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FEST: Huichica East in Pine Plains This Weekend

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Huichica East is the inaugural Hudson Valley incarnation of the Sonoma, California music, food and wine micro-fest. The two-day gathering is set at the expansive Chaseholm Farm in Pine Plains.

Single day tickets are $50; two-day tickets are $90. Children under age 12 are admitted free. Camping is also available.

Here’s the schedule of bands:



COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

By Greg Haymes

Ted Leo – leader of the Pharmacists and one-half of the Both (along with Aimee Mann) – is headed into the Low Beat in Albany on Sunday, November 20. Ian Sweet opens the show at 7pm. Advance tickets are on sale now, priced at $13.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian Brian Regan has slated a return to Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (September 30).

Legendary jazz-rock fusion pioneers Brand X – featuring John Goodsall (guitar), Percy Jones (bass) and Kenwood Dennard (drums) along with new recruits Chris Clark (keys) and Scott Weinberger (percussion) – have reunited and will perform material from their first three albums at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Saturday, October 29. Tickets are $20, $29 & $39 in advance; $5 more at the door. Meanwhile, the Security Project – the Peter Gabriel tribute band led by drummer Jerry Marotta and guitarist Trey Gunn – returns to Bearsville at 8pm on Sunday, October 30 with a new singer fronting the band – former Albany resident Happy Rhodes. Tickets are $20, $25 & $35 in advance; $5 more at the door. Other new shows at the Woodstock theater include the 14-piece Orquesta Victoria at 9pm on Saturday, November 5 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); the double-bill of Dopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at 9pm on Saturday, November 19 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); the Catskills’ own Felice Brothers at 9pm on Friday, November 25 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); and jam-grass favorites Cabinet at 8:30pm on Thursday, December 1 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Palace Theatre added a second show for “Impractical Jokers” live. The originally announced show is at 6:30pm on Friday, December 16. The newly announced show – which goes on sale at 10am on Friday (September 30) – is the same night at 9:30pm.


Sanctuary for Independent Media Announces Fall Season of Concerts & Other Events

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy kicks off its fall season of events this weekend and continues with concerts, films, speakers and more. Admission to most events is by donation ($10 suggested; $5 student/low income).

Here’s the fall 2016 schedule of events for the Sanctuary for Independent Media and Freedom Square:

at Freedom Square, Troy
Youth Media Sanctuary, Julie Casper Roth and Melissa Sarris present stories of working peoples’ struggle to survive amidst urban blight. Neighborhood ambassadors will lead walking tours supplemented by an interactive map, sponsored by Workforce Development Institute.


9/28/16: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

MUSIC: September in the City Art Fair @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. The weekly Wednesday lunchtime session wraps up with the indie folk-rock trio, the Coteries, in support of their new debut EP, Reason in the Road. 11:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Alice Cooper @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Godfather of Shock Rock returns to the Palace and his vintage songbag of horror tunes after a stint on the road with the Hollywood Vampires. 8pm. $39.75, $49.75, $59.75, $79.75 & $94.75.

MUSIC: Bill Callahan @ the Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock. Americana singer-songwriter and Drag City recording artist (sometimes known simply as Smog) makes a stop in old, old Woodstock. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: An Evening with Terry Bozzio @ the Woodstock Music Lab, Kingston. The drum legend – known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, UK and his critically acclaimed solo ventures – celebrates his latest release Terry Bozzio Composer Series with a night of solo drumming, including compositions from throughout his career, as well as improvisation. 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar @ The Parlor, Northampton. 7pm. $37.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan Band @ the Olde English Pub, Albany. 7pm.

THEATER: “Outside Mullingar” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. This charmer of a play by Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley whisks you away on a delightful journey to the farmlands of Ireland and the unlikely romance between two middle-aged neighbors. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, October 16.

READING: “Banned?! A Zany Look at Banned Kids Books” @ the Albany Public Library, Albany. The New York Civil Liberties Union Capital Region Chapter hosts a read-out in celebration of Banned Books Week. This year’s annual read-out explores strange, silly and educational children and young-adult books banned/challenged for some of the most surprising reasons. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Unwelcome Guests @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With the Va Va Voodoos and Mike Moak (of After the Fall). 8:30pm.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. If it’s Wednesday, it must be the Deadbeats… 10pm.

MUSIC: Fresh @ Rascals, Guilderland. 5pm.

FEST: Adirondack Independence Music Festival in Lake George

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The second annual Adirondack Independence Music Festival is slated to take over Wood Park in Lake George on Friday & Saturday (September 30 & October 1).

Tickets are $15 per day or $20 for a two-day pass. Admission for kids age 12 and under is free if accompanied by an adult. The festival is a rain-or-shine event.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2016 fest:


FEST: Mountain Jam Changes Dates

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Planning for next summer’s concert season yet? If so, you might want to pay attention to the notice recently posted on Mountain Jam’s website:

Since its inception in 2005, Mountain Jam has been held at the end of May/early June. However for 2017, we have decided to move the date to June 16-18, 2017 in an effort to prevent weather cancellations or delays and increase our chances of sunny days and clear mountain nights.

Michael Franti often says that you get to experience ALL four seasons at Mountain Jam, however after 12 Mountain Jam festivals we decided it was finally time to push the date ahead, focusing on two ideal seasons Spring and Summer!

If you’ve already purchased tickets for Mountain Jam’s previously announced 2017 festival dates, GO HERE for instructions…

Palace Theatre Announces Another New Concert

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Albany’s Palace Theatre welcomes Celtic Woman to the stage at 7pm on Wednesday, April 5.

The Irish music ensemble brings their angelic vocals and violin virtuosity to the stage with their Voice of Angels Tour. The group’s uplifting mix of traditional and contemporary craft music transcends national and cultural borders to touch the hearts of a large and loyal international fanbase.

Tickets are priced at $42, $62 & $102 and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Wednesday, October 5.

9/27/16: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

TALK: The Great Porn Debate @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. You thought Monday’s debate was interesting? In this multi-faceted debate between Pastor Craig Gross and Ron Jeremy, all aspects of the pornography issue are discussed and examined. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Ace Frehley @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and founding guitarist of KISS fires it up. With Nashville-bases rock trio Simo. 8pm. $60.

THEATER: “Outside Mullingar” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s opening night. This charmer of a play by Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley whisks you away on a delightful journey to the farmlands of Ireland and the unlikely romance between two middle-aged neighbors. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, October 16.

MUSIC: Graham Nash @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer celebrates the release of his latest solo album, This Path Tonight. No Crosby, No Stills. No Young… 7:30pm. $39.50-$79.50.

ARTIST TALK: Jennifer Kabat @ UAlbany’s University Art Museum, Albany. From the Hudson River School to drones, the talk by the essayist/blogger is a meditation on travel, writing, and the search for meaning in contemporary art and American culture. 7pm. FREE.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic with Cameron & Ryder @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 6pm sign-up; 7pm showtime. FREE.

OPEN MIC/COMEDY: Low Beat Comedy Open Mic Night @ the Low Beat, Albany. 8pm.

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