Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2017, 4:31 pm by Greg

johnnyCashPumpkinIt’s Halloween, and you’ve procrastinated long enough.

It’s now or never, right?

So if you need some inspiration before you begin carving away at that big orange orb that’s staring at you from your kitchen table, here’s a Jack-O-Lantern Hall of Fame-worthy effort by Schenectady’s great Picasso of Pumpkins, Walt Mahoski.


LIVE: Renaissance @ The Egg, 10/29/17

October 31st, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Mark Alexander Hudson
Photographs by Glenn Kaplowitz

It was a more confident & assertive Renaissance in the spotlight at The Egg’s Hart Theatre on Sunday night, compared to the one that supported Steve Hackett at the same venue back in 2010.

For one thing, the band had the luxury of a two-hour headlining set, enabling them to delve deeply into their extensive and expansive repertoire.

Secondly, and more importantly, they were augmented by the 10-piece Renaissance Chamber Orchestra, the first time in 40 years that this most classical of classic prog bands have played with live orchestral backing.

Considering that this was only the fourth (and final) such show on this Symphonic Journey tour, it was amazing how seamlessly the band and orchestra interacted, enhancing the music and avoiding any hints of melodrama. As beaming vocalist Annie Haslam remarked midway through the show, “It should always be like this.” Indeed, the music of Renaissance lends itself to the additional textures of classical instruments more than most, being lush and symphonic in nature anyway.

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EMPAC Offers HoloLens “Mixed Reality” Demo [Berkshire on Stage]

October 31st, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara

On Wednesday (November 1), EMPAC at RPI will offer a free day-long demonstration of the Microsoft HoloLens “mixed reality” platform, followed by an evening talk with Microsoft developer Kayla Kinnunen focused on the technology’s many possible applications. The demonstration will take place on the EMPAC Mezzanine from 10am-9pm and will allow guests to experiment with the wearable, interactive HoloLens technology. Kinnunen’s talk, titled “Microsoft HoloLens and the Future of Human-Computer Interaction,” will begin at 7pm in the EMPAC Theater.

Microsoft’s HoloLens is the world’s first fully untethered, self-contained holographic computer. Wearing the headset, users scan their physical surroundings and use gestures to place and manipulate digital 3D objects. Distinct from virtual-reality environments, the HoloLens creates a “mixed reality” where computer-generated elements are integrated into the human world. From the classroom to the operating room and into the performing arts, applications for the system are just starting to be explored.

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

By Don Wilcock

As iconic, eclectic and influential as Jerry Garcia was, it would be myopic to look at Steve Kimock as simply a Jerry Garcia clone. Yes, Kimock is best known for playing guitar in various iterations of the Grateful Dead following Jerry Garcia’s death including RatDog, The Other Ones and Phil Lesh & Friends, but if you’re expecting Kimock’s Friday night performance at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre to be a Dead cover band in the tradition of Darkstar Orchestra, think again.

His repertoire is much broader than that, and his new solo album, Satellite City, is less like the Grateful Dead than it is like Bryan Ferry or even Renaissance – including contemporary sampling that’s very 21st century. That’s not to say Kimock doesn’t have the finesse, dexterity and flash of Jerry, but his female singer Leslie Mendelson is classy and classic like Bryan Ferry with the finesse of Annie Haslam of Renaissance.

Kimock’s 28-year-old son John plays drums on the album and will performing Friday night. He is responsible for much of the sampling on Satellite City that sometimes takes on a sci-fi motif (“Friend of the Sun” and “Mother’s Song”) and at other times, as on “Prelude,” reminds me of Songs of the Humpback Whales, a ’70s LP that Kimock once owned.

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Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Concert

October 31st, 2017, 10:30 am by Greg

December 29, 8pm
$22 (balcony); $27 (general admission floor & floor seats)
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am Friday (November 3)
The Talking Heads tribute band played Saratoga Springs’ Putnam Den last weekend, but they’ve already booked their return trip to Greater Nippertown at the Cohoes Music Hall.

The Egg Announces Another New Concert

The Egg Announces Another New Concert

October 31st, 2017, 8:30 am by Greg
Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau

Photograph by Albert Brooks

The Egg announced two new concerts on Monday, and now they’ve added a third to the calendar…

Sunday, April 22, 7:30pm

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10/31/17: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

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

MUSIC/FILM: The Frizzi 2 Fulci Ensemble @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schnectady. Famed Italian horror movie composer Fabio Frizzi and his ensemble perform his original score to accompany a screening of the composer’s cut of Lucio Fulci’s classic, “The Beyond.” The ensemble will also perform Frizzi’s additional work, including a tribute to Fulci’s “Gates of Hell” trilogy and a screening of “Saint Frankenstein.” 8pm. $25; VIP $50.

MUSIC: Bonerama @ the Parish Public House, Albany. Straight outta the Big Easy, these guys are a brass band who definitely know how to rock. 8pm. $22.

THEATER: “Fun Home” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s opening might! The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards – including Best Musical – is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, introducing audiences to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Geek Musica @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Sirenne and Destroy Eleven. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Shana Falana @ Colony, Woodstock. With Kyle & the Pity Party and The Tins. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Dopapod @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $16.

EVENT: Jazzquerade! @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Artists’ Halloween Ball featuring music, theater, poetry and art. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

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

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…

LIVE: “Let It Rock! A Tribute to Chuck Berry” @ the Hangar on the Hudson, 10/20/17

October 30th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

(From left) Graham Tichy, Pete Vumbaco, Johnny Rabb, John Tichy, Don Young and Mark Gamsjager

Review and photographs by Amy L. Modesti

“Sweet Little Sixteen”…
“Roll Over Beethoven”…
“Run, Run Rudolph”…

Chuck Berry, the Father of Rock and Roll, should instantly come to mind upon hearing those timeless tunes. Although it’s been seven months since Berry’s passing, his legacy remains alive in the heart, soul and music of a team of Greater Nippertown musicians who joined forces to pay an amazing tribute to their hero at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy earlier this month.

“Let It Rock! A Tribute to Chuck Berry” featured Local 518 favorites Mark Gamsjager (guitar/vocals), Mike Kelley (piano/vocals), Johnny Rabb (acoustic guitar/tambourine/vocals), Graham Tichy (guitar/vocals), John Tichy (guitar/vocals), Pete Vumbaco (drums/vocals) and Don Young (bass/vocals). Billy Harrison (guitar/vocals) also made an appearance with the group during their second set of the night. With a stellar line-up of musicians and Berry’s timeless hits, the fans were dancing along to rock and roll all night long.

Graham Tichy strummed and sang Berry’s classic tune, “Maybelline,” captivating audience members and dancers alike from the start. Johnny Rabb got the dancers swinging along to the rocking rhythms of his rendition of “Carol.” With “Almost Grown,” Graham gave a shout-out to keyboardist Mike Kelley while reminiscing about Johnnie Johnson, Berry’s pianist, and his jaw-dropping, melodic but bluesy solos.

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