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Upstate Concert Hall Announces Two Big New Concerts

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Although they’re not going to roll around on the calendar til March, the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park has announced a pair of new concerts worth waiting for:

With the Mahones and Blood or Whiskey
Monday, March 2, 8pm
Tickets: $30.50, on sale at 10am on Saturday (October 25)

Saturday, March 7, 8pm
Tickets: $25 in advance; $28 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday (October 24)


Albany’s Madison Theatre Opens New Live Music Venue

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Move over, movies, and make way for some music…

Albany has a new venue for live music, and it’s at the Madison Theater. Of course, the Madison will continue screening films in its movie theaters, but in addition now there’s also a new 175-seat live entertainment venue featuring theater-style seating and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, making it a viable venue for concerts, comedy shows, lectures, classic and independent films, and other kinds of public and private events.

In addition, the venue’s second level features a recording studio that can be utilized for both on-stage and studio performances, as well as a VIP balcony that can accommodate up to 40 people.

The debut performance of the new performance space will take place at 8pm on Saturday (October 25) with a jazz concert by the Nancy & Spencer Reed Quartet also featuring tenor saxman Ed Ludwig and drummer Drew Sicilaiano. Doors open at 7:30pm, and admission is $18.

Of course, it’s not the first time that the Madison Theater has hosted concerts. Back in the early ’80s when it was still a single-screen theater, the Madison presented a number of concerts by the likes of British prog-rockers UK, the Byrds’ spin-off McGuinn, Clark & Hillman and, yes, even Talking Heads.

10/20/14: Today’s Tips: Monday

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Take a look at today’s entertainment options and send it along to anyone who thinks there’s nothing to do in this town. And remember – this is a Monday night…

MUSIC: Ian McLagan @ The Linda, Albany. He’s a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool rock’n’roller, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (for both the Small Faces and the Faces) and a bona fide rock Zelig, who has played the Rolling Stones and a long line of rock legends from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen to Paul Westerberg. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Sarah Jarosz & the Milk Carton Kids @ The Egg, Albany. The Grammy-nominated folk/bluegrass/Americana artists the Milk Carton Kids and Sarah Jarosz (with Alex Hargreaves, Samson Grisman and Nathaniel Smith) all gather ’round one microphone for a genuinely collaborative, all-star, acoustic music throwdown. 7:30pm. $30.

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 7pm. FREE. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

MUSIC: Stick Men @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Fresh off their monster King Crimson reunion tour, Chapman Stick-man Tony Levin and drummer Pat Mastelotto are joined by former Crimson ProjeKCt guitarist Markus Reuter. Oh boy… 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Bobby Previte @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The master jazz drummer is a regular at Helsinki with his Voodoo Orchestra North, but this time around he’s celebrating the release of his new album, Terminals. And he’s bringing along some special guests who played on the album with him – John Medeski and So Percussion. This should be a wild night… 8pm. $18.


10/19/14: Today’s Tips: Sunday

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

MUSIC: Janis Ian @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. She’s won two Grammy Awards – the first in 1975 for her song “At Seventeen” and the second in 2013 for Best Spoken Word Album, for her autobiography, “Society’s Child,” nearly 40 years later. The always outspoken and entertaining singer-songwriter steps into the spotlight at the Eighth Step in support of her latest album, Strictly Solo. 7:30pm. $30 & $50.

MUSIC: The Drive-By Truckers @ The Egg, Albany. Boasting a mix of Southern pride, history, folklore, politics and character studies into their songs, one of today’s foremost alt country-rock bands make their debut at The Egg in support of their new, critically acclaimed album English Oceans. 7:30pm. $29.50.

EVENT: Felix Iavarone’s Rock n Roll Expo @ the Albany Marriott, Colonie. Dealers from throughout the northeast offer a wide array of records, CDs, comics, DVDs, video games and other pop culture collectibles. Local authors John Gabriel and Don Rittner will be on hand to sell and sign copies of their books. And in addition, Tom Raider of Hey Jude…The Tribute will serve as the emcee, hosting live rockin’ performances by the Last Conspirators and Kyle Ripp Rock. 10am-5pm. $5.

DANCE: Abraham.In.Motion @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Choreographer and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Kyle Abraham and his ensemble of phenomenal dancers perform his newest work, “The Watershed,” which commemorates 150 years since Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and 20 years since the abolition of apartheid in South Africa. 3pm. $26, $32 & $38; $18 students. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Dianne Reeves @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The four-time Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist is accompanied by a crack band featuring Gerald Clayton, Romero Lubambo, James Genus and Terreon Gully. 7pm. $32, $52 & $82.

FILM/MUSIC: “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” @ the Albany Public Library, Albany. The Silent Film Spectacular is not just on Wednesdays anymore. With live, original music by Time Travel Book Club (Ryan Stewart, Andrew Siskind and guests) performs their new original score to accompany the screening of the the 1916 interpretation of Jules Verne’s sci-fi classic. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Erin McKeown @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. She’s a great guitarist, gifted songwriter and dynamic performer with an emphatically activist streak. Her music is clever, catchy, substantial and subversive. And her performances are big fun. With Saratoga’s own sublime singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan. 7pm. $20.


10/18/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

MUSIC: Shawn Colvin @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter returns for an intimate concert at Hudson’s premier showcase club. 9pm. $45 & $60.

MUSIC: The Empire Jazz Orchestra @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Schenectady’s own big band is joined by a trio of special guest saxophonists – Sharel Cassity, Ada Rovati and Claire Daily – in the feature concert of the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival. 8pm. $20-$35.

MUSIC: No Outlet @ the Ale House, Troy. Kevin Maul, Dale Haskell and Tony Markellis celebrate the release of their new CD, No Outlet – Live. 9pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/DANCE: “An Evening of Music and Dance” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. Composer David Lang, Skidmore faculty member and choreographer Debra Fernandez, and the musical group So Percussion present an evening of dance and song inside the “I was a double exhibition” space. 5pm. FREE, but tickets are required. Call 518-580-8080 for reservations.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Brown’s Oktoberfest @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. Brown’s is hosting their annual Oktoberfest to benefit the Rensselaer Land Trust with plenty of Brown’s Wholly Moses!, Great Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest Lager and German Fare. Hand-rolled cigars on the deck from Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe. And live music all day from Flood Road (1pm), Annie in the Water (3:30pm) and the reunion of Jericho Joe (6pm). 1-9pm. $10 donation.

MUSIC: Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Pianist Joyce Yang joins the ASO for Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and David Alan Miller leads the symphony in Tchaikovsky’s most famous work, “Pathetique.” 7:30pm. $19-$59.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FOOD/FUNDRAISER: Soup ‘r Bands @ Roaring Brook Ranch, Lake George. The sixth annual fundraiser for the Upstate Autism Alliance features soups from more than 30 restaurants, a silent auction and music by 11 bands – the Audiostars, Black Mountain Symphony, Funkalicious, Radio Junkies, Dirt Cheap, James Hood, Austin Barosi, Chris Ballini, Saving Atlantis, Tim Wechgelaer & Friends and Sugar Pill. 6pm. $25.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: LODGE @ Riedlbauer’s Resort, Round Top. A benefit for WGXC-FM featuring DJs Chris Bishop, Spike Priggen, Tim Livingston and Lunar Moss from 2-7pm (FREE) and bands Bishop Allen, Palm, Dirty River and Slow Collins at 7pm ($20). GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Rosanne Cash @ the Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie. She was magnificent with her husband-guitarist John Leventhal at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall back in March. Now see her with the full band. 8pm. $54 & $74.

COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: John Waters @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. The iconoclast, filmmaker and strange mind behind “Cry Baby,” “Pink Flamingos,” “Polyester,” “Female Trouble,” “Hairspray” and other films perform his one-man show, “This Filthy World, Volume 2,” as a benefit for Basilica Arts and the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York. 8pm. $125 & $175; $50 students.


Kyle Abraham’s Electrifying Dance “The Watershed” This Weekend @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, October 17th, 2014
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion. (photo: Steven Schreiber)

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion (photo: Steven Schreiber)

Tackling subject matter from the Emancipation Proclamation to the end of apartheid in South Africa and set to a score that incorporates contemporary cello, soul favorites and more, The Watershed is at once an elegant, physically electrifying choreographic work and a provocative sociopolitical reflection.

The new evening-length work has been created by Kyle Abraham, a Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and critically lauded choreographer who pairs diverse movement styles with issues of social and historical significance. Ella Baff, executive and artistic director of Jacob’s Pillow, describes Abraham’s work as “passionate, intelligent, earnest and always beautifully danced.”

It is an inportant and rare major dance event in the Berkshire off-season. Kyle Abraham brings his newest work to MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday & Sunday (October 18 & 19) in a co-presentation with Jacob’s Pillow, made possible by the Irene Hunter Fund for Dance. The Watershed is an evening-length work in Abraham’s signature blend of classical form, postmodern invention and urban influences, performed by Abraham and his accomplished company, Abraham.In.Motion.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Festival Fever: LODGE: A Weekend Retreat of Music & Art, 10/17&18/14

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Today & Saturday (October 17 & 18), WGXC 90.7-FM presents LODGE, a fundraiser weekend of music and art at Riedlbauer’s Resort in Round Top. Local musicians, artists and WGXC DJs gather in the Catskills to offer a unique weekend retreat at Nussy’s Biergarten, an outdoor pavilion situated on the tranquil grounds of Riedlbauer’s Resort.

It all kicks off at 7pm tonight (Friday, October 17) WGXC DJs Tim Livingston (frontman The Last Conspirators and host of WGXC’s “Radio Warfare”) and Spike Priggen (host of WGXC’s “Bedazzled Radio Hour”) spinning vinyl punk, power-pop and garage-rock. Then from 10pm-12midnight, DJ Effie (of In the Cut) takes over the turntables to fuel a big dance party. Friday admission is free.


CD Celebration: No Outlet @ the Ale House on Saturday

Friday, October 17th, 2014
No Outlet

No Outlet

The versatile roots trio No Outlet – featuring vocalist-resonator guitarist Kevin Maul, drummer-vocalist Dale Haskell and bassist Tony Markellis – is back with a new album, No Outlet – Live, and they’ll be celebrating with a CD release party at the Ale House in Troy at 9pm on Saturday (October 18).

In keeping with the band’s eclectic repertoire which stretches from country to the blues, the album’s 11 songs range from Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me” to Little Jimmy Dickens’”Sally Boogie,” from Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s “Strange Things Happening” to Bob Dylan’s “Watching the River Flow.”

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