LIVE: Roosevelt Collier @ Putnam Den, 3/9/16

March 31st, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Rob Compa, Roosevert Colliers and Michelangelo Carubba

Rob Compa, Roosevert Colliers and Michelangelo Carubba

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Despite an 11th-hour switcheroo, steel guitar great Roosevelt Collier and his all-star band drew a sizable crowd and unleashed an impressive performance in Saratoga Springs earlier this month.

The concert had initially been slated for the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Friday, March 11, but as it turns out, the band was double-booked. Fortunately, promoters Guthrie Bell Productions made a last-minute scramble and were able to change both the date and the venue, shifting it to Putnam Den two days earlier than originally planned.

Collier, the acclaimed pedal steel guitar player from the Lee Boys, surrounded himself with an all-star array of musicians featuring keyboardist Eli Winderman and guitarist Rob Compa (both of Dopapod), as well Turkuaz’s rhythm section of bassist Taylor Shell and drummer Michelangelo Carubba.

Prog-jam faves Mister F opened the show with a mighty impressive set of their own.

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Thursday Throwback: Last Call at The Chateau

March 31st, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg


By Greg Haymes

MARCH 31: On this date in 1984, one of Albany’s all-time great live music venues called it quits. The Chateau – located somewhere in the vicinity of what is now the footprint of the Times Union Center – was once the epicenter of Greater Nippertown’s alt-rock music scene. And the nightclub – which hosted R.E.M. and a batch of other up-and-coming bands over the years – said farewell with one final rollickin’ bash featuring an all-star line-up of Local 518 scene-makers.

In truth, I don’t remember a whole lot about the night. I do, however, remember walking out of the club in the bright daylight hours of the next morning, wearing a wig of long black curls that made me look like Kevin McKrell’s doppelgänger and swigging from a bottle of some indeterminate fruit-flavored brandy. I staggered over to make an early morning television appearance for a telethon that was being broadcast from the Albany Hilton. Thankfully, social media and surveillance cameras were not omni-present back then, despite the fact that yes, indeed, it was 1984.

Fortunately, I had just been hired as a writer at Metroland, and the Chateau’s farewell was the lead item in the debut column, “Sarge Blotto’s Rockin’ Roll Call.” Here’s what I wrote back then:

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CANCELLED: Soul-Rocker Ruby Amanfu @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

March 31st, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
Ruby Amanfu

Ruby Amanfu

Billboard called her “Nashville’s Next Indie Star,” and there is little doubt that soul-rock singer Ruby Amanfu is a force to be reckoned with. Since her star turn on Jack White’s “Love Interruption” in 2012, she was nominated for a Grammy, toured with Norah Jones and released her transcendent 2015 debut album, Standing Still. Born in Ghana and now based in Nashville, Ruby Amanfu and her band will get your heart beating a little faster. at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 at 8pm on Saturday (April 2). UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the place of purchase…

Amanfu’s voice is described as having both the soaring power of gospel and a hushed intimacy, and the singer is arguably on her way to becoming one of the greats. A highly skilled singer-songwriter, Amanfu’s Standing Still also manages to spotlight a flawlessly curated collection of covers paying homage to such music icons as Wilco, Irma Thomas and Brandi Carlile, as Amanfu breathes new life into beloved classics.

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50 Theater Artists + 24 Hours = Five New Plays @ UAlbany PAC [Berkshire on Stage]

March 31st, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Theatre Project in 2012: Alexia Trainor, Tony Pallone, and Erin Ouellette. Photo by Enrico Spada

Theatre Project in 2012: Alexia Trainor, Tony Pallone and Erin Ouellette. Photo by Enrico Spada

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is hosting the 24 Hour Theatre Project at 7:30pm on Saturday (April 2). Presented in collaboration with WAM Theatre and in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute, the event boasts the best in theater talent from across Greater Nippertown. Given just 24 hours to write, rehearse and perform five new plays, the project combines the spontaneous creativity of improvisational theatre with the rigorous professionalism and production value of scripted theater.

After a two-year hiatus, this fast-paced, adrenaline-packed event is back. Sponsored for three years by WAM Theatre and MopCo, the event has taken place previously at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy (2011), Shakespeare and Company’s Bernstein Theatre in Lenox (2012) and the John Sayles School of Fine Arts in Schenectady (2013). The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is this year’s host and will welcome all 50 participants on Friday (April 1) to kick off the event. Playwrights will spend the overnight hours creating new work which will be delivered to directors, actors and designers at 8am on Saturday morning leaving them less than 12 hours to rehearse before the 7:30pm curtain.

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MARCH 31: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

March 31st, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
Keith Pray @ The Van Dyck, 3/31/12 (photo by Rudy Lu)

Photograph of Keith Pray & band @ the Van Dyck, 3/31/12 by Rudy Lu

It’s Throwback Thursday, so we’re back with another installment of our weekly flashback feature: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History. Check out our round-up of March 31 concerts through the years…

2015: Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton
2014: Wussy, Immaculate Heart @ the Low Beat, Albany
2012: Keith Pray’s CD release party for Confluence @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
2011: Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan @ the Egg, Albany
2010: The Final Sleep, Dryheave, Evolution @ Savannah’s, Albany
2009: The Hold Steady @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2007: Turtles, Rascals, Mitch Ryder @ Proctors, Schenectady
2006: Eilen Jewel Band @ Club Helsinki, Great Barrington
2005: Maia Sharp @ Joyous Lake, Woodstock
2004: Tracey Morgan @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2003: Tim McGraw @ the Pepsi Arena, Albany
2002: Damon Zick Group @ the Larkin, Albany
2000: Jorma Kaukonen @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1999: Bryan Thomas @ the Eighth Step, Albany
1998: Holland Hopson @ the Loft, Albany
1997: Jack Fragomeni @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1996: Joe Henderson @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
1995: Doc Watson, Norman & Nancy Blake @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
1994: Eddie Kirkland @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1993: Buddy Guy @ the Chance, Poughkeepsie
1992: Tesla, Firehouse @ RPI’s Houston Field House, Troy
1991: Lynch Mob, King of the Hill @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1990: Lazy Lester @ Tiger’s Pub, Clifton Park
1989: Amnesty International benefit featuring Supa Kumba, Stomplistics, Strange Arrangement @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1988: Dirty Face, the Hollywood Indians @ QE2, Albany
1987: Random Access @ QE2, Albany
1986: Donnybrook Fair @ Bogie’s, Albany
1984: Closing night of the Chateau featuring the Sharks, the Fan Club @ the Chateau, Albany
1971: Small Faces, Savoy Brown, the Grease Band @ the Palace Theatre, Albany

FILM FEST: Peoples Pixel Project @ the Hyde Collection on Sunday

March 31st, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg


Presented by the fine folks at the Lake George Arts Project, the seventh annual Peoples Pixel Project: A Festival of Short Videos will be held at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls from 2:30-4:30pm on Sunday afternoon (April 3).

The majority of films are approximately 3-5 minutes long in a wide variety of genres, including animation, comedy, documentary, narrative and music video. This year’s fest features 20 videos by Greater Nippertown videographers and filmmakers, including Zach & Frank Appio, Christopher Brown, David Coveney, Julia & Michael Devine, John Gill, Khaz Gunnawa, Marty Hardin, James Heffernan, Kenny Hopkins, Isaac Jautz, Samuel Lund, Francesca Mastrianni, Marilyn McCabe, Lucas Neufeld, Ethan Obermayer, Samuel Pinheiro, Mark Spitzer, Caitlin Stedman, Connor Treacy and Jessica Vecchione.

The afternoon’s festivities will wrap up with a filmmakers Q&A session and the presentation of awards, including the People’s Choice Award, determined by audience ballots. Admission is $10.

ArtBeat: What To See

March 31st, 2016, 10:00 am by Sara


Works by Kira Nam Greene @ Mandeville Gallery

Works by Kira Nam Greene @ Mandeville Gallery

By the Patterns @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Kira Nam Greene, the fourth featured artist in the gallery’s Art Installation Series, installs her patternist collages Monday, March 28th – Thursday, March 31st, 9-5pm. Artist talk and reception: Friday, April 1, 12:55-1:45pm. (Through March 2017)

Jane Culp: Tioga Pass Mountains with melting snow and little lake below @ John Davis Gallery

Jane Culp: Tioga Pass Mountains with melting snow and little lake below @ John Davis Gallery

Jane Culp, Slipping and Sliding in the Anthropocene @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. Jane Culp’s recent paintings, based on the deserts and mountains of the California wilderness. Artist’s reception: Saturday, April 2, 6-8pm. (Through April 24)

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3/31/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

March 31st, 2016, 7:43 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Claire Lynch Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Led by the three-time International Bluegrass Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year. 7pm. $27. GO HERE to read an interview…

MUSIC: The Truckley Howl @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Led by John Blake (flute/guitar), formerly of Teada, the Truckley Howl are a new three-piece Irish traditional band also featuring Mairead Hurley (concertina) and Nathan Gourley (fiddle/guitar). 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Greg Townson @ the Beer Belly, Albany. The guitarslinger from Los Straitjackets and the Hi-Risers rolls into town in support of his solo albums, On Your Side and My Friend the Night. 7pm.

COMEDY: David Cross @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. Form “Mr. Show” to “Arrested Development” to “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” to “W/ Bob and David” to the stage of the Calvin… 8pm. $25, $35 & $45. GO HERE to read a recent review…

MUSIC: GX3+ @ the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem, Selkirk. As part of the Acoustic Doorways Concert Series, percussionist Brian Melick joins the guitar trio of Ray Andrews, Sten Isachsen and Maria Zemantauski. 7pm. Tickets are $10/$5.

TALK: A Conversation with Twyla Tharpe @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. On the heels of her dance company’s 50th anniversary season, hear the celebrated choreographer speak about her life’s work as a jumping off point for her recent book, “The Creative Habit.” 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Delta Deep @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Featuring Phil Collen of Def Leppard and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, the band is a blend of blues and powerful soul music revisited. With Colorway. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Emel Mathlouthi @ MCLA’s Church Street Center, North Adams. A strident songstress whose intensity is cloaked in melliflous vocals, Emel Mathlouthi is also known for her role as a leading artist in the Arab Spring. Born in Tunis, she was shunned from her country’s official airwaves but rose to prominence through social media. 7:30pm. $12; $5 students.

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