Following a stunning concert at Valentine’s Music Hall just last month, Hamell On Trial is returning to town for a world premiere evening of a more theatrical nature at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (February 25).
Before he burst on the larger scene as what Rolling Stone called “a homicidal Otto Preminger,” Ed Hamell spent Wednesday nights in residency at Albany’s now-defunct Mother Earth’s Cafe, developing the act that would make him a major-label star as Hamell On Trial.
Later stints in Austin and New York City streamlined his attack, garnering praise for his brutal marriage of punk rock energy, deep rock & roll roots and vicious satire. In 2007, Hamell shifted gears, creating a one-man theatrical presentation, “The Terrorism of Everyday Life.” The program – equal parts “Rant & Roll,” as the DVD was later titled – won a coveted Herald Award at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
At the Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Hamell – the subject of an upcoming documentary film featuring commentary by Henry Rollins, Alejandro Escovedo and Righteous Babe matriarch Ani DiFranco – will offer the world premiere of a new work, also bound for Edinburgh, based on his experiences as a bartender in Syracuse. Longtime fans have already heard some of these stories in songs like “Big as Life” and bits like “Crack Bar,” but the as-yet-untitled performance piece will be Hamell’s most probing work yet, with new songs, new tales and new reasons to compare him to Bill Hicks, Jack Kerouac and Joe Strummer.
Tix for Hamell On Trial’s performance – as well as the rest of the shows in the Steamer No. 10 Theatre’s upcoming Eclectic Performance Series – are priced at $13 in advance; $15 at the door. This performance features frank language and adult situations and is not recommended for children.
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