Archive for March, 2010

Feeling Lucky?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Angelique Kidjo tomorrow (Thursday) at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. You better be quick, though. Congratulations to Elizabeth F, who won the tickets for tonight’s show!


LIVE: Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3/27/10

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde

Nippertown’s premier world music warriors Taina Asili Y La Banda Rebelde charged into the Sanctuary For Independent Media last Saturday to celebrate the release of their debut album, “War Cry,” and it was a full-blown, packed-to-the-max party, to be sure. Actually, it was a double-barreled party – not only a CD release party, but also Asili’s birthday bash.

The explosive six-piece outfit fronted by dynamic vocalist Asili brilliantly fused together a plethora of international musical styles – ranging from Afro-Caribbean beats, Jamaican reggae, American rock, Brazilian samba, Spanish flamenco and urban hip-hop – into a performance that simply defied categorization.


New SPAC Concert Announcement

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

John Mayer – rocker, sometime bluesman and ex-boyfriend to the stars – brings his Battle Studies Summer Tour to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday, August 8.

San Francisco-based band Train will open the show, making it a homecoming show for Train drummer Scott Underwood, a Saratoga Springs native.

Tix are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday, April 17.

Signs of the City

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
Positively Fourth Street, Troy

Gone but not forgotten: Positively Fourth Street in Troy

Comin’ Soon…

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Still bummed that Nuclear Power Pants (best band name since the Bad Livers?) weren’t able to make to either of the two dates that they were originally booked to play at EMPAC? Yeah, us too! But just like Elton&Billy, maybe the third time really will be the charm. Baltimore’s NPP now appear to be slated to slip into Upstate Artists Guild in Albany at 7pm on Tuesday, April 20. Sharing the “stage” will be Girls of Porn, Outdates and Height. Best of all? Admission is $5.

Better start limbering up now… We’re not saying that it’s definite, but it sure looks like the King of Twist, Mr. Chubby Checker himself will be twisting his way into Albany’s Riverfront Park for a free Alive @ 5 concert on Thursday, June 10. We sure hope he brings along some of his Chubby Checker Beef Jerky for the merch table. Yum…

The Maverick Concert Hall – an intimate little outdoor venue in the middle of the woods in Woodstock – has announced its 2010 summer season of performances. Most of the concerts are from the world of classical music, but they also drop in a smattering of other shows, and this year’s calendar also features concerts by folk vet Happy Traum (6pm Saturday, July 10), master bamboo flutist and sax player Steve Gorn & Friends (6pm Saturday, July 17) and the marvelous jazz pianist-composer Fred Hersch (6pm Saturday, August 21). Reserved seats are $40; general admission is $25; students $5; children under 12 free.


Five Firsts: Siobhan Quinn of Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers

Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers

NAME: Siobhan Quinn
BAND AFFILIATION: Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers (and formerly partnered with Ben Murray, who is performing with us at Caffe Lena)
INSTRUMENT: Voice, all kinds. I can’t get enough of the varied and beautiful sounds the voice makes – whether it’s rock, folk, heavy-hitting blues or classical voice doesn’t matter to me. Love it all! And I recently bought a uke. Can’t play it yet, but I’m in love.

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Oh, gosh. I scarfed my big brothers’ albums for years (I have four)! The first time I bought an album I went whole hog and actually bought FOUR: Aerosmith’s “Get Your Wings,” Judy Collins’ “Who Knows Where The Time Goes?,” Stevie Wonder’s “Talking Book” and Santana’s “Moonflower” – all used – at a (wasn’t it Music Shack?) record store on River Street in Troy, near the very, very creepy “Skinema” Art. It was so worth it. I think I got them all for maybe $12.


ArtBeat: Behind the Lens with Andrzej Pilarczyk, Part II

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Dizzy Gillespie

Exhibition Image of Dizzy Gillespie (1987)

Lately, we’ve been getting a whole bunch of compliments about the musical performance photography of Andrzej Pilarczyk, Chief Photographer here at

We thought you might like to get to know him better, so we sat down for a chat with him in advance of his new exhibition of music photography, “Freedom Through Collective Improvisation: iEAR Presents! Free Jazz from the Sanctuary,” which opens at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy on Thursday. There will be an opening reception with the artist at 6pm, and admission is free. The exhibition will remain on view through Friday, April 30.

Here’s part two of our interview. You can go here to read part one:

Q: Did you ever shoot a show and you were so blown away by the performance that your photos were only middling?

A: Oh yes! Loving music so much, on occasion I am so swept away into the performance that it’s hard to concentrate on the photography part of it. I find at those times that there might be so much happening on the stage that I’m looking and absorbing the performance and forgetting to take a picture.


LIVE: David Garrett @ The Egg, 3/26/10

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

David Garrett

Though his roots are in firmly planted in the classical music tradition, German-American violin virtuoso David Garrett – who made his Nippertown concert debut at The Egg on Friday – has made some surprising career-choices along the way.

He won his first violin competition at the age of five and released his first record at 14. And he studied at Juilliard – with Itzhak Perlman, no less.

But he also modeled for Armani. And he’s earned an entry in the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest performance of his encore piece that evening, “The Flight of the Bumblebee.”


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