LIVE: Sean Rowe @ Cohoes Canal Square, 8/1/14

September 2nd, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Sean Rowe

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Singer-songwriter and Troy native Sean Rowe has been playing a lot of house concerts lately, but he stepped out on a real stage – the Ernie Williams Stage at Cohoes’ Canal Square – last month for a knock-out free Friday evening show that offered a sneak peek at some of the tunes from his upcoming third album, Madman, due out next Tuesday (September 9). You don’t have to wait til then to hear the album, though. It’s currently streaming at NPR’s First Listen

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LIVE: Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival @ MASS MoCA, 7/16-8/2/14

September 2nd, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Here’s a quick, minute-and-a-half recap of the two-and-a-half week annual residency of Bang On a Can at MASS MoCA in North Adams this summer. It’s always challenging and always fun, too, full of the unexpected. If this looks like fun to you, stop by next summer…

“Body Language” and “Homespun” Inhabit Public Spaces [Get Visual]

September 2nd, 2014, 2:00 pm by Sara
Sang Wook Lee: Fork and Knife, 2014, silk, silkscreen  and hand embroidered cotton thread

Sang Wook Lee: Fork and Knife, 2014, silk, silkscreen
and hand embroidered cotton thread

Reviews by David Brickman

When Howard Schultz bought Starbucks in 1983, his goal for the business was to provide “a third place between work and home,” where people would meet, work and relax, thereby forming a sense of community in a coffee-shop setting. A similar process goes on in art spaces, which can range from elegant museums to commercial galleries to – you got it – coffee shops, and which also provide the opportunity to form a sense of community. The greater Capital Region offers many options in that range, and they all contribute significantly to a vibrant scene that I think is underappreciated both within and beyond this geography.

Get Visual aims to explore and expound upon that scene (with occasional digressions beyond), and I am pleased to be returning to it after a long hiatus. This post will be the first of many to come under a new plan to write as often as possible around my full-time job – probably just once or twice a month but, at least, regularly. Please spread the word to your interested friends.

Two shows that recently caught my attention happen to share important characteristics, though they are distinct. Presented neither in museum nor commercial settings, these shows each occupy a type of “third place” in the exhibition realm: spaces that are devoted to significant public purposes apart from art, but which also host high-quality, curated exhibitions.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

Mac-Haydn Theatre Continues with the “All Night Strut,” Sept. 5-14 [Berkshire on Stage]

September 2nd, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
Strutting onto The Mac-Haydn Theatre stage in nearby Chatham, NY September 5 through 14. are Phil Sloves, Sarah Talbot, La’Nette Wallace and Don Seldon.

Strutting onto the Mac-Haydn Theatre stage in nearby Chatham, September 5-14 are Phil Sloves, Sarah Talbot, La’Nette Wallace and Don Seldon.

Labor Day doesn’t mean the end of the fun at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. No sir. In fact, this energetic theater invites you to strut back in time to the music of the 1930’s and 1940’s in The All Night Strut, playing a special schedule September 5-14. The All Night Strut is a classy and sassy musical bonanza that has all the special sounds from the depression and lowdown Harlem jive to WWII and stage door canteens to the sophistication of both uptown and downtown night club elegance. You’ll tap your toes and go home humming as jazz, blues, bop and classics bring back the romance, dance and delight of this inimitable musical era.

Starting with the full-throttle welcome of “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and ending with the excitement of “Lullaby of Broadway,” the over two dozen songs in between range from the plaintive depression anthem “Brother Can You Spare A Dime” to happier times of getting “In the Mood” and the syncopations of “Fascinating Rhythm.” There are reflections on the emotions of war with “G.I. Jive,” “White Cliffs of Dover” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.” You’ll also hear “Ain’t Misbehaving,” “Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar,” “A Fine Romance,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Jukebox Saturday Night,” “As Time Goes By” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing” plus many more as the show goes swinging and strutting along.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

THE DOZEN: September’s Must-See Concerts

September 2nd, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

You could call it Best Bets or Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. One entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so feel free to weigh in on what you think we missed.

Here’s The Dozen for September:

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Win FREE Tickets to Wild Ponies @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre on Friday

September 2nd, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

The Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany kicks off the fall season of its Eclectic Performances series with the Nippertown debut of Wild Ponies, the sweetly ass-kicking, subtly rocking, Nashville-based roots duo of Telisha and Doug Williams.

Touring in support of their latest album, Things That Used to Shine on Ditch Dog Records, the husband and wife duo offers dead right, honest songwriting delivered in a hauntingly beautiful and gritty neo-traditional Americana wrapper.

Wild Ponies make their Steamer No. 10 Theatre tour stop at 8pm Friday (September 5), and tickets are currently available for $13 in advance; $15 at the door.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE tickets to Friday night’s concert at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre. To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter in 12noon on Friday (September 5), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck!

Joie Calio, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

September 2nd, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
Joie Calio

Joie Calio

“Wow, let me think… I think that the first album that I actually bought with my own money was the Who’s Quadrophenia. I had a paper route, I saved my money, and I went into the store and purchased it myself.

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9/2/14: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

September 2nd, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 21st century big band jazz. 8pm. FREE. UPDATE: This performance has been postponed to Tuesday, September 9.

MUSIC: Alula @ the Half Moon, Hudson. A musical collaboration between Brooklyn-based Isabel Castellvi and Maine-based Mike O’hehir. With Amanda Jo Williams. 8pm.

MUSIC: Tuba Skinny @ Traghaven Whiskey Pub & Co., Tivoli. In just a few short years, Tuba Skinny has evolved from a loose collection of street musicians into a solid eight-piece ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional New Orleans sound to audiences around the world. 8pm. Donation encouraged.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. Featuring Sean Patrick Mulroy. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm open mic; 8pm slam. $5; $3 students.

MUSIC: Ned Spain @ Proctors, Schenectady. A lunchtime show playing the mighty Wurlitzer Goldie. 12noon. FREE.

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