LIVE: The Tab Benoit Trio @ Cohoes Music Hall, 11/11/17

November 30th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Tab Benoit Trio

Tab Benoit

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Louisiana blues guitarslinger Tab Benoit hasn’t released a new album of his own since 2011’s Medicine, but that could be because he’s too busy producing other people’s albums – people like the gifted guitarist-singer Eric Johanson who opened Benoit’s concert at the Cohoes Music Hall earlier this month.

In fact at this stop of the tour, the only thing on the merch table was 25 copies of Johanson’s Benoit-produced album Burn It Down, and they were all snapped up in a heartbeat during the intermission.

Earlier the man had come out with a classic resonator guitar around his shoulder, great for acoustic slide, but not for much else, and captivated the audience in nano seconds, within several tunes. His style was humble, yet direct, playing in the style of the old-blues-masters. After a couple of acoustic tunes, Benoit’s bassist Corey Duplechin joined in on electric bass while Johanson picked up his electric guitar and wailed with the best of them on a selection of originals from his album. What made this a doubly-unique experience was that behind the drums was none other than the headliner, Tab Benoit. No, he wasn’t John Bonham, but he certainly added fire and drive to the musical mix.

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THEATER REVIEW: “She Loves Me” @ Capital Repertory Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

November 30th, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg
From left: Michael McCorry Rose (Georg Nowack), Julia Burrows (Amalia Balash), David Girard (Steven Kodaly), and Tracy Jai Edwards (Ilona Ritter).

From left: Michael McCorry Rose (Georg Nowack), Julia Burrows
(Amalia Balash), David Girard (Steven Kodaly), and Tracy Jai Edwards
(Ilona Ritter).

Review by Roseann Cane

When was the last time you left a theater feeling exuberant, even beguiled? For me, it was about 24 hours ago, right after Capital Repertory Theatre’s opening night of She Loves Me. I’m still smiling.

She Loves Me originally opened on Broadway in 1963 with a star-studded cast that included Barbara Cook, Daniel Massey and Jack Cassidy. Inspired by a 1936 Hungarian play (which in turn inspired the 1940 film classic “The Shop Around the Corner,” 1949’s “In the Good Ole Summertime” and 1998’s “You’ve Got Mail”), it was only moderately successful, a romantic jewel box of a musical without any big song-and-dance numbers, outshone by the bold, brassy hit, Hello, Dolly! But She Loves Me continues to attract an ever-growing fan base, and it has enjoyed many revivals in both the U.S. and the U.K.

One reason for its lasting appeal is that the story is about “real” people. The workers in a perfume shop in 1930s Hungary steer the tale of two bickering co-workers, Georg Nowack (Michael McCorry Rose) and Amalia Balash (Julia Burrows), who have a secret: Each is exchanging letters to a potential mate found through a lonely hearts club. Meanwhile, a womanizing clerk, Steven Kodaly (David Girard), manipulates love-struck Ilona Ritter (Tracy Jai Edwards) even as he claws his way into the boudoir of a woman of means. Rounding out the shop associates are the bicycle-riding delivery boy, Arpad (an endearing Jimmy Bain), kindly clerk Ladislav Sipos (an affable, very amusing Marc de la Concha) and shop owner Mr. Maraczek (a commanding, poignant Kevin McGuire).

Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill has assembled a startlingly good cast. Their singing voices, all of them, are glorious. I have heard the original cast recording many times, yet I found the show’s signature numbers, Amalia’s “Vanilla Ice Cream” and Georg’s “She Loves Me,” heart-stoppingly good. Rose and Burrows have a palpable chemistry, and their performances are so fresh and sweet that despite my familiarity with the plot, I found myself right in the moment with them, hoping against hope that they would reveal their feelings to each other.

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SECOND OPINIONS
Paul Lamar’s review at The Daily Gazette
Amy Durant’s review at The Alt

Where to See the Grammy Nominees in Concert

November 30th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg
David Rawlings and Gillian-Welch

David Rawlings and Gillian Welch, who snagged a Grammy nomination earlier this week, return to The Egg on Saturday

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday, and quite a few of them are headed into venues throughout Greater Nippertown in the upcoming months. Here’s a round-up for ya:

DAVID RAWLINGS & GILLIAN WELCH
Best American Roots Song for “Cumberland Gap”
Playing at The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany
Saturday (December 2)
$36

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
Best American Roots Performance for “Let My Mother Life”
Playing at the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes
Saturday, December 9
#37.50, $42.50 & $52.50

THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND
Best Contemporary Instrumental Music for What If
Playing solo at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany (with David Bromberg)
Saturday, December 9
$36

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NOVEMBER 30: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

November 30th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Compiled by Greg Haymes

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 November 30 concerts through the years…

2016: Dylan Perrillo Orchestra @ City Beer Hall, Albany
2015: Sketches of Influence @ Lucas Confectionery, Troy
2014: Straight No Chaser @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2013: The No Pepper Fest featuring Arctic, Tentacles, Legit, Vessels, Bad Friends, Planet Eater, Start the Reactor, Maggot Brain, Hush, Surrounded by Teeth, Born Low @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2012: Railbird, Hand Habits, Sun Burdens @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany (CD release party for Lucky)
2011: Alice Cooper, Livan @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2010: Tim & Eric, Pusswhip Banggang, Neil Hamburger @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2009: The Schenectady County Community College Guitar Ensemble @ SCCC’s Elston Hall, Schenectady
2008: Cobra Starship, Forever the Sickest Kids @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2007: Shaw/Blades @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2006: Gov’t Mule @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2005: Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz @ Pepsi Arena, Albany
2004: Mitch Elrod, Katie Haverly @ Lark Street Books, Albany
2003: moe. @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2002: Joe Bonamassa, Mike Campese @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2000: Michele Malone, Antigone Rising @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1999: Pat Metheny @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady

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CANCELLED: Yet Another Concert at Massry Center for the Arts

November 30th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

This has not been a good year for the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts in Albany. Not at all…

The Massry’s fall concert season started off with a solid but sparsely attended concert by Amy Helm in early October, but since then it has suffered three consecutive pop concert cancellations.

First, Marc Cohn concert slated for Homecoming Weekend was postponed at the last minute. (That concert has since been re-scheduled for Tuesday, February 20). Then the concert by Gedeon Luke & The People – originally slated for October 28 – was cancelled.

And now, the concert by Dana Fuchs – which was scheduled to take place on Saturday evening (December 2) – has also been cancelled “due to circumstances beyond our control,” according to the Massry Center website.

Let’s hope that things are looking a little brighter for blues queen Shemekia Copeland, who is slated for a Saturday, December 16 concert at the Massry.

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ArtBeat: What To See

November 30th, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara

Opening:

Jessica Drenk: Regeneration @ Cynthia Reeves Gallery

Jessica Drenk: Regeneration @ Cynthia Reeves Gallery

Jessica Drenk: Regeneration @ Cynthia Reeves Gallery, North Adams. Sculptural and wall-based works by Jessica Drenk, who transforms commercial products, such as books, PVC pipe, and pencils, into organic forms that belie their material origins. The artist will be at the gallery December 2–7 to create a site-specific installation to complete the exhibition. Opening reception: Saturday, December 2, 5-7pm. (Through January 27)

Andres J. Acosta: Empiricism @ Limner Gallery

Andres J. Acosta: Empiricism @ Limner Gallery

Small Works @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. A holiday and small works show and sale featuring 77 works by 50 contemporary artists. Opening reception: Saturday, December 2, 4-6pm during the Hudson Winter Walk. (Through December 30)

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The Egg Announces New Concert

November 30th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Zappa Plays Zappa

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Frank Zappa would be proud…

Keeping the musical legacy of his father alive, Dweezil Zappa’s upcoming 2018 world tour is slated to make a stop at The Egg’s Hart Theatre at 8pm on Tuesday, April 24. The second-generation guitarslinger and his band will be playing “Choice Cuts,” a long, ambitious set of Frank Zappa favorites and obscure gems.

Tickets are priced at $39.50 & $49.50. VIP tickets are $69.50 and include access to the soundcheck party and a commemorative poster. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (December 1).

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11/30/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

November 30th, 2017, 7:12 am by Greg

MUSIC: Alsarah & the Nubatones @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Music Haven’s Passport Concert Series welcomes the East African retro-pop group from Brooklyn. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: WGNA’s Jingle Jam 2017 @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Featuring John Turner and LoCash. 7pm. $23, $29 & $34.

MUSIC/ART: “Seeing the Invisible” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. A unique musical experience in which celebrated composer-guitarist-singer-bandleader Howard Fishman and three members of his touring company — Osei Essed, Dina Maccabee and James Harrison Monaco — perform musical responses to photographs selected from the Tang collection. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Stephen Clair & the Pushbacks @ Colony, Woodstock. The former Albany singer-songwriter (now based in Beacon) plays selections from his new band’s self-titled album. With the Sweet Celementines. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Will Dailey @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer-Songwriter made his last Spa City performance in 2013 when SPAC hosted Farm Aid. His latest album, National Throat, has been met with stellar reviews, over eight million spins on Spotify, a Top 20 slot on Billboard’s Heat Seeker chart and Album of the Year honors from the Boston Music Awards, New England Music Awards and Improper Bostonian Magazine. 7pm. $20. GO HERE to enter to win a pair of FREE tickets…

MUSIC: Jazz at the Spring @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Capital District Jazz’s inaugural concert series continues with the music of Lenny Tristano performed by the Siegel-Pittman Quartet, featuring saxman Adam Siegel, pianist Galen Pittman, bassist Stephanie Lozina and drummer Matt Neidbalski. 7:30pm. $20.
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EVENT: Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Celebrate the magic of an old-fashioned Victorian holiday streetwalk with the Spa City’s 31st annual holiday event featuring a festival of trees, carolers and, of course, a Visit from Santa Claus. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Forest Park @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Agency and Pioneers. 8pm. $10.

THEATER: “Middletown” @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Troy. Roseanne Raneri directs the student production of Will Eno’s moving and witty play about the ways in which the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways. 7:30pm. FREE. Through Saturday.

READING: Hisham Matar @ UAlbany Campus Center Assembly Hall, Albany. The Libyan-American novelist and nonfiction writer received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography for his memoir, “The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between,” an account of the author’s return to the Libya of his family’s origin and his search for his missing father. 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room at 4:15pm.

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