FEST: Soup R’ Bands @ Roaring Brook Ranch on Saturday

October 20th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

WHAT: Soup R’ Bands
WHERE: Roaring Brook Ranch, Lake George
WHEN: Saturday (October 21), 6-11pm
WHY: A benefit for the Upstate NY Autism Alliance Organization & Autism Task Forces of Hadley-Luzerne and Greenwich
WITH restaurant soup competition, raffle, silent auction and lots of Local 518 music

Here’s the line-up of bands performing at the ninth annual Soup R’ Bands:

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Five Firsts: Melissa Aldana

October 20th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

NAME: Melissa Aldana
BAND AFFILIATION: The Melissa Aldana Quartet
INSTRUMENT: Tenor saxophone

THE FIRST MEMORY OF HEARING OR SEEING MUSIC… I come from a musical family, so I grew up hearing my dad playing and teaching at home all day long. That is how I became interested in music in the first place.



THE FIRST MEMORY OF MY FRESHMAN YEAR AT BERKLEE SCHOOL OF MUSIC… Lots of practicing, and super excited to meet a lot of my heroes like Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Greg Osby, among others.

THE FIRST TIME I REALIZED I COULD MAKE THE SAX-TRIO CONCEPT WORK – BOTH IN CONCERT AND IN THE STUDIO… I never thought about if it would work or not. I did it because I thought this was the best for me to get better and have a deeper understanding of melody and harmony.

The Melissa Aldana Quartet will perform at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Saturday (October 21). Tickets are $20.

NOTE: We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the Melissa Aldana Quartet’s concert to a lucky Nippertown reader. Deadline to enter is 12:30pm today (Friday, October 20). GO HERE to enter…

Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Concerts

October 20th, 2017, 8:45 am by Greg

Flashback Foto

When it was announced that Albany’s fave jam-band the Ominous Seapods were gearing up for a one-night-only reunion concert at the Cohoes Music Hall – including Dana Monteith coming in from Australia – it took only five days for all of the tickets to be snapped up.

So what’s a band to do?

Add a second show, of course.

Tickets for the Seapods’ second Cohoes concert – scheduled for 8pm on Friday, January 12 – are now on sale, priced at $22. Don’t dawdle this time around…

Meanwhile, another fave Greater Nippertown band is slated to make their Cohoes Music Hall headlining debut. Eastbound Jesus will be stepping into the spotlight at 8pm on Friday, November 24 (that’s the day after Thanksgiving). They’ll be joined by support act Floodwood. Priced at $25 (standing general admission) and $22 (floor and balcony seats), tickets go on sale at 10am on Wednesday (October 25).

10/20/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

October 20th, 2017, 7:37 am by Greg

MUSIC: Actress @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The UK techno experimentalist mixes club-ready techno with dark ambient and experimental sensibilities, influences of Detroit techno, UK bass, the Blade Runner soundtrack, Balinese gamelan and Afro-futurist art. Stockholm-based DJ Swedish upstart Toxe supports in her first US appearance. 9pm. $18; students & seniors $13. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Jeff Siegel Sextet @ the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. The longtime drummer with pianist Lee Shaw, Siegel stretches out on his latest CD, King of Xhosa. For this A Place for Jazz concert, he’ll be joined by tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, pianist Francesca Tanksley, bassist Rich Syracuse, percussionist Fred Berryhill and South African trumpeter Feya Faku. 7:30pm. $20; students $10; children under 12 FREE.

FUNDRAISER: Fusion @ the Albany Barn, Albany. It’s the sixth annual anti-gala for the community arts incubator, featuring great food from guest chefs, wine and craft beverages, music by the Victory Soul Orchestra, live painting showdowns and more. 6pm. $75.

MUSIC: Lonely Heartstring Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $24. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lost Radio Rounders @ Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, Guilderland. The vintage Americana duo are joined by three members of funk powerhouse Jocamo – percussionist John Lapi, bassist/vocalist Dave Macks and guitarist Matt Hatfield – for a celebration of classic gospel music. 7pm. Donations encouraged to benefit the Wizard’s Wardrobe tutoring program.

MUSIC: Let It Rock! A Tribute to Chuck Berry @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Featuring Johnny Rabb, Mark Gamsjager, the Tichy Boys, Mike Kelley, Pete Vumbaco, Don Young and probably some special guests, too. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Gabriel Kahane @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Brooklyn composer offers an intimate new song cycle, solo at the piano, based on his recent two-week journey around the country via Amtrak starting the morning after the presidential election. 8pm. $20 & $30; students $10.

MUSIC: Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Education Center, Schenectady. Two-time Grammy Award winning folk vets. With Sam Gleaves. 7:30pm. $28 & $40.

THEATER: “The Rocky Horror Show” @ Berkshire Community College’s Boland Theater, Pittsfield. Director Matthew T. Teichner and the Town Players of Pittsfield put Frank-N-Furter & Friends live on stage with a live band. 8pm. $18; students & seniors $15. Through Sunday, October 29. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Our Lady Peace @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. 8pm. $32.

MUSIC: Son Little @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. In support of his latest album on the Anti label, New Magic. With ALA NI. 9pm. $20.

CABARET: Andrea McArdle @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The inaugural One Night Only Cabaret Series kicks off with the original “Annie.” 7:30pm. $40-$50.

MUSIC: Willie Watson @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The former member of Old Crow Medicine Show brings his vintage blend of American roots music in support of his David Rawlings-produced sophomore solo album Folksinger Vol. 2. With Suzanne Santo of HoneyHoney. 9pm.

THEATER: “New World Order” @ Russell Sage College’s James L Meader Little Theatre, Troy. The inaugural production by the new Troy Foundry Theatre ensemble features six short plays by Harold Pinter directed by David Girard. 8pm. FREE. Also at 8pm on Saturday.

THEATER: Next Act New Play Summit 6 @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. In Showpony by Judith Leora, sex and power politics run rampant when a Fortune 500 company acquires a small female-owned advertising agency with promises of equality, job security and new opportunities. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: The Holly & Evan Band @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

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Janeane Garofalo Heads to the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

October 19th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Greg

Emmy Award-nominated actress, comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum, Janeane Garofalo steps into the spotlight at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Saturday October 21 at 8pm. Tickets are $39.50.

Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992. She has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films, such as: “The Truth About Cats and Dogs,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Ratatouille,” “Steal This Movie,” “Reality Bites,” “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion,” “Mystery Men,” “The Ten” and “The Cable Guy.” She also co-authored the bestseller “Feel This Book” with Ben Stiller.

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Sanctuary for Independent Media Announces Fall Schedule of Concerts, Films, Talks, More

October 19th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy has announced its full fall schedule, featuring concerts, film, speakers, workshops, art exhibits and more.

Highlights include talks by journalists Chris Hedges and Azmat Kahn; musical performances from groups led by Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana and singer-songwriter Nano Stern; screenings of documentaries with filmmakers Parvez Sharma, Jonathan Olshefski and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon; workshops, two new gallery shows, and much more.

Admission to events at the Sanctuary is by donation – $10 suggested; $5 student/low income – unless noted.

NOTE: We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the Sanctuary’s opening concert with the Melissa Aldana Quartet on Saturday evening (October 21). GO HERE to enter to win…

Here’s the Sanctuary for Independent media’s full schedule of events for the fall 2017 season:

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Another New Concert Announced for The Egg

October 19th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Veteran prog rock-fusion band the Dixie Dregs are reuniting for The Dawn of the Dregs Tour, and they’ll be making a stop at The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Wednesday, March 21.

The Dregs will feature the original line-up of their 1977 national debut album, Free FallSteve Morse (guitar), Andy West (bass), Steve Davidowski (keyboards), Allen Sloan (violin) and Rod Morgenstein (drums).

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (October 20), $39.50, $59.50 & $89.50.

Sanctuary for Independent Media Announces Fall Schedule of Concerts, Films, Talks, More

10/19/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

October 19th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The inaugural concert in the new Passport Series: Music Haven at Proctors. Nicknamed the Black Voice of Barlovento, she has become the carrier of a long tradition of nearly extinguished genres of black music in Venezuela and is now seen as an icon of Afro-Venezuelan music. Accompanied by the percussion and voice ensemble. 7:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: JJ Grey & Mofro @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The southern-funk swamp-rockers roll into town in support of their latest release Ol’ Glory, a soulful blend of blues, rock, gospel and gritty R&B. With The Commonheart. 8pm. $28.

THEATER: “New World Order” @ Russell Sage College’s James L Meader Little Theatre, Troy. The inaugural production by the new Troy Foundry Theatre ensemble features six short plays by Harold Pinter directed by David Girard. 8pm. Also at 8pm on Friday & Saturday.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Chicks With Picks” @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. 100.9 The Cat’s all-woman acoustic contemporary country concert features Lindsay Ell, Danielle Bradbury, Brooke Eden and Stephanie Quayle. 8pm. $20; VIP $35, with a portion of sales to benefit the American Cancer Society.

MUSIC: Average White Band @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. “Pick Up the Pieces,” “Cut the Cake” and the mighty horns of Fred Vignor and Cliff Lyons. 7pm. $55.

MUSIC: Eric Andersen & Friends @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The veteran singer-songwriter of such ’60s folk hits as “Violets of Dawn,” “Thirsty Boots” and “Come to My Bedside.” 8pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Cults @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Singer Madeline Follin leads the NYC indie popsters in support of their brand new album Offering. With Cullen Omori and Hideout. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC: Tim Connell & Cesar Garabini Duo @ Crandall Public Library Folklife Center, Glens Falls. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for the complete series schedule…

MUSIC: Mike Kelley @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. 6pm.

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