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Like a Bad Penny, Peter Schickele Brings PDQ Bach Back to the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Peter Schickele

NOTE: Larry Murray reminisced with Professor Peter Schickele about the imaginary P.D.Q. Bach which you can read here. There is also a rare photo of the tromboon, part trombone, part bassoon which Bach invented.

Musical humorist Peter Schickele will perform 50 Years of P.D.Q. Bach: A Triumph of Incompetence at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Saturday (July 26) at 8pm. It’s been 50 years since Professor Peter Schickele released P.D.Q. Bach on an unsuspecting musical public. And it’s been 80 years since the professor’s mother released the professor on an society ill-prepared for such singular genius. And now, because everyone loves a birthday, Professor Schickele has reached back across the decades to explore the damp vaults and dusty attics of Leipzig to once again celebrate the twenty-first child (out of twenty) of the great J.S. Bach. This special, once in a half-century, musical extravaganza will feature the crème de la crème of history’s most justifiably neglected composer.

Peter Schickele will perform twelve “quite heavenly songs” including: musical upsettings of the signs of the zodiac (for chamber ensemble), excerpts from The Notebook for Betty-Sue Bach (for solo piano), and songs from Shakespeare: The Bard’s most famous speeches set to 1950′s rock ‘n’ roll (for piano & chamber ensemble).

One thing that Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach have in common is their love of writing party music. Mr. Schickele has composed rounds, songs and piano miniatures which have served as presents, congratulatory messages, homages, bread and butter notes (notes, get it?) and simply as something new to bring to sight-reading parties. He has been writing such pieces since he began composing during his early teenage years, and he continues to do so with undiminished enthusiasm; sometimes the results turn out to be among his best works.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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Five Firsts: Matthew Thouin of Great Mutations

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Matthew Thouin

NAME: Matthew Thouin
BAND AFFILIATION: Great Mutations
INSTRUMENT: Guitar/Vocals/Other

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I don’t know, but I’m sure it was something not so good. It might have been a Wang Chung cassette. I know people who will say, “Oh yeah, I listened to [cool band] back in grade school.” Not me. I listened to Weird Al, the Fat Boys, and the “RAD” movie soundtrack. Years later, the Columbia House CD Club would open new doors for me for buying terrible albums on a whole new format. But here’s the answer that you should print: “I bought the Replacements’ Pleased to Meet Me with money I made selling cigarettes at recess.”

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Real Good for FREE: North Adams’ Party in the Park

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The free community concert series Party in the Park, returns to Noel Field in North Adams with weekly concerts through the end of August. The concerts take place at 6pm on Thursdays.

Here’s the schedule of upcoming shows for the 2014 summer season:

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7/24/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

MUSIC: Eric Lindell & Co. @ Parish Public House, Albany. Red Square is dead! Long live the Parish Public House! Yes, Red Square has changed its name and added a menu of Louisiana-centric food to the mix of funk, jazz and jam-band music on its regular calendar. Kicking off the re-branding is Louisiana blues guitarslinger Lindell and his band. 9pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Wussy @ the Low Beat, Albany. You’re kickin’ yourself for missing them when they were here back in March, but now you’ve got another chance. Don’t blow it again… With Bloodshot Bill. 8pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Dustin Lynch @ Jennings Landing, Albany. It’s Alive at Five’s Country Night… With Jacob Powell. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

OPERA: “Madame Butterfly” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Conducted by Joseph Colaneri; directed by Francesca Zambello. Delicate and vulnerable yet possessed of a steely resolve, Puccini’s unforgettable heroine risks ostracization to be with her love, a handsome American naval officer. When he proves untrue, she unflinchingly chooses the only honorable path available to her. 7:30pm. $26, $55, $78, $95 & $115; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

READING: Jamaica Kincaid @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues. With Henri Cole. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Soul Sky @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Arthur Holmes Blues Band @ Noel Field, North Adams. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info… GO HERE for a complete schedule of concerts…

DANCE: Paul Taylor Dance Company @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The dance company celebrates its 60th anniversary season with a three-night stand beginning tonight. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Mike Wicks Quintet @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The bass master leads his band as the Jazz On Jay concert series continues. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

THEATER: “Hands On a Hard Body” @ Washington Park’s Lakehouse Amphitheater, Albany. Park Playhouse takes a chance with a new musical theater work with music by Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Directed by Michael LoPorto. 8pm. FREE, $14, $16 & $22; $1 discount for youths & seniors. Through Sunday.

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Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany is beefing up its fall concert offerings with the recent additions of Melissa Ferrick at 8pm on Friday, October 3 ($20); indie folk band the Hello Strangers, led by sisters Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace, at 8pm on Friday, October 10 ($12); and first concert of the new season of the American Roots Series at The Linda, featuring the eclectic, multi-culti music of TriBeCaStan at 8pm on Saturday, October 11 ($15). Looking ahead to November, the Linda also welcomes the return of singer-songwriters Bobby Long (8pm Friday, November 7, $17) and Charlie Mars (8pm Saturday, November 8, $18).

The Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs is playing host to the inaugural 2014 LIVE Music Series. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet will kick off the sries at 8pm on Friday, August 1 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door). London-based jazz pianist-composer (and Saratoga Springs native) Giacomo Smith and his six-piece ensemble will play a homecoming concert at 7:30pm on Saturday, September 6, featuring swing and New Orleans classics ($20 in advance; $25 at the door). And the concert series will conclude with Brooklyn-based indie band Cuddle Magic who will feature unique collaborations with toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen and author Rick Moody at 7pm on Sunday, October 26 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).

The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park welcomes all-star funkateers Lettuce with Exmag at 9pm on Tuesday, October 28. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (July 25), priced at $20 in advance; $23 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens team up for the World Tour, which is slated to make a stop at Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory. Beartooth and This Wild Life round out the bill. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Saturday (July 26).

There’s been a change in the summer concert schedule at MASS MoCA in North Adams. Cajun band the Lost Bayou Ramblers were originally slated to perform at 8pm on Saturday, August 23, but they have cancelled their appearance. In their stead, MASS MoCA will host a concert by Gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso Stephane Wremble and his quartet. Advance tickets are $12 & $20.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rocker/actor Chris Isaak will fire up such favorites as “Wicked Game” and “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” when he steps into the spotlight at The Egg in Albany.

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Real Good for FREE: Performing Arts Family Series @ Clifton Common

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Performing Arts Family Series
Clifton Common, Clifton Park
7pm on Wednesdays
Admission, of course, is FREE.

Tonight (Wednesday, July 23)
Seth & the Moody Melix: Join the Local 518 children’s band for a fun and exciting multi-cultural musical experience designed not only to entertain, but also to educate.

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Two More New Shows Announced for The Egg

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Chris D’Elia

Chris D’Elia

On Monday, it was comedian Carly Aquilino

On Tuesday, it was Chris Isaak

Now, The Egg has announced two more two shows… the third and fourth of the week, and it’s only Wednesday.

Comedian Chris D’Elia – the star of the NBC-TV sitcom “Undateable” and former co-star on “Whitney” – will step into the spotlight at The Egg at 8pm on Thursday, September 25. Priced at $30, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday (July 25).

And there are more laughs in store at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 16 when the Italian Bad Boyz of Comedy – featuring Vic DiBitetto, Sam Fedele, Freddy Proia and Frank Santorelli – take over. Tickets are $40, $50 & $60.

7/23/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

MUSIC: The Baseball Project @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A true all-star team featuring Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Linda Pitmon playing odes to the Great American Pastime. Yes, it’s the world where REM meets RBIs… 8pm. $18.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Rock Star Mayhem @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Four stages. 21 bands. One headbangin’ good time. Headliners by Main Stage bands Trivium (6:30pm), Asking Alexandria (7:15pm), Korn (8:15pm) and Avenging Sevenfold (9:45pm). Music starts at 1pm.

MUSIC: Quickstep Empire State Plaza at The Egg, Albany. Fiddle tunes, folk songs and fancy footwork from the southern Appalachians to the northern Adirondacks featuring John Kirk and Sara Milonovich (fiddles), Trish Miller (banjo), Greg Anderson (guitar) & Ed Lowman (bass). 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

READING: Rick Moody @ Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. The NYS Summer Writers Institute’s reading series continues. With Tom Healy. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Chris Bergson @ Shepard Park, Lake George. 7:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info… UPDATE: Due to the weather, this concert has been moved to King Neptune’s Pub.

MUSIC: Melvin Seals & JGB @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $20; $25 if under 21.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ NaNola, Malta. 7:30pm.

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