LIVE: PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany, 9/28/13

September 30th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man

Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte

This year at PearlPalooza in downtown Albany nine bands performed on two stages – alternating continuously throughout the day. Sponsored and hosted by 102.7 WEQX-FM, people were able to watch bands from all over the world perform on the main stage – Gentlemen Hall, Cayucas, Said the Whale and Crystal Fighters. Headlining PearlPalooza was Portugal. The Man.

And the local stage at the other end of the street played host to four popular Local 518 bands – Eastbound Jesus, Wild Adriatic, Stellar Young and Titanics.

With the best weather that a late-September day could give, the first band I had the pleasure of seeing was Santa Monica band Cayucas. With their music ranging from indie pop to surf pop, the three-piece band played a lively and relaxing set Saturday afternoon, including “Deep Sea” and their radio single “High School Lover,” from their recently released debut album, Bigfoot. If I had to compare their sound to any other band, I would say they sound very much like Vampire Weekend. People in the crowd soon made this connection, too, and every person I talked to really enjoyed their performance.

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LIVE: Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, 9/14/13

September 30th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
Grupo Encanto

Grupo Encanto

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Empire State Plaza in Albany hosted its annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Saturday, September 14, featuring free outdoor performances by DJ BoyBoy, Grupo Encanto, Toby Rivera and Toño Rosario.

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Sonny Rollins’ Documentary to Kick Off Woodstock Film Festival on Wednesday

September 30th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

The 2013 Woodstock Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday (October 2) with a screening of “Sonny Rollins: Beyond the Notes” at the Woodstock Playhouse, and the legendary jazz saxophonist himself will be on hand to participate in a post-screening Q&A along with filmmaker Dick Fontaine.

Fontaine’s documentary takes audiences on a 78-minute jazz journey focused on Rollins’ 80th birthday concert at the Beacon Theatre in NYC, where Rollins was joined by such other jazz greats as Ornette Coleman, Jim Hall and Roy Haynes.

Following the Q&A, the JD Allen Trio will celebrate the jazz legend with a live performance.

Tickets are $40 & $50.

There will also be an additional screening of the film at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck at 7pm on Thursday (October 3). Tickets are $10.

The Woodstock Film Festival runs from Wednesday through Sunday at various locations in and around Woodstock.

Phantogram to Play Homecoming Concert at Upstate Concert Hall

September 30th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Greg
Phantogram (photo by Sebastien Barre)

Phantogram (photo by Sebastien Barre)

Yup, Phantogram is on big roll…

Today (September 30) marks the release of the new self-titled four-song EP by the Saratoga-spawned electro-pop duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, and they’ll be making their return appearance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday night (October 3).

Then at 10am on Friday (October 4), tickets will go on sale for Phantogram’s long-awaited homecoming concert, which is slated to take place at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Saturday, December 7.

The first 102 tickets will be sold for $10.27, thanks to the folks at WEQX-FM. Thereafter, advance tickets will be $18, and if there are any left, tickets will be priced at $20 at the door on the day of the concert.

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Gibson Brothers Named Entertainers of the Year… Again!

September 30th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

It’s even better the second time around…

Once again, Nippertown’s own premier bluegrass band, the Gibson Brothers, were the big winners at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, held in Raleigh, North Carolina last week.

For the second consecutive year, brothers Eric and Leigh Gibson (on banjo and guitar respectively), along with their band (bassist Mike Barber, fiddler Clayton Campbell and mandolinist Jesse Brock) walked off with top honors as Entertainers of the Year at the ceremonies.

But that’s not all…

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T-Shirt Slogans @ PearlPalooza, 9/28/13

September 30th, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg

t-shirtA random sampling of t-shirts spotted at PearlPalooza on North Pearl Street in Albany on Saturday, September 28:

Log Bay Day
Yasgur Road
Live With Passion
I Am the Stig
Last Vestige Music Shop
Los Pollos Hermanos
Joy Division
Jack Daniel’s
Bring It Home, Mau

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Five Firsts: Benjamin Garrett of Party Boat

September 30th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

Benjamin Garrett

Benjamin Garrett

NAME: Benjamin Garrett
INSTRUMENT: vocals/guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Weezer’s blue album. After I saw the “Buddy Holly” music video that came with Windows ’95.

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9/30/13: Today’s Tips: Monday

September 30th, 2013, 8:00 am by Greg

BURLESQUE: Bing Bamboo Room Burlesque @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. A special surprise guest hosts BBR’s ninth anniversary with a gala presentation of more than 20 acts, including sinfully stunning sideshow performers and buxom bodacious burlesque beauties. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: The Toasters @ Chameleons, Pittsfield. The veteran ska band will have you kickin’ up your heels all night long. With Vermont punks Midnight Saints, Western Mass. Ramones tribute band the Remones and homegrown ska/reggae rockers Red Sky. 7:30pm. $12.

READING: Poets Speak Loud @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. The monthly poetry forum and open mic session is hosted by Mary Panza with featured reader Jacqueline Kirkpatrick. Sign-up at 7pm; readings at 8pm. FREE.

FILM: “When Comedy Went to School” @ the Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. One screening only of this documentary that presents a portrait of the greatest generation of comedians – including Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Robert Klein, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Jerry Stiller, Larry King and others – all of whom make appearances in the film, sharing hilarious and personal experiences. 7pm. $9.50; $7.75 seniors; $6.75 children.

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