LIVE: Rebel Darling @ barVino, 6/25/14

June 30th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
John Rice and M.R. Poulopoulos

John Rice and M.R. Poulopoulos

Review and photographs Tom Lindsay

With the advent of summer, Nippertown musicians often find themselves heading for the hills to entertain tourists and locals alike. It could be the Berkshires, Catskills or, in this case, the Adirondacks.

Singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos has been performing under the moniker Rebel Darling with a flexible and floating group of musicians that has included Ryan Dunham (harmonica), Roger Noyes (pedal steel), John Rice (guitar) and others. A duo version of Rebel Darling landed at barVino in North Creek last Wednesday night (June 25) for a two-hour set, and followed that up with a three-hour performance at the North Creek Farmers Market Thursday afternoon (June 26).

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LIVE: Sirsy @ Brown’s Brewing Co., 5/30/14

June 30th, 2014, 3:30 pm by Greg

Video by Timothy Reidy

The pop-rock duo Sirsy – featuring Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti – at Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy on Friday, May 30, in conjunction with Troy Night Out…

Sirsy is back in the Nippertown spotlight once again at 5pm on Friday (July 4), performing as part of the day-long July 4th Celebration at Clifton Common in Clifton Park. Admission is free.

LIVE: Duncan Sheik @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, 6/13/14

June 30th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Duncan Sheik

Duncan Sheik

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Back in 1996, singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik released his self-titled debut album. The album went gold and spawned the smash hit single, “Barely Breathing,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

In recent years, he’s focused his songwriting talents on musical theater projects, penning songs for the New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Twelfth Night,” the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway show “Spring Awakening” and most recently “American Psycho,” which opened in London last year.

Earlier this month, following opening act the Costellos, Sheik was the headlining performer for the SaratogaArtsFest, and with the help of bandmates, a string quartet and special guest vocalists, he combined both of his musical careers with a concert at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs.

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New Concert Announced for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

June 30th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has added another show to its fall concert calendar with the announcement that Nippertown favorite, the legendary singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 13.

Arlo was last at the Music Hall back in 2008, when he was joined by the Burn Sisters for a rousing and fun night of music. He’ll be returning solo this time, but this natural-born storyteller’s songs, tales and anecdotes will fill the stage, creating a memorable evening of satire, laughs, social commentary and great folk music.

Tickets are priced at $25, $32, $36 & $42; $15 Test Drive Tickets. Tickets are currently on sale to Music Hall members and will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, july 9.

Theater Barn Kicks Off Season with “You Should Be So Lucky” by Charles Busch [Berkshire on Stage]

June 30th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
(l to r) Daniel Dunlow, Stephen Powell and Jamie Bock in You Should Be So Lucky at The Theater Barn through July 6th.

(l to r) Daniel Dunlow, Stephen Powell and Jamie Bock in You Should Be So Lucky
at The Theater Barn through July 6.

Theater Review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Gail M. Burns: Joan and Abe Phelps at Theater Barn have never been shy about booking outrageous and quirky comedies to open their season, and they have a knack for finding some really talented young comic actors as well. This year is no exception.

Larry Murray: You Should Be So Lucky is a great vehicle for young players, and Charles Busch is one of a handful of playwrights who are able to straddle the theatrical line between offbeat comedy and outright farce while always throwing in lots of unexpected twists and turns. Busch could be described as a writer whose work has characters who are more nervous and insecure than angst-ridden. They are exactly the kind of accessible roles young actors love to hone in on as they perfect their craft. And they aren’t too taxing on audiences either. His works aren’t performed nearly often enough in the Berkshire region. They offer such opportunities for playfulness.

Gail: An example of that playfulness came as director Phil Rice inserted Joan’s name into the list of VIPs the leading character meets at a swanky soiree, because for many young performers over the past 31 years meeting Joan Phelps has been an important moment in their early careers.

Larry: I’ve seen lots of promising actors at the Theater Barn, some of whom now have Equity cards. This year they certainly are kicking off the season with a corker of a play, one that is both a sort of madcap situation comedy but has characters that are both sweet and silly. There’s a generous dose of Jewish comedy, too, mashed up with gay humor, overwrought actresses and even a little supernatural possession. Something for everyone wrapped in a delightfully fast-paced show.

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Festival Fever: Built4BBQ’s Star Spangled Bonanza @ Pauly’s Hotel & the Low Beat

June 30th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
The Slaughterhouse Chorus (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

The Slaughterhouse Chorus

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Central Avenue next-door neighbors Pauly’s Hotel and the Low Beat are at it again, hosting another dual-venue mega-mash-up night of rollicking music on Friday. Yes, it’s the Fourth of July, but at the Low Beat and Pauly’s Hotel, the fireworks will be of the indoor musical variety for Built4BBQ’s Star Spangled Bonanza.

The eight-band, dual-stage Independence Day blowout features performances by the Slaughterhouse Chorus, Charmboy, the Kimono Dragons, Caddywhompus, the End Men, the Pistolwhips, Henry’s Rifle and Straitjacket Escape.

The big bash will also serve as the CD release party for a new sampler album from the Albany record collective Built4BBQ. The Entree is a compilation of new music featuring rare and/or previously unreleased tracks from 17 bands including all of the performers as well as Stuck Lucky, Bridge Under Fire, Broken Field Runner, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade and many more. GO HERE for a complete track listing and a preview…

The 19-track album, will be available for free download on Friday (July 4), and CD copies are included with admission The festivities get underway at 7pm, and admission is just $7. With means it’s less than one buck per band, plus a free CD. Now that’s a damn good deal.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the Built4BBQ Star Spangled Bonanza:

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Paul McCartney’s Ready to Rock Albany

June 30th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

After a viral infection forced him to cancel concerts in Japan and South Korea in May, Paul McCartney also postponed a string of U.S. dates that had been scheduled to start in Texas on June 14.

But according to the video (above) that was posted on YouTube late last week, Sir Paul is ready to get back on the road, and he’ll launch the current leg of his Out There tour at Albany’s Times Union Center at 8pm on Saturday (July 5).

Song o’ the Week: Sean Rowe’s “Madman”

June 30th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg


The title song from Sean Rowe’s upcoming album, slated for release on September 9 by Anti- Records. Maybe you heard him sing it at his Troy Savings Bank Music Hall concert back in April, but it sounds even better and bouncier fleshed out with piano, percussion and some horns, too…

You can catch Rowe playing live in the spotlight once again on Saturday (July 5) at BSP Lounge in Kingston, where he opens the show for Justin Townes Earle. The show begins at 7pm, and tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

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