COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

May 24th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

In support of their latest album, The Name of the Band Is…, rambunctious drummer-frontman Fred LeBlanc leads the hot-wired New Orleans rockers Cowboy Mouth into King Neptune’s Pub in Lake George at 8pm on Friday, June 16. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $10.

OK, we didn’t see this one comin’… Hollywood sleaze-rockers Faster Pussycat pounce on Chrome in Waterford on Wednesday, July 26. The Erotics and Ike’s Wasted Life opening the show at 8pm. Priced at $15, tickets go on sale at 8am on Friday (May 26).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Local 518 openers Let’s Be Leonard will kick off the 2017 season of Albany’s Alive at Five free concert series, which are back at the Corning Preserve’s Jennings Landing again this summer.

We previously announced two new concert series coming to ProctorsThe Passport Series: Music Haven at Proctors and One Night Only: The Cabaret Series at Proctors, but the Schenectady theater complex has also announced quite a few additional concerts and performances for its 2017-2018 season. Upcoming at Proctors are the string quartet Well-Strung (September 16), the Sachal Jazz Ensemble (October 28), the King’s Singers (November 7), the Beach Boys (November 14), Gobsmacked! (November 17), the Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe (February 16), the Chieftains (March 13) and Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd Wall (April 12).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Made in the Shade of The Egg outdoor concert series on the Empire State Plaza will spice up your lunch this summer with a baker’s dozen of free shows, including Joe Louis Walker, the Soul Rebels, the Sweetback Sisters, the New Breed Brass Band, Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, Roosevelt Dime, the Big Takeover and lots more.

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FEST: Strange Creek Campout @ Camp Kee-Wanee

May 24th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Still lookin’ for something fun to do for the upcoming holiday weekend?

The 15th annual Strange Creek Campout takes over Camp Kee-Wanee in Greenfield from Friday-Monday (May 26-29).

It’s not just a festival; it’s an invasion featuring more than 70 bands over the course of the Memorial Day weekend.

All-fest tickets are on sale now, priced at $145 through Wednesday (May 24); $160 at the gate. Early bird tickets for Thursday (starting at 3pm) are $30; Sunday-only tickets are priced at $60.

Here’s the complete list of bands for the 2017 Strange Creek Campout:

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5/24/17: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

May 24th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

Happy birthday, Bob…

MUSIC: The Rahim AlHaj Trio @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. The Iraqi-American oud master and composer performs an evening of gorgeous, heartbreaking instrumental music from his latest album, Letters From Iraq. 7pm. $15. GO HERE to win a pair of FREE tickets…

MUSIC: Sara Watkins @ The Egg, Albany. Singer, songwriter and fiddler, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek performs an evening of contemporary bluegrass, country, pop and folk with her band in support of her latest album, Young in All the Wrong Ways. Mike + Ruthy (of the recently reunited Mammals). 7:30pm. $29.50.

MUSIC: Sylvan Esso @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. A rather unlikely Crossgates Mall concert. 8pm. $26. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out…

MUSIC: Whitehorse @ the Low Beat, Albany. The Canadian husband-and-wife duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland preview selections from their upcoming album, Panther in the Dollhouse. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled… they’re playing at the Hollow instead.

MUSIC: The Orwells @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. In support of their new album Terrible Human Beings, frontman Mario Cuomo (no, not that one) leads the band into Cuomo territory. With Whitehorse. 9pm. $13.

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

MUSIC: Oh Wonder @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The duo of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West. With Charlotte Cardin. 8pm. $20.

FILM: “Bob Dylan: The Other Side of the Mirror” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Murray Lerner’s documentary film is an unvarnished chronicle of Bob Dylan’s metamorphosis from folk to rock via his appearances at the Newport Folk Festival between 1963-1965. 7pm. $5.

FILM/MUSIC: “Marwencol” @ the Greenville Drive-In, Greenville. A fascinating documentary about the fantasy world of Hudson Valley’s Mark Hogancamp. After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs “Marwencol” with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Also live music by Jennifer DuBois of the Dust Bowl Faeries. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Big Fez & the Surfmatics @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. A party on the patio! 7pm.

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Elysia Crampton Serves Up Severo @ EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]

May 23rd, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

To kick off the summer concert season at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, electronic musician Elysia Crampton will perform at 9pm on Friday (May 26). Russell E.L. Butler will support.

A force within Latinx culture and the rising genderqueer electronic aesthetic (alongside Arca, Lotic, Rabit, etc.), Elysia Crampton has described her style as “severo,” a word suggestive of the raw textures and violent juxtapositions she creates with source material ranging from American pop to cumbia, hip-hop, ratchet and South American metal.

A descendent of the Aymara people indigenous to Bolivia, Crampton made waves with last year’s Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City. A sister piece to the theatrical production Dissolution of the Sovereign: A Timeslide into the Future, the album was written in the style of an epic poem, taking inspiration from the story of the Aymara revolutionary Bartolina Sisa, whose severed limbs were paraded through the Andes after her execution at the hands of Spanish colonists.

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ArtBeat: MASS MoCA Takes a Giant Leap Forward

May 23rd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
James Turrell: Breathing Light, 2013 (photo: Floriann Holzerr)

James Turrell: Breathing Light, 2013 (photo: Floriann Holzerr)

Photographs by Sara Ayers, Floriann Holzerr, Leland Brewster, Andreas Engel, Douglas Mason

This is gonna be big. Really BIG…

On Sunday (May 28), MASS MoCA will become one of the largest museums of contemporary art in America.

The opening of Building 6 will double the capacity of the already sprawling North Adams museum, bringing its total gallery space to a massive 250,000 square feet.

The new exhibition space will feature installations of work by six major artists: sculptor Louise Bourgeois, light artist James Turrell, conceptual text artist Jenny Holzer, multimedia performance artist Laurie Anderson and teacher/instrument-maker Gunnar Schonbeck. Each are long-term installations, which will remain on view at the museum for 15-20 years.

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Homegrown Irish Musical to Make US Premiere at Palace Theatre

May 23rd, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Written by Jeff Strange and Jimmy Kelly – two of Greater Nippertown’s favorite Irish singer-songwriters with Donnybrook Fair and the Jimmy Kelly Band, respectively – the new stage musical “Find Your Way Home” will be finding its way home at 8pm on Monday, July 17.

After debuting to rave reviews at the Civic Theatre in Dublin, Ireland back in November, “Find Your Way Home” comes to Albany’s Palace Theatre with the original 26-person cast for one night only.

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FREE FEST: Bands Announced for Albany’s DadFest

May 23rd, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg
Mark Gamsjager

Mark Gamsjager leads the Lustre Kings at DadFest

The City of Albany hosts its Tulip Festival every spring to honor Mothers Day, so it seems only right that they also pay tribute to dads on Fathers Day, right?

Hence DadFest, which is slated for Albany’s Washington Park from 1-6pm on Sunday, June 18 with great food, vendors, kids’ activities and, of course, live music.

Two popular Greater Nippertown bands have been announced to play this year’s free, fun-for-the-whole-family festival:

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5/23/17: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

May 23rd, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Ana Popovic @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. Serbian-born blues guitar great. With Super 400. 8pm. $27, $32 & $37.

BURLESQUE: SuicideGirls’ Blackheart Burlesque @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Gleefully geeky burlesque show with striptease performances in tribute to “Star Wars,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Donnie Darko,” “Clockwork Orange” and more. 9pm. $30.

MUSIC: Gideon @ the Fuze Box, Albany. The Alabama hardcore combo showcases their new Equal Vision album Cold. With Left Behind, Ghost Key, Head of Hydrus and Oakheart. 6pm. $15.

THEATER: “Kunstler” @ Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. Jeff McCarthy stars in Jeffrey Sweet’s play about radical lawyer and civil rights activist William Kunstler. 7:30pm. Through Saturday, June 10.

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

DANCE ON SCREEN: “Jewels” @ the Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. The Royal Ballet performs choreographer George Balanchine’s ballet classic, evoKing of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds. 7pm. $15.

THEATER ON SCREEN: “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in the National Theatre’s production of Tom Stoppard’s classic comedy. 2:30 & 6:30pm. $15.

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