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ANNIVERSARY CHILL-OUT: The Refrigerators have been playing their party-hearty blend of funk, rock and R&B in clubs and concert halls throughout the Northeast since 1992. Tonight (Friday, November 16) the band will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a special concert at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany featuring the current line-up plus more than two dozen alumni members in various configurations throughout the evening. Wondering who’ll be up on the bandstand?

Featured musicians are scheduled to include:
Vocals: Todd Hanhurst, Wesley James, Dan Shaughnessy, Hayes Fields, Chris Dollard, J Yager, Rob Mcdonough
Trumpets: Greg Mataruga, Ben Acrish, Tino Santoro, Dave Cerrone, Tony Gambaro, Jim Verano
Saxophones: Kevin Barcomb, Tim Williams, John Savage, Brian Patneaude, Mike Dann, Tommy Laniewski
Trombones: Chris Beck, Chris Barron, Shaun Bazylewicz
Guitar: Rob Istorico
Keyboards: John Costello, Paul Brassard, Paul Zeh, Larry Finke, Jim Mastrianni
Bass: Chris Gentile, Chris Peck, Eddie Frank
Drums: Chris Haley, Chad Ploss, Dave Harris, Chris Toma, Dan McDonald, Dave Hanson
Turntables & Rap: Rich Capeless

Doors open at 6pm. Admission is $20, and all proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical
Center.

“NASHVILLE”: OK, I’ll admit that I had high hopes for the this fall’s new ABC-TV drama “Nashville” – considering that the series stars Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”); was created by Callie Khouri (Academy Award-winning writer of “Thelma & Louise”); and features music produced by T Bone Burnett (too many cool credits to list). I was hoping for a contemporary country version of “Treme.” Instead, it looks like “Dallas” relocated to Tennessee. Too bad…

NO RAIN-OUT THIS TIME: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swings into the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for a concert at 8pm tonight (Friday, November 16) in support of their latest album, Rattle Them Bones. And that made me remember the last time I saw the band in concert… sort of. At the inaugural concert of the 2006 Alive at Five series, BBVD was actually rained out at the rain site when a power-house thunderstorm blew the torrential rains sideways onto the stage under the I-787 overpass just 20 minutes into the concert.

THE VOTING CONTINUES: Yes, the presidential election is over, but there’s still time to vote for the Boston Music Awards. The deadline for online voting is 12midnight on Monday (November 19), and no, you don’t have to reside in Boston in order to vote. In fact, our favorite category is Best Boston Artist Who Doesn’t Live in Boston. (We voted for the Figgs.) And, yes, we also voted for former Nippertonian John Powhida, who once again has been nominated as Male Vocalist of the Year.

WEIGH IN: After three years of steadily growing Restoration Festival success despite hurricanes, tornadoes and stranded headliners, the fab folks at B3nson headquarters are looking for your input regarding the upcoming Rest Fest 2013. Take a (very short) online survey here…

TOP SPIN: Portland, Maine’s electronic duo Contrapposto

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