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THE DOZEN: April’s Must-See Concerts

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

By Greg Haymes

You could call it Best Bets or Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. One entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so please feel free to weigh in on what you think we missed.

Here’s The Dozen for the month of April:

FRIDAY (APRIL 3): Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The pedal steel master gets back to his roots on his latest album, Lickety Split, firing up everything from soulful sacred steel jams to blistering blues-rock. With the Dave Spadaro Group, in support of their new self-titled album. 9pm. $25; $30 if under age 21.

SATURDAY (APRIL 4): Tal National @ the Half Moon, Hudson. By the time the African band Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013’s Kaani (their first release outside of Niger), they had spent more than a decade criss-crossing their native country, usually on dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week and selling their CDs on street corners. Now they’re headed to Hudson in support of their new album, Zoy Zoy. With DJ Effie Asili. 8pm. $10.

SATURDAY (APRIL 4): Nellie McKay @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. The sweet and quirky alt-pop singer-songwriter continues to confound with her brand new album, My Weekly Reader, a collection of ’60s covers that includes such off-the-wall selections as Moby Grape’s “Murder in My Heart for the Judge” and Frank Zappa’s “Hungry Freaks Daddy.” 6:30 & 8:30pm. $22 in advance; $26 at the door. ALSO at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday, April 5 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door).

SATURDAY (APRIL 4): Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. There’s no better way to kick off April as Jazz Appreciation Month than with the New Orleans torchbearers of the traditional sound. With Jay Collins & the Kings County Band. 9pm. $35, $55, $65 & $79.



COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

In support of their sophomore album, Gracetown, Australian indie rock-pop band San Cisco are returning to town for a free concert on Saturday, June 27 at Vapor in Saratoga Springs. NYC trio the Prettiots are slated to open the show, which is sponsored by WEQX-FM.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up of bands has been announced for Albany’s free, two-day Tulip Festival in Washington Park, including Oh Honey, British pop-rockers the Kooks, Joywave, Flagship, the Orange, Mirk and more.

Primus and Dinosaur Jr.? Together? Yup, the wild double-bill lands at Mountain Park in Holyoke at 7pm on Tuesday, July 28. Priced at $39.50, tickets go on sale on Friday (April 3).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The sixth annual Roots Music Festival benefit concert at The Linda in Albany announced the line-up of bands with Americana favorites Yarn in the headlining slot. Red Haired Strangers, Matt Durfee, the Doornails, the Mount Olive Baptist Church Male Chorus and Michael Eck around out the line-up. GO HERE to enter to win free tickets…

In support of their latest album, Folks Like Us, country music hitmakers Montgomery Gentry roll into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Tuesday, May 19. Local 518 faves the Back 40 Band open the show. On sale at 10am on Friday (April 3), tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Meanwhile, Canadian punk rockers Propagandhi roar into the Clifton Park concert venue on Friday, June 19 with RVIVR and War on Women opening the show at 8pm. Priced at $20 in advance; $22 at the door, tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 3). And if it’s headbanging that you want, head over to UCH on Saturday, September 19, when Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth leads thrash vets Overkill in a double-bill with Symphony X at 8pm. Priced at $25 in advance; $30 at the door, tickets go on sale at 10am on Wednesday, April 15.

UPDATE: The Solid Sound festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams announced the line-up of bands a month ago, but now they’ve released the day-by-day breakdown of who is playing on which day of the three-day fest. Single-day tickets are also now on sale.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Although Dierks Bentley was previously announced as the headliner, WGNA-FM’s annual CountryFest has now revealed the complete line-up of bands for the day-long bash at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, including Easton Corbin, Craig Campbell, A Thousand Horses and the Cadillac Trio.


The Egg Announces New Concert

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany plays host to “Classic Vinyl Flashback” at 8pm on Saturday, May 23 of the Memorial Day weekend. The evening features the Bad Company tribute band Mad Co. with Journey tribute band Any Way You Want It opening the concert.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $26.25 & $31.25.

4/1/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

MUSIC: Citizen Cope @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Fresh from a 10-night, sold-out run at the City Winery in NYC & Chicago, the singer-songwriter-DJ-producer serves up an intimate solo acoustic performance featuring his unique blending of soul, folk, blues, hip-hop, rock and R&B. 8pm. $26, $36 & $46.

MUSIC/READING: “Music & Poetry of the Extended Caribbean” @ UAlbany Humanties Building’s Room 354, Albany. A multimedia presentation by Bobby Sanabria and Elena Martínez: “James Reese Europe, the Latin Tinge & the Puerto Rican Connection” with poetry readings of the work of Clara Lair, Julia de Burgos and Tato Laviera. 3:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Zappa Plays Zappa @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. One Size Fits All 40th Anniversary Tour. 8pm. $28.50, $38.50 & $48.50; $72.50 VIP.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. 9:30pm.

ARTISTS TALK: Melinda McDaniel and John McQueen @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. In conjunction with their joint exhibition, “Too,” the two award-winning artists discuss their unique artwork created from paper, twigs, cardboard and other found materials. 7pm. FREE.

READING: Poetry Open Mic @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. With featured readers Karen Skolfield and Bunkong Tuon. 7pm. $5.

BONUS INFO: Kay’s Pizza in Averill Park opens for the season at 4pm today.

Sexmob Adds Unusual Jazz Twist to 1925 Silent Film “Maciste in Hell” [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Sex Mob brings jazz and special effects to a classic silent film at Mass MoCA’s Club B-10  on April 4

Sexmob brings jazz and special effects to a classic silent film at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10

At MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday night (April 4), the propulsive quartet Sexmob, which combines mind-blowing jazz chops with a highly developed sense of wit and mischief, performs its brand-new original score to Maciste in Hell, the seminal work of the Italian silent era. The great Bartolomeo Pagano stars as Maciste, a Herculean strongman whose physical prowess and matching virtue are tested when the Devil and his minions capture him and drag him to hell. Fellini cites the film as one that inspired him to lead a life in cinema.

Originally formed as a vehicle for Steven Bernstein (most notable for his work as the trumpeter for Levon Helm from 2004 to 2012) and his slide trumpet, Sexmob quickly evolved to serve a much nobler purpose. Immediately after Bernstein assembled his band (Steven Bernstein, slide trumpet; Briggan Krauss, alto sax; Tony Scherr, bass; Kenny Wollesen, drums), they began a residency at the Knitting Factory in Manhattan, largely playing Bernstein’s original songs. During a special evening of film music, however, the audience went crazy for the James Bond theme. Bernstein and his band realized that audiences engage more with music they recognize, and Sexmob’s legacy would be forever changed.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Shana Falana

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Shana Falana and Mike Amari

Shana Falana and Mike Amari

NAME: Shana Falana
INSTRUMENT: Guitar/Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Go-Go’s Beauty and the Beat

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Echo and the Bunnymen



5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Gun and Doll Show in San
Fransisco, 1996

Shana Falana – the Kingston-based duo of guitarist-vocalist Shana Falana and drummer Michael Amari – celebrate the release of their new album “Set Your Lightning Fire Free” (on Team Love Records) with a pair of Nippertown shows this week. At 9pm on Thursday (April 2), they’ll be at the Low Beat in Albany, sharing the stage with Eternal Crimes and Moon Magick. Admission is $5. And then at 9pm on Friday (April 3), they’ll hit the stage at the BSP Lounge in Kingston with Buffalo Sex Change and Pecas. Admission is $5.

Solid Sound Festival Announces Day-By-Day Line-Up

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Signs of the City

Photograph by Greg Haymes

The Solid Sound Festival curated by Wilco has announced the daily line-up of bands, so now we know who’s playing on which day when the fest takes over the sprawling MASS MoCA campus in North Adams on Friday-Sunday, June 26-28.

The three-day event features two headlining performances by hosts and creators Wilco (one on Friday and one on Saturday) and also includes musical performances by Mac DeMarco, Richard Thompson, Real Estate, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, Parquet Courts, the Charles Lloyd Quartet, all Wilco-member side projects and plenty more, including comedy by John Hodgman and friends, circus performance workshops by Vermont-based Circus Smirkus.

“We want to make it unique every year,” singer Jeff Tweedy told Rolling Stone back in 2013. “We want to make it something you can only experience here.”

And yes, true to his word, Solid Sound (which began in 2010) also features world-class contemporary art, kids’ programming, pop-up performances, an on-site record shop, naturalist hikes and lots more that you won’t find at most music festivals.

But, of course, music is still the main attraction, and here are the day-by-day musical line-ups for the fest:


Palace Theatre Announces New Concert

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

K. Michelle – winner of the Soul Train Award for Best New Artist and the NAACP Image Award-winner for Outstanding New Artist for her 2013 debut album, Rebellious Soul – is slated to make her Nippertown concert debut at Albany’s Palace Theatre at 8pm on Friday, May 1, in support of her sophomore album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?

She had originally been slated to play the Washington Avenue Armory on Friday, March 27 before the armory cancelled its entire upcoming concert schedule earlier this month.

Tickets for her Palace concert are priced at $35 & $40; VIP $65 & $175.

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