CD Release Celebrations Galore This Weekend!

If April showers bring May flowers, then Albany winters must bring a blossoming of new CDs…

By our count, there are five big CD release celebrations going on around Nippertown this weekend. You won’t be able to catch ’em all, but here’s the lowdown:

TONIGHT (FRIDAY)

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Michael Benedict & Bopitude:  Five And One

MICHAEL BENEDICT & BOPITUDE with GARY SMULYAN
WHERE: Greenville High School, Greenville
WHEN: 7:30pm tonight (April 6)
WHAT: Bopitude teams up with baritone sax master and six-time Grammy Award-winner Gary Smulyan to celebrate the release of their sophomore CD, “Five and One” on the award-winning Planet Arts label, with a benefit concert for the Greenville Educational Foundation. With the Greenville Central Schools Middle and High School Jazz Ensembles.
HOW MUCH: $15; students $10. Call 518-966-5070, ext. 439 for tickets.

Slaughterouse Chorus

THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE CHORUS
WHERE: Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
WHEN: 8pm tonight (April 6)
WHAT: Recently honored as Best Local Punk Band in the Metroland 2012 Readers’ Poll, the Slaughterhouse Chorus celebrate the release of their new full-length, self-titled disc, which the band describes as “a dozen boot-stomping sing-alongs about Albany, America and the apocalypse.” The self-produced album also marks the launch of the band’s new Built4BBQ recording collective. With Henry’s Rifle and the Pistolwhips.
HOW MUCH: $5

Jay Collins & The Kings County Band: Blues, Rivers and Other People

JAY COLLINS & THE KINGS COUNTY BAND
WHERE: The Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
WHEN: 9pm tonight (April 6)
WHAT: Saxman and soulful singer Jay Collins has played with Gregg Allman, the Levon Helm Band, Donald Fagen, James Hunter, Ray LaMontagne, Andrew Hill and Jacky Terrasson, to name just a few A-listers. But he’s leading his own band tonight (featuring guitarist Scott Sharrard, keyboardist Dred Scott, bassist Jeff Hanley and drummer Diego Voglino) and celebrating the release of his new CD, “Blues, Rivers and Other People.”
HOW MUCH: $10

SATURDAY

The Parlor: Full of Hope and Heart

THE PARLOR
WHERE: Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
WHEN: 8pm Saturday (April 7)
WHAT: Formerly know as We Are Jeneric, Altamontsters Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans celebrate the release of “Our Day in the Sun,” their fourth album, but the first under their new name the Parlor. Released by the B3nson Recording Company, the CD is a stunning leap forward, and the 14 songs are – to borrow one of their song titles – “Full of Hope and Heart.” With B3nson labelmates Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and the Red Lions.
HOW MUCH: $7.

Mamalama: The World of Color and Light

MAMALAMA
WHERE: The Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
WHEN: 9pm Saturday (April 7)
WHAT: Mamalama is celebrating the release of their brand new album, “The World of Color and Light,” recorded at ArtFarm studios in Accord. The acoustic quartet – vocalist-harpist Elizabeth Clark-Jerez, recorder-hammered dulcimer player Henry Lowengard, violinist-mandolinist Charlie Shikowitz and cellist Sharon Penz – brews up an intoxicating world music that draws on classical, psychedelia, folk and modern minimalism.
HOW MUCH: $15

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