Leslie West @ Dudek’s
1992: The Either/Orchestra @ A Place for Jazz
1990: Johnny Van Zandt and the Matt Smith Band @ Saratoga Winners
1991: Van Halen and Alice in Chains at the Knickerbocker Arena
1989: Jethro Tull and It Bites @ RPI’s Houston Field House
1987: Johnny Cash @ Proctors
1984: Bang Zoom @ 288 Lark

10/23/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

October 23rd, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Allen Toussaint & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Two bona fide legends of the rich New Orleans music scene join forces for one wail of a show. Let the good times roll… 8pm. $36, $42 & $70.

MUSIC: Courtney Barnett & the Courtney Barnetts @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Hot off the heels of a sold-out run of shows in her native Australia and New Zealand, Barnett will be playing songs from her critically acclaimed The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas on her U.S. tour, co-headlining with the sublime San Fermin. Norwegian singer-songwriter Mikhael Paskalev opens, previewing his upcoming U.S. debut EP, Sayonara Saigon, slated for release next week.

MUSIC: John “Papa” Gros Band @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. It’s the official Toussaint/Pres. Hall after-party with more New Orleans music from Hammond B3 organist-singer Gros with his band – guitarist Brian Stoltz (the Neville Brothers, the Funky Meters), drummer Eric Bolivar (Pimps of Joytime) and bassist Eric Vogel (Big Sam’s Funky Nation). Let the good times keep on rollin’… 10pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Quiet Music Festival @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The east coast premiere of the Portland, Oregon festival that celebrates emotional, vibrant, and low-volume music honoring the quiet act of listening. Featuring Sun Foot, Rosary Beard, Melissa Chilinski & special guests, Lizzi Bougatsos, Hush Arbors, Dragging an Ox Through Water, David Greenberger and Trinie Dalton. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Folk music legends John Sebastian and Happy Traum will be joined in the round by fingerstyle guitarists Kinloch Nelson, Craig D’Andrea and Maycn Taylor, performing everything from jazz to classical, Celtic, folk and today’s modern guitar music. 8pm. $25.$35 & $45.

MUSIC: Cabinet @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bluegrass/Americana band. With the Black River Fox Project. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; free students and children.

TALK: Leslie James Pickering @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. A decade after exercising his free speech rights in support of the underground Earth Liberation Front, the longtime environmental activist is still under heavy federal surveillance… and fighting back. 7pm.

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LIVE: Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/11/14

October 22nd, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Bokonon

Chris Thile has eight strings. Edgar Meyer has four. That doesn’t mean Thile is twice as good, or that Meyer has to work twice as hard. It just means they rock, good lord, they rock. In a classical way. In a new acoustic way. In, damn it, just about every way.

Thile and Meyer brought their thing to the Troy Saving Bank Music Hall mid-month and summarily destroyed the minds of hundreds of helpless people who simply wanted to hear some tunes. Mind you, many of these helpless hundreds were musicians themselves, or so they thought. They left in knee pants.

It’s not Italian jazz or speedmetal. It’s not the Great Kat, Yngwie Malmsteen or even Paganini. Thile and Meyer can apply the speed, but that’s not the only trick in the bag.

Ritchie Blackmore’s solo on “Highway Star.” That’s what we’re talking about. Follow? It’s a Bach situation.

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