New Release Rack: The Arthur Holmes Blues Band’s “I’m Waiting”

July 23rd, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Arthur Holmes Blues Band: I’m Waiting

Review and photographs by Wanda Calagy

I’m Waiting is the new CD recently released by the Pittsfield-based Arthur Holmes Blues Band, offering unique guitar sounds with moving lyrics sung and written by Arthur Holmes, bolstered by a strong bass style from John Worth and rhythmic beat from drummer Brian Forfa. Former bandmate Gary Smith also adds his flair on his Hammond B2 organ to the mix.

The band’s third album tells some moving stories, with all but two selections originals, and Holmes is proud of this latest accomplishment. The beginnings of this CD started a couple of years ago.

“I enjoy songwriting,” said Holmes. “We have been playing ‘Sand Road’ out at a few gigs before the release. That song is a condensed version of my life – much of my music is.”

Holmes’ favorite tune on the album is “Crying Time.” “When you listen, you will hear how I held onto certain notes for a long time,” he added. “We were in the studio for weeks, and a couple of pieces, such as ‘I’m Waiting’ had been stuck going around inside my head forever. The first two songs came easily, though I had not laid them all right out. I’ve worked with John for years, and he is a solid bass player. Brian joined the band a little over a year ago and is a great fit. I had worked with him in the past.”

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THEATER: Mark H. Dold as Alan Turing in “Breaking the Code” at Barrington Stage Company [Berkshire on Stage]

July 23rd, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
Mark H. Dold and the cast of "Breaking The Code" (photo: Kevin Sprague.)

Mark H. Dold and the cast of “Breaking The Code” (photo: Kevin Sprague)

Theatre Review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Gail M. Burns: If we had awards for theatrical achievement here in the Berkshires, I would immediately hand over the Best Actor in a Play award to Mark H. Dold for his tour de force portrayal of the complex and brilliant Alan Turing (1912-1954) in Breaking The Code, which is currently at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield. I understand that this was a role of great importance to him personally, and his dedication, commitment and hard work are evident.

Larry Murray: Yes, Dold is a major reason to see Hugh Whitemore’s play, it is a work that demands much from the person playing Alan Turing. In a pre-show interview, Dold summed up Turing this way: “He didn’t quite trust the human mind, it could be prone to make mistakes. He felt the only way to counter human error was to create a machine, a computer.”

And the play is designed as a bit of a puzzle starting in the middle, going back and forth in time and ending at the beginning, with his first true love.

Gail: Turing might admire the semi-cryptic style in which Whitemore has chosen to tell his life story.

Larry: Most people don’t know much about Turing, but he figured out how to break the Nazi enigma code and went on to develop the first computers and artificial intelligence. But tragedy was to be his lot, not because he was gay, but because he was honest about his homosexuality in England in the 1950′s when it was not only against the law, but terribly misunderstood, and considered a terrible security risk.

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LIVE: Super 400 / Wild Adriatic @ Rockin’ On the River, 7/2/14

July 23rd, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Super 400's Kenny Hohman  and Joe Daley

Super 400′s Kenny Hohman and Joe Daley

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Yes, every once in a long while, the Rockin’ On the River concert series veers off the path dedicated to tribute-bands-and-nothing-but-tribute-bands to showcase some of the Local 518′s finest – bands that actually play their own music.

That certainly was the case earlier this month when two of Nippertown’s hardest rockin’ trios – Super 400 and Wild Adriatic – teamed up for a dynamic double bill in the Troy’s Green Island Bridge parking lot earlier this month.

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

July 23rd, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

Let’s have another one for Weird Al…

Real Good for FREE: Performing Arts Family Series @ Clifton Common

July 23rd, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Performing Arts Family Series
Clifton Common, Clifton Park
7pm on Wednesdays
Admission, of course, is FREE.

Tonight (Wednesday, July 23)
Seth & the Moody Melix: Join the Local 518 children’s band for a fun and exciting multi-cultural musical experience designed not only to entertain, but also to educate.

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Two More New Shows Announced for The Egg

July 23rd, 2014, 9:01 am by Greg
Chris D’Elia

Chris D’Elia

On Monday, it was comedian Carly Aquilino

On Tuesday, it was Chris Isaak

Now, The Egg has announced two more two shows… the third and fourth of the week, and it’s only Wednesday.

Comedian Chris D’Elia – the star of the NBC-TV sitcom “Undateable” and former co-star on “Whitney” – will step into the spotlight at The Egg at 8pm on Thursday, September 25. Priced at $30, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday (July 25).

And there are more laughs in store at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 16 when the Italian Bad Boyz of Comedy – featuring Vic DiBitetto, Sam Fedele, Freddy Proia and Frank Santorelli – take over. Tickets are $40, $50 & $60.

7/23/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

July 23rd, 2014, 8:07 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Baseball Project @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A true all-star team featuring Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Linda Pitmon playing odes to the Great American Pastime. Yes, it’s the world where REM meets RBIs… 8pm. $18.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Rock Star Mayhem @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Four stages. 21 bands. One headbangin’ good time. Headliners by Main Stage bands Trivium (6:30pm), Asking Alexandria (7:15pm), Korn (8:15pm) and Avenging Sevenfold (9:45pm). Music starts at 1pm.

MUSIC: Quickstep Empire State Plaza at The Egg, Albany. Fiddle tunes, folk songs and fancy footwork from the southern Appalachians to the northern Adirondacks featuring John Kirk and Sara Milonovich (fiddles), Trish Miller (banjo), Greg Anderson (guitar) & Ed Lowman (bass). 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

READING: Rick Moody @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues. With Tom Healy. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Chris Bergson @ Shepard Park, Lake George. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Melvin Seals & JGB @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $20; $25 if under 21.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ NaNola, Malta. 7:30pm.

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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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