LIVE: The Bang On a Can All-Stars @ the Tang Museum, 2/18/16

February 29th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Bang On a Can All-Stars

The Bang On a Can All-Stars

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The ever-eclectic Bang On a Can All-Stars took over Skidmore College’s Tang Museum recently, proving that art in a museum/gallery setting can sometimes be heard, not merely seen. Several hundred people were in attendance for the concert by Ashley Bathgate (cello, voice), David Cossin (percussion), Ken Thomson (clarinet, saxophone), Vicky Chow (keyboards), Mark Stewart (electric guitar) and Robert Black (bass).

The evening featured performances of works by all three of the NYC-based Bang On a Can founders – Michael Gordon’s “Gene Takes a Drink,” Julia Wolfe’s “Believing” and David Lang’s “Heroin” (with lyrics by Lou Reed).

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HEARD: Playlist, 2/22-28/16

February 29th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

Nat King Cole: Night Lights (Capitol, 2001)
Traffic: Heaven Is in Your Mind (United Artists, 1968)
Blind Faith: Blind Faith (Polydor, 1969)
Crooked Still: Still Crooked (Signature Sounds, 2008)
Bonnie Raitt: Dig in Deep (Redwing, 2016)
Various artists: God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator, 2016)
The Batture Boys: Muddy Water (TheBattureBoysMusic.com, 2016)
Aimee Mann: The Forgotten Arm (Superego, 2005)
Edward Shearamour/Ofa Haza: The Governess: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sonny Classical, 1998)
The Fauntleroys: Below the Pink Pony (Plowboy, 2014)
Mogwai: Les Revenants (Rock Action, 2013)
Mogwai: Central Belters (Rock Action, 2015)
Manfred Mann Chapter III: Volume 1 (Polydor, 1969)
Dust Bowl Faeries: Lady Ramshackle (DustBowlFaeries.com, 2016)
Ellis & Delfeayo Marsalis: Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (via YouTube, 2015)
M. Ward: More Rain (Merge, 2016)
So Percussion: Glenn Kotche’s Drumkit Quartets (Cantaloupe, 2016)
Iggy Pop: Lust for Life (Virgin, 1977)
Leonard Cohen: Live in Dublin (Sony, 2014)
Lucky Jukebox Brigade: Savage Fantastic (via Myspace.com, 2016)
Various artists: Vinyl: Music from the HBO original Series, Vol. 1.3 (Atlantic, 2016)
Various artists: Vinyl: Music from the HBO original Series, Vol. 1.2 (Atlantic, 2016)
Lake Street Dive: Lake Street Dive (Signature Sounds, 2010)
Loretta Lynn: Full Circle (Sony Legacy, 2016)
Ray LaMontagne: Ouroboros (RCA, 2016)
Enter the Haggis: Cheers and Echoes: A 20 Year Retrospective (Firebrand Entertainment, 2015)
David Bowie: Station to Station (Rykodisc, 1991)
Dave Mason: Alone Together (Blue Thumb, 1970)
Fleetwood Mac: Time (Warner Brothers, 1995)
Christine McVie: Christine McVie (Warner Bros., 1984)
Christine McVie: The Legendary Christine Perfect Album (Sire, 1976)
Golden Smog: Stay Golden, Smog: The Best of Golden Smog – The Rykodisc Years (Rhino, 2008)

THEATER: “A Doll’s House,” “Noises Off” Take the Stage at MCLA [Berkshire on Stage]

February 29th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara

dollhouse

The theater program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Fine and Performing Arts Department will open in March with a new version of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, A Doll’s House, to be followed in April by Michael Frayn’s Noises Off.

According to Laura Standley, assistant professor of theater at MCLA, “This spring season’s productions feature an unlikely feminist and an outrageously rotten theater company, which serve as examples of characters from both classic and contemporary works.”

Standley directs the production of A Doll’s House (adapted by Simon Stephens), which runs from Wednesday-Saturday (March 2-5). In this play, Nora Helmer has secretly borrowed a large amount of money to pay for her husband, Torvald, to recover from illness on sabbatical in Italy. Torvald’s perception of Nora is of a silly, naive spendthrift, so it is only when the truth begins to emerge and Torvald realizes who Nora really is, that cracks which cannot be mended appear in their marriage.

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Win FREE Tickets to David Broza in Concert at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday

February 29th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg

The acclaimed Israeli singer-songwriter and peace activist David Broza will be stepping into the spotlight at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday evening (March 3). The concert is part of Congregation Berith Sholom’s sesquicentennial celebrations, and the Berith Sholom Choir will open the concert at 7:30pm.

Broza has been hailed as “a post-modern Leonard Cohen” and “the Stevie Ray Vaughan of folk rock.” Throughout his career, he has also been compared to Bruce Springsteen, as well as Gordon Lightfoot and Jackson Browne. Broza’s 1989 American debut album, Away From Home, was praised by The New York Times as one of the best pop albums of the year. His sophomore American album, Time of Trains (1993), gained him recognition as one of the most important artists on the international music scene. Overall, Broza has released more than 30 albums in Hebrew, English and Spanish, many of which have gone on to achieve gold and platinum sales status.

Tickets for David Broza’s concert are currently available, priced at $27 & $36.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the concert to a lucky Nippertown reader. 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. The deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Thursday (March 3), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Thursday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

SPAC Announces Its Second New Concert of the Day

February 29th, 2016, 12:11 pm by Greg

Having already announced one new concert this morning, now the folks at Live Nation are revealing another big new concert headed into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer.

Thos metal maniacs Slipknot will headline the 2016 Q103 Q-Ruption concert at SPAC on Sunday, July 24. Sharing the stage will be Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men, who will kick off the headbanging at 6:30pm.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (March 4), $35, $55 & $75 for reserved amphitheater seats and $25 for lawn general admission.

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED 2016 SPAC CONCERTS
Saturday, June 11: The Dixie Chicks
Wednesday, June 15: Mumford & Sons (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, June 21: Dead & Company
Friday, June 24: Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne
Friday, July 1: Phish
Saturday, July 2: Phish
Sunday, July 3: Phish
Tuesday, July 5: Journey, the Doobie Brothers, Dave Mason
Sunday, July 10: Steely Dan, Steve Winwood
Tuesday, July 12: Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, Saint Asonia
Wednesday, July 13: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, the North Mississippi Allstars
Friday, July 15: The Dave Matthews Band
Saturday, July 16: The Dave Matthews Band
Monday, July 25: Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan
Sunday, July 31: Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch
Sunday, August 14: Toby Keith
Sunday, August 21: Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul, Tribe Society
Friday, August 26: Janet Jackson
Sunday, August 28: Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, the Cadillac Three, Kane Brown
Saturday, September 3: Zac Brown Band, Drake White & the Big Fire
Thursday, September 8: Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick

Elana James, What Was the First Song You Ever Performed in Public?

February 29th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg
Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot Club of Cowtown

“I think is was ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ on the violin. It was my first recital, and my step-dad accompanied me on piano. I played all of the Suzuki variations on ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.’ Of course, that’s every Suzuki student’s first recital piece. I was maybe five or six years old.”

Fiddler Elana James rosins up her bow to fire up her Austin-based hot jazz/western swing trio, Hot Club of Cowtown, at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Thursday (March 3). Tickets are $20.

SPAC Announces New Concert

February 29th, 2016, 9:24 am by Greg

Zac is back at SPAC!

Yes, the Zac Brown Band will be returning to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center once again this summer. Their Black Out the Sun 2016 Tour will make its final stop of the summer at the Saratoga Springs amphitheater on Saturday, September 3.

Opening the show at 7pm will be Drake White & the Big Fire.

Reserved amphitheater seats are $42.50 & $72.50; lawn general admission is $32.50. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (March 4).

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED 2016 SPAC CONCERTS
Saturday, June 11: The Dixie Chicks
Wednesday, June 15: Mumford & Sons (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, June 21: Dead & Company
Friday, June 24: Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne
Friday, July 1: Phish
Saturday, July 2: Phish
Sunday, July 3: Phish
Tuesday, July 5: Journey, the Doobie Brothers, Dave Mason
Sunday, July 10: Steely Dan, Steve Winwood
Tuesday, July 12: Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, Saint Asonia
Wednesday, July 13: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, the North Mississippi Allstars
Friday, July 15: The Dave Matthews Band
Saturday, July 16: The Dave Matthews Band
Monday, July 25: Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan
Sunday, July 31: Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch
Sunday, August 14: Toby Keith
Sunday, August 21: Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul, Tribe Society
Friday, August 26: Janet Jackson
Sunday, August 28: Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, the Cadillac Three, Kane Brown
Saturday, September 3: Zac Brown Band, Drake White & the Big Fire
Thursday, September 8: Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick

2/29/16: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

February 29th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Leap Day Celebration @ the Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Enjoy live music by members of the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, including Billy Keane, Chris Merenda and Tory Hanna. And if you’re a Leap Year baby, you get a voucher for a drink. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Corey Glover’s Soul Project @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Living Colour’s frontman digs into some vintage soul sounds as he wraps up his month-long Monday night residency. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

Corey Glover (photo by Rudy Lu)

Corey Glover

Photograph by Rudy Lu

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