Archive for April, 2014

LIVE: The Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet @ Skidmore’s Zankel Music Center, 4/11/14

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Kurt Rosenwinkel, Orlando LeFleming and Kendrick Scott

Kurt Rosenwinkel, Orlando LeFleming and Kendrick Scott

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Albert Brooks, Andrzej Pilarczyk

“Welcome to Winterfest, 2014,” Kurt Rosenwinkel said drily to the almost-full house at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs. It seems that the guitarist and his epic quartet – pianist Aaron Parks, drummer Kendrick Scott and bassist Orlando LeFleming – got stranded in a flash flood and caught in a blizzard after arriving in the area the previous day. Their surprise is quite understandable: It’s true Rosenwinkel has played in this area before while Parks and Scott have visited Saratoga Springs multiple times; however, those trips mostly happened during the summer, not during a spring season that’s doing its best to disprove the assertion that climate change is only a myth.

When the quartet took the stage, it wasn’t as cold as it had been the previous day, but it was definitely coat-and-sweater weather. Happily, the Zankel warmed up almost immediately as Scott led the charge into the grooving opener “Our Secret World.” This piece was older than most of the set, which came almost exclusively from Rosenwinkel’s 2012 release Star of Jupiter. But even though the soundman was obviously scrambling to find the proper mix for this group, Rosenwinkel was already swinging for the fences as he stood at center stage and struck “The Pose” (right foot forward, knee slightly bent, eyes down at his axe) and filled the house with a tough, hollow-body sound that could have melted a foot of snow.



Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Terry Adams (photo by Fred Boak)

Terry Adams of NRBQ

Photograph by Fred Boak

Madcap keyboardist Terry Adams leads NRBQ into the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Sunday, June 15. They’ll be joined by the Whole Wheat Horns in support of their new album, Brass Tacks. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Also coming up at Bearsville is Keneally-Bendian-Lunn at 8pm on Wednesday, May 28. Led by gonzo guitarslinger Mike Keneally (formerly with Frank Zappa), the power trio also features drummer Gregg Bendian (of the Mahavishnu Project) and bassist Doug Lunn (of Fire Merchants). Tickets are $20.

Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs has beefed up its concert calendar with the additions of Terrapin Flyer (featuring Melvin Seals) at 9pm on Friday, May 9 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); Girls, Guns & Glory with Sarah Borges and Last Daze at 9pm on Friday, May 23 ($10); Max Creek with Black Mountain Symphony and the High Peaks Trio at 9pm on Thursday, June 12 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); and the return of Fishbone with Banooba at 9pm on Saturday, June 21 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door; $5 surcharge if under 21. If that’s not enough, Sean Kelly leads the reunion of the Samples, who land at Putnam Den at 9pm on Saturday, July 26. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door; $5 surcharge at door if under 21.

The Ale House in Troy has an impressive batch of new shows on tap, too, including Local 518 rockabilly kingpins the Lustre Kings with special guest steel guitar greats Cindy Cashdollar and Kevin Maul at 6pm on Sunday, May 18 ($10); California roots-rocker Kim Lenz at 8pm on Monday, May 19 ($10); Austin honky-tonker Dale Watson at 8pm on Wednesday, June 4 ($25); the Lonesome Brothers at 9pm on Saturday, June 7 ($TBA); and Telecaster twangmaster Bill Kirchen at 8pm on Sunday, June 15 ($20).


LIVE: Roots Music Festival @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 4/5/14

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
The Wiyos

The Wiyos

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Although the Roots Music Festival actually began back in 2007 as a two-day, 14-band affair downtown at Red Square, organizer Ryan Dunham and his his band Red Haired Strangers consolidated it into a single evening and moved the bash uptown to WAMC-FM’s The Linda for the first time in 2010. It was a perfect fit.

So the fest returned to The Linda again for the fifth time earlier this month, with an array of Local 518 favorites and a headlining set from the Wiyos, led by the multi-talented Michael Farkas. And proceeds from the festivities went to help feed inner city kids in Albany.


Win FREE Tickets to the Nobodies of Comedy @ Proctors on Friday

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Who are these hilarious people?

Nobody knows their names yet, but if you’re at Proctors in Schenectady on Friday night, you’ll be able to say, “I saw ’em before they made it BIG!”

Nobodies of Comedy is back once again featuring a heapin’ handful of the nation’s best up-and-coming stand-up comedians.

Friday night’s line-up of laugh-makers includes Liz Miele, Mark Walton, Kelly Collette, Adrienne Iapalucci and Steve Burr.

Showtime for Nobodies of Comedy at Proctors is 8pm on Friday (May 2), and tickets are $20, $24, $26 & $28.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! Thanks to our pals at Mills Entertainment, we’re giving away two pairs of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, 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 deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (May 2), and the winners will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winners, who have been notified by email.

Noise Annoys: Albany’s New Record Store

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Chris Lawrence of Loud Punk Records is bucking the current business models and throwing it all behind his passion. He’s opening a new brick-and-mortar record store in Albany. And if the old adage, “Location, location, location” holds true, he just might make it work, too. His new store Noise Annoys Record Shop is located at 114C Quail Street in Albany – right around the corner from Pauly’s Hotel, the Low Beat, WAMC-FM and The Linda Performing Arts Studio.

Lawrence promises that the shop is stocking thousands of new and used records – rock, punk, metal, reggae and more. Regular hours will be 11am-7pm on Tuesday-Saturday; 12noon-6pm on Sunday.

Noise Annoys will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday (May 3), unlocking its doors at 10am, and providing plenty of free giveaways while supplies last. But the grand opening celebration doesn’t stop when the doors close at 8pm on Saturday, either. Instead, the party moves around the corner to the Low Beat for a triple-bill bash featuring the Epidemic, Scuzz and Wet Dreams beginning at 8pm. Admission to the Low Beat is FREE if you show a Noise Annoys receipt at the door; otherwise, it’s $6.

Hump Day Unusual Moment

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Today’s Hump Day Unusual Moment is a Throwback Wednesday clip of proto-garage rockers the Standells rippin’ it up on the fab ’60s TV show, “The Munsters.” Much to everyone’s surprise, the band is not performing their big hit, the classic Boston ode “Dirty Water,” but rather some little ditty called “Do the Ringo” followed by a cover of the Beatles’ “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”

So if you’re headed over to the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Sunday evening (May 4) to see the Standells – still led by founding member Larry Tamblyn (vocals/keyboards) – in concert, ask ’em to play “Do the Ringo.” Chandler Travis’ Catbirds open the show at 7pm, and tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Real Good for FREE: Lost Radio Rounders @ Nassau’s Grace United Methodist Church, 5/4/14

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Video by Tom Lindsay

Lost Radio Rounders present “American Favorite Ballads: Songs from Folkways” at 2pm on Sunday (May 4) at Grace United Methodist Church in Nassau.

Sponsored by the Nassau Free Library, the concert’s setlist will be culled from the series of albums that the late Pete Seeger recorded for the Folkways record label. Expect a delightful mix of harmony, history and humor. Admission is free.

4/30/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

THEATER: “50 Shades! The Musical” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Kinky singin’ ‘n’ dancin’… 7:30pm. $43, $48 & $58.

TELEVISION: “AHA!” @ WMHT-TV. The broadcast premiere of a new 30-minute homegrown show hosted by KTG (evening DJ on WEXT-FM), featuring stories of artists, makers and creative institutions right here in our backyard and across the country. 7:30pm.

FILM: “Which Way Home” @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. Rebecca Cammisa’s Oscar nominated documentary explores the personal side of Mexican/American immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United States. Followed by a Q&A session. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jody Shayne @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. 10pm.

PARTICIPATORY MUSIC: Best Damn Open Mic Night Ever @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Hosted by Caroline MotherJudge. 7:30pm sign-up; 8pm music.

MUSIC: Mister 1080 @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. Hip-hop. 8pm.

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