LIVE: Marc Maron @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/11/17

March 22nd, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

Early on in his hour-and-45-minute set, Marc Maron summed up his state of mind regarding the political culture of the moment. “I’m terrified. My phone is freaked out,” he said. “The world is ending.”

Then he imagined a Tweet that he might receive from the current resident of the White House: “Never heard of Marc Maron. Heard he’s not funny. Sad.”

There’s certainly no question where Maron lands on the political spectrum, and the nearly sold-out crowd at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall was clearly standing with him. So after his relatively short opening volley regarding the Trumpification of America, he pretty much steered clear of the political and delved deep into the personal.

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

March 22nd, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg

If you need proof that sequels don’t often rack up the kind of success of the originals, here’s “The Monster Swim,” one of Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s many attempts to follow-up “The Monster Mash”…

COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

March 22nd, 2017, 12:23 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

Here’s a last-minute concert announcement – award-winning Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kate Campbell will be joined by Local 518 multi-instrumentalist John Kirk in concert at the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Underground in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Friday (March 24). Tickets are $24 in advance; $27 at the door; $40 Gold Circle.

In more late-breaking concert news, classically trained pianist Holly Bowling – known for her unique solo interpretations of songs from the vast catalogs of Phish and the Grateful Dead – steps into the spotlight at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome at 7:30pm on Friday (March 24). Advance tickets are available now, priced at $15; $20 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Bob Dylan is headed to Kingston to christened the new concert venue at the Hutton Brickyards. Tickets go on sale to general public at 11am on Saturday (March 26).

UPDATE: Priced at $19.50, lawn tickets are now available for the Tedeschi Trucks Band concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Monday, July 3, which was previously a pavilion-only show. The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna will share the bill.

In Troy, the Hangar on the Hudson has booked a handful of new shows including the traditional Celtic sounds of Copley Street with Owen Marshall at 7:30pm on Friday (March 24) ($10); the Kurt Baker Combo with Soraia and the Connection at 9pm on Friday, April 7 ($10); Troy’s premier power trio Super 400 at 9pm on Saturday, May 13 ($10); and the return of the wily old Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard at 8pm on Saturday, June 3 ($20).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Presented by The Egg, the powerhouse instrumental double-bill of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and the Chick Corea Elektric Band is headed into the Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (March 24).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Brandi Carlile, Railroad Earth, the Del McCoury Band with David Grisman, Del & Dawg, Bill Frisell, the Wood Brothers and the Suitcase Junket are among the bands announced in the first round of announcements for the 2017 FreshGrass festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams.

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FEST: Solid Sound Announces Comedy Line-Up

March 22nd, 2017, 10:30 am by Greg

Here is your SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL COMEDIAN LINE UP! from John Hodgman on Vimeo.

Solid Sound has revealed its comedy line-up for this year’s festival, which takes place at MASS MoCA in North Adams from Friday-Sunday, June 23-25.

Hosted as usual by comedian John Hodgman, the comedy stage will present three shows in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Saturday, June 24.

Joining Hodgman will be Michael Ian Black (“Wet Hot American Summer”), Eugene Mirman (“Bob’s Burgers”), Aparna Nancherla (“Late Night with Seth Meyers”), Nick Offerman (“Parks & Recreation”), plus Jean Grae’s “The Show Show” with DJ Quelle Chris.

Comedy complements the previously-announced musical line-up for this year’s fest that features two headlining sets by festival hosts Wilco plus performances by Television, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Robert Glasper Experiment, Dawn of Midi, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Kevin Morby, Joan Shelley, Big Thief, Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers, the Shaggs and many more.

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Tanglewood Announces Two New Concerts

March 22nd, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Tanglewood in Lenox just keeps on rolling out the new concert announcements for the Koussevitzky Music Shed. And now here are two more…

Motown superstar Diana Ross – who celebrates her 73rd birthday on Sunday (March 26) – is slated to step into the Tanglewood spotlight at 7pm on Wednesday, August 30. Ticket prices range from $12.50-$149.

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3/22/17: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

March 22nd, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

THEATER: “An Iliad” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s adaptation of Homer’s great epic tale fuses words and music in a spare, modern production starring David Barlow. 2 & 7:30pm. Through Sunday, April 2.

THEATER: “Doubt, A Parable” @ Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady. John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, as directed by Tom Templeton. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, March 26.

MUSIC: The Masters of Nostalgia @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Dave Pedinotti and friends serve up classic rock. 8:30pm.

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

OPEN MIC/JAM: Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Sonny Speed hosts with Tas Cru and Mary Ann Casale as featured performers. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm music. $5; FREE students.

OPERA ON SCREEN: “Le Nozze di Figaro” @ Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. The Mozart classic from Teatro alla Scala. 7pm. $15.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…

LIVE: Maroon 5 @ Times Union Center, 3/7/17

March 21st, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
 Adam Levine

Adam Levine of Maroon 5

Review and photographs by Amy Modesti

Let’s throw it back to fall 2007, when I was introduced to my soon-to-be favorite band, Maroon 5. My father was given a copy of their first album, Songs about Jane, and their sophomore album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, by his friend’s wife who was a fan of the group. She gave my father the CDs to give to me as a present. Once I gained control of the albums, I began to absorb the record’s melodic beats and hear their personably relatable, catchy lyrics that led me to becoming a fan of Maroon 5.

Watching the coach of the NBC-TV hit show, “The Voice,” and front man, Adam Levine, perform with his Maroon 5 members was a dream come true for me and the rest of the fans who came to Albany’s Times Union Center on Tuesday, March 7, to experience an evening full of amazing music.

The band had previously cancelled their originally scheduled appearance at the venue on September 21, due to Levine’s wife, Behati Prinsloo, who was about to give birth to their first child. Watching them perform to an almost sold-out crowd on the day of their re-scheduled show was an evening that I will never forget. If you thought watching the band perform with Levine on “The Voice” was awesome, watching their live performance in person at a live venue is amazing.

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HEARD: Playlist, 3/13-19/17

March 21st, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Just so you know where our ears have been at, here’s a rundown of what we’ve been spinning at Nippertown HQ (and in the Nippermobile) this past week – CDs, vinyl, streaming and, yes, even a couple of cassettes:

Various artists: Todd Rundgren: An Elpee’s Worth of Productions (Rhino, 1992)
Nelly Furtado: Folklore (DreamWorks, 2003)
Lonesome Val: NYC (Bar/None, 1994)
Los de Abajo: Los de Abajo (Luaka Bop, 1998)
Chris Smither: Still on the Levee (Signature Sounds, 2014)
Feist: Metals (Interscope, 2011)
Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations (Warner Bros., 2005)
Van Morrison: Keep Me Singing (Caroline, 2016)
Giacomo Gates: Luminosity (doubledavemusic, 2008)
JFDR: Brazil (White Sun, 2017)
The Two Tracks: Postcard Town (TheTwoTracks, 2017)
Okkervil River: Away (ATO, 2016)

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