MUSIC: Larry Campbell & Teresea Williams @ the Cock ‘N Bull, Galway. Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell and powerhouse vocalist Teresa Williams in an up-close, personal, intimate settings. 8pm. $75 with dinner; $20 standing room.
FAIR: Saratoga County Fair @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. It’s the final day of the fair! Fried dough, racing pigs, chainsaw sculptors, amusement rides and music by the North & South Dakotas, John Kribs & Friends and the CD release party for Murray by Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad. 8:30am.
MUSIC: Maria Zemantauski & Alegria @ Freedom Park, Scotia. The flamenco guitarist is joined by dancer La Nina, cellist Monica Roach, guitarist Jose Miralles and percussionist Brian Melick. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bellstock @ East Jewett. It’s the final day of the 22nd annual music fest in honor of Greg Bell’s birthday. Featuring the Bear Bones Project. GO HERE for more info and the day-by-day schedule…
THEATER: “A Kind Shot” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. An autobiographical one-woman show written and performed by Terri Mateer, a six-foot, one-inch former pro basketball player, model, stripper, designer and actor. 2pm. $15; $10 students.
MUSIC: Mamadou Kelly & Ban Kai Na @ Freedom Square, Troy. The Malian blues virtuoso and his band bring an encyclopedic knowledge of Mali’s music and new sophistication to the sounds from Niafunke. With free food and arts activities. 5pm. FREE.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bellstock @ East Jewett. It’s Day Three of the 22nd annual music fest in honor of Greg Bell’s birthday with performances by Dr. Jah & the Love Prophets, Mister F, School Bus Yellow, Black Mountain Symphony, the Blind Owl Band, the Hornitz, Ampevene and Brian LaPoint & the Joints. GO HERE for more info and the day-by-day schedule…
MUSIC: Jack & Amanda Palmer @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. Amanda Palmer and (her father) Jack Palmer celebrate their brand new album You Got Me Singing, featuring covers of tunes from such diverse songbags as Tom T. Hall, Leoneard Cohen and Kimya Dawson. With Thor & Friends. Doors open at 7pm. $20.
MUSIC: Roomful of Blues @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. The veteran horn-fueled band has been pumping out swingin’ jump blues and high-voltage R&B for nearly a half century now. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…
MUSIC: Bang On a Can Allstars @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Playing Brian Eno’s ambient music classic, “Music for Airports,” as well as works by Roomful of Teeth’s Caroline Shaw, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Gabriella Smith, Rene Lussier and more. 8pm. $18 & $22; $12 students.
THEATER: “A Kind Shot” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. An autobiographical one-woman show written and performed by Terri Mateer, a six-foot, one-inch former pro basketball player, model, stripper, designer and actor. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students. Through Sunday.
DANCE: New York City Ballet @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Performing “A Misummer Night’s Dream at 2pm and the 50th anniversary gala featuring the world premiere of Peck’s “Scherzo Fantastique” and the SPAC premiere of Wheeldon’s “Rhapsody in Blue “at 8pm.
MUSIC: Angels on the Fourth @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. The CD release party for the band’s debut EP, Breaking Skin. With the Black Ships, the End Men and Machete. 9:30pm. $10.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off to Saratoga Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Music on six stages throughout downtown including Porch Fire, Fenimore Blues, Sirsy, Erin Harkes Band, the Racing City Chorus and Alan Darcy. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…
MUSIC/DANCE: Vanaver Caravan @ PS21, Chatham. “Turn, Turn, Turn: Celebrating Pete Seeger in Song and Dance” is a full-length, multimedia production inspired by Livia & Bill Vanaver’s 40-year relationship with the legendary music maker and activist. 8pm. $30; $15 students.
FAIR: Saratoga County Fair @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. It’s the first fair of the year! Fried dough, racing pigs, chainsaw sculptors, amusement rides and music by Big Sky Country, John Kribs & Friends and the Spurs USA. 8:30am.
In Lenox, Shakespeare & Company presents Liz Duffy Adams’ playful comedy Or, based on the real life of Britain’s first female playwright Aphra Behn. Directed by Alice Reagan and featuring actress Tod Randolph, the in-the-round production begins previews on Saturday (July 23), officially opens on Friday, July 29 and runs through Sunday, September 4 in the Tina Packer Playhouse.
“The play is bittersweet,” says director Reagan. “We know that Aphra Behn would be forgotten and rediscovered many times in the more than 300 years since her death. And yet, the plot keeps moving, the world keeps spinning, and lovers will love. Or, is the story of one woman’s artistic beginnings and a larger story of a permissive, exciting moment in history when the culture shifted an inch or two, and a woman slipped in the door.”
Aphra Behn, known to history as the first credited female playwright, has one opportunity to have her play produced and fulfill her desperate desire to leave the spy trade behind her. The catch? She must finish and deliver her play by morning all while fighting off distracting romantic temptations, attempting to win a pardon, and trying to save the life of royalty. Her hectic antics unfold into a night of hilarity, passion and self discovery that tells a story that transcends time.
MUSIC: Bumper Jacksons @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. Like an old-time barn dance in downtown New Orleans, the Bumper Jacksons pull together a vast array of early American musical traditions into a deliciously cohesive sound that strikes you right in the heart. 7pm. $20.
MUSIC: Augie Meyers with Cindy Cashdollar @ The Falcon, Marlboro. His classic Vox Continental has been one of the most distinctive keyboard sounds around since his days with Sir Douglas Quintet. With Austin indie blues-rock duo the Sideshow Tragedy. 7pm. Donations encouraged.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bellstock @ East Jewett. It’s Day Two of the 22nd annual music fest in honor of Greg Bell’s birthday with performances by Eastbound Jesus, Formula 5, Lord Electro, Teddy Midnight, Space Carnival, Let’s Be Leonard and Dr. Magnum. GO HERE for more info and the day-by-day schedule…
MUSIC: Joe Ely @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The veteran super songwriter has been named the official Texas State Musician for 2016. With the Cactus Blossoms. 8pm. $30.UPDATE: Sadly, this concert has been cancelled….
MUSIC: The Terry Gordon Quintet @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saeratoga Springs. The UpBeat on the Roof concert series gets jazzy with Terry Gordon (trumpet, flugelhorn), Eric Walentowicz (saxophones), Michael-Louis Smith (guitar), Bill Lawrence (bass) and Pete Sweeney (drums) 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…
MUSIC: Ampevene @ Parish Public House, Albany. It’s a release party for the new Ampevene EP. With Bushicks, The Phryg and Veils of the Void. 8pm.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Hats Off to Saratoga Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Five stages in down Saratoga featuring Porch Fire, Hot Club of Saratoga, Sirsy, Bluz House Rockers, Racing City Chorus and Alan Darcy. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete fest schedule…
MUSIC: Triple Play @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. Over the past decade, Chris Brubeck (bass, trombone, piano), guitarist Joel Brown and multi-instrumentalist Peter “Madcat” Ruth have honed a vast and vivid repertoire encompassing Delta Blues, Tin Pan Alley standards, New Orleans grooves, jazz gems and incisive originals. 7:30pm. $30.
Berkshire Theatre Group welcomes the world premiere of The Stone Witch, featuring Tony, Golden Globe, Emmy and Obie Award-winning actor Judd Hirsch.
It’s an interesting tale. Peter, an aspiring children’s book author, is sent to the cabin of his idol, Simon, a reclusive award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books, to help him finish what might be his last book. Desperate to save his own career, Peter hopes to discover the secret of Simon’s genius, but first he must accept the impossible task: helping Simon confront the monsters that populate the woods inside his mind. This darkly humorous play makes us question the cost of success.
Written by Pen/USA Award-winning playwright Shem Bitterman (Harm’s Way, Open House, Influence) and directed by Drama Desk and Humanities Award-winning director Steve Zuckerman (Broadway: Nuts), The Stone Witch opens in previews tonight (July 21) and runs through Saturday, August 20 at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge.
Whether working the court or navigating life itself, former pro basketball player Terri Mateer has taken plenty of hits — but that hasn’t diminished her drive to score.A Kind Shot, the one-woman show she’s created out of her experiences, will be performed by Mateer herself this weekend (July 22-24) at the Bridge Street Theatre’s intimate Speakeasy in Catskill.
Fresh, brave, daring and performed with an athlete’s grace and confidence (but none of the indulgent swagger), the six-foot one-inch Mateer’s autobiographical show contains plenty of insider anecdotes and famous names that will appeal to fans of street, college and pro sports. Along with her experience in these worlds, Mateer has also worked as a model, a stripper, a designer and an actor. Raised by a single hippie mom and an African American surrogate father, and mentored by numerous others, she credits them with giving her the fortitude to confront the sexual abuse and harassment she’s experienced. Fortunately, it seems there’s been a happy ending for this girl who never quite knew who she was.
Could there be a better concert announcement for Throwback Thursday?
The Times Union Center is slated to be a stop on the upcoming I Love the ’90s Tour. The 20th century nostalgia tour featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt N Peppa with Spinderella, Rob Base, Color Me Badd, Coolio and Tone Loc lands at the TU Center at 7:30pm on Thursday, December 1.
Priced at $59, $75 & $99 (definitely not ’90s prices), tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (July 22).
MUSIC: Freakwater @ the Low Beat, Albany. Alt-country pioneers Dave Gay, Catherine Ann Irwin, Janet Beveridge Bean and their cohorts make their long overdue Greater Nippertown debut in support of their new album, Scheherazade. With Drunken Prayer. 8pm. $12.
MUSIC: Bloc Party @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. The Alive at Five concert series continues with the London alt-rock foursome in support of their new album, Hymns. With Titanics. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bellstock @ East Jewett. The 22nd annual music fest in honor of Greg Bell’s birthday gets underway with performances by Rebel Darling, Olivia Quillio, Grassroots Rebels and Doug Cox Acoustic Dead. 2pm. GO HERE for more info and the day-by-day schedule…
MUSIC: Norah Jones @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. She swept the 2003 Grammy awards with her debut album Come Away with Me, and since then, she’s taken the road less traveled to carve out an interesting and varied musical career. With the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. 7pm. $65.
MUSIC: The Struts @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Vocalist Luke Spiller leads the British band as they proudly carry the glam-rock flag on their sparkling debut album Everybody Wants. With Dorothy. 8pm. $12.
THEATER: The Puppet People @ Barker Park, Troy. “Dig into Reading” to solve the mystery of Book Island and help the hero save the day! Go on a quest, dig for buried treasure – this “Shovel full of Fun” has loads of audience participation! 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…
MUSIC: Heard @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz on Jay concert series continues with keyboardist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and her world-beat jazz band. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…