LIVE: Rene Marie @ A Place for Jazz, 9/18/15

September 30th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

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Photographs by Rudy Lu

In support of her new album, I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt, Rene Marie entertained the audience with her unimitable vocals and sense of style to open the fall season of the A Place for Jazz concert series at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome.

Accompanied solely by pianist John Chin, she sang mostly standards – ranging from the soul classic “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” favorite “Surrey With the Fringe On Top” – peppered with a few originals to an appreciative audience.

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LIVE: Peter Case @ The Linda, 9/12/15

September 30th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Peter Case has played a number of Local 518 shows during the past couple of years, most recently at the Low Beat exactly one year prior to his return earlier this month.

This time around, though, he took to the stage across the street at WAMC-FM’s The Linda. And once again he shared the stage with Greater Nippertown’s roots singer-songwriter Michael Eck.

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COMIN’ SOON: This Week’s New Concert Announcements

September 30th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

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Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

There’s something about Jonathan… Jonathan Richman, that is. The former Modern Lovers bandleader and his longtime drum-beating bandmate Tommy Larkins return to the Low Beat in Albany for an early show (7pm) on Wednesday, November 11. Advance tickets are available now for $12. Also comin’ up at the Low Beat: Sub Pop’s Strange Wilds roll in for a happy hour show with Better Pills at 6pm on Wednesday, October 21; the reunited punk vets Lumpen Proles join Phantom Signals and Chloroform Party for the Scum Fest 3 CD release party at 8pm on Saturday, November 14; Hamell On Trial returns for the pre-Thanksgiving happy hour bash at 6pm on Wednesday November 25; Guns, Girls & Glory bring the twang at 8pm on Saturday, December 5; the Figgs return for their annual December holiday homecoming show at 8pm on Saturday, December 12 ($10 in advance).

The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock is hosting a benefit concert for Maddie’s Mark Foundation at 7pm on Sunday, November 15. The evening will feature performances by Fred Armisen (“Saturday Night Live,” “Portlandia”), Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Dr. Know (Bad Brains) and the Paul Green Rock Academy. Tickets are $30; $50 for VIP with meet & greet.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: George Clinton leads Parliament-Funkadelic into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (October 2).

The Van Dyck in Schenectady welcomes Gypsy jazz guitar great Stephane Wrembel for two shows (7 & 9pm) on Friday, November 20. Tickets are available now, priced at $18 in advance; $22 at the door. Also at the Van Dyck, a Local 518 all-star band featuring guitarist Graham Tichy, bassist Steven Clyde, drummer Pete Vumbaco and keyboardist Mike Kelley – pays tribute to the Beatles by playing the albums Help and Rubber Soul in their entirety at 8pm on October 24. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.

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B.A. Dario Plays Pittsfield’s Berktoberfest on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

September 30th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
From left: members of the Pittsfield-based band B.A. Dario, bassist Jay Cimini, drummer Brad Greene, guitarist Dan Greene and keyboardist Aaron Nackoul. Photo by Jenn Smith/Berkshire Eagle

From left: members of the Pittsfield-based band B.A. Dario, bassist Jay Cimini, drummer Brad Greene, guitarist Dan Greene and keyboardist Aaron Nackoul. Photo by Jenn Smith/Berkshire Eagle

A sure sign of autumn in the Berkshires, the eighth annual Berktoberfest will be bringing some of the absolute finest craft beers in the northeast United States together under the big tents from 12noon-6pm on Saturday (October 3).

Not only that, but some of the areas liveliest music, too. If you weren’t able to catch B.A. Dario this summer at Mission in Pittsfield, and revel in their covers of Beatles tunes, well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The band plans on doing three sets during the course of Berktoberfest, and are sure to provide a soundtrack that plays in your memories long after the craft beers are quaffed.

The band claims Pittsfield as its home town, and delivers their own special version of progressive jam rock that is a proven crowd-pleaser. Members of the group are Danny Greene (guitar, vocals), Brad Greene (drums), Jay Cimini (bass), Aaron Nackoul (keyboards) and Justin Nackoul (guitar). And to think at one time they were voiceless! But Chin Lee at Flavours (of Malaysia in Pittsfield) gave them their first bar gig and encouraged them to add vocals. They didn’t have the money for mics originally, but over time it all came together. Each performance is unique to its moment with unpredictable covers and constantly evolving originals.

But let’s not forget the beer…

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Win FREE Tickets to Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra @ Proctors on Tuesday

September 30th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

Britain’s Daily Telegraph calls them simply “the finest big band in the world today.”

Under the leadership of trumpet master, nine-time Grammy Award winner and musical director Wynton Marsalis, the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra swings into Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Tuesday (October 6).

The band rumbles into town in support of their new 2-CD set Live in Cuba, recorded in front of a sold-out crowd at Havana’s Mella Theatre in October, 2010, capturing the undeniable connections between American jazz and Afro-Cuban music.

The big band also draws from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Marsalis, saxman Ted Nash and other members of the orchestra, as well as the time-honored masterworks of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane and other great jazz composers.

As the Duke once proclaimed, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” and you cab bet that JALCO will be solidly swingin’ at Proctors on Tuesday.

Tickets are on sale now, priced from $20-$75.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the show to two lucky Nippertown readers! To enter the contest, 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. Deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Monday (October 5). The two winners will be selected at random and notified on Monday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winners, who have been notified by email.

Woodstock Session with Northern Faces and Stellar Young on Saturday

September 30th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

On Saturday (October 3), two of Greater Nippertown’s fave indie ­rock bands are offering a unique and intimate opportunity for their fans. Stellar Young is teaming up with Northern Faces for a Woodstock Session at Applehead Recording Studio in Woodstock. A Woodstock Session is a rare opportunity to be part of a performance that’s an in­-studio concert as well as a live album recording. Previous Woodstock Sessions have featured such acts as Team Sleep, the Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson, Bad Brains and Medeski, Martin, & Wood.

When the doors open at 4pm, the staff will escort you into the studio with a view of the control room where the albums will be recorded and mixed. Stellar Young will take the stage at 5pm for a 90-minute set that may include a few surprises. At 6:30pm, there will be a break where the bands will cook and serve a barbecue dinner. You’ll have a chance to relax and hang with the band members. After eating your fill, you’ll head back into the studio for a 90-minute by Northern Faces. The music concludes with a special collaboration with both bands, after which fans are invited to spend some more time with the bands outside the studio next to a small campfire (BYO s’mores!)

Included in ticket purchase:
• Access to the sessions
• Limited edition screen printed event poster
• BBQ dinner (veggie option available)
• a digital copy of both albums

Tickets are $35 in advance.

Overit Studios Celebrates Opening with a Big Bash on Friday

September 30th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg
Stellar Young (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Stellar Young

Photograph by Timothy Reidy

Overit Studios – a new, full-service audio and video production facility in Albany – is celebrating its grand opening on Friday (October 2), and you’re invited to the big party with music, food and art.

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9/30/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

September 30th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Wayne “The Train” Hancock @ The Hangar, Troy. He’s been called “The King of Juke Joint Swing,” a “Roots Renaissance Man,” a “Country Singer’s Country Singer” and “Hank Williams meets Gershwin.” But the phrase most frequently echoed throughout his career is “Wayne Hancock is the Real Deal.” Joe Ely said it; Hank Williams III said it; Bobby Koefer from the Texas Playboys said it. Let’s go honky tonkin’… 8pm. $20.

MUSIC/FILM: “The Poet of Havana” with Carlos Varela and Jackson Browne @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. Kicking off the Woodstock Film Festival, it’s director Ron Chapman’s documentary about Cuba’s beloved singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, followed by a Q&A session with Chapman, Varela and Jackson Browne, followed by a concert by Varela and Browne. Originally slated for the Woodstock Playhouse, the concert has been moved to UPAC. 7:30pm. $60; VIP $100 including a cocktail reception at 6pm.

MUSIC: Upstate Fest @ the Fuze Box, Albany. Featuring Hudson Falcons, Two Fisted Law, Kyle Trocolla, Avenue Rockers, more. 7pm.

MUSIC: Burn Halo @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. Cali hard-rockers led by former Eighteen Visions frontman James Hart. With Heartist, Courage My Love XXI, Head of Hydrus and Apastron. 9:30pm.

THEATER: “4000 Miles” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Amy Herzog’s Obie Award-winning odd couple dramatic comedy kicks off the 2015-16 season at Cap Rep. He’s a millennial, 21, a ball of energy and contradictions still taking shape with every word he utters. She’s his grandmother, a Greenwich Village lefty, 70 years his senior, and cut from even older cloth, wise enough to know when to hold her tongue. Directed by Stephen Nachamie. 7:30pm. $20-$50.

READING: Banned Books Readout @ Albany Public Library, Albany. In celebration of National Banned Books Week, Local 518 musicians, artists, poets and others read excerpts from their favorite books that have been “banned” at some point. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC/ART: September in the City Art Fair @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. The last in the series of free outdoor lunchtime art exhibitions with music today by Accents and Angela Bove. 11:30am. FREE. UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to the forecast of severe weather.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. If it’s Wednesday, it must be the Deadbeats… 10pm.

PANEL DISCUSSION: “A Vision for Public Art: The Empire State Plaza Art Collection” @ The Egg, Albany. David Novros, an artist whose untitled work is a part of the Plaza Art Collection, joins Thomas J. Branchick of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Ian Berry of Skidmore College’s Tang Museum and Matthew Levy of Penn State. 6pm. FREE.

FILM: On Screen/Sound: No. 4 @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Robert Nelson’s 1963 short film “Plastic Haircut” features two actors performing absurd actions in sets composed of geometric shapes, followed by two experts who attempt to explain what it all means. With an audio track by Steve Reich. And the 1924 ultra-modernist masterpiece “L’Inhumaine” by director Marcel L’Herbier, who described the film as “a fairy story of modern decorative art.” 7pm. $6.

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