Archive for April, 2010

It’s The Weekend!

Friday, April 30th, 2010

4/30/10: Today’s Tips: Friday
Weekend Roundup
ArtBeat: What To See

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That Was The Week That Was

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Hope you got lucky: we gave away tickets to Guy Davis @ Caffe Lena, The Capital Region Guitar Show, The Incredible Casuals @ Valentine’s, The Zero Film Festival @ The Linda, Freedy Johnston @ Caffe Lena and Kasey Anderson @ Valentine’s.

We found out Kevin Barlett has a new CD coming out, Martin Benjamin is in Venice, Dino Danelli’s in Saratoga Springs and Who’s in the Capital Underground Radio Battle of the Bands. Oh, and now we know the official bacterium of the state of Wisconsin.

We reminsced about Q104 DJ Lin Brehmer and brought back the Hump Day Unusual Moment.

LIVE: Carbon Leaf @ The Egg, 4/16/10
LIVE: Karla Bonoff & Janis Ian @ The Egg, 4/18/10
LIVE: Red Molly @ Crandall Library, 4/22/10
LIVE: Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks @ The Egg, 4/23/10
LIVE: Catie Curtis @ Caffe Lena, 4/24/10

Five Firsts: John Brodeur
Five Firsts: Al Haugen
Five Firsts: Michael Poulopoulos of Palatypus

CD Review: CD: Kasey Anderson’s “Nowhere Nights”
CD Review: CD: Blue Factory’s “Limekiln”

And here’s stuff to put on your calendar:

Real Good For Free: Summer Concerts in Lake George
Real Good for Free: Jazz on Jay
Comin’ Soon…

Be Here Now: Just Go Outside

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The Berkshire Botanical Garden opens for the season on Saturday, May 1.

The Landis Arboretum in Esperance is open year round for self-guided walks, or you might want to partake of the guided nature walk with science educator George Steel walk this Sunday from 2-3:30pm.

Tonight (Friday) you join the Albany Bike Coalition in Critical Mass ride. Meet at the monument in Washington Park, at the intersection of Henry Johnson Blvd. and State St., at 5:15 p.m.

On Sunday, you can join the Bicycle Armada departing from the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at noon and covering 3 counties in 10 miles to conclude the Bike! Bike! Northeast events.

Wherever you are Sunday, at exactly 11am, you can join thousands of photographers around the world help create “A Moment In Time,” a single moment in the life of our planet.

LIVE: Wayne Johnson & the Taylor Guitar Show @ Lillian’s, 4/29/10

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Wayne Johnson

Wayne Johnson

The Taylor Guitar Road Show was held upstairs at Lillian’s Restaurant in Saratoga Springs on Thursday as a warm-up to the 15th annual Capital Region Guitar Show, which is being held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Saratoga Springs tonight and Saturday. In the intimate space provided by Ray Morris and his staff, several rows of chairs faced the make-shift stage surrounded by Taylor guitars on three sides. Other models were standing in groups on tabletops around the room.


Real Good for Free: “Moonlight Jamboree” @ Bread & Jam Cafe, 5/1/10

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Tern Rounders

Tern Rounders: Marc Clayton and Kim Noyes

The May edition of the monthly Moonlight Jamboree – hosted by Americana sweethearts Tern Rounders – returns to its usual schedule, promising a great evening of folk-rock, country and more at the Bread and Jam CafĂ© in Cohoes at 7:30pm on Saturday.

First up on Saturday’s bill is Dan Johnson of the band Three-Quarter North. Johnson is a songwriter and guitarist from Albany, who also rocks the mandolin in the bluegrass and country tradition. Describing himself as “a poet at heart,” his songs are “based in storytelling and rich imagery that describe the sweetness and irony of life in upstate New York.” Talk about your local interest. But Johnson also has ties to New England, splitting his time between Albany and downeast Maine.

And as always, Moonlight Jamboree host band Tern Rounders will be headlining the session. If last month’s set was any indicator, this is a very good band that has dramatically grown markedly better over a very short span time, concurrent with their new recording sessions. They are simply more cohesive live. And with Kim Noyes and Marc Clayton at the microphone, their very good vocals and harmonies are now pin-you-to-the-wall great!

Tern Rounders have given flight to their down-to-earth music. Drummer Jim Ketterer credits “the new batch of songs. They’re written in a style and direction that plays to our strengths as a band.” That – and the addition of Rick Morse on pedal steel guitar to the band’s permanent line-up – bodes nothing but good things to come. And you can bet that Tern Rounders will be delivering their A-game as they warm up for their Sunday afternoon performance at the Truck America Festival at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian.

Catch a heaping helping of the Tern Rounders’ new material and a good cup of coffee this Saturday night in Cohoes. Admission is free.

Story and photograph by Matt Mac Haffie

Be Here Now: Ben Miller/Doug Van Nort Duo @ Upstate Artists Guild, 5/1/10

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is presenting the next in its series of adventurous new music concerts at the Upstate Artists Guild in Albany at 8pm on Saturday.

It’s a triple-bill featuring the Ben Miller/Doug Van Nort Duo (on multiphonic guitar and laptop), the Holyoke-based trio Barn Owl (featuring guitarist Chris Cooper, bassist Andy Crespo and percussionist Matt Weston) and Saratoga Springs’ own soundscapers Shape Shifting Shepherds.

Ben Miller was a member of legendary Michigan anti-rock proto-punks Destroy All Monsters, which also featured ex-MC5 bassist Michael Davis and ex-Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton.

There is a $5.00 suggested donation for the performance.

Festival Fever: Springfest, 5/2

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The fine folks who present the annual Rosendale Street Festival in Rosendale are hosting Springfest – a fundraising mini-festival and pig roast – at Keegan Ales in Kingston on Sunday.


Festival Fever: Hudson Children’s Book Festival, 5/1

Friday, April 30th, 2010

“Ookpik: The Travels of a Snowy Owl”
“Alive and Well in Prague, New York”
“The Boy Who Wouldn’t Swim”
“The Wild Wild Inside: A View From Mommy’s Tummy”
“White Dog Haikus”
“Kindergarten Rocks!”
“Mom and Dad Are Palindromes”

The authors and/or illustrators of those books and lots, lots more are gathering in Hudson on Saturday for the annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival. More than 100 children’s book creators – from Alan Katz to Hudson Talbot – will be on hand, exhibiting their books, telling stories and offering workshops on a wide variety of topics regarding the making of children’s books.

Here are a few of the highlights from the workshop schedule:


Holly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCaffe LenaJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysAdvertise on Nippertown!Artist Charles HaymesLeave Regular Radio BehindThe LindaHudson SoundsBerkshire On StageAlbany PoetsThe Law Office of Paul Rapp