LIVE: Mariachi Flor De Toloache @ Riverlink Park, 8/20/16

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


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The New York City-based all-female Mariachi Flor De Toloache – featuring trumpeter Julie Acousta, bass guitarist/bandleader Mireya I. Ramos, mandolinist/guitarist Shae Fiol and violinist Luisa Bastidas – made their Greater Nippertown concert debut earlier this month, playing a sold-out show at MASS MoCA in North Adams.

But there was more… Two weeks later they returned to play a free show in Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park as part of the free, summer-long Riverlink Concert Series.

In both cases, the results were the same – a warm summer evening jam-packed with sparkling musicianship and marvelous vocal harmonies.

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

August 31st, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Chicago-based Ingenues – an all-female orchestra – whip through a medley of popular tunes of the day. And the day was 1928…

ArtBeat: Masterworks @ AIHA [Get Visual]

August 31st, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
This 1817 map of the proposed Erie Canal is part of Masterworks: Paper

This 1817 map of the proposed Erie Canal is part of Masterworks: Paper

By David Brickman

With trips to all the summer shows winding down, I’d like to recommend a really worthy exhibition closer to home. Actually, this is a pair of exhibitions with the unifying theme of a deep exploration of the collections of the now-225-year-old Albany Institute of History & Art, entitled Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting and Masterworks: Paper.

These shows were mounted during the past year to celebrate the Institute’s anniversary and its own history, with the larger, more inclusive exhibition featuring a thoughtfully constructed timeline of the organization, punctuated with compelling artifacts and objects such as grandfather clocks, a book of wool samples, paintings from three centuries, marvels in glass and silver, a fire bucket, travel posters, etc.

The richness of the AIHA’s holdings is well displayed here, and would be difficult to exaggerate. Though I am biased toward contemporary art, I can enjoy a sumptuously festooned French-style bed as much as the next guy, along with almost absurdly decorative cast-iron stoves, Americana in the form of elaborately incised powder horns, ceramics from near and far, and plenty of earlier fine art.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

August 31st, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

Albany’s Hollow Bar + Kitchen welcomes New Zealand singer Gin Wigmore for her Greater Nippertown debut at 9pm on Friday, December 9. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $15 in advance; $17 at the door.

Dust Bowl Faeries team up with Luis Mojica for a concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday, November 13. Also new on Club Helsinki’s calendar is the Bruce Katz Band featuring guitarist Chris Vitarello at 9pm on Friday, November 4. Ticket prices for both new shows are TBA.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Albany’s Palace Theatre is playing host to a one-night-only tour stop stop of “Love Jones: The Musical” with a star-studded cast of soul singers, including Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, Dave Hollister, Raheem DeVaughn and MC Lyte.

Still located in their temporary summer home while their Phila Street location undergoes extensive re-modeling, Caffe Lena at the Grove will be playing host to the Steel Wheels at 7pm on Saturday, September 10 ($28 in advance; $30 at the door); the Kennedys at 7pm on Friday, September 23 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); and Peter Mulvey with David Greenberger at 7pm on Friday, September 30 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door).

Rapper A$AP Ferg will be joined by Playboy Carti and Rob Stone when he takes over the stage at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Friday, December 2. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25 in advance; $28 at the door. And headbangin’ veterans Overkill roar into the spotlight at 7pm on Thursday, March 9 with Amorphis, Nile and Swallow the Sun as support acts. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Saturday, September 9, priced at $26 in advance; $30 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Jim “Kimo” West (Weird Al Yankovic’s guitarist) brings his Hawaiian Slack Key Summer’s End Concert to Proctors in Schenectady for a matinee.

The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock was left with a hole in their Labor Day Weekend concert schedule when Saturday’s Bunny Wailer show was recently cancelled. But now they’ve filled in the slot with a free concert at 9pm on Saturday (September 3) by the Marc Black Band with special guests clarinetist/saxophonist Don Byron, vibes veteran Karl Berger and guitarist Mike DeMicco.

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FEST: Scumfest Returns on Sunday

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

Video by William Rella

Remember the ’80s?

Some of you longtime Local 518 music fans may recall Scumfest, a punk fest that took place back in 1982.

Well, even punks get nostalgic, and for the past couple of years some of those same musicians – as well as those inspired by them – got together for 21st century Scumfest.

Apparently, a great deal of fun was had by all, so they’re doin’ it again. Scumfest 2016 is slated for 12noon on Sunday (September 4) at 618 Humphrey Road in Duanesburg – about as far away from the once thriving downtown punk scene as you could possibly get. Admission is a $14 donation, which includes a catered meal.

Here’s the schedule of the bands slated to ratchet it up for Scumfest 2016:

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Song o’ Week: “Ramona” by Bella’s Bartok

August 31st, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

You’ve got two chances to catch Bela’s Bartok playing free concerts this week:

12noon today (Wednesday, August 31) @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany

2pm on Sunday (September 4) @ Colegrove Park, North Adams

8/31/16: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

August 31st, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Koehler & Kelly @ Shepard Park, Lake George. The Lake George Arts Project’s fab weekly summer concert series comes to a conclusion with a concert featuring fiddler Gretchen Koehler and jazz pianist Daniel Kelly blending the raw energy of authentic Celtic fiddling with the nuanced lyricism of jazz piano. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bella’s Bartok @ Empire State Plaza, Albany. Imagine what you would get if Salvador Dali and Toulouse Lautrec were fronting the Moulin Rouge’s house band… 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

FAIR: The Schaghticoke Fair @ the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke. It’s opening day. 12noon. Through Monday.

MUSIC: Cosby Gibson & Tom Staudle @ Lilac Park, Lenox. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “Broadway Bounty Hunter” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Inspired by the exploitation movies of the ’70s, Joe Iconis’ new musical follows a 60-ish-year-old, down-on-her-luck actor (played by Annie Golden of the Shirts and “Orange Is the New Black”) as she’s asked to become a bounty hunter and capture a South American drug lord. 3 & 7:30pm. $52. Through Sunday, September 4. GO HERE to read review…

FAIR: The Columbia County Fair @ Columbia County Fairgrounds, Chatham. It’s opening day. 12noon. Through Monday.

MUSIC: Teri Roiger @ Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. The jazz vocalist will accompanied by John Menegon and pianist Pete Levin. 6:30pm. FREE.

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

MUSIC: The TS Ensemble @ the Green Island Gazebo in River Park, Green Island. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Mia Scirocco @ Rascals, Guilderland. 6pm.

FILM: “The Wizard of Oz” @ West Capitol Park, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

LIVE: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra @ Shepard Park, 8/10/16

August 30th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was ever so-difficult to pin down the sound of the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, who took over Lake George’s Shepard Park for a free concert earlier this month, sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project.

The Minneapolis-based jazzgrass art-rock band – featuring bassist-vocalist John Wright, guitarist Dan Neale, drummer Alec Tackmann and violinist-vocalist Lisi Wright – describes their sound “like Bela Fleck meets Rush, goes out to breakfast with John Coltrane, and gets home in time to go golfing with Jeff Beck.”

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