5/1/17: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

May 1st, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

FILM: “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. You want romance? You want majestic music? You want vivid, candy-bright colors? You want “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” on the big screen. 3, 5 & 7pm.

MUSIC: Old 97s @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Rhett Miller’s Texas-bred band is one of the quintessential alt-country pioneers. They roll into town in support of their latest album, Graveyard Whistling. With Nicole Atkins. 7pm. $30.

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MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Wry bluegrass. 7:30pm. FREE.

TALK: Dael Orlandersmith @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. The actress, poet and award-winning playwright explores racial tensions, family relationships, and the rough Harlem neighborhood in which she grew up. The New York Times has described her as “an exciting new voice…offering rebellious and lilting lyricism… at once full of anger and compassion.” 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at the Recital Hall at 4:15pm.

MUSIC: Samuel Yager & Friends @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Hometown noise-pop. 10pm.

OPEN MIC: Monday Open Mic Night @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm show. $3; students FREE.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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One thought on “5/1/17: Today’s Top Tips: Monday”

  1. mark emanatian says:


    I am writing to see if there is a possibility of a tiny preview of this event (or interview or piece) to promote this wonderful event:

    I was hoping you could help a bit with this very important event. There will be a great lineup: Kevin McKrell, Mikki Bakken, The 317, Brian McCann, Battenkill and the Good Things Band. It is for a good cause: Amnesty International and The Bobby Sands Trust. It’s at the Hanger on the Hudson, doors open at 7:00 and the event begins at 8:00. I am writing to see if there is a possibility of a tiny preview of this event (or interview or piece) to promote this wonderful event:

    Remembering Bobby Sands: An Evening of Rebel Songs

    Kevin McKrell, Good Things, Mikki Bakken, Battenkill, Brian McCann and The 317

    8 p.m. Friday, May 5
    The Hangar on the Hudson
    675 River Street, Troy

    On May 5, 1981, Bobby Sands lost his life in a hunger strike for Irish Freedom. He was a poet, a musician and a patriot. His struggle and the efforts of the other nine hunger strikers who lost their lives inspired great solidarity from people around the world, including in the Capital Region of New York.

    On May 5, 2017, six acts with roots in the regions Irish music scene will join to honor Sands, singing his praises and his songs, and raising a fist in the air to rebels around the world.

    Kevin McKrell, whose New McKrells have been creating a mighty stir over the past few months, will deliver a solo set marked by his own stirring songs and powerful performance style. He will be joined by Good Things, Mikki Bakken, Battenkill, Brian McCann and The 317.

    Good Things is a new band built on the ashes of Frank Jaklitsch’s backing combo, and named after a BoDeans song that was a regular part of Jaklitsch’s wild genre-spanning sets. Bakken has long been a force of nature on the region’s songwriting scene, with a voice as powerful as Janis Joplin’s and as supple as Shawn Colvin’s. Battenkill brings a touch of the trad to An Evening of Rebel Songs, with Ryan Albert and Seamus Carey scratching the fiddle and banging the guitar through the auld tunes. And Brian McCann draws from a large catalog of Irish classics.

    Finally, the Capital Region’s newest super group, The 317, truly brings Sands’ spirit to the fray, with legendary guitarist Mark Emanatian also organizing the bill, which will, in part, benefit the Bobby Sands Trust and Amnesty International. Emanatian is joined in The 317 by longtime compatriot Tom Dolan, along with Bill and Tom Flynn (who also perform as the Flynn Brothers).

    For more information, contact Mark Emanatian at 518-779-5059 memanatian@gmail.com

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