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SPAC Announces First Jazz Fest Performer for 2015

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Acclaimed trumpeter, composer and bandleader Theo Croker will perform with his band at the 38th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 27.

The grandson of jazz legend Doc Cheatham, the 29-year-old Croker is among the most highly regarded trumpeters of his generation. His musical training has taken him from Jacksonville, Florida to Oberlin, Ohio to Shanghai, China to New York City, along the way developing his unique musical style including elements of salsa, rock, R&B, blues and hip-hop.

Croker will perform at SPAC’s jazz fest in support of his latest album, The AfroPhysicist, released earlier this year.

The annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival will be held at SPAC in Saratoga Springs on Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & 28.


Jacob’s Pillow Announces 2015 Schedule with 200 Free Events [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Céline Cassone & Daniil Simkin (photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory of NYC Dance Project)

Céline Cassone & Daniil Simkin (photo: Ken Browar & Deborah Ory of NYC Dance Project)

Highlights of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2015 include Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a special dance and radio stage production starring public radio’s Ira Glass; the return of Nederlands Dans Theater 2; the U.S. debut of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart from Germany; the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO; Cuban contemporary ensemble Malpaso Dance Company, performing with Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; and the launch of Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th anniversary, including a world premiere by eminent choreographer Mats Ek.

Live music is prevalent throughout the season and will be featured in performances by Jessica Lang Dance, Dorrance Dance, Daniel Ulbricht and Stars of American Ballet, Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO, La Otra Orilla and Malpaso Dance Company. Jacob’s Pillow is committed to presenting and commissioning new work; Festival 2015 features many world premiere engagements including Daniil Simkin’s INTENSIO and Martha Graham Dance Company in VED by Mats Ek, plus premiere works by La Otra Orilla and Ricardo Graziano of the Sarasota Ballet. Many Festival 2015 artists have developed work during Creative Development Residencies at Jacob’s Pillow, including Jessica Lang, Michelle Dorrance, Annie-B Parson and Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz of MADboots Dance.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

12/18/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

MUSIC: Rock ‘N’ Roll Christmas Party @ the Ale House, Troy. Eddie Angel, Pete Curry, Sugarballs, Johnny Rabb, Mark Gamsjager, Ian Carlton and others serve up a rollicking rockabilly yuletide celebration. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Matisyahu @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Matisyahu blends Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip-hop on his annual Festival of Light tour. With Judith Hill (“20 Feet From Stardom,” NBC-TV’s “The Voice”) opening. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: Frank Jaklitsch’s New Orleans Christmas Show @ Cafe NOLA, Schenectady. 6:30pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Melodies of Christmas @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s opening night. The annual holiday extravaganza features the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale with Grand Central Station, the McKrells, the Northeast Ballet and Orlando’s School of Dance. Proceeds benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center. 7pm. $15 & $25. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The LeeVees @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. It’s a rockin’ Hanukkah show led by Adam Gardner of Guster. 10pm. $13.

MUSIC: Midnight Society @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Cresente and Olivia Quillio. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra @ City Beer Hall, Albany. 9pm.


COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The venerable (and still very vibrant) torchbearers of the New Orleans jazz tradition, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are scheduled to parade into the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock second line-style at 9pm on Friday, April 4. Tickets are $35, $55, $65 & $79.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany has added six new concerts to its 2015 calendar – Hal Ketchum, Tom Paxton, Asleep at the Wheel, Leo Kottke, the New Riders of the Purple Sage and Jubilee Riots (formerly Enter the Haggis). Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (December 19).

Too critically acclaimed envelope-pushing pop artists – Perfume Genius and Jenny Hval – will be teaming up for a double bill at the BSP Lounge in Kingston at 9pm on Wednesday, March 25. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tommy Stinson (of the Replacements and Guns ‘N Roses) teams up with Happiness (featuring members of Deer Tick) to headline the benefit concert Home Bass 2: A Little Help for Our Friends at Club Helsinki in Hudson. Also featured in the evening’s festivities will be Rhett Miller (of the Old 97′s), Elvis Perkins, Dust Bowl Faeries, Jesse Malin, Ruby Stinson and more.

Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs plays host to an unplugged performance by Brett Scallions of the band Fuel (as well as a more recent incarnation of the Doors) at 8pm on Wednesday, February 25. Also coming up on the Den’s spring calendar is the return of Melvin Seals & JGB at 9pm on Thursday, March 12. Tickets for each show are $20; $25 for those under age 21.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In Cooperstown, Brewery Ommegang has announced the first of its outdoor summer concerts – a double-bill with the Avett Brothers and John Prine. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (December 19).


Three New Concerts Announced for The Linda

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The Linda in Albany has announced three new concerts to help you get through the winter doldrums:

Saturday, January 10, 8pm
Three Local 518 bands – power-popsters Sandy McKnight & the Idea, rollicking alt-country combo the Lazy Suns and rockers SubSlab – team up for a mid-January benefit concert for The Linda.

With the Sea the Sea
Friday, January 23, 8pm
The dynamic duo features vocalist-guitarist Peter Cole and multi-instrumentalist Byron Isaacs (of the Levon Helm Band, the Midnight Ramble Band, the Dirt Farmer Band and Ollabelle) in support of their self-titled debut album, released earlier this year.

Friday, February 6, 8pm
Since the release of his 1978 debut, Alive On Arrival, Steve Forbert has become one of the most respected singer-songwriters on the scene.

The Figgs’ Pete Donnelly: New and Old Music

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
The Figgs

The Figgs (Pete Donnelly, center) @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 12/20/13

Photograph by Jason Spiro

The Figgs are rolling into town again this weekend for their annual holiday homecoming concerts at the Low Beat in Albany (Friday) and Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs (Saturday).

And if you’re looking to buy some last-minute Christmas gifts, Figgs’ bassist Pete Donnelly has got some suggestions for you…


12/17/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

MUSIC: Heather Maloney @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With a startlingly soulful voice and literate songwriting style, she explores themes of spirituality, transformation and impermanence. No Depression raved “Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking…” 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: The Airborne Toxic Event @ the Newbury Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. Nippertown’s newest live music venue isn’t even officially open yet, but they’re unofficially kicking things off in a big way. 8pm. You can’t buy tickets to this invite-only show, but you can win them from WEQX-FM.

MUSIC: The Bluebillies Old-Time Country & Bluegrass Christmas Revue @ Hudson River Music Hall, Hudson Falls. A nice, old-fashioned, family-friendly Christmas concert hosted by the Bluebillies. With their guests the String Dusters, Brian Jiguere and Ken Meyer. 7pm. $10; $8 students & seniors.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ World of Beer at Crossgates Mall, Guilderlnad. 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Secret Garden” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved book comes to life in the Tony Award-winning musical about an orphan girl who transforms a dead and wasted garden into a paradise where hearts can grow and miracles can happen. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 21.

MUSIC: SCCC Jazz Combos @ Schenectady County Community College’s Taylor Community Auditorium, Schenectady. Two student quintets play classic jazz compositions by Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Kenny Dorham, Herbie Hancock and Nat Adderley. 7:30pm. FREE.

PERFORMANCE: “Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes!” @ the Times Union Center, Albany. 7pm. $27, $47 & $62. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. 10pm.

FILM: “The Neighborhood That Disappeared” @ the Madison Theatre, Albany. Who was living there before the Empire State Plaza was built? 7:30pm.

TELEVISION ON FILM: “Downton Abbey” @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s a sneak preview screening of the first episode of season five of “Downton Abbey.” which won’t be broadcast until Sunday, January 4. 7pm. FREE; reservations are available by contacting WMHT at 518-880-3400 or

New Live Music Venue in Saratoga Springs

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Yes, Saratoga Springs welcomes a brand new venue for live music… the Newberry Music Hall.

Located at 388 Broadway (formerly the site of the Mine), Nippertown’s newest live music venue isn’t actually “officially” open yet, but they’re unofficially kicking things off in a big way at 8pm on Wednesday (December 17) with a concert by the Airborne Toxic Event, who are on tour in support of their new single, “Wrong,” from their upcoming album, Dope Machines, which is slated for release next year.


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