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8/28/16: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Yarn @ Centre Street Pub, Schenectady. Led by Schenectady native Blake Christiana, the Brooklyn-based Americana band plays a homecoming benefit concert for the Ring of Hope Boxing Club. With Strait Up. 3pm. $20.

MUSIC: Tinsley Ellis @ Colegrove Park, North Adams. The veteran blues-rock guitar brings his power trio to town as the Levitt AMP North Adams Music Series continues. 2pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

FILM/BIKE RIDE/MORE: Bike Smut 9: Science Friction @ The Ranch, 442 2nd St., Troy. Festival of short erotic bicycle films about interracial alien orgies, power-tool wielding lesbians, Mexican post-porn saddle squirting, polybikesexual queer trans babes armed with dildo flamethrowers, hunting for a mate in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and time traveling sex missionaries. Films, libations, food, music and live entertainment. 6pm. $7.

MUSIC: Hot Club of Saratoga @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. With Heard and special guest clarinetist Giacomo Smith. 7:30pm. $22.

MUSIC: Florida Georgia Line @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Have the bro-country boys turned over a new leaf on their new album, Dig Your Roots? With Cole Swindell, the Cadillac Three and Kane Brown.7pm.

MUSIC: Sheila Jordan @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The great jazz singer is accompanied by pianist Alan Broadbent and bassist Harvie S. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

THEATER: “Broadway Bounty Hunter” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Inspired by the exploitation movies of the ’70s, Joe Iconis’ new musical follows a 60-ish-year-old, down-on-her-luck actor (played by Annie Golden of the Shirts and “Orange Is the New Black”) as she’s asked to become a bounty hunter and capture a South American drug lord. 3pm. $52. Through Sunday, September 4. GO HERE to read review…

THEATER: “The Property Known as Garland” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The iconic Judy Garland comes to life in Billy Van Zandt’s play, directed by Flo Hayle. Kathleen Devine and Caedmon Holland star in this wickedly witty and touching trip down the yellow brick road of Judy’s astounding career. 2pm. $20; $10 students.

MUSIC: Moonshine Holler @ Bascom Lodge, Adams. Americana duo. 6pm. FREE.

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

DANCE: The Sonia Olla Dance Company @ the Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown.​ Singer Ismael Fernández, guitarist Angel Ruiz and dancers Sonia Olla and Nino De Los Reyes perform as part of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. 7:30pm. $25; $15 students. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out…

MUSIC: Miner Chords @ Town Hall Park, Wynantskill. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

THEATER: “[title of show]” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. “[title of show]” is a Tony Award-winning musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. Trippy stuff, eh? Directed by Hollie L. Miller. 2pm. $20.

JAM SESSION: Sunday Night Blues Jam @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Al Kash and Steve Aldi form the rhythm section for tonight’s jam, sponsored by the Capital Region Blues Network. 7:30pm.

THEATER ON SCREEN: “The Merchant of Venice” @ the Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Starring Jonathan Pryce as Shylock in the Globe On Screen series. 11am. $15.


8/27/16: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

MUSIC: Rubblebucket @ MASS MoCA’s Courtyard C, North Adams. Psychedelic dance pop with electronica flourishes slithering around organic grooves, huge horn parts and unexpected arrangements. 8pm. $32 & $40.

MUSIC: Dryer @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Just another Travers after-party? No. Even better, it’s Kirsten Ferguson’s birthday party, and you’re invited… 9pm. FREE.

FESTIVAL: The Enchanted City @ various locations, Troy. The Collar City goes steampunk… 11am-6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/MORE: Mab After Dark @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The official Enchanted City after-party features burlesque performers, music, signature cocktails, curiosities and more, led by Persephone Pomme & her Vaude Villians with music by This Way to the Egress and Last Day Shinning (who will perform their original score to the vintage cult classic film “Metropolis”). 6:30pm. $25.

MUSIC: Emerald City @ Powers Park, Troy. Enchanted City after-party with Emerald City? 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Albany LatinFest @ Washington Park’s Parade Grounds, Albany. Featuring Grupo Rebolu, Sir Walford, Los Sabrosos de la Bachata Y El Tipico and Charlie Donato Y Su Son Ideal. 11am-6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule of music…

MUSIC: The David Bromberg Quintet @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The multi-talented Americana guitar legend returns to Woodstock in celebration of the release of his new album, The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues, produced by Larry Campbell. 8pm.

MUSIC: Lost Radio Rounders @ Grant Cottage Historic Site, Wilton. Performing their new presidential program, Politics & Patriots. 1pm. FREE with site admission ($5; $4 seniors & students; FREE children age six and under.

MUSIC: Robin & Linda Williams @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Veteran folk/Americana husband-and-wife duo. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “518 for 518” @ City Sports Grille at Spare Time Entertainment, Clifton Park. Four Local 518 bands – Carl Daniels, Yellow Montego, SubSlab and Something Lost – play a benefit to support WEXT, 97.7FM. 7pm. $7.


FREE FEST: Berne Summerfest on Saturday

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The fourth annual Berne Summerfest is slated to take place at the Berne Town Park from 12noon-10pm on Saturday (August 27). Expect loads of food, fun and fireworks capping off the day’s festivities.

And, of course, the free festival will also feature a bunch music, too. Here’s the schedule of bands:


FREE FEST: The Enchanted City in Troy This Weekend

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Now in its third year, the Enchanted City is an urban street fair and spectacle of steampunk fashion, fantasy and fabrications that magically transforms the historic blocks of downtown Troy into an alternative reality where Victorian fancy meets modern technology.

“The Enchanted City is a real life fairy tale that you can experience and even become a character in if you wish,” said Enchanted City creator Susan Dunckel of Sweet Sue’s. “It’s a steampunk Brigadoon that we wait for all year.”

After kicking off tonight (Friday, August 26) with a fashion show, the free fest takes place on Saturday (August 27), offers an imaginative, family-friendly day of music, games, performance, food and fantasy. Special events include historic tours, street performers and peddlers, storytelling, dancing, puppet shows, magic acts and more, including:


8/26/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

Friday, August 26th, 2016

MUSIC: Mary Chapin Carpenter @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The five-time Grammy Award-winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee returns to Greater Nippertown in support of her excellent new album, The Things That We Are Made Of. With Lucy Wainwright Roche. 8pm. $34.50 & $39.50.

MUSIC: BeauSoleil @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Laissez les bontemps rouler! Fab fiddler Michael Doucet leads the premier Cajun band in the land. (Also Mary Chapin Carpenter’s back-up band on “Down at the Twist & Shout.”) 9pm.

MUSIC: Quickstep @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. CD release party for Ducks on the Pond, a collection of old-time songs and tunes with great arrangements using fiddles, guitars, banjo, mandolin, bass and warm, clear vocals. With the Ladles. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes @ Athens Riverfront Park, Athens. “We’re havin’ a party…” 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

FASHION: Of Then & Beyond… A Steampunk Fashion Show @ the Troy Public Library, Troy. A themed runway show featuring steampunk couture in addition to tech wearables. Designers include As They Sew in France (Atlanta, GA), Redfield Design (Windsor, CT), Revive Gifts (Edgewater, CO) and Birce Ozkam (NYC). 8pm. $25.

THEATER: “Broadway Bounty Hunter” @ Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield. Inspired by the exploitation movies of the ’70s, Joe Iconis’ new musical follows a 60-ish-year-old, down-on-her-luck actor (played by Annie Golden of the Shirts and “Orange Is the New Black”) as she’s asked to become a bounty hunter and capture a South American drug lord. 7:30pm. $52. Through Sunday, September 4. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Random 33 @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Keyboardist Carl Landa & Co. wrap up the UpBeat on the Roof concert series… 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

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

MUSIC: Va Va Voodoos @ the Low Beat, Albany. Celebrating the release of their new album, Bubblegum Fury. 8pm.

MUSIC: Janet Jackson @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The Unbreakable World Tour stops in Greater Nippertown. 8pm. $39.95, $59.95, $89.95 & $125; lawn general admission in $29.95. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled…

MUSIC: Club d’Elf @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The Moroccan-dosed psychedelic dub jazz collective returns. With special guest keyboardist John Medeski. 7pm. Donations encouraged.


FEST: The Summer Hoot @ the Ashokan Center

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

It’s time to hoot ‘n’ holler this weekend at the fourth annual, three-day Summer Hoot at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, hosted by the folk-roots duo of Mike + Ruthy.

The down-home celebration of music, food and community kicks off at 7:30pm on Friday (August 26), featuring world class music from the great state of New York and beyond, including performances by Tracy Bonham, Dom Flemons, Bill Harley, Connor Kennedy & Minstrel, Simi Stone and many more.


Proctors Announces New Concert

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Way back in February, we announced that Weird Al Yankovic was bringing his Mandatory World Tour to Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday, September 17.

That hasn’t changed, but there’s been a new development. As it turns out, Weird Al’s longtime guitarist Jim “Kimo” West is one of the foremost Hawaiian slack key guitarists when he isn’t applying his fretboard work to the superbly silly song parodies of his boss.

So while he’s in Schenectady playing the Weird Al concert, he’s going to play a solo guitar concert of his own earlier that same day. West will perform his Hawaiian Slack Key Summer’s End Concert at 2pm on Saturday, September 17 at Proctors’ Education Center. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

West is a veteran of Hawaii’s famed slack key festivals and has shared the stage with almost all the world’s top slack key players over the years. He’s a Hawaii Music Awards winner and has been twice nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian Grammy).

His latest album, Guitar Stories, goes beyond slack key, exploring other genres like West African guitar, Middle Eastern Music and Americana.

A FEW MINUTES WITH: Mary Chapin Carpenter

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

By Don Wilcock

I like Mary Chapin Carpenter. She’s smart and, although she admits she’s sometimes frightened to push the envelope of her creativity, she’s never let her past success as a country hit maker hold her in a box. 25 years ago she racked up such hits as “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” “I Feel Lucky” and “Passionate Kisses,” and though she may not chart anymore, the sense of adventure in her songwriting is palpable.

She performs at The Egg on Friday night (August 26).

In 2014, she released Songs from The Movie recorded live in London with a 63-piece orchestra and 15-voice choir on which she re-interprets 10 of her songs written from 1992 to 2010 as if they were movie soundtracks. She toured the country playing with big local orchestras, and she admits that the experience was terrifying.

“We have all these various ways we like to present ourselves, and I’ve sort of been having this for so many years, and you know, I think rightfully so, I have a sense of confidence about what I do. In and of itself that feels wonderful, and I’m grateful for that,” she says. “But this was an entirely new thing. And I have to admit I was terrified of not being able to do it adequately. What it has given me is almost a thirst or a hunger or just a deep desire to do more things that I’m terrified of.”


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