LIVE: Theo Hill @ The Falcon, 7/30/17

August 31st, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Theo Hill

Theo Hill

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

One of the big keys to a happy life is having a sense of flexibility. For example, I’d set up a fine old three-day birthday weekend bash for myself in New York City: Nice hotel, jazz clubs, restaurants, sporting events and other fun-intensive activities. Then I found out pianist Theo Hill was bringing a trio to The Falcon in Marlboro on my actual birthday, and I was down at the front desk with my bags saying, “Hi! I’m checking out early!”

It wasn’t just that the Albany High School alum is a terrific performer (he is), or that his recent Positone release Promethean – Hill’s debut as a leader for the label – is an unadulterated monster (it is). Bottom line, Falcon impresario Tony Falco has developed a tremendous performance space for hardcore players to show off their talents to Hudson Valley residents who might not have the opportunity to hit the NYC venues where those players ply their trade. Having played The Falcon before as part of other units, Hill lauded Falco’s efforts before closing out a 90-minute set that confirmed Hill’s creative growth curve is still going up like a SpaceX rocket, with no sign of the trajectory changing any time soon.

Among other things, Promethean is Hill’s tribute to some of the great jazzers that have inspired his musical journey, and he got the night rolling with a fiery take on Mulgrew Miller’s “For Those Who Do.” Drummer Darrell Green set the groove firmly in motion before Hill and bassist Daryl Johns jumped on the melody like it was trying to escape. Miller’s piano style had just the right mix of smooth and snarling, and Hill’s own attack was right on that point, laying down shining technique with just enough bite to keep your attention firmly fixed.

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LIVE: Hot Club of Saratoga @ Shepard Park, 8/30/17

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

Photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

Lake George Arts Project wrapped up its annual Wednesday night concert series with a sparkling concert by the Hot Club of Saratoga at Lake George’s Shepard Park earlier this week.

With their hot-wired brand of Gypsy jazz, the band – guitarists Chad Tallman and Chuck Kish, violinist Tucker Callander, ​clarinetist Jonathan Greene and bassist Dylan Perrillo – is certainly one of the busiest on the Spa City circuit, especially during these crazy, anything-but-lazy days of August.

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THEATER REVIEW: A Pair of Edith Wharton Comedies @ Shakespeare & Company [Berkshire on Stage]

August 31st, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara
Corinna May as Alida Slade and David Joseph as The Waiter in Dennis Krausnick’s stage adaptation of Edith Wharton’s “Roman Fever.” (photo: Olivia Winslow)

Corinna May as Alida Slade and David Joseph as The Waiter in Dennis Krausnick’s stage adaptation of Edith Wharton’s “Roman Fever.” (photo: Olivia Winslow)

Review by Roseann Cane

Known primarily for her witty, insightful short stories and novels about America’s upper class, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) had a sharp-eyed insider’s view of those who lived lives of privilege. This daughter of privilege traveled widely throughout her life. She was also the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize (for The Age of Innocence in 1920), and a dedicated intellectual who counted Sinclair Lewis, Henry James, André Gide and Jean Cocteau among her closest friends.

Shakespeare & Company founding member Dennis Krausnick has adapted two of Wharton’s short stories, Roman Fever (first published in 1934) and The Fullness of Life (first published in 1892) into one-act plays, which are now appearing as A Perfect Pair of Wharton Comedies at the Company’s Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox.

Stylishly and skillfully directed by Normi Noel, both plays feature the same cast of three fine actors – Corinna May, Diane Prusha and David Joseph. Patrick Brennan’s sets capture the time (and in one case, the timelessness) and place of both plays very nicely, transporting us to a fine hotel in 1930s Rome, and later, to a waiting area in the Hereafter. Stephen D. Ball’s lighting design is beautifully wrought, and Amy Altadonna has done a lovely job with sound design

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AUGUST 31: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

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


Complied by Greg Haymes
Photograph of Steely Dan @ SPAC, 8/31/14 by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It’s Throwback Thursday, so we’re back with another installment of our weekly flashback feature: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History. Check out our round-up of August 31 concerts through the years…

2016: Bella’s Bartok @ Empire State Plaza at The Egg, Albany
2015: J.D. McPherson, the Mickey James Trio @ the Hangar, Troy
2014: Steely Dan @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
2013: Stellar Young, Joey Eppard @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany
2012: David R. Smith, Skeeter Creek, Gabrielle Ellers @ the Glove Performing Arts Center, Gloversville
2011: Yuko Kishimoto Quartet @ First Reformed Church of Schenectady, Schenectady (CD release party for Songbird)
2010: Rangda, Major Stars, Bunnybrains @ the Cannonball Factory, Hudson
2009: Weezer @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
2008: Terence Blanchard @ Tanglewood, Lenox
2007: Pancho Sanchez, Hugh Masekela @ Tanglewood, Lenox
2006: Alex Skolnick @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
2005: Akron/Family, Great Lake Swimmers @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2004: Travis Tritt, Paul Thorn @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2003: Ralph Stanley @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington
2002: Diana Krall, Roy Haynes, Marian McPartland, Sir Roland Hanna, Jimmy McGriff, Joey DeFrancesco @ Tanglewood, Lenox

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Concert @ the Low Beat

August 31st, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg
Michael Eck

Michael Eck is among Local 518 musicians raising funds for Texas flood victims

Photograph by Tom Lindsay

Most everyone is doing what they can to help out their fellow Americans affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and Greater Nippertown’s music scene is no exception.

So at 7pm on Friday, September 8, the Low Beat in Albany will host a veritable who’s-who of Local 518 music dignitaries to raise funds for the Galveston County Food Bank. Suggested donation is $10 at the door, and all money raised will go directly to the folks that need help the most.

Here is the complete schedule of performances for the benefit show:

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ArtBeat: What to See

August 31st, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara


States of Incarceration @ The Tang

States of Incarceration @ The Tang

States of Incarceration @ The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs. The first national traveling multimedia exhibition and coordinated public dialogue to explore the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States, launched in New York City in 2016, arrives at the Tang, examining one of the most pressing issues facing our country. Check the Tang website for the many events associated with this exhibition. Also on display: Tony Oursler: Talking Light, in which a single incandescent light bulb hangs from the ceiling of the Tang Museum’s elevator; its intermittent flickering correlates to the sounds of the artist’s voice emanating from a hidden speaker. Opens Saturday, September 2. (Through October 11)

Works by Laini Nemett @ Mandeville Gallery

Works by Laini Nemett @ Mandeville Gallery

Laini Nemett: When We Lived Here @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Working with cardboard models, collage, and large-scale oil paintings, Laini Nemett creates architectural environments that explore the idea of home. Opens Saturday, August 26. Reception: Wednesday, September 27, 5-6:30pm. (Through December 3)

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FEST: West Kortright Fair Is This Weekend

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

The West Kortright Centre’s 12th annual family-friendly summer’s-end celebration of Greater Nippertown’s “agri-cultural” bounty includes a full afternoon of foot-stompin’ music and entertainment on Sunday (September 3) kickin’ off at 12noon with Ramblin Jug Stompers. The fair takes places indoors and under the big tent outdoors, too.

At East Meredith’s West Kortright Fair, you can graze all day on scrumptious foods made from fresh local products; pick up fabulous baked goods; bid on artwork; shop a huge silent auction and rummage sale of antiques, goods and services to benefit WKC; keep the kids entertained with lots of kid-friendly games and activities; and shop for one-of-a-kind items from local vendors.

The fair will be held rain or shine, and admission is on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2017 West Kortright Fair:

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8/31/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

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

TALK: Awkwafina @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Main Theater, Albany. She’s a rapper, comedian, television host, actress and author. She’s also a former UAlbany journalism student returning to campus to kick off the fall season of New York State Writers Institute events, engaging in discussion with The Times Union’s Steve Barnes about all manner of things, including the upcoming film “Ocean’s Eight,” in which she stars alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Helena-Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. 4:15pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jenni Lyn @ the Cock n’ Bull, Galway. As a member of the award-winning, all-female bluesgrass band Della Mae, she’s graced the stage of Nashville’s beloved Ryman Auditorium, as well as festivals from Bonnaroo to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival to Cambridge Folk Fest. Tonight the vocalist-mandolinist plays an intimate show in support of her new solo album, Burn Another Candle. 7:30pm.

THEATER: “Awake” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Earlier this month theater artist Andrew Schneider served up two sold-out performances of his mindboggling, award-winning “YOUARENOWHERE” at EMPAC. Now he’s back with the world premiere of his follow-up. Be prepared for the unexpected. 7:30pm. $18; $13 students & seniors. Also at 7:30pm on Friday.

FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert @ Victory Christian Church, Colonie. Roy Fields is featured in an evening of worship and prayer for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Tuba Skinny @ Colony, Woodstock. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences — from spirituals to Depression-era blues, from ragtime to traditional jazz — their sparkling sound evokes the rich musical heritage of their New Orleans home. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Cully & the Chinchillas @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Apostrophe S, Precedence and DJ Sato. 8pm.

COMEDY/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: An Evening of Comedy & Music @ The Linda, Albany. Comedy by Linda Lou with music by Chris & Courtney Blackwell and Drew McCabe. A benefit for the Saint Anne Institute Alumni Fund. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: The Coteries @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE.

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