5/4/16: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

May 4th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: BØRNS @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Foreign Air. 8pm. $18.

EVENT: Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience @ the College of St. Rose, Albany. An interactive mobile museum and more dedicated to the music and many inventions of the guitar great. 12noon-8pm. FREE. Also on Thursday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Les Paul Tribute Concert @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. St. Rose faculty members Paul Evoskevich, Matthew Finck, Andrew McKenna Lee and Sean McClowry perform Paul’s compositions, songs he made popular and new music inspired by his inventions and technical achievements. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Hamell On Trial @ the Low Beat, Albany. The verdict is in as Hamell wraps another weekly Wednesday happy hour residency. 6pm.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. Mark Gamsjager & Co. serve up primo rockabilly and swing.

MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ Clarksville Historical Society at Clarksville Community Church, Clarksville. Performing their “Politics & Patriots” themed show. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Oddisee @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. In support of his new upcoming instrumental album, The Odd Tape, slated for release on May 13, a sonic diary of a day in the life of a Brooklyn artist as told through hip-hop, soul and jazz. 8pm. $7.

THEATER: “A Trip to Bountiful” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Join the inspiring pilgrimage to the small town of Bountiful, Texas with Carrie Watts, the charming, aging widow who escapes her controlling daughter-in-law and son’s three-room Houston apartment to visit her childhood home one last time. 2 & 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, May 15.

MUSIC: Enemy Planes @ the Parish Public House, Albany. In support of their debut album Beta Lowdown. With Candy Ambulance and Bendt. 9pm.

PARTICIPATORY DANCE/MUSIC: Wednesday Night Swing Dance @ 51 Third Street, Troy. Music by Troy jazz trio the Sheiks of Third Street. 7pm dance lesson; 8pm dance party. $10.

THEATER: “Building Bridges: The Hop-O-Nose Story & Music Project” @ the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. young performers (ages 5-16) from Catskill offer a vibrant evening of singing, dancing and a play about how to live together in community. 6:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. If it’s Wednesday, it must be the Deadbeats. 10pm.

FILM: “Purple Rain” @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Well, it’s better than “Under the Cherry Moon”… 9pm.


LIVE: Winterpills @ The Linda, 4/22/16

May 3rd, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Led by captivating vocalists Flora Reed and the silver-haired Phillip Price, Northampton’s fab Winterpills melded art-pop and Americana with sublime results at The Linda in Albany last month.

They don’t make their way over to Albany often enough, but when they do, it’s always a worthwhile night out, and their latest tourstop at The Linda was certainly no exception. With the full band in tow – guitarist Dennis Crommett, bassist Max Germer and drummer Dave Hower – Winterpills was in town this time around to celebrate the release of their new album, Love Songs, and the music throughout the evening was brimming over with the band’s unique brand of quiet majesty.

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LIVE: The Sam Bush Band @ The Egg, 4/10/16

May 3rd, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg
The Sam Bush Band

The Sam Bush Band

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

We’re gearing up for the summer festival season, but as rarely happens newgrass pioneer Sam Bush isn’t scheduled to play at either of Greater Nippertown’s major bluegrass festivals – July’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival at Walsh Farm in Oak Hill and September’s FreshGrass at MASS MoCA in North Adams. So if you wanted to see the mandolin master in action, The Egg’s Swyer Theatre was the place to be last month.

In addition to his mighty mandolin playing, Bush – who celebrated his 64th birthday just a few days later – showcased some fiery fiddling talents in addition to handling the bulk of the lead vocal chores with aplomb. Despite his considerable multi-talents, Bush didn’t do it all by himself, and his band – drummer Chris Brown, banjo man Scott Vestal, bassist Todd Parks and guitarist-vocalist Stephen Mougin – was in superb form throughout the night.

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Janis Joplin Documentary Broadcast on PBS Tonight [Berkshire on Stage]

May 3rd, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara


At 8pm tonight (Tuesday, May 3) WMHT-TV and other PBS-TV stations will not only offer the exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary on PBS, but the film Janis: Little Girl Blue will include never-before-seen extended-cut features and new interviews with Pink, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Etheridge, Laura Joplin and narrator Cat Power.

In the documentary, more details of Joplin’s sexual fluidity is revealed, as well as much of the angst she endured from her high school classmates that lit the fire of her extraordinary performances, while at the same time drove her to experiment with drugs, alcohol and lovers of both genders.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

The Egg Adds Two New Concerts

May 3rd, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg

The Egg has announced a pair of new concerts slated for September. Tickets to both concerts are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (May 6).

Here are the details for the new shows:

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THE DOZEN: May’s Must-See Concerts

May 3rd, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

You could call it Best Bets, Prime Picks, Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Greater Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. Only one entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so please feel free to comment below and let us know what you think we missed or overlooked.

Here’s The Dozen for the merry month of May:

THURSDAY (MAY 5): Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Call it ritual groove music. Call it jazz-funk minimalism. Call it utterly hypnotic. Just don’t miss it, as the Swiss band is playing only three U.S. concerts, and this is one of ’em. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors. GO HERE to win a pair of FREE tickets to this concert…

SATURDAY (MAY 7): The English Beat @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The band that famously fused ska with pop, soul, reggae and punk rock in the ’80s, is back led by founding member and consummate showman Dave Wakeling on guitar and lead vocals. 8pm. $34.

SATURDAY (MAY 7): Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom! @ MASS MoCA’s Club B10, North Adams. “A drummer of fierce clarity and bold imagination” (London Guardian) returns with her smoking hot band — featuring Jenny Scheinman, Myra Melford, Todd Sickafoose, Ben Goldberg and Kirk Knuffke — for a night of propulsive rhythm and melody. 8pm. $16 in advance; $22 in advance; $28 preferred; $10 students.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11: The Alejandro Escovedo Trio @ the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The legendary roots rocker and No Depression Artist of the Decade returns to Greater Nippertown, this time with Brian Standefer on cello and Sean Giddings on keys. With Lucette. 8pm. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

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Song o’ the Week: Bob Dylan’s “All the Way”

May 3rd, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg

Following his 2015 album Shadows in the Night, Bob Dylan continues to pay tribute to the Chairman of the Board with a typically Dylanesque treatment of the Sinatra gem, “All the Way.” It’s from Dylan’s upcoming album, Fallen Angels, slated for release on Friday, May 20, just five days before his 75th birthday…

FREE: Les Paul Exhibit Heads to College of St. Rose

May 3rd, 2016, 10:00 am by Greg

Les Paul was an extraordinary guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with numerous recording innovations, including overdubbing, delay effects, electronic echo and many other innovations that recording artists use every day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records. He’s also the only person to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Les Paul died in 2009, but his legacy lives on in Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience, a 53-foot interactive exhibit on wheels that will be rolling onto the campus of the College of Saint Rose in Albany for two days this week.

The giant, state-of-the-art traveling exhibit will take visitors behind the scenes and into the world of the music legend. You’ll be able to mix and share music, explore Paul’s sound, music and technology innovations, witness how Paul pushed the limits of audio technology and learn how Paul’s inventions and techniques have formed the foundation of live and recorded music enjoyed by generations.

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