It’s The Weekend!

January 29th, 2010, 4:15 pm by Sara

There's no way I'm peeing out here when it's this cold.

There's no way I'm peeing out here when it's this cold.

What To Do This Weekend:
Today’s Tips
Weekend Roundup
ArtBeat: What To See
Be Here Now: Concert for the Arts @ Saugerties High School, 1/29/10
The Last Hurrah at Jason’s Upstairs Bar 1/30/10
Old Songs Sampler Concert @ Old Songs, 1/30/10
Ernie Williams Birthday Bash @ The Linda, 1/30/10

Thanks to everyone who came by, wrote in or commented. See ya next week.


That Was The Week That Was

January 29th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Sara

Did you answer our pop quiz? Did you enter our ticket giveaway contest? Did you help save The Egg?

We went multicultural this week, with a theater review (“Betrayal” @ Capital Repertory Theatre), a film review (“Crazy Heart”) and Andrzej’s interview with Keith Pray.

Wanna be an artist? Learn some new skills and then get your work out there.

CD Review: Frank Jaklitsch’s “Some Hearts”
Five Firsts: Kelleigh McKenzie and Murali Coryell
Taylor Hicks, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Live Reviews:
Jack Landron & Bill Staines @ Caffe Lena, 1/22/10
Jorma Kaukonen & Dave Bromberg @ The Egg, 1/24/10
Willie Nile @ The Linda, 1/23/10
Dan Zanes and Friends @ The Egg, 1/23/10
David Malachowski & the Woodstock Allstars @ The Linda, 1/22/10

Don’t Forget To Mark Your Calendar:
Comin’ Soon…
More Haitian Relief Benefit Shows
“Peoples Pixel Project” @ Rock Hill Bakehouse Cafe, 2/6/10

Haitian Benefit Concert @ the Colonial Theatre
The 2010 Season @ Jacob’s Pillow

Want to see everything we posted this week?.

Odds & Ends @ The End of the Week

January 29th, 2010, 3:45 pm by Sara

Last Vestige in Saratoga (Facebook page) is closing on February 1, and they’re having a boffo moving sale through Sunday, with 30% off new items and 50% off used items. In-store only, Saratoga location only.

Chuckle of the day, from Simon’s good ideas for websites:

A website where you can upload a picture of your chair and then if anyone trys to use your chair and you say “thats my chair” and they say “has it got your name on it” you can send them a link to your photo of the chair which will have the caption ‘this is (your name)’s chair’.

(Thanks, David Greenberger!)

Whoa, wrap your brain around this one: A Tool To Deceive and Slaughter is a black, acrylic box that perpetually attempts to sell itself on eBay. If you win the auction, you must agree to the purchase agreement, which stipulates that once you receive it you must connect it to the internet so it can try to sell itself again. Caleb Larsen, its creator, will receive 15% of any increase in its value in subsequent sales. Here’s a description of the work in Wired Magazine.

LIVE: Triple Play @ Union College, 1/27/10

January 29th, 2010, 2:06 pm by Greg

Triple Play

Triple Play

Triple Play – a superb trio of Latin jazz veterans comprised of Bill O’Connell on piano, Dave Valentin on flute and Richie Flores on percussion – performed in the Emerson Auditorium at Union College’s Taylor Music Center in Schenectady twice on Wednesday.

The first was the mid-afternoon workshop/presentation “Music of Latin America,” and the second was an evening concert performance showcasing selections from their lovely 2008 Savant recording, “Bill O’Connell: Triple Play with David Valentin & Richie Flores.”

Organized and introduced by Union music professor Tim Olsen, the well-attended afternoon event featured a fast-paced mix of songs, compositional information and technical instrument presentations.

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Dave Matthews Band’s Haitian Benefit CD Includes SPAC Track

January 29th, 2010, 1:10 pm by Greg

The Dave Matthews Band today released “The Haiti Relief Project” EP, the proceeds of which will benefit the Bama Works Haiti Relief Fund.

The digital EP features five previously unreleased live tracks, including “Lying in the Hands of God,” which was recorded in concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on June 12, 2009.

Also featured on the EP are a solo version of “Butterfly”; a 2004 recording of “Cry Freedom,” featuring the band’s late saxophonist LeRoi Moore; and two more tracks recorded during last year’s summer tour – “Out of My Hands” and “Dive In.”

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Be Here Now: Ernie Williams Birthday Bash @ The Linda, 1/30/10

January 29th, 2010, 12:15 pm by Greg

Just like Old Man River, Nippertown blues legend Ernie Williams just keeps on rollin’ along.

Yes, yes, yes.

It’s almost impossible to believe, but Williams, Albany’s seemingly ageless Ambassador of the Blues, will be celebrating his 85th birthday the only way he knows how – by playing the blues.

This year’s Williams birthday bash takes place at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday. Tix are $18.

The tireless Williams isn’t about to slow down any time soon, either. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old,” says Williams. “We grow old because we stop playing.”

Congrats, Ernie. Here’s to many more.

Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble Takes Big Band Music Into the 21st Century

January 29th, 2010, 11:13 am by Greg

Keith Pray leading his ensemble at Tess' Lark Tavern

Keith Pray leading his ensemble at Tess' Lark Tavern

Walk into Tess’ Lark Tavern in Albany on the first Tuesday of any month, and you’ll witness one of Nippertown’s most amazing musical phenomenons. Seventeen of the region’s best jazz musicians – that’s right, 17 – spilling off the small stage into the audience and playing their hearts out on fresh, challenging big-band music composed by some of the most gifted area composers.

Tess’ has been home base for Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble for more than three years, and now bandleader, alto saxman and chief composer Keith Pray is releasing the big band’s debut album, “Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble Live at the Lark Tavern” on his own indie label, Praynation Records.

The album is jam-packed with nine original tunes, each brimming over with crackling musical interplay, catchy riffs and passionate solos. On Sunday (January 31), the Big Soul Ensemble will celebrate the album’s release with two shows at – where else? – Tess’ Lark Tavern. Showtimes are 4 and 5:45pm, and admission is just $5 per show.

Keith Pray sat down earlier this week to tell us a little about BSE’s origins, the recording project and the band’s direction.

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POP QUIZ: The Knick/The Pepsi/The TU Center

January 29th, 2010, 10:53 am by Greg

(Note: Okay, I spazzed out and accidentally posted the answers instead of the questions to this quiz this morning, so no fair answering if you’ve already seen the answers. – Sara)

As we mentioned earlier this week, Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of Albany’s Knickerbocker Arena. And, of course, the gala grand opening on January 30, 1990 was headlined by Frank Sinatra.

But in typical corporate fashion, the county has since sold the naming rights to the arena twice. And over the years, the building has become the Pepsi Arena and now is currently known as the Times Union Center.

So today’s two-part quiz is:

1. Who played the first concert at the Pepsi Arena?

2. And who played the first concert at the Times Union Center?

Just hit the comment line below with your responses. We’ll post the answers on Monday.

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