LIVE: David Amram Trio @ The Falcon, 2/5/17

February 28th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
David Amram

David Amram

Review & photographs by Rudy Lu

How can one summarize a musical career that spans more than 60 years, including collaborations with such legends as Jack Keruoac, Pete Seeger and Leonard Bernstein as well as composing symphonies, conducting the New York Philharmonic, writing soundtracks for such classic films as “Splendor in the Grass” and “The Manchurian Candidate” and playing jazz French horn with such giants as Charlie Mingus, Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie? (And this is only a partial list…)

You really can’t, but a great attempt was made at David Amram’s recent performance at The Falcon in Marlboro.

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Home Made Theater Announces 33rd Season [Berkshire on Stage]

February 28th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Sara

Home Made Theater, Saratoga Springs’ resident theater company, is happy to announce their upcoming 2017-2018 season. HMT is located in SPAC’s Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park.

In October, Home Made Theater will open their 33rd season with the musical Peter and the Starcatcher, written by Rick Elice, music by Wayne Barker, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, directed by Bob Berenis. December’s “Theater for Families” production will be Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, directed by Dianne O’Neill Filer. In February, HMT will present Daniel Sullivan’s Inspecting Carol, directed by Jonathan Hefter. And closing the season in April/May will be the favorite Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with lyrics by Tim Rice, and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, directed by Dawn Oesch.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Palace Theatre Announces New Concert

February 28th, 2017, 1:54 pm by Greg
Portugal The Man

Portugal. The Man

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Just 10 months ago, they were the opening act for Cage the Elephant. Now they’ve already achieved headliner status…

Portugal. The Man returns to Greater Nippertown for a concert at the Palace Theatre at 8pm on Friday, June 2.

Priced at $29.50 & $35, tickets are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (March 3).

The Times Union Center Announces New Concert
Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Show

The Times Union Center Announces New Concert

February 28th, 2017, 12:38 pm by Greg

Back in December, the Times Union Center hosted a multi-artist package show dubbed the I Love the ’90s Tour. Now the downtown Albany arena is slated to host another cavalcade of former hitmakers that could easily be called the I Love the ’80s Tour.

But it’s not…

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Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Show

February 28th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

If you’re lookin’ for laughs, Cohoes Music Hall has added a new show that’s right up your alley. Veteran stand-up comedian-actor-podcaster Nick Di Paolo is the newest addition to the Music Hall’s concert calendar.

Di Paolo is slated to take the spotlight at 8pm on Saturday, March 25. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25.

Palace Theatre Announces New Concert
The Times Union Center Announces New Concert

It’s Mardi Gras Time

February 28th, 2017, 9:30 am by Greg

Rebirth Brass Band’s “Do Whatcha Wanna”…

2/28/17: Today’s Top Tips: Fat Tuesday

February 28th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

It’s Mardi Gras! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

MUSIC: Colony House @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. The indie rock foursome rolls into town in support of their latest album, Only the Lonely. With Deep Sea Diver. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Hartley’s Encore @ Parish Public House, Albany. Funkin’ up the place with a Mardi Gras party. Featuring Hartley’s Horns – Jeff Nania and Phil Chow – for the second set of the night. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Stephanie Brown @ Schenectady County Community College’s Taylor Auditorium, Schenectady. The pianist has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and the Kennedy Center. She has also performed at the White House and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jecco @ Aperitivo Bistro, Schenectady. Jazz/funk piano & sax duo featuring Lecco Morris & Jeff Nania. 5:30pm.

MUSIC: The Dave Kitchen Trio @ Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. 7pm.

ARTIST TALK: Nina Roefaro Lomeo @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. The artist/designer is best known for her hands-on work with detailed and large-scale projects across New York City and the East Coast. Her signature work focuses on interior-architecture and furniture design. 6:30pm. FREE.

THEATER: “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” @ Sage College’s Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy. Celese Raspanti’s concentration camp drama is directed by Leigh Strimbeck. 10am. $15. Through Sunday.

COMEDY/OPEN MIC: Low Beat Comedy Open Mic Night @ the Low Beat, Albany. Sean Reid takes over as guest host. 7:30pm sign-up; 8pm laughs.

OPEN MIC: Club Helsinki Open Mic Night @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 6pm sign-up; 7pm performances. FREE.

OPERA ON SCREEN: “Il Trovatore” @ Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. The Royal Opera presents Verdi’s tragic masterpiece, a harrowing tale of love, revenge and war full of spine-tingling arias and powerful chorus numbers including the world famous “Anvil Chorus.” 7pm. $15.

LIVE: The Arch Stanton Quartet’s “Shadow & Act” @ the Book House, 2/18/17

February 27th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Arch Stanton Quartet

The Arch Stanton Quartet

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

I’m all in favor of putting live jazz in spaces not associated with live music. It’s simple mathematics: The more places we put the music, the more chances we have to turn somebody on that might not have been exposed to the real thing.

The Arch Stanton Quartet’s latest gig was at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, but for once, the group’s “garage-band jazz” wasn’t the sole star on the afternoon. This show would be the second time the ASQ would perform compositions inspired by one of the most powerful works in American literary tradition: Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.” I first read the book in 2015 while flying from Albany to San Jose, and when I’d finished, I felt like someone had spent the eight-hour journey smacking me upside the head with the book.

Published in 1952 and set in the early 20th century, Ellison’s unnamed narrator takes the reader on a winding, episodic journey that stretches from his small hometown in the South, through a black college loosely modeled after Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee University, and straight into the heart of New York City, where we find the narrator hiding in a basement and reviewing his life.

Throughout the book (which guitarist-composer Roger Noyes calls “an American ‘Ulysses,’” though I see parallels to Homer’s “The Odyssey”), the narrator finds himself in – or is literally thrown into – social, professional, political and physical situations that prove racism is not exclusive to the southern bigots he grew up with; indeed, he discovers that there is as much racism on the liberal side of the scale as there is on the conservative side.

I missed the debut of this music two years ago at Albany Public Library, but I literally had a front-row seat (and a nice, cushy front row seat, at that) for “Shadow & Act” when Noyes made the introductions at the Book House. Noyes writes non-fiction as well as music, and his love for the words and mental pictures Ellison stitched together was more than evident, as the guitarist set up a seemingly simple premise: How does something you read turn into music?

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