The Egg has announced a pair of new concerts slated for September. Tickets to both concerts are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (May 6).
You could call it Best Bets, Prime Picks, Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Greater Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. Only one entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so please feel free to comment below and let us know what you think we missed or overlooked.
Here’s The Dozen for the merry month of May:
THURSDAY (MAY 5): Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Call it ritual groove music. Call it jazz-funk minimalism. Call it utterly hypnotic. Just don’t miss it, as the Swiss band is playing only three U.S. concerts, and this is one of ’em. 8pm. $18; $13 students & seniors. GO HERE to win a pair of FREE tickets to this concert…
SATURDAY (MAY 7): The English Beat @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The band that famously fused ska with pop, soul, reggae and punk rock in the ’80s, is back led by founding member and consummate showman Dave Wakeling on guitar and lead vocals. 8pm. $34.
SATURDAY (MAY 7): Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom! @ MASS MoCA’s Club B10, North Adams. “A drummer of fierce clarity and bold imagination” (London Guardian) returns with her smoking hot band — featuring Jenny Scheinman, Myra Melford, Todd Sickafoose, Ben Goldberg and Kirk Knuffke — for a night of propulsive rhythm and melody. 8pm. $16 in advance; $22 in advance; $28 preferred; $10 students.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11: The Alejandro Escovedo Trio @ the Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The legendary roots rocker and No Depression Artist of the Decade returns to Greater Nippertown, this time with Brian Standefer on cello and Sean Giddings on keys. With Lucette. 8pm. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.
Les Paul was an extraordinary guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with numerous recording innovations, including overdubbing, delay effects, electronic echo and many other innovations that recording artists use every day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records. He’s also the only person to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
The giant, state-of-the-art traveling exhibit will take visitors behind the scenes and into the world of the music legend. You’ll be able to mix and share music, explore Paul’s sound, music and technology innovations, witness how Paul pushed the limits of audio technology and learn how Paul’s inventions and techniques have formed the foundation of live and recorded music enjoyed by generations.
MUSIC: Hellyeah @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The headbangin’ favorites rattle the rafters in advance of the release of their fifth album, Unden!able. With Escape the Fate, New Year’s Day and From Ashes to New. 6:30pm. $23.
MUSIC: Pierre Bensusan @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. The French-Algerian guitar virtuoso – last seen in the area at the Bridge Jazz Festival in February – returns to Greater Nippertown for more fretboard dazzlement. 7pm. $25. GO HERE to read a concert review…
TALK: Deepak Chopra @ Proctors, Schenectady. The author of more than 80 books addresses “The Future of Wellbeing” and practical ways to experience higher consciousness, transformation and healing. 7:30pm. $40-$90: $150 VIP, which includes a pre-show meet-and-greet.
THEATER: “A Trip to Bountiful” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Join the inspiring pilgrimage to the small town of Bountiful, Texas with Carrie Watts, the charming, aging widow who escapes her controlling daughter-in-law and son’s three-room Houston apartment to visit her childhood home one last time. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, May 15.
ARTIST TALK: Adam Frelin & Barbara Nelson @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. A discussion of their community art project, Breathing Lights – for two months street-facing windows of hundreds of vacant buildings in Schenectady, Albany and Troy will be illuminated. 6:30pm.
A master lyricist and satirical storyteller, Hiatt weaves hidden plot twists into fictional tales on themes of redemption, relationships, growing older and surrendering on one’s own terms. His songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt (“Thing Called Love”), Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash (#1 country hit “The Way We Make a Broken Heart”), the Jeff Healey Band (“Angel Eyes”), and even the cartoon bear band of Disney’s film, “The Country Bears.” He earned a Grammy nomination for Crossing Muddy Waters, while B.B. King and Eric Clapton shared a Grammy for their album Riding With the King, the title track from which was a Hiatt composition.
I’m not inspired most of the time. Life is fairly mundane. But I get up in the morning and get going and try to make something of myself, of the day. As far as music, I usually pick up the acoustic guitar – which I’ve done since I was 11 – and just start strumming some chords. Usually that’s when I write if I’m gonna write. And if I’m not gonna write then I just sit around and play for an hour or two.” – John Hiatt
Two new shows have been added to the performance calendar at Albany’s Palace Theatre.
Tribute band Kiss Army – featuring Marc Shadows, Steve Clark, Bryan Angel and Rob Evans – marches into the Palace to recreate the ’70s hitmaking era of Kiss at 8pm on Saturday, June 25. Priced at $22, tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (May 6).
Meanwhile, the husband and wife team of comedian/actors Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally (of the hit TV shows “Parks & Recreation” and “Will & Grace,” respectively) bring their stage show Summer of 69: No Apostrophe to the Palace at 8pm on Thursday, August 25. With the show, the duo will be “yanking the britches right off of their marriage, exposing the salacious details of their fiery union for all the world to enjoy, featuring songs, funny talking, heavy ribaldry, light petting and an astonishing final act of completion.” Tickets are $39.50, $49.50 & $59.50.
Tickets for both shows are available to Palace members beginning on Wednesday (May 4). Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (May 6).
The concert takes place at 7pm on Wednesday, May 11, and tickets are currently on sale, priced at $37.50 & $45. All previously purchased tickets from the originally scheduled TU Center performance will be honored at the Palace. Floor ticket holders will have general admission access to the orchestra section of the Palace. All reserved seat ticket holders will have general admission access to the Palace balcony.
Following the fabulously successful Folkathon last weekend, Caffe Lena heads into the home stretch with just a month of concerts left on the calendar before major renovations begin on Monday, June 6. The renovations – including an elevator to make the Caffe handicap accessible – are expected to take several months to complete, and the folks at Caffe Lena are hoping to re-open in the revamped, reconfigured, enlarged space on October 1.
But what’s going to happen to the fabled coffeehouse during those lucrative Saratoga summer months?
Well, like so many in the Spa City, Caffe Lena is going to be moving into a summer home – the Grove at Neumann, an independent senior living community at 233 Lake Ave. in Saratoga that held its grand opening last November.
Expect to hear the same great Caffe Lena music at the Grove, and most of the same tasty menu – including those de-lish chocolate chip cookies – will be available as well. In addition, beer and wine will also be sold at the Caffe shows. And dinner-and-a-show combo specials will also be available.
Here’s the June schedule of concerts upcoming at Caffe Lena at the Grove at Neumann:
Pop-punksters Blink-182 – minus founding member Tom DeLonge – are back in the saddle again. Their upcoming tour in support of their upcoming album California (slated for release on July 1) will include a stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at 7pm on Sunday, September 4.