LIVE: Commander Cody & His Modern Day Airmen @ the Hangar on the Hudson, 4/30/17

May 31st, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Commander Cody & His Modern Day Airmen

Commander Cody & His Modern Day Airmen with the Tichy Boys

Review by Steven Stock
Photographs by Ed Conway

I probably shouldn’t tell you how enjoyable it was to finally see Commander Cody on his home turf last month, nearly 40 years after first encountering him in Geoffrey Stokes’ book “Star Making Machinery.” The Hangar on the Hudson was packed to the gills with cheerful revelers, dancing couples finding what space they could in the corners of the room, some people dressed up, others decidedly casual.

Even on a cool spring evening everyone was dripping with sweat. If anyone else decides to show up next time we risk triggering one of my favorite Yogi Berra aphorisms: “That place is so crowded, no one goes there anymore!”

“Too Much Fun” was an apt way to begin the rollicking performance, the Commander’s barrelhouse piano sharing solo space with Kevin Maul’s exquisite lap steel and Mark Emerick’s blazing lead guitar. The nearly-two-hour set that followed featured a select few originals – “They Kicked Me Out of the Band,” “Oh Mama Mama,” “Wine Do Yer Stuff” and, of course, the obligatory “world’s saddest song,” “Seeds and Stems (Again)” – alongside a brief survey of boogie-woogie, Texas swing, country and early rock.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Shipwrecked!” @ Oldcastle Theatre Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

May 31st, 2017, 3:00 pm by Sara
Louis de Rougemont, ne Henri Louis Grin

Louis de Rougemont, ne Henri Louis Grin

Review by Gail M. Burns

What more does a man have but his name and the story he tells? Everything else is dust.

The character of Louis de Rougemont poses this question late in Shipwrecked! at a time when he is losing both. Louis de Rougemont was a real man, but his name was not Louis de Rougemont. His story was his own because he wrote it, not because he lived it. The real man was a shadowy figure behind the character and the myth he created. He died alone and in poverty.

De Rougemont, born Henri Louis Grin, lived from 1847-1921, at the time when frontiers were vanishing and there were fewer and fewer undiscovered corners of the world. His fable of being shipwrecked in the coral sea, surviving on a desert island like Robinson Crusoe, living amongst the aborigines in the Australian outback where he was considered a god sold thousands of copies of The Wide World Magazine. Donald Margulies’ 2007 play allows de Rougemont to tell “his story” with the help of two additional actors who play all the other parts in his fantastical drama.

At Oldcastle Theatre Company in Bennington, Eric Peterson has assembled a dream cast. John Hadden anchors the play solidly as de Rougement, with a twinkle in his eye and the exuberant wonder of a child as he spins his tale. Carla Woods and David Joseph play all the other roles, and Joseph also subs for Hadden during the acrobatic scenes in which de Rougement entertains and impresses with his non-existent gymnastic skills.

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The Egg Announces Two New Concerts

May 31st, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

Super singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin is bringing her A Few Small Repairs 20th Anniversary Tour to The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on friday, November 10.

In concert, Colvin will perform her Grammy Award-winning Album of the Year, which also earned her the Song of the Year Grammy for “Sunny Came Home,” in its entirety, in addition to other audience favorites and new music.

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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

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

By Greg Haymes

New Orleans clarinet great Evan Christopher teams up with pianist Eli Yamin for an evening of hot jazz at the Cock ‘n Bull in Galway at 7:30pm on Thursday, June 22. Also at CnB, Anthony da Costa & Adam Levy team up for a concert at 5pm on Sunday, July 9 in support of their new collaborative album, Neighbors.

Japanese rockers One OK Rock roll into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park for their Greater Nippertown debut on Friday, August 4. Set It Off and Palisades open the show at 8pm. Meanwhile, Zomboy is also headed into UCH with Valentino Khan and Dr. Ozi at 8pm on Thursday, August 24. Tickets for the new shows are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Two more concerts have been announced for Albany’s Alive at Five free summer concert series – the Average White Band with the Victory Soul Orchestra; and New Orleans’ kings of funk, the Funky Meters, with Wurliday.

Mothers of Invention alum Ike Willis and Asbury Park band We Used to Cut the Grass team up to play the music of Frank Zappa at the Parting Glass Pub in Saratoga Springs on Friday (June 2). The Ithaca Bottom Boys and Drew VanderHorn open the show at 8pm. Tickets are $15.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The schedule of bands for the Summer at the Plaza free summer concert and festival sereies at the Empire State Plaza has been announced, and it features Freddie McGregor, the Sam Roberts Band, Soul Asylum, Cracker, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Jody Whatley & Shalimar Reloaded, the Charlie Daniels Band, Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, the Hot Club of Saratoga, Rechorduroys and more.

Greater Nippertown funkateers Powerhouse will headline DadFest, a free Father’s Day festival in Albany’s Washington Park on Sunday, June 18. The musical festivities get underway 1:30pm with the previously announced Ramblin Jug Stompers and the Lustre Kings.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park announced its schedule of of sic free concerts for the summer, including headliners Sharon Shannon, Amadou & Miriam, El Septeto Santiaguero, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Amir Elsaffar & Two Rivers Ensemble and Yemen Blues featuring Ravid Kahalani.

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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Kermit Does Talking Heads

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

FIVE FIRSTS: The Suitcase Junket

May 31st, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Photograph by Paul Jossman

NAME: Matt Lorenz
BAND AFFILIATION: The Suitcase Junket
INSTRUMENT: In this band, all of them. Which means homemade footdrums, guitar, voice and keys.

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS… Weezer – blue album. I used to think it was Ace of Base, but then I realized that was a gift. (Still loved it)

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS… Probably Rosenshontz? It was a kids group in New England. The first one in a properly impressive venue was Paul Simon and Warren Zevon at SPAC. (Zevon was better)

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS… The family piano, then a hand-me-down guitar.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS… “Wake Up, Little Susie” in elementary school.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS… Red Flannel Hash. (High school cover band)

In support of his new album, “Pile Driver,” 21st century one-man band Matt Lorenz (aka, the Suitcase Junket) is slated to take the stage at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Saturday (June 3) with his begoggling array of unorthodox instruments and a great grab-bag of songs. Singer-songwriter Caroline Rose opens the show at 9pm. Tickets are $15.

FEST: The Lake George Elvis Festival Kicks Off Tonight

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

All Elvis. All the time…

If that sounds good to you, then Lake George is where you want to be this week, as the 2017 Lake George Elvis Festival takes over New York State’s retro-vacation mecca for five days of non-stop Elvis-and-nothing-but-Elvis entertainment, including a three-day competition for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

Yes, beginning today (Wednesday, May 31), it’s the annual Invasion of the Presley People…

This year the commemorates 40 years since Elvis’ passing and celebrates 10 years of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Champions.

More than 50 tribute artists from all around the globe will compete for over $10,000 in prize money in five categories – Early Years (’50s-’60s) Professional; ’70s Professional; Early Years (’50s-’60s) Non-Professional; ’70s Non-Professional; and Youth.

Other festival features which take place at a wide variety of different venues throughout the Village of Lake George include an Elvis collectibles sale, late night after-hours parties, a classic car parade, Elvis-themed cruises on the lake and a Sunday Elvis gospel concert.

Here’s a schedule of this week’s events all around Lake George:

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5/31/17: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

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

MUSIC: The Robert Cray Band @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. In just over 40 years Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world. There are five Grammys with Cray’s name on them, and he has a suitcase full of W.C. Handy blues awards. Four years ago Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. With Eli Catlin. 8pm. $30.50 & $40.50.

PARTICIPATORY READING: “Song of Myself” @ the Robert Burns Statue in Washington Park, Albany. To commemorate the birthday of Walt Whitman, the Poetry Motel Foundation presents the annual community reading of Whitman’s classic poem. Volunteers can sign up to read sections of the poem at the event. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Opening Ceremony of the Lake George Elvis Festival @ Shepard Park, Lake George. The kickoff to the four-day fest of Elvis features performances by many of the headlining ETAs (that’s Elvis Tribute Artist). 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Kunstler” @ Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. Jeff McCarthy stars in Jeffrey Sweet’s play about radical lawyer and civil rights activist William Kunstler. 7:30pm. Through Saturday, June 10. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Romo’s Pizza, Glenmont. 6pm. FREE.

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

MUSIC: Masters of Nostalgia @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Dave Pedinotti and friends. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Circlesinging @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The pioneering approach of Bobby McFerrin’s Circlesinging creates space for all singers to add their voice to the circle of sound. Improvisation is a practice that vocalist and music teacher Jeanine Ouderkirk illuminates through McFerrin’s fun, freeing, and limitless vocal playground. 7pm. $5.

OPERA ON SCREEN: “Tristan & Isolde” @ the Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s production of Richard Wagner’s opera, conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by Pierre Audi. 7pm. $15.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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