SHOPPING: Capital Region Guitar Show @ the Knights of Columbus, Saratoga Springs. Shop, browse, covet, trade, drool over guitars, guitars, guitars… plus lots of other instruments with strings, too. 5-10pm. $7; $2 discount if you bring a guitar, amp or at least two non-perishable food items. Also 10am-6pm on Saturday. GO HERE to enter to win FREE TICKETS…
MUSIC: Tim O’Brien @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. From bluegrass greats Hot Rize to Mark Knopfler’s rock band, the marvelous multi-instrumentalist has done it all as he deftly blends the traditional with the contemporary. 9pm. $28.
MUSIC: Amy Speace & the Storm @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Amy previews selections from her marvelous new album How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat, slated for release on Tuesday. She’ll be accompanied by the Storm – multi-instrumentalist Josh Oliver on guitar/keys and Hannah Schroeder on cello. With Buffalo singer-songwriter Davey O. 8pm. $16 in advance; $18 at the door. More info here…
MUSIC: Sō Percussion @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, Annandale-On-Hudson. The adventurous ensemble offers its second annual spring concert featuring a wide array of contemporary works, all written by living composers. 8pm. $15.
FILM: “Sound City” @ Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. 7:30pm. Directed by Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, it’s a love letter to the fabled San Fernando Valley recording studio. 7:30pm. $7; students $5. Through Sunday.
FILM: “Destiny (Der mude Tod)” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany. Fritz Lang’s dark fairy tale tells the story of a young woman’s bargain with the Angel of Death after he slays her lover. Silent 1921 film with live piano accompaniment by Mike Schiffer. 7:30pm. FREE.
I was not always the brightest bulb in the tree. I was a hardworking guy, but in my opinion I was not one of the most talented people at Juilliard. I didn't have that brilliance that some people really have, but I had a tremendous appetite for the work.