LIVE: Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three @ Caffe Lena, 10/23/11

October 31st, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge is a very personable young man with a retro suit and hair, who sings old swing/jazz songs, as well as new songs that sound more or less like old swing/jazz songs.

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CANCELLED: Ralphie May @ The Egg on Friday

October 31st, 2011, 3:03 pm by Greg

Yeah, we just couldn’t possibly let a week go by without a concert cancellation, could we?

Well, if you’re a fan of comedian Ralphie May, today’s Halloween announcement is certainly no treat, nor is it a trick – his stand-up performance that was slated for The Egg on Friday night has been cancelled due to illness.

Or as the roly-poly comic tweeted on Saturday: “I have pneumonia today while on the Cowhead cruise I had to be taken to the infirmary. I’m really bad sick tomorrow hospital. Fuck me.”

Of course, if you’re still looking for some Friday night laughs, there’s another guy in town who we hear is pretty good. Maybe you’ve heard of him? Jerry Seinfeld at the Palace Theater?

Be Here Now: Dance Movies Featuring Mucca Pazza @ EMPAC at RPI, 11/5/11

October 31st, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

It’s probably no mere coincidence that Mucca Pazza hails from the same town that brought us the magnificent Art Ensemble of Chicago. With the same passion that most marching bands have for precision, Mucca Pazza seems to embrace musical mayhem.

Blowing in from the Windy City, the rag-tag, punk-marching band will be making its Nippertown debut on Saturday night at EMPAC’s Theater at RPI in Troy, performing live amid the Dance Movies program, which showcases the world premieres of four films about dance that have been commissioned by EMPAC.

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LIVE: Sensemaya @ Schenectady First Unitarian Society, 10/28/11

October 31st, 2011, 1:14 pm by Greg
Sensemaya (photo by Albert Brooks)

Sensemaya (photo by Albert Brooks)

Truth to tell, holding your drop party at A Place For Jazz is a pretty gutsy move. The crowds that attend the annual series contain some of the best-educated jazz fans in the region, and you have the late Butch Conn – and all who those who maintain his legacy – to thank for that. In short, APFJ-goers know the real thing when they see it… and have limited patience for anything less. So even though Sensemaya is “from the neighborhood,” pianist Dave Gleason’s fuel-injected octet would have to swat any pre-show butterflies and just come strong, all night long. They did that, and then some.

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Win FREE TIX to See the Hellions of Troy Roller Derby on Saturday!

October 31st, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg
 The Hellions of Troy vs. The Killah Bees

The Hellions of Troy vs. The Killah Bees, 3/5/11 (photo by Bill Dhalle)

It’s time for Hell on Wheels…

The Hellions of Troy Roller Derby gals return to the track to bust their moves … and maybe a few heads, too. Yeah, the time is right for some authentic, all-girl roller derby action complete with fun, fishnets and flying elbows.

The Hellions of Troy Roller Derby gals take on the Hudson Valley Horrors team on Saturday (November 5) at Rollarama Skating Center in Schenectady. The doors open at 7 pm; the opening whistle is at 8pm.

Tickets for the bout are $10 in advance; $12 at the door; $3 for kids under 12. Advance tix are available online.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you!?! We’re giving away two pairs of FREE TIX to this bout. To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winners will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Good luck! Congratulations to Jo and Kathy!

LIVE: The Doornails @ the Ale House, 10/22/11

October 31st, 2011, 11:11 am by Greg

Ted Hennessy

Ted Hennessy

With verve, wit and impeccable musicianship local favorites the Doornails (with special guests Kevin Maul on dobro and Hawaiian steel, and Peggy Lecuyer on occasional vocals) celebrated the release of their new CD “BackPorchDaze” with an appreciative crowd of music lovers at the Ale House in Troy. Playing more than 20 songs, the band revealed a gift for cooking up originals and a tremendous range in their choice of cover material.

Opening with “Fact or Fiction,” a song that was a staple of his days with the legendary Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles, Ted Hennessy critiqued the sordid tales of national and local villains and emphasized the humor with a manic harmonica solo that quoted “If I Only Had a Brain” to a Johnny Cash hoedown beat. Louis Jordan’s “Early in the Morning” got a fine rhumba mood going; seamlessly, guitarist Michael McCann took the band into epic bluegrass territory, allowing all to get in a few whiplash cool solos on “Mountain Boy.”

Next, “Don’t Shoot Me”, Hennessy’s hilarious take on “housekeeping habits” showed off the fine blues spirit of all involved, especially a gritty solo by Maul. Billy Joe Shaver’s “Georgia on the Fast Train” was pedal-to-the-metal fun, showcasing McMann’s deft picking and Gene Lemme’s spot on upright bass work. “What’s the Use in Getting Sober?” slowed down things briefly, and let Hennessy play some of the best late-night blues harmonica you’ll ever hear.

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Five Firsts: John Cattini of Museum Guards

October 31st, 2011, 10:23 am by Greg
Museum Guards

Museum Guards

NAME: John Cattini
BAND AFFILIATION: Museum Guards
INSTRUMENT: Guitar and Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Definitely Maybe” by Oasis

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … All three of our bandmembers went to TD Banknorth Garden in Boston to see Muse.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Fender Stratocaster

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” – Jimi Henfrix

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Museum Guards

John Cattini and the rest of the Museum Guards will team up with Silversyde and the Green Room for a triple CD release party at The Linda in Albany at 7pm on Friday. Tix are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

10/31/11: Today’s Tips: Monday

October 31st, 2011, 9:00 am by Greg

FILM/FUNDRAISER: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. A benefit for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Prop kits available for sale. 8pm. $7; VIP $12.

MUSIC: Black Lake @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Video art, performance and music duo of Slink Moss and Susan Jennings perform “Transformation.” 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: “Monday Jazz” @ Taylor Music Center’s Emerson Auditorium at Union College, Schenectady. The third in a four-concert series exploring the evolution of jazz, featuring Tim Olsen leading some of Nippertown’s top players. Today’s installment: Bebop/cool jazz. 3:05pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Connor Kennedy Band @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Concert lighting, lasers, projections and more than two hours of Pink Floyd music. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Goddamn Gallows @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. It’s Punk Rock Monday, the Halloween Edition. With Tex Railer’s Doomtown and the Killerados. 7pm.

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