LIVE: The Star Spangled Washboard Band @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 4/21/12

April 30th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Star Spangled Washboard Band

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.

It’s not every day that you get to see a grown man on stage playing a typewriter behind his head like Jimi Hendrix wielding a Stratocaster at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. At least the former refrained from igniting his instrument, perhaps recognizing that the Albany police station was adjacent to the Steamer No. 10 Theatre.

It’s hard to believe that the Star Spangled Washboard Band had not played a show in 15 years – even the band members themselves made reference throughout the night to that swift, odd passage of time, sometimes with dated jokes that were nonetheless funny. What was obvious as well, seriously, was that their repetoire of songs had vintage quality right from the start.

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LIVE: Wild Adriatic @ Jillian’s, 3/23/12

April 30th, 2012, 3:30 pm by Greg
Wild Adriatic

Wild Adriatic

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

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LIVE: “Opera… From a Sistah’s Point of View” @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, 4/5/12

April 30th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg
Angela Brown

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

“I’ve travelled all around the world doing this (singing opera) and found out that most White people hate opera just as much as Black people do,” stated soprano Angela Brown, tongue-in-cheek.

Presenting “Opera… from a Sistah’s Point of View,” Brown’s mix of arias and conversation was ever so engaging and sometimes knee-slapping humorous when speaking to the large audience that Thursday night.

However, it was when Brown let loose with her powerfully crystal clear voice that there was no doubt that a great artist was performing in the house. Her dynamic vocal control effortlessly flew between quiet valleys and gargantuan mountains full of grace and beauty.

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Colin Hay (Men at Work) An Evening of Classics and Originals [Berkshire on Stage]

April 30th, 2012, 2:30 pm by Sara
The prolific and popular Colin Hay has eleven solo albums to this credit. And his storytelling is as good as his singing.

The prolific and popular Colin Hay has eleven solo albums to this credit, and his storytelling is as good as his singing.

Colin Hay, the prolific solo artist best known as the lead singer for the platinum selling Australian band, Men at Work, will appear at the Colonial on May 5 at 8pm to serenade the audience with his musical talent and entertain them with his one of a kind stories.

While his voice and visage are still familiar to millions from his tenure as frontman, principal songwriter, and lead vocalist of pop sensation Men at Work (“Down Under,” “Overkill,” “Who Can It Be Now?”), the past 10 years have found Hay quietly re-introducing himself to new generations of fans. The frequent use of his music on soundtracks – including the hit television show Scrubs (on which he has also had several cameos) and the sleeper-hit soundtrack to the film Garden State – has proven the timeless appeal of his songs’ personae: quizzical, curious, cynical yet open-hearted.

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RIP: DiVinyl Revolution in Saratoga Springs, 2010-2012

April 30th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

One last spin:

It’s the final revolution for DiVinyl Revolution

We are deeply saddened to learn that DiVinyl Revolution record shop in Saratoga Springs will be closing its doors for good on Wednesday (May 2).

Brittany Nasser – who has owned and operated the store since it opened two years ago and also managed it in its previous incarnation as Last Vestige Music Shop – made the announcement on Saturday.

A going-out-of-business sale is taking place at the store til then: 50% off all used CDs, vinyl records and tapes; and all dollar records are now four for a dollar.

Win FREE TIX to Rosary Beard at Steamer No. 10 Theatre on Friday

April 30th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Rosary Beard

Rosary Beard

Two acoustic guitars – voices = Rosary Beard

The sparkling instrumental acoustic guitar duo features Hunter Sagehorn (of Alta Mira and Matthew Loiacono (aka, Matthew Carefully) spinning a delicately interwoven sonic tapestry that draws the listener into an intimate and oh-so-rewarding listening experience. The twosome have recently completed their debut album, “Halfmoon Fever,” and although it won’t officially be released until June 5, Rosary Beard will be performing at a pre-release celebration at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany in 8pm on Friday (May 4).

Rosary Beard will be sharing the stage with the sublime Northampton band Winterpills – performing in their duo format featuring Flora Reed and Philip Price – who are also celebrating the release of their excellent new album, “All My Lovely Goners.”

Rosary Beard takes the stage for a concert performance at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany on Friday night. Winterpills will open the show at 8pm. Tix are currently available in advance for $13; tix will be $15 at the door.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away A PAIR OF FREE TIX to the show to one lucky Nippertown reader! 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 winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Enter today! Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Festival Fever: Behemoth Music Festival II @ Putnam Den, 5/4/12

April 30th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

Rawhead (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Following the success of the inaugural Behemoth Music Fest at SwordPaw HQ in Troy last month, organizers are gearing up for round two of the fest, this time moving it up the Northway to Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Friday night (May 4).

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Two New Concerts Announced for The Egg

April 30th, 2012, 11:30 am by Greg

The Egg in Albany has added a pair of new concerts to its summer schedule:

Sunday, June 17, 5pm
$20 in advance; $22 at the door
Singer-songwriter Margaret Bernstein and her five-piece band take the stage to celebrate the release of her new album, “Distant Thunder.” Heather Richards will open the show.
Tix are currently on sale.

Wednesday, July 25, 8pm
$35 in advance; $40 at the door
Conor Oberst – of Bright Eyes, as well as such many and varied musical projects as Commander Venus, Monsters of Folk, Mystic Valley Band, Park Ave. and Desaparecidos – plays a solo acoustic concert.
Tix go on sale at 11am on Friday (May 4).

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