LIVE: American Music Festival for the Lake @ Charles Wood Park’s Festival Space, 9/20/14 (Day One)

September 30th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Robert Randolph & The Family Band (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Robert Randolph & the Family Band (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Stanley Johnson and Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was built on the site of the old Gaslight Village amusement park, whose slogan promised “yesterday’s fun today.”

But there was no nostalgia for the Good Ole Days of Yore during the grand opening weekend at the Charles R. Wood Park’s Festival Space. It was a solidly rockin’ first day of the American Festival for the Lake, a full day of music that featured bona fide headliners (Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ), regional rockers (Paranoid Social Club) and top notch homegrown talent (Wild Adriatic, the North & South Dakotas, Rich Ortiz).

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LIVE: “Boogie for Bob” @ The Linda, 9/28/14

September 30th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review and video by Joel Patterson

You could feel the love at The Linda. The musical community from near and far saluted Albany’s own Bob Girouard with an afternoon of roadhouse blues and rockabilly in which the half dozen bands he’s played in over the years (Hair of the Dog, Aged in the Hills, Ernie Williams Tribute Band, Bluz House Rockers, Diva & the Dirty Boys and Urban Gumbo) definitely made roar happen – and which finally exploded into a one-time reunion and farewell blast to his original ’70s-era band Forest. (These guys – forget about it!)

The bash was also a benefit for research into Parkinson’s disease, which Bob’s been battling since 2003. In between acts, the lights dimmed to screen scenes from “About a Band,” the documentary I did that traces the reunion of Urban Gumbo, his current project. Bob’s dynamic and arresting vocal performances (in particular his duet with Lisa Gordon) brought standing ovations. Cueing up scenes from a DVD in the projection booth at the Linda is slightly touchy, I mean, who knew that going to full screen would automatically start the file playing? I wouldn’t, obviously. But hey, live and learn…

Real Good for FREE: Local Harvest Festival @ Washington Park on Sunday

September 30th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Olivia Quillio

Olivia Quillio

Good food…
Good music…
Good times…

The Honest Weight Food Co-op is presenting its sixth annual Local Harvest Festival at the Lakehouse in Albany’s Washington Park from 12noon-4pm on Sunday (October 5). The focus of the free, rain-or-shine fest is a Local Foods Marketplace with more than 50 vendors, but there will also be children’s activities, chef demonstrations, crafters and, of course, a healthy serving of homegrown Local 518 music, too.

Here’s the schedule of band performances for Sunday’s Local Harvest Festival:

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THEATER: “Private Eyes” @ ShakesCo Is a Befuddling Tangle of Lovers and Cheaters. Or Is It… [Berkshire on Stage]

September 30th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
The Company of Private Eye (photo: Enrico Spada)

The Company of Private Eye (photo: Enrico Spada)

Theater review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Gail M. Burns: I had to be reminded that I had seen and reviewed a production of this play fifteen years ago, also at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. Although I liked it at the time, it was not a memorable experience.

Larry Murray: Private Eyes is an odd concoction for sure, with some of the wittiest comedy and clever aphorisms of the current fall season. Written by Steven Dietz, the revival of Private Eyes features a fresh look and much younger cast from when the Company staged it in 1999 in the Stables Theatre at The Mount. There is one rather unmissable change, however, since the therapist Frank played then by Robert D. Lohbauer has had a sex change and is now played by Lori Evans Pugh. In your prophetic earlier review (link) you advised audiences to be prepared to go through the looking glass.

Gail: For all its twists and turns, Matthew (Luke Reed) is the central character and whatever happens happens to him, whether in fantasy or reality. Another solid bit of reality here is that Matthew and Lisa (Caroline Calkins) are married, or were married during much of the action of the play. Lisa may, or may not, be having or have had an affair with Adrian (Marcus Kearns), an insufferable British director who has cast the couple in an unnamed romantic comedy. Adrian’s wife (Elizabeth ‘Lily’ Cardaropoli) may be stalking her erstwhile husband in various disguises, or the whole thing may be a series of semi-fantastic stories Matthew spins for his psychiatrist, Frank (Pugh.)

Larry: Jonathan Croy is at work here as the director, which means that when there is fun, it’s rib-splittingly funny and where there is tragedy, it fully shocks and dismays. Everything is topsy turvy in this Diet-zy concoction. In the program notes, the director says that Private Eyes is a delicate Swiss watch of a play, moving gracefully through time and memory.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Win FREE Tickets to Las Cafeteras @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Sunday

September 30th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras

LA Weekly honored them with the Best Latin Alternative Band award in 2013.

National Public Radio hailed their music as “creative, socially conscious, it’s perfect.”

The BBC called it “urgent, relevant music.”

Born in the streets of Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras are immigrant children who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what The Los Angeles Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic.”

Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado and inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community that is looking for love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. To their remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, Las Cafeteras add Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and such instruments as jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone and a wooden platform called the Tarima.

Now Las Cafeteras are slated to make their Nippertown debut as they take the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Sunday (October 5). Admission is $15.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair 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 (October 3), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Still Another New Concert Announced for The Egg

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

After announcing two new concerts on Monday – the Johnny Winter Remembrance Concert (featuring Sonny Landreth, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Debbie Davies) and Sadie & the Hotheads (featuring Elizabeth McGovern of “Downton Abbey”) – The Egg adds another new show to its concert calendar with the return of Led Zeppelin tribute band, Hammer of the Gods.

The band’s two-and-a-half-hour multi-media retrospective of the music of Led Zep returns to The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, March 7. Tickets for the show are currently on sale, priced at $39.50 & $44.50.

Five Firsts: Chuck E. Costa of the Sea the Sea

September 30th, 2014, 10:06 am by Greg
The Sea The Sea

The Sea The Sea

NAME: Chuck E. Costa
INSTRUMENT: vocals, electric/acoustic guitars, percussion, piano

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors. My mom is from Norway, and we used to spend a few weeks there in the summer visiting family. One year we spent some time on my great grandparents’ super remote and rustic (no plumbing) farm out in the country. My sister and I had a red battery-powered tape player and that album was our only connection to civilization. We wore that tape out completely…

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9/30/14: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

September 30th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

THEATER: “Other Desert Cities” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s opening night! Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Jon Robin Baitz’s comedy/drama about prodigal daughter Brooke Wyeth, who returns to her Palm Springs Desert home to celebrate the holidays after six years away and announces plans to publish her childhood memoir – complete with revelations of deep family secrets. Directed by Michael Bush. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, October 19.

FILM: “The Zero Theorem” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. One screening only of Terry Gilliam’s madcap science fiction epic which stars two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. With Matt Damon, Mélanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges, David Thewlis and Tilda Swinton. 7pm. $8.25; $8 seniors; $7.50 children.

PARTICIPATORY MUSIC: Left of the Dial @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s Punk Rock Karaoke time! Grab the mic and sing your fave rock song in front of a live band. 7pm.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic with Cameron & Ryder @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. You never know what to expect… 6:30pm sign-up; 7pm show.

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