Comin’ Soon…

August 31st, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg

Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel is headed into the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Thursday, October 27. The concert is a benefit for the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, and all tix are general admission, priced at $40.

Club Helsinki in Hudson has added a new show – Rich Robinson (of the Black Crowes) with his new band at 8pm on Thursday, October 13. And by the way, his band features drummer Joe Magistro, keyboardist Steve Molitz (of Particle) and Nippertown’s own Jack Daley on bass. Tix are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Also new on Helsinki’s calendar is singer-songwriter Shannon McNally, who steps into the spotlight at 9pm on Saturday, October 29 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door).

University at Albany’s Student Association has announced that LMFAO and Far East Movement will be the headline acts for the annual FallFest, which is slated to take place at the campus’ SEFCU Arena on Saturday, November 12. Additional details TBA.

With 13 Number One hit songs to his credit, popsmith Richard Marx offers a special acoustic performance at 8pm on Thursday, September 29, at Schenectady County Community College’s Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium in Schenectady. Tix are $35, $50, $75; VIP $125 includes pre-concert reception. The concert is a fundraiser for SCCC’s new Music Building.

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LIVE: Barry Manilow @ SPAC, 8/25/11

August 31st, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg
Barry Manilow @ SPAC

Now that Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como and Sammy Davis Jr. are long gone, but not forgotten, the musical mantle of the male troubadour-crooner specializing in Broadway show tunes, pop songs and vocal jazz standards is almost vacant.

Yes, the magnificent Tony Bennett is still out there, but, regrettably, he’s slowing down, and his live performances have become fewer and farther between.

With the exception of numerous younger imitators of the old masters (Harry Connick, Jr., John Pizzarelli) and hundreds of tribute artists (tonight only: so-and-so’s tribute to Sinatra), who’s left out there that’s still an original?

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In the Studio With Yuko Kishimoto, Part II

August 31st, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg
Connor Meehan, Lee Russo, John Menegon and Yuko-Kishimoto

Connor Meehan, Lee Russo, John Menegon and Yuko Kishimoto

This is the second half of Andrzej Pilarczyk’s studio visit with pianist Yuko Kishimoto as she recorded her debut album, “Songbook,” at Cotton Hill Studios in Albany last month. Read Part I here.

As the afternoon moves forward Japanese native and long time Nippertown resident Yuko Kishimoto seems more at ease with her piano playing and the recording process in the studio. But, as she mentions to producer Keith Pray and engineer Ace Parkhurst after a playback of a take, “The composition sounds a little different than what I intended when I wrote it.” More to herself than to anyone in particular, Kishimoto adds, “I keep thinking I should have changed something in there now that I hear it performed. I heard it in my mind a little bit differently…”

Pray knows this second-guessing well. All musicians, artists, writers and creative people go through that process when they’re putting their work together for public display. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a CD recording, an art exhibition or a book. Doubt plagues almost every creative spirit when they’re on the road to completing a project for public consumption.

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LIVE: Larry McCray @ the River Street Pub, 8/25/11

August 31st, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
Larry McCray

Larry McCray

It’s not often that we get world-class blues acts touring through the Capital Region, but it seems that we’re witnessing a resurgence. In July, Slam Allen brought the blues to Saratoga, starting off a parade of talent at the Parting Glass that includes upcoming shows by Johnny A., Sue Foley and Debbie Davies. Last Thursday night, Vinnie and the crew at the River Street Pub brought Larry McCray and his band to Troy, and booked a group of area blues/rock all-stars to warm up the crowd.

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Bands & Auction Items Needed for Upcoming Red Cross Benefit

August 31st, 2011, 1:30 pm by Greg

We received this message from BJ Fitzgerald of the Ill Funk Ensemble:

“I’m in the process of putting together a concert to officially benefit the Red Cross in the disaster relief for the northeast. I’m asking if you can put out an APB on any business or individual who wants to donate services or products for a silent auction during the concert itself, as well as any band who wants to get involved. The tentative date is Sunday, September 11 at Savannah’s/Dublin Underground in Albany. Thanks!”

Those interested in helping out can contact BJ Fitzgerald here.

ArtBeat: Three exhibitions at the Fenimore Art Museum [Get Visual]

August 31st, 2011, 1:00 pm by Sara
Maurice Prendergast: Landscape with Figures

Maurice Prendergast: Landscape with Figures

Hurricanes notwithstanding, it’s a nice time of year for a drive to Cooperstown – and with three special exhibitions all ending soon at the Fenimore Art Museum, there’s plenty of reason to make the trip now.

Fans of the Mexican proto-feminist painter Frida Kahlo will be entranced by a traveling show titled Frida Kahlo: through the lens of Nickolas Muray, which centers on pictures of the enigmatic artist taken throughout her 10-year love affair with the Hungarian-born, New York City-based photographer.

Augmented by inkjet prints of titillating ephemera such as lipstick-kissed letters, the show is not much more than an illustrated soap opera, strangely cool yet passionate, though Muray’s estimable skills with both classic black-and-white and early color technique are brilliantly on display. It’s easy to see from this collection why people such as Salma Hayek and Madonna find Frida so irresistible, though I was equally repelled by the degree of self-indulgence in evidence. If you’re intrigued, you must hurry: The show ends on Sept. 5.

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

August 31st, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

A tip o’ the hat to Rob Caldwell

Five Firsts: Frank Novko of Knyghts of Fuzz, Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers

August 31st, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Knyghts Of Fuzz @ The River Street Beat Shop during April TNO

Knyghts Of Fuzz @ The River Street Beat Shop during April TNO

NAME: Frank Novko
BAND AFFILIATION: Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers, Knyghts of Fuzz
INSTRUMENT: Four-string bass, some guitar and various other string instruments

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I was given Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” on 45 when I was about six years old. When I had some money from my first job at 14, I picked up three – “Led Zepplin IV,” the Who’s “Who Are You” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “One More From the Road,” the live album.

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