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Mac-Haydn Theatre Continues with the “All Night Strut,” Sept. 5-14 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Strutting onto The Mac-Haydn Theatre stage in nearby Chatham, NY September 5 through 14. are Phil Sloves, Sarah Talbot, La’Nette Wallace and Don Seldon.

Strutting onto the Mac-Haydn Theatre stage in nearby Chatham, September 5-14 are Phil Sloves, Sarah Talbot, La’Nette Wallace and Don Seldon.

Labor Day doesn’t mean the end of the fun at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. No sir. In fact, this energetic theater invites you to strut back in time to the music of the 1930’s and 1940’s in The All Night Strut, playing a special schedule September 5-14. The All Night Strut is a classy and sassy musical bonanza that has all the special sounds from the depression and lowdown Harlem jive to WWII and stage door canteens to the sophistication of both uptown and downtown night club elegance. You’ll tap your toes and go home humming as jazz, blues, bop and classics bring back the romance, dance and delight of this inimitable musical era.

Starting with the full-throttle welcome of “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and ending with the excitement of “Lullaby of Broadway,” the over two dozen songs in between range from the plaintive depression anthem “Brother Can You Spare A Dime” to happier times of getting “In the Mood” and the syncopations of “Fascinating Rhythm.” There are reflections on the emotions of war with “G.I. Jive,” “White Cliffs of Dover” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.” You’ll also hear “Ain’t Misbehaving,” “Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar,” “A Fine Romance,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Jukebox Saturday Night,” “As Time Goes By” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing” plus many more as the show goes swinging and strutting along.

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THE DOZEN: September’s Must-See Concerts

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

By Greg Haymes

You could call it Best Bets or Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. One entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so feel free to weigh in on what you think we missed.

Here’s The Dozen for September:

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Joie Calio, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Joie Calio

Joie Calio

“Wow, let me think… I think that the first album that I actually bought with my own money was the Who’s Quadrophenia. I had a paper route, I saved my money, and I went into the store and purchased it myself.

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9/2/14: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 21st century big band jazz. 8pm. FREE. UPDATE: This performance has been postponed to Tuesday, September 9.

MUSIC: Alula @ the Half Moon, Hudson. A musical collaboration between Brooklyn-based Isabel Castellvi and Maine-based Mike O’hehir. With Amanda Jo Williams. 8pm.

MUSIC: Tuba Skinny @ Traghaven Whiskey Pub & Co., Tivoli. In just a few short years, Tuba Skinny has evolved from a loose collection of street musicians into a solid eight-piece ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional New Orleans sound to audiences around the world. 8pm. Donation encouraged.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. Featuring Sean Patrick Mulroy. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm open mic; 8pm slam. $5; $3 students.

MUSIC: Ned Spain @ Proctors, Schenectady. A lunchtime show playing the mighty Wurlitzer Goldie. 12noon. FREE.

9/1/14: Today’s Tips: Monday (Labor Day)

Monday, September 1st, 2014

MUSIC: Tuba Skinny @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. In just a few short years, Tuba Skinny has evolved from a loose collection of street musicians into a solid eight-piece ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional New Orleans sound to audiences around the world. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Born Wrong @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Silver Dagger and Pointblank. 7:30pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Turning Point/American Roots Festival @ Goswick Pavilion at the Piermont Pier, Piermont. The sixth annual fundraiser for the Piermont Police Athletic League features performance by Aztec Two-Step, the Kennedys, Big Jim Wheeler & the Band in Black, the Popa Chubby Band and Rick Ilowite & Kieran Glacken. 12noon. $20; FREE kids age 12 & under.

8/31/14: Today’s Tips: Sunday

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

MUSIC: Steely Dan @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Following a knock-out show in Tanglewood in 2011, those snarky boys from Bard are back for more, this time closing out the SPAC 2014 concert season. 7:30pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Scumfest 2014 @ 618 Humphrey Road, Duanesburg. It’s a punk fest with punks young and old. Reunions of Capitle and Lumpen Proles with Bourbon Scum, Aggressive Response, Chloroform Party, Phantom Signals and Sadistic Gerbils. 12noon. $13 (includes catering).

MUSIC: David Wax Museum @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Latin rhythms, infectious melodies and call-and-response hollering. The Boston-based duo brings their Mexican-inspired sound and superb showmanship to town to wrap up the summer season. 7pm. $24.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: moe.down @ Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Turin. It’s the last day of moe.’s 15th annual bash with performances today by the Jerry Douglas Band, Soulive, O.A.R., Wild Adriatic, Floodwood, Aqueous and of course moe. Music officially starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of performances…

CABARET: Charles Busch’s “Pretty in Pink” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. After two previous sold out engagements here, the Tony Award nominee for his hit Broadway play, “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” (and legendary drag star of such films as “Die, Mommie, Die!” and “Psycho Beach Party”) returns for a third Helsinki On Broadway performance, accompanied by pianist Tom Judson. 8pm.

MUSIC: Tony Bennett @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Quite simply, no one else in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence as Tony Bennett. His initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950′s, and along the way he’s racked up two dozen Top 40 hits. Then there’s Cheek to Cheek, the 88-year-old crooner’s upcoming album of duets with Lady Gaga. With special guest Antonia Bennett. 2:30pm. $25-$97.50.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Final Stretch Saratoga Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Solid Smoke, Scotty Mac & the Goldtops, Rich Ortiz, the Marc Berger Band, the Hollows, Breaking the Silence and lots more. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

THEATER: “Tomorrow in the Battle” @ Stageworks/Hudson, Hudson. Last chance! The drama by British playwright Kieron Barry had
its world premiere here in August, 2012 and was a smash hit. Now it’s back for a return engagement. 2pm. $24.

MUSIC: The Oak Ridge Boys @ the Columbia County Fair, Chatham. Two big grandstand performances of “Elvira” and the rest of their 30 Top 10 hits. 3 & 8pm.

MUSIC: Sirsy @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/MORE: Capital District Scottish Games @ the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Music by Colin Grant-Adams, the Brigadoons, Aaron Drescher, the American Rogues and lots and lots of pipers. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Downer @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Performing Nirvana’s classic In Utero in its entirety. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: Eric Erickson @ the Lion’s Den, Stockbridge. 8pm. FREE.

8/30/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: “Brooklyn @ Belleayre” @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. It’s the last concert of the summer at Belleayre, and it’s the Hold Steady headlining in support of their latest album, Teeth Dreams. Also performing straight outta the hipster borough are Big Data, Lily and the Parlour Tricks and Joni Fatora, turning it into a mini-fest. 6pm. $36, $46, $56 & $66; lawn $26; students half price.

MUSIC: Billy Cobham’s Spectrum 40 Band @ The Egg, Albany. The master drummer serves up a special evening of muscular jazz fusion in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his debut solo album, Spectrum. With Gary Husband (keyboards), Dean Brown (guitar) and Ric Fierabracci (bass). 8pm. $29.50.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Final Stretch Saratoga Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Solid Smoke, Scotty Mac & the Goldtops, Rich Ortiz, the Marc Berger Band, the Hollows, Breaking the Silence and lots more. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule… Also at 7pm Sunday.

MUSIC: Josh Groban @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Accompanied by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. 7pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: This Renaissance @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. CD release party for the band’s new EP, Phoenix. With Stellar Young, So Last Year, City Under Seige and Good Guys Bad Guys. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Audio Agents @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. CD release party for Scott Chambers’ album. Shyste hots with performances by Animal Cracker, Mic Lanny, Marcus Malk, Mike Arson, Big Rush, Dubbz and lots more. 9pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: moe.down @ Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Turin. It’s Day Two of moe.’s 15th annual bash with performances today by Gogol Bordello, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, Conehead Buddha, American Babies, Twiddle and of course moe. Music officially starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of performances…

MUSIC: Fred Hersch @ Windham Civic Centre Concert Hall, Windham. The Windham Chamber Music Festival presents a solo concert by the acclaimed jazz pianist. 8pm. $25; $22 seniors; $5 students.

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Real Good for FREE: Uncle Sam Jam & Car Show @ Powers Park on Saturday

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Johnny Rabb

Johnny Rabb

The Uncle Sam Jam and the South Troy Timing Association’s Power in the Park team up for one big day of automobiles and audio delights, as music and muscle cars fill Troy’s Powers Park on Saturday (August 30).

The day-long bash runs from 1-7pm, and admission is free.

Here’s the schedule of bands lined up for the 2014 Uncle Sam Jam:

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