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12/1/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

THEATER: “A Christmas Story: The Musical” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s opening night! The modern holiday classic about nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle – now with music and songs. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 27.

MUSIC: Michael Mizrahi @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The pianist performs Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “The Currents” (2012); Troy Herion’s “Harpsichords” (2013); and J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major BWV 825, as well as Beethoven, Chopin, Patrick Burke and Judd Greenstein. 8pm. FREE.

INFO TOUR: Tour Grand Street Community Arts @ Grand Street Community Arts, Albany. On the heels of a $23,000 award from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Grand Street Community Arts organization invites you to come and learn about the organization’s future and plans for their headquarters at St. Anthony’s Church. 1pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 8pm.

THEATER: “Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The Immediate Theatre Project’s new adaptation of the film is set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre, which is struggling to stay on the air one snowy winter’s night. 7:30pm. $35.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. 7pm.

MUSIC: Greg Klingler @ Proctors, Schenectady. A noontime organ concert featuring “Goldie” – the mighty Wurlitzer organ on Proctors’ Mainstage. 12noon. FREE.


“Unsilent Night” Returns to North Adams on Thursday [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Gallery 51 is planning a fun “Spectacle 99: The Affordable Art Show,” which opens on Thursday (December 3). Just in time for the holiday season, all art will be priced between 99 cents and $99.99, and can be taken to go to be given as gifts.

The main event, open to all, is the free opening reception on Thursday from 5-8pm in the 51 Main St. gallery.

But there is another element to the fun, as MCLA’s Gallery 51 partners with Frog Pond Creative to bring Unsilent Night, a “mobile sound sculpture,” to the streets of North Adams. Unsilent Night composer and creator Phil Kline – who has taken his unique sound sculpture around the United States – will lead an expansive chorus of boomboxes. According to Kline, the project came about from his “love of experimental electronic music and memories of caroling as a kid.”

The public is invited to participate in the Unsilent Night procession, which will start at 5:15pm at MASS MoCA’s courtyard in front of “tree logic,” the upside-down maple trees installation, and ends with hot chocolate at the opening of Gallery 51’s “Spectacle 99.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

11/30/15: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

Monday, November 30th, 2015

MUSIC: Sketches of Influence @ Lucas Confectionery, Troy. Drummer-composer Joe Barna leads the band – saxman Adam Siegel, pianist Wayne Hawkins and bassist Dylan Perrillo – in “A Tribute to My Friends and Family” featuring compositions written for Pamela Barna, Leslie Hyland, Lee Russo, Mark Kleinhaut, David Barna, Saadet Yedic, Tom Pierce, George Muscatello, Lee Shaw and others. 7pm. FREE.

FILM: “Goodfellas” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. “For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster. To me that was better than being president of the United States. To be a gangster was to own the world…” 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: Karl Berger & Friends @ The Falcon, Marlboro. An all-star band featuring Billy Martin (drums), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Kenny Wessel (guitar), Ken Filiano (bass) and Ingrid Sertso (vocals, poetry). 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Sandy & Sandy @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. 8pm. FREE.

11/29/15: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

MUSIC: “Analog Fog, 1967” @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. A reunion of ’60s Local 518 rockers the Gray Things. Also featuring members of the Sundowners, Whitney Sunday, the Bougalieu, Cathedral, Merlin’s Minstrels, more. With emcee Al Quaglieri. 5pm. $9. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Sarah McLachlan @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston. The three-time Grammy Award-winning folk-pop singer and songwriter is best known for her emotional ballads, including “I Will Remember You,” “Sweet Surrender,” “Adia,” “Possession,” “Building a Mystery” and “Angel.” She founded the concert festival, Lilith Fair, and has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. 7:30pm. $80-$120.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: An Afternoon of Music in Honor of Kevin Brenz @ The Hangar, Troy. A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society featuring Super 400, Wreckloose, the Stray Dogs and the Carltones featuring Ian Carlton. 2pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Ballroom Thieves @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm. $20. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Chris Pasin @ the New York Restaurant, Catskill. The trumpeter is joined by pianist Francesca Tanksley for a jazz brunch session. 1pm.


11/28/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

MUSIC: Windham Hill: A Winter’s Solstice @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Musicians who made their names on the Windham Hill label – pianist Liz Story, singer/multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie and guitarist Sean Harkness – have created a special show in celebration of Winter Solstice. 7:30pm. $27 & $34.

MUSIC: George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The Mothership is landing! The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer leads the combined funk circus that revolutionized ’70s funk by splicing in such influences as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Sly Stone and earning more than 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums. 8pm. $28. GO HERE for a recent concert review…

MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s Night Two of the charmingly eclectic band’s two-night stand to celebrate the release of their new CD, Tonal Indulgence. 8pm. $22. GO HERE and HERE for CD reviews…

MUSIC: Steel Guitar Extravaganza @ The Hangar, Troy. Cindy Cashdollar teams up with Kevin Maul and the Lustre Kings for terrific night of twang-filled fun. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Let’s Be Leonard @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating the release of their debut album, Cow. 9:30pm. $8.

MUSIC: Don Byron & Friends @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The woodwind wizard brings an allstar band to the stage – vocalist Dean Bowman, keyboardist Pete Levin, bassist Scott Petito, guitarist Matt Finck and drummer Zachary Alford – play the music of Junior Walker, Ray Charles and more. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Brandi Carlile @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. It’s her Winter Acoustic Tour. 8pm. $50.50. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: David Bromberg @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Guitar great. 8pm. $20, $35 & $45.

MUSIC: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys @ the Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston. With He Bird She Bird and Jim Barbaro. 8pm.

MUSIC: Club d’Elf @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Moroccan-centric fusion jazz-rockers team up with keyboardist John Medeski and guitarist Reeves Gabrells (David Bowie, the Cure) for one wild night. 9pm. Donation encouraged.

MUSIC: The Irish Rovers @ The Egg, Albany. The Celtic favorites are back with their ongoing “Farewell to Rovin’ Tour,” playing their hit records “The Unicorn,” “Wasn’t That a Party,” “Drunken Sailor” and more. 7:30pm. $34.

MUSIC: Roomful of Blues @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Hammo’s Brewpub & Lodge, Hensonville. 8pm.

MUSIC: Crazy Swedes @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Bump and Belle-Skinner. 8pm.


11/27/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

Friday, November 27th, 2015

MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s Night One of the charmingly eclectic band’s two-night stand to celebrate the release of their new CD, Tonal Indulgence. 8pm. $22. Also at 8pm on Saturday. GO HERE and HERE for CD reviews…

MUSIC: Marianas Trench @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The multi-platinum Canadian pop-rockers land in town in support of their new album, Astoria. With Secret Someones. 8pm. $23.

MUSIC: The Lawn Sausages @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. They’re baaaaaack! You have been warned… With Steve Candlen. 9pm. FREE. GO HERE for a review of a recent show…

MUSIC: Grainbelt @ the Low Beat, Albany. Howe Glassman & Co. carry on the Black Friday tradition. 6pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Rhett Tyler & Early Warning @ the Madison Theater, Albany. Red-hot blues power trio featuring Rhett Tyler on guitar/vocals, James Kirk on bass/vocals and Mike Piescki on drums. As part of the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless’ Warm & Toasty drive, fans are asked to bring a donation item – coats, hats, scarves, gloves, socks, blankets, coffee… 8:30pm. $15. GO HERE to read an interview…

MUSIC: Dead2Me @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. 7pm. $30.

MUSIC: Diva & the Dirty Boys @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8:30pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Hey Jude @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls. The Beatles tribute band plays a benefit for the theater. 7:30pm. $30.

MUSIC: The Rev Tor Band @ Tavern at the A, Pittsfield. It’s the annual After-Giving Jam with members of Whiskey City, Misty Blues, Domino Theory and T-Bone Daddy sitting in throughout the night. 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Mighty Diamonds @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The reggae greats. Followed by an after-party featuring DJ Queen Tubby, Ras Moses and more. 9pm. $25 & $50.

MUSIC: Formula 5 @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With the Jauntee and Sprocket. 9pm. $12.


The Tale of Grainbelt’s Black Friday Tradition

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015


Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Grainbelt plays at the Low Beat in Albany at 6pm on Friday (November 27). That’s all you really need to know. But just in case you want to know more, we’ll let Howe Glassman – head honcho of both Grainbelt and the Low Beat – fill you in on the back story, a few salient updates… and a line-up surprise, too:


COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Led by frontman Matt Bishop, the Seattle-based chamber pop band Hey Marseilles hits the stage at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Thursday, February 4. Tickets are $18. Also coming up at The Linda is the Mexo Americana duo David Wax Museum featuring David Wax and Suz Slezak, who return to Albany at 8pm on Friday, March 25. Tickets are $18.

POSTPONED: Due to injuries suffered during a recent tour bus accident, Hinder has postponed their concert that was slated for tonight (Wednesday, November 25) at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park. The concert has been re-scheduled for 8pm on Friday, January 15, and all tickets purchased for the original date will be honored on the new date.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Classic rockers Journey and the Doobie Brothers will be teaming up for the San Francisco Fest 2016 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center next summer. Opening the show will be Dave Mason. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday, December 5.

The New York Times describes his music as a “boldly surreal aural experience.” Brooklyn composer Daniel Wohl celebrate the release of his new CD Holographic with a concert at MASS MoCA in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday, January 16. He’ll be joined by Mantra Percussion and the Holographic String Quartet for a multimedia performance at the museum’s Hunter Center. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Monday, December 14, priced at $12 in advance; $18 at the door; $8 students; $22 preferred.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany announced four new concerts – Allman Brothers tribute band Live at the Fillmore, the tandem of slide guitar greats Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar, contemporary Brazilian singer Bebe Gilberto and the newgrass pioneering Sam Bush Band. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Tuesday (December 1).

It’s been just over a year since Albany’s Madison Theater transformed one of its movie theaters into a live performance venue, and the folks there have beefed up their music schedule with the addition of a number of upcoming concerts, including Phyllis Chapell & Siora World Jazz at 8pm on Saturday (November 28) ($12); guitarslinger Mike Campese rips it up at 8:30pm on Saturday, December 5 ($10); Christmas with the Canjo 10’s & Friends at 7pm on Friday, December 18 ($10); the Country Jamboree at 8pm on Saturday, December 19 ($17 in advance; $20 at the door); blues guitar great Albert Cummings at 8pm on Friday, January 8 ($20); and veteran NYC rocker Garland Jeffreys at 8pm on Friday, January 15 ($20).

Beatles tribute band 1964 plays a New Year’s Eve concert at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Thursday, December 31. Tickets go on sale on Friday (November 27), priced at $25, $35 & $50.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey carry on the musical legacy of their iconic ’60s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary in concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 8pm on Saturday, October 1. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday (November 30).


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