Weekend Roundup

September 30th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

October is comin’ in like a lion, at least music-wise here on the Nippertown scene.

So many shows, so little time…

The Filament Festival @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy (through Sunday)
Janelle Monae, Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves @ Skidmore College’s Sports & Recreation Center, Saratoga Springs
Luka Bloom @ The Egg, Albany
Van Dyke Parks and Clare & the Reasons @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
Khaira Arby @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
Sussan Deyhim @ Colony Cafe, Woodstock
Little Feat @ the Calvin Theater, Northampton
Tombstone Bullies @ Emack & Bolio’s, Guilderland FREE
Albany First Friday arts walk @ various locations, Albany FREE
The Opus Zero Band @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams FREE
The Blisterz, Topheavy, Blackcat Elliot, Rob Skane @ Savannah’s, Albany
Matt Savage @ The Linda, Albany
Geroge Kilby, Jr. @ the Jonesville Store, Clifton Park FREE
The Brian Patneaude Trio @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady FREE
Harmonious Wail @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Dan Johnson Band, 2 Lonesome @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady FREE
Shotgun Party @ the Gypsy Joynt, Great Barrington
Annie & the Hedonists @ Coffee Planet, Ballston Spa FREE

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Live: Acoustic Strawbs @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 9/23/10

September 30th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

The Strawbs: Chris Cronk, Dave Cousins and Dave Lambert

The Strawbs: Chris Cronk, Dave Cousins and Dave Lambert

The acoustic version of The Strawbs rolled into Proctors’ GE Theater in Schenectady last Thursday with the same youthful vim and vinegar of the band formed by singer-songwriter Dave Cousins nearly 45 years ago.

Cousins and company – also including guitarist Dave Lambert and bassist-guitarist Chris Cronk, all original members – presented a charming retrospective of their vast song catalog with both expertise and soulfulness.

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ArtBeat: PARADOXA @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany

September 30th, 2010, 2:02 pm by Sara
Kathy Goodell: Venus, Ab Uno

Kathy Goodell: Venus, Ab Uno

Albany Center Gallery is hosting PARADOXA, an exhibition of recent works by contemporary artist Kathy Goodell, who works in sculptural objects, installation and drawing to pursue an organic sense of space where the inside and outside are laced together to create worlds of mystery and resonance.

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Woodstock Film Festival Flick o’ the Day

September 30th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

The Woodstock Film Festival kicks into high gear today with screenings of adventurous, independent films being screened at eight different venues throughout Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale and New Paltz.

Our recommended Flick o’ the Day at the fest is Kenneth Bowser’s feature-length documentary, “Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune,” which is being screened at the Woodstock Town Hall at 6pm today. Admission is $10.

Here’s the complete schedule for today’s screenings.

Be Here Now: Filament Festival @ EMPAC, Troy 10/1-3/10

September 30th, 2010, 11:55 am by Sara

Lars Jan, Early Morning Opera: Abacus (image courtesy of the artist)

Lars Jan, Early Morning Opera: Abacus (image courtesy of the artist)

Where to begin? It looks like we’ll be pitching our tent on EMPAC’s lawn so as not to miss a moment of what looks like a non-stop slate of cutting-edge multimedia performances, installations and artist talks at this weekend’s Filament Festival.

It all kicks off on Friday (tomorrow) with a ribbon cutting at 5:30pm for MTAA’s All Raise This Barn (East) (previously on Nippertown). In the Cafe, there’s an opening reception for the Festival from 6-8pm including the opening swing of Relative Realities, Volkmar Klein’s two story video pendulum that gives a sonic and visual peek into another world.

Other highlights (seriously, look at the schedule, we can’t even wrap our brains around it) include:

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LIVE: Jerry Marotta & Friends @ UAlbany, 9/22/10

September 30th, 2010, 11:01 am by Sara

Last Wednesday, master drummer and first-call session player Jerry Marotta dropped by the UAlbany campus, but this was no ordinary gig.

Marotta set up his drums at UAlbany’s State Quad and invited anyone passing by to join in for a massive percussion jam session. More than 20 folks added their percussive rhythms to the big beat, playing all kinds of instruments from Taos drum to kalimba.

Give a listen:

(Related story: Jerry Marotta preview)

Johnny Mathis, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

September 30th, 2010, 10:01 am by Greg

Johnny Mathis“You know, we weren’t poor, but we didn’t have a lot of money because I come from a large family. So I don’t remember ever buying a record. What I did was I listened to music on the radio and went to friends’ houses who had recordings.

But the way I heard most of my first music was it was played for me by my dad, who was a good singer and piano player.

He taught me the first two albums’ worth of songs that I recorded. After I had a hit record or so, I was left on my own really to find songs that I wanted to sing, so I reverted to the ones that my dad sang. Those are the ones that I put on the first couple of albums, like ‘Heavenly’ and ‘Warm.’

And he would also bring home records of what he called ‘sweet music’ – records by singers like Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine and Peggy Lee. He liked music with a jazz influence.”

Veteran vocalist and hitmaker Johnny Mathis has been recording for more than a half century. His latest album, “Let It Be Me: Mathis in Nashville,” was released just last week. And he’ll be stepping into the spotlight at Proctors in Schenectady at 8pm on Saturday. Tix are $20, $40, $60, $75 and $100.

PS – Today (Thursday, September 30) is Johnny Mathis’ 75th birthday.

9/30/10: Today’s Tips: Thursday

September 30th, 2010, 9:02 am by Greg

ART/RECEPTION: “Art Saves Animals” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. A very special reception and auction of artwork by many of Nippertown’s finest artists, including Harry Orlyk, Wendy Williams, Martin Benjamin, Gail Nadeau, Len Tantillo, GG Roberts, John Caldwell, Judy Chase, Ryder Cooley, Cathy Franks, Dennis Herbert, Marie Triller, Michael Eck and many others. Plenty of free wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds go to benefit the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society. See you there. 5:30pm. $40.

MUSIC: Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys @ The Egg, Albany. This is gonna be awesome. Over the years, Escovedo has played in Nippertown in many different musical incarnations, but the Sensitive Boys rock hardest of all. With Hamell On Trial opening the show. PS – It’s Ed Hamell’s birthday tomorrow! 7:30pm. $28.

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