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FREE: September in the City Art Fair

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Yes, believe it or not, today is the last day of August. But fear not, there’s still a bunch of great free music coming our way in September…

The September in the City Art Fair returns to Albany’s Tricentennial Park for a series of five Wednesday afternoons next month.

Sponsored by the City of Albany, Albany Center Gallery and WEXT 97.7FM, the mid-week lunchtime event series will feature an outdoor exhibition of artwork by a variety of Local 518 artists and crafters, as well as live musical performances from 11:30am-2pm each week, beginning on Wednesday (September 2). Admission is free.

Here’s the schedule of musical performers for the 2015 September in the City Art Fair series:



Capital Region Blues Network’s Blues Showdown for Solos & Duos

Monday, August 31st, 2015


The Capital Region Blues Network hosted its annual Blues Band Showdown earlier this month at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany with the Castleton-based Amy Ryan Band emerging as the winner.

Now CRBN is hosting a similar competition for solo and duo blues musicians. The big blues battle will be held on Friday, October 2 at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs. The winner(s) will receive a $250 cash prize and the honor of representing CDBN and the Local 518 blues scene in the annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January.

If you’re interested in competing, it’s time to get on the ball – Friday (September 4) is the deadline for entries. GO HERE for more info…

8/31/15: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

Monday, August 31st, 2015

MUSIC: J.D. McPherson @ The Hangar, Troy. The rollickin’, revved-up, rock ‘n’ roll revivalist returns to the Collar City In support of his new album Let the Good Times Roll. 8pm. UPDATE: This concert is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Olivia Quillio @ Dana Park, Albany. With Meara Mctague. The Dana Park Concert Series wraps up with one final show in the pocket park at the corner of Lark Street and Madison Avenue. 5:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Gaffney’s, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

READING: Poets Speak Loud @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Hosted by Mary Panza, the last-Monday-of-the-month open mic session welcomes Steven Minchin as August’s featured reader. 7pm sign-up; 8pm readings.

MUSIC: Marcus Ruggiero @ Bailey’s Cafe, Saratoga Springs. 6pm.

CABARET: David Lutken @ Mr Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Along with Ken Breard, Jane Gillman, Helen J. Russell, Antoine Silverman and Andy Teirstein, David Lutken rocks the cabaret with some of the best 20th century folk music – from Woody Guthrie to David Byrne. 8pm. $35.

8/30/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Amourasaurus @ the Pines Theatre at Look Park, Florence. The one-day fest featuring Lake Street Dive, J.D. McPherson, Parsonsfield, And the Kids and Winterpills. 3pm. $45; kids age three and under FREE; $10 parking. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

THEATER: “The Only Brown Kid in the Trailer Park” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Jimmy Fallon calls former Nippertonian Dion Flynn “one of the funniest guys I know,” and chances are that you’ve seen him playing President Obama on “The Tonight Show.” Now see Flynn live in his heartwarming and hilarious autobiographical performance. 7pm. $15 & $25.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Camp Creek @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville. Day Two features Max Creek, Eastbound Jesus, Ryan Montbleau Band, Jenn Durkin & the Business, the Drummers of Peace & Equality. $35.GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: 13 Feet of Bluegrass @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Pat Liddy (vocals, guitar), Bob Altschuler (banjo), Randy Jennings (bass, vocals and Nick Viscio (fiddle, vocals). 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Lil Durk @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Names of streets run across Lil Durk’s face on the deluxe edition cover of his debut album, Remember My Name. Those streets — South Normal Boulevard and West 75th Street and King Drive and more — are located in Englewood, the Chicago neighborhood about 10 miles south of downtown where the 22-year-old artist born Durk D. Banks grew up. Like many drill rappers, he’s been making music since he was a teenager. His first mixtape, I’m a Hitta, came out in 2011 when he was 18. With Gun Play and Hypno Carlito (OTF). 8pm. $25.

CABARET: David Lutken @ Mr Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Along with Ken Breard, Jane Gillman, Helen J. Russell, Antoine Silverman and Andy Teirstein, David Lutken rocks the cabaret with some of the best 20th century folk music – from Woody Guthrie to David Byrne. 8pm. $35. Also at 8pm Monday.

MUSIC/FILM: Movie Night in the Park @ Washington Park Lake House, Albany. It’s a double-header. First at concert by Americana faves the Nellies (6:30pm), followed by a screening of “The Mighty Ducks” (8pm). FREE.

COMEDY: Ryan Hamilton @ Funny Bone at Crossgates Mall, Guilderland. There’s been lots of high-wattage comedy around town this week (Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, Eddie Izzard) in addition to the opening of this new Nippertown comedy club… 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Phil Drum @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Acoustic blues. 7pm.

THEATER ON SCREEN: “Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Taymor’s much heralded and sold-out production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was filmed at the Theatre For A New Audience in Brooklyn, New York in 2014. Of all Shakespeare’s plays, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the most phantasmagorical, featuring fairies, spells and hallucinatory lovers, and Taymor turns out a production that’s visually breathtaking, funny, sexy and darkly poetic. 3pm. $12.50; $7 students.

FILM: “Best in Show” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. A hilarious look at the people who compete in dog shows, the 2000 gem is one of the best ensemble comedy casts. 8pm.

8/29/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

MUSIC: Ian Hunter & the Rant Band @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The former Mott the Hoople lead singer and pianist penned such immortal rock anthems as “All The Way From Memphis,” “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and “Cleveland Rocks” and had a huge hit with the David Bowie-penned “All The Young Dudes.” He has continued to rock with his latest string of albums with the Rant Band, including the recent Live in the UK 2010. 9pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Albany LatinFest @ Washington Park, Albany. Featuring Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra with Endel Dueño, DJ Extreme, Viti Ruiz’s tribute to Frankie Ruiz and Van Lester’s tribute to Hector Lavoe. 11am-6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of bands…

MUSIC: Rebel Darling @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos is joined by John Rice (Red Haired Strangers), drummer Tommy Krebs and viola player Laurence Scudder (Ryan Montbleau Band). With Zak Trojano (of Rusty Belle) kicking off the night in support of his recent solo release, Yesterday’s Sun. 7pm.

MUSIC: Idina Menzel @ Tanglewood, Lenox. The voice powering the multi-platinum smash hit “Let it Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” as well as the Broadway star of “Rent,” “Wicked” and “If/Then.” 7pm. $24.50-$149.50.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ the Orchard Tavern, Albany. Wry bluegrass under the stars. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Chicago @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. The veteran Windy City horn band teams up with Earth, Wind & Fire for the Heart and Soul Tour 2015. 7:30pm. $39.50, $59.50, $79, $99; lawn $25.

COMEDY: Solomon Georgio @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Fresh off a “Conan” debut that sent a buzz through the stand-up world, Solomon Georgio “keeps it both real and funny” (Splitsider) with a pungent brand of indignant irreverence that has set him on a path to certain comedy stardom. 8pm. $20 & $26; $14 students.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Camp Creek @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville. Day Two features Max Creek, the Kind Buds, the Hornitz, Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett, the Blind Owl Band, Riders On the Storm, Legion of Jerry and Casey Bloom. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Morris Code @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. It’s the release party for the band’s new seven-song EP, Decrypted. With the Lucky Jukebox Brigade. 9pm. $10.

ART RECEPTION: “Legends at Large: Four Points of View” @ the Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock. Exhibit of photographs by Graham Nash, Elliott Landy, Joel Bernstein and Amy Granatham with the artists in attendance. 5-8pm. FREE. Exhibit runs through Wednesday, October 14.

MUSIC: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra @ the Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. 9:30pm. $10. GO HERE for recent concert photos…

BOOK-SIGNING: Arlo Guthrie @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. The veteran singer-songwriter signs copies of his new children’s book, “Old Bill, the Famous Berkshire Moose.” 1:30pm. FREE with museum admission. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Amsterslam II @ Sharpshooters Billiards & Sports Pub, Amsterdam. The gates open at 1pm for the all-day headbangin’ outdoor show featuring a dozen hot ‘n’ heavy, hard-rockin’ Local 518 metal bands, including Renewal of Faith (celebrating the release of their new album, Behold the Wise), Gunther Weezul, Assault on the Living, Brick by Brick, Burial Mound, Sworn to Vengeance, Horror Business, the Power, Road to Ruin, more. 2:15pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Todd Nelson @ 9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. The guitarist is joined by bassist Kyle Esposito and drummer Mark Foster. 9pm.


FEST: Amsterslam II @ Sharpshooters Billiards & Sports Pub on Saturday

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Lookin’ to do some serious head-bangin’ this weekend?

Well, may we recommend Amsterslam II, firing up some mega-wattage on the grounds of Sharpshooters Billiards & Sports Pub in Amsterdam on Saturday (August 29)?

The gates open at 1pm for the all-day outdoor show, and the amps crank up to 11 beginning at 2:15pm with a dozen hot ‘n’ heavy, hard-rockin’ Local 518 metal bands taking the stage throughout the day and deep into the night. The big bash is also doubling as the CD release party for Renewal of Faith’s new album, Behold the Wise.

Tickets are $10. Admission is age 16 and up unless accompanied by parent or guardian. There will be an outdoor beer truck, 50/50 raffles and food – $1 burgers and $1 hot dogs.

Don’t wanna drive? Act quick and grab a bus ticket from Trick Shot Billiards in Clifton Park. The bus will leave at 1pm sharp from Trick Shot Billiards and will return shortly after the conclusion of the show. Just $25 for the round-trip bus ride and admission to the bash. UPDATE: The bus trip has been cancelled due to lack of sales…

Here’s the line-up of bands slated to melt your mind at Amsterslam II:


8/28/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

Friday, August 28th, 2015

MUSIC: The Figgs @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The boys are back in town back a rockin’ Travers Eve bash… in support of their new album, Other Planes of Here. 9pm. $10

MUSIC: Roomful of Teeth @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Exploring new vocal territory and sharing music from their 2015 release, Render, the ground-breaking, Grammmy-winning vocal ensemble returns home to MASS MoCA to celebrate the works of composer-in-residence Ted Hearne and harnessing all sorts of colors, gestures and timbres” as they explore the vast possibilities of the human voice. 8pm. $22 & $26. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: M.R. Poulopoulos @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With Zak Trojano. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Frog Holler @ The Hangar, Troy. Neo-hillbillies with a twist. 9pm. $10.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Camp Creek @ Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville. Day One of the three-day fest features John & Casey Bloom, the Marks Brothers, Hot Acoustics, Depth Quartet, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan, City Hotel. Music starts at 3pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience @ Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $25. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled.

MUSIC: Rustic Overtones @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. With Mirk. Doors open at 8pm. FREE.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Amy Ryan Band @ Route 66 Pub $ Eatery, Troy. The winners of the recent Capital Region Blues Network’s Band Showdown serve up a night of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. 9pm. $5. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Session Brothers @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Chris Brown @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The only singer to be in jail and have a No. 1 hit record at the same time, according to Us Magazine. With Kid Ink, Omarion, Fetty Wap and Teyana Taylor. 7pm.

MUSIC: Slam Allen @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Soulworking Man has been entertaining with his unique blend of soul and blues for more than 20 years. For the past decade Allen has played an important role as lead singer and guitarist for blues legend James Cotton. A New York State Blues Hall of Fame Master Musician Inductee, Allen plays a mix of ’60s soul-blues classics by the likes of B.B. King and Otis Redding, as well as original tunes. 9pm.


FEST: Amourasaurus @ the Pines Theater at Look Park

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

With its battle-cry of “Love is not extinct,” the one-day, five-bands music festival Amourasaurus takes over the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence, Mass. on Sunday (August 30). Gates open at 2pm; music starts at 3pm.

Tickets are $39.99 in advance; $45 at the gate. Kids age three and under FREE. $10 parking.

Here’s the schedule of bands for Amourasaurus:


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