LIVE: Sketches of Influence @ the Stockade Inn, 1/12/17

January 31st, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Sketches of Influences

Sketches of Influences

Review & photographs by Rudy Lu

A project led by Joe Barna is always a celebration of jazz. Especially a CD release party. The recent release party for his band Sketches of Influence’s Suite Lee was no different. Except the celebration was a celebration of the life and music of the late Lee Shaw.

Much of the money raised to produce the CD was crowdfunded using Kickstarter. The suite had its performance debut in November of 2015 at Lucas Confectionary in Troy. Being the perfectionist that Barna is, the piece was recorded several times – initially in 2016 during two days of live recordings at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy followed by some time recording in the studio. After much consideration, the live sessions were chosen to be pressed onto the disc.

All aspects of CD release performance had some relation to the spirit or performances of Lee Shaw. The Stockade Inn in Schenectady was selected as the site of the performance because this was the site of Shaw’s last residency. The compositions in the suite reflected her style. The young virtuoso Nick Hetko was chosen as the pianist as he was one of her students. At times, I wished there was a grand piano available for Hetko to play (as on the recording), but it should be remembered that Shaw’s final gigs were indeed played on electronic keyboards. And Hetko did make the keyboards sing nonetheless.

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LIVE: The Plimsouls Re-Souled @ the Hangar on the Hudson, 1/29/17

January 31st, 2017, 3:30 pm by Greg
The Plimsouls

The Plimsouls Re-Souled

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

OK, it wasn’t the Plimsouls. How could it be without the band’s singer-songwriter Peter Case?

No, at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy, it was the Plimsouls Re-Souled, led by guitarist Eddie Munoz, the only remaining original member of the band.

But it was pretty solid afternoon (yes, afternoon) of rockin’, and of course, Munoz led the Re-Souled-iers through such power-pop gems as “Zero Hour,” “I Want What You Got” and the stone-cold classic “A Million Miles Away” is front of a sold-out crowd.

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Albany Center Gallery’s Grand Opening & Members Show

January 31st, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Albany Center Gallery opened its new home in Albany’s Arcade Building at 488 Broadway earlier this month with its annual Members Show, featuring the work of more than 175 Greater Nippertown artists.

The new gallery – ACG’s fifth exhibition space in its 40-year existence – is the first that was designed specifically to showcase artwork, and the grand opening reception attracted more than 500 gallery-goers to the new, 2,000 square-foot-plus venue.

Here’s the round-up of the award-winning artworks on view at the Albany Center Gallery’s Members Show through Saturday, February 18:

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The Egg Announces Three New Concerts

January 31st, 2017, 1:00 pm by Greg

Saturday, May 6, 8pm
With their signature Celtic-rock sound and instrumentation of bagpipes over a powerhouse rhythm section, the Canadian band returns to The Egg in support of their latest album Broken Arms.

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A FEW MINUTES WITH… Bob Margolin of the Last Waltz 40 Tour

January 31st, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Don Wilcock

Warren Haynes may be the big draw in Thursday’s (February 2) Last Waltz 40 Tour concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre, but Bob Margolin is the only musician in the stellar line-up who actually participated in the original Last Waltz concert, billed as the last concert by The Band. Martin Scorsese’s film of that 1976 show is widely regarded the best rock concert film ever.

At that time Margolin was the lead guitarist and music director for blues icon Muddy Waters, and during that legendary concert, he played with Muddy, Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield and Pinetop Perkins.

Now four decades later he’s sharing guitar duties with Warren Haynes and rubbing shoulders with an A-list of support musicians that includes Michael McDonald (the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan); country hitmaker Jamey Johnson; keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski, Martin & Wood; Don Was of Was (Not Was) and president of the Blue Note jazz label; funk drummer Terence Higgins from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band; the Radiators’ lead singer and guitarist Dave Malone; Ivan Neville, member of the first family of music royalty of New Orleans and leader of funk/jam-band group, Dumpstaphunk; and New Orleans’ Mark Mullins & the Levee Horns.

“It went fantastic,” said Margolin after the first night of the tour in Florida. “It’s amazing to get that kind of audience response at the end of a great show, and they got it as soon as they walked on stage. And I said, ‘Hmm, this bodes well.’”

According to Margolin, Warren Haynes told the musicians after the show, “I think there are some people that actually are gonna follow us around like Grateful Dead shows, and we should do the show a little differently each night.”

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Old Songs Announces Winter/Spring Concert Season

January 31st, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Old Songs in Voorheesville has announced its schedule for the winter/spring concert season. Tickets are all of the concerts are currently on sale.

Here’s the schedule for Old Songs’ 2017 concerts:

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Bruce Molsky’s new trio, also featuring Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch.

Winter’s Benefit Dinner & Concert with Anne Hills
Dinner menu by Chef Fritz Stafford followed by singer-songwriter Anne Hills performing songs about trains.

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Palace Theatre Announces Another New Concert

January 31st, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

When classic rock meets classical music… it just might be Rocktopia.

They’re the new musical mash-up masters who fuse Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” with Styx’s “Come Sail Away,” Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” with U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”… You get the idea.

Maybe you watched “Rocktopia Live in Budapest: A Classical (R)evolution” on WMHT-TV last night. Or maybe, like us, you missed it.

Either way, you’ll get another chance when Rocktopia Live comes to Albany’s Palace Theatre at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 30, featuring five world-class vocalists, a five-piece rock band, an orchestra and choir.

Tickets are priced at $45, $59 & $99 and go on sale to the general public at 10am today (Tuesday, January 31).

The Egg Announces Three New Concerts
Old Songs Announces Winter/Spring Concert Season

1/31/17: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

January 31st, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Greensky Bluegrass @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. Mixing bluegrass instrumentation and rock & roll mindset, the band – Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), Mike Devol (upright bass) and Paul Hoffman (mandolin) – rolls into town in support of their latest album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted. With contemporary string-rock fusion band Fruition. 7pm. $25.

READING: Robert Coover @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. The award-winning pioneer of experimental and electronic fiction writing steps up to read from his new book, “Huck Out West,” picks up where Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” leaves off – on the eve of the Civil War. 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at the Recital Hall at 4:15pm.

THEATER: “Assisted Loving: Dating with My Dad” @ theREP, Albany. Gordon Greenberg directs the world premiere of New York Times writer Bob Morris’ poignant new comedy explores the world of contemporary digital dating later in life. 7:30pm. Through February 19.

ARTIST TALK: Melissa Thorne @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. Her artwork addresses multiple formats, including paintings on canvas and paper, and large-scale site-specific wall drawings in ink and watercolor. 6:30pm.

MUSIC: The Dave Kitchen Trio @ Arthur’s Market, Schenectady. 7pm.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic with Cameron & Ryder @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 6pm sing-up; 7pm show. FREE.

FILM: “The Outlaw Josey Wales” @ the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Clint Eastwood and the Missouri Boat Ride. 7pm. UPDATE: This screening has been cancelled…

PARTICIPATORY ART: Punk Rock Sketch & Sip @ the Low Beat, Albany. Draw ‘n’ drink. 6pm.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

Is there an event that we may have overlooked? Just add it in the comment box below…

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