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Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute’s Concert Series Announced

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
(left) Gary Smulyan and (right) Rufus Reid

(left) Gary Smulyan and (right) Rufus Reid

The Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute in Saratoga Springs has announced its concert schedule. The concerts will take place on the Skidmore College campus at Arthur Zankel Music Center. Priced at $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children, all tickets are general admission and are now available.

Here’s the schedule of concerts for the summer of 2014:



The Egg Adds Another New Concert

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Veteran soul singer Boz Scaggs slips into The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Tuesday, August 5, showcasing songs from his new album, Memphis, which features the smooth blend of blues, R&B, rock and jazz that has marked a career spanning over 20 albums and several Top 20 hits.

Since the release of his first solo recording nearly 50 years ago, Scaggs has developed into an iconic singer-songwriter, working with Steve Miller, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman and racking up multi-platinum success 1976 with his classic album, Silk Degrees.

Priced at $64.50, $69.50 & $99, tickets to Boz Scaggs’ concert at The Egg are slated to go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday, April 25.

Michael Eck Celebrates the Big 5-0 @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre on Saturday

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Michael Eck (photo by Al Goldberg)

Michael Eck (photo by Al Goldberg)

Photograph by Al Goldberg

“Playing a gig on your 50th birthday,” says singer-songwriter Michael Eck. “This only happens once.”

And so Eck will spend his 50th birthday in the spotlight at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany on Saturday (April 19). These days, you can frequently see Eck performing as a member of such bands as Ramblin Jug Stompers, Lost Radio Rounders, Frank Jaklitsch & Friends, the Berkshire Ramblers and more. But on Saturday, he’ll be going it alone, drawing selections from four solo albums and entertaining friends and fans in his “maximum solo acoustic” mode.

WHO: Michael Eck
WHAT: 50th Birthday Maximum Solo Acoustic Concert
WHEN: 8pm Saturday (April 19)
WHERE: Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany
HOW MUCH: $13 in advance; $15 at the door

4/17/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

MUSIC: The Parlor @ the Diver Library, Schaghticoke. Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans offer an intimate, “Stoytellers”-type performance of music, stories and Q&A. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Mountain Goats @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Mountain Goats – the nom de rock of indie folk-rock singer-songwriter John Darnielle – serve up an intimate solo performance, the likes of which led Magnet Magazine to call him “near the most affable, most charming frontman in current rock music.” With Erin McKeown. 8pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: B.B. King @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. With more than 50 albums, an astonishing 18 Grammy Awards and an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the 88-year-old B.B. King is clearly one of the greatest musicians of our time. And now the King of the Blues returns to Nippertown. With Rhett Tyler & Early Warning. 7:30pm. $52.50, $62.50, $72.50 & $92.50.

MUSIC: The David Wax Museum @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. With Kingsley Flood. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Alex Torres Trio @ the Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. The library Folklife Center concert series concludes. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: American Babies @ The Low Beat, Albany. Tom Hamilton and his band make their Low Beat debut in support of their latest album, Knives & Teeth. 9pm.


Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

She’s the daughter of the King of Rock & Roll and the ex-wife of the King of Pop. And she also got T Bone Burnett to produce her latest album, Storm & Grace, so you know that Lisa Marie Presley has definitely got something going for her. Find out for yourself when she makes a tour stop at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Saturday, June 21. Baskery opens the show, and tickets are priced at $25, $35 & $45. Other newly announced concerts slated for the Bearsville Theater include the triple-bill of the Big Takeover, Defunct Radio Circus and Filet Of Soul at 8:45pm on Friday, May 16 ($10); the Howlin’ Brothers at 8pm on Monday, May 26 ($10); and a solo acoustic concert by Richard Thompson at 9pm on Saturday, June 28 ($25, $35, $55 & $75).

Also, The Bearsville Theater will host the musical tribute, Soundout: The Music Of Pete Seeger, at 7pm on Saturday, May 3, on what would have been Seeger’s 94th birthday. A benefit performance for the Woodstock Day School and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater hosted by Happy Traum, featured performers include David Amram, Larry Campbell, A.C. Newman, Josh Ritter, Tracy Bonham, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Eric Weissberg, Adrien Reju, Peter Dugan, the Woodstock Day School Advanced Ensemble & Student Chorus. Tickets are $25, $40 & $50.

Another big benefit birthday bash at Bearsville Theater will celebrate the music of Woodstock’s most famous ex-resident, Bob Dylan. Held at 8pm on Saturday, May 24, the concert is a benefit for the Family of Woodstock’s Crisis Hotline and the John Herald Fund, and will feature performances by Jay Collins, Donald Fagen, Sarah Fimm, Aaron Freeman, the Paul Green Rock Academy, Brian Hollander & Friends, Connor Kennedy, Charles Lyonhart, Jerry Marotta, the Duke McVinnie Band, Scott Petito, Jules Shear, Sin City, Happy Traum and more TBA. Tickets are $25, $45, $65 & $100.

As we announced previously, the Belleayre Music Festival is slated to wrap up its summer season with “Brooklyn @ Belleayre,” an evening of music from the hippest borough. While the entire line-up of bands has yet to be announced, fest organizers have revealed that the Hold Steady will headline the bash. So if you missed ‘em at their sold-out show at the Hollow earlier this month, it looks like you’ll get another chance…


Times Union Center Announces New Concert

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Yes, it’s time once again for those “American Idol” contestants to jump off of your TV screen and onto the stage at Albany’s Times Union Center. The Top 10 finalists of the 13th season of FOX-TV’s “American Idol” – that would be C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf, just in case you haven’t been tuning in – will land in the TU Center spotlight at 8pm on Wednesday, June 25, for just the second stop on the tour.

Ticket are scheduled to go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 9, although ticket prices are still $TBA.

PS21 in Chatham Announces Bold, Diverse 2014 Schedule of Events [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

PS 21 Summer Schedule

By Larry Murray

There is a lot to recommend in Columbia County, but perhaps the most beautiful outdoor venue there is PS21. The Performance Spaces for the 21st Century has announced its diverse 2014 summer array of dance, music, theater and film events, making some bold choices in the process. This is PS21’s ninth season and highlights include classical and jazz music performances, live theatre, a fashion show, Just For Fun (an afternoon program for kids), plenty of foot-tapping film and the first ever Chatham Dance Festival.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

4/16/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

MUSIC/DISCUSSION: “The Albany Cycle: Songs Inspired by William Kennedy Novels” @ Albany Public Library, Albany. Rebel Darling performs M.R. Poulopoulos’ songs inspired by William Kennedy’s Albany books “Ironweed,” “Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game” and “Legs.” Part book discussion, part music performance, this is a one-of-a-kind event. Kennedy will be on hand for a Q&A. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: My Darling Clementine @ the Ale House, Troy. The harmony-laden British country music duo of Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish is joined by Kevin Maul on dobro and pedal steel. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The acclaimed jazz guitarist is joined by pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Orlando Le Fleming and drummer Kendrick Scott. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students and children.

MUSIC: Hilary Hahn @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Troy Chromatic Concerts welcomes the acclaimed classical violinist and two-time Grammy Award-winner. Pianist Cory Smythe will accompany her on a program that includes Abril, Three Sighs and Barrett, Shade, both parts of “In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores Project,” a new project for Hahn concentrating on contemporary music. 7:30pm. $40 & $50.


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