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The Egg Announces Four More New Concerts

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Photograph by Joe Putrock

So, we just got finished writing about one new concert at The Egg, when, lo and behold, the fine folks at The Egg add four more new concerts to its fall series. Tickets for the four new shows are currently available to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (August 1).

Here’s the schedule of the newly added concerts for The Egg:

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The Egg Announces New Concert

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

As a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer and humanitarian, child prodigy Ethan Bortnick has wowed audiences across the globe. Now it’s Albany’s turn…

His television concert special, “Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music,” aired last month opn PBS-TV, and now the 13-year-old wunderkind will be making a tour stop at The Egg in Albany at 7pm on Saturday, October 11. Special guest Damian McGinty of “Glee” will also perform.

At just three years of age, Florida native Bortnick begged his parents for piano lessons and discovered an uncanny ability to hear a song once and play it back note for note – the musical equivalent of a photographic memory.

Tickets are priced at $29.50, $39.50 & $49.50.

Don Brewer, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Don Brewer

Don Brewer

“It’s probably embarrassing to admit, but the first album I ever bought on my own was by the Dovells. Of course, it was the one with ‘Bristol Stomp’ on it. I can still the remember the album cover – it was red, I think, with the guys in white jackets, all clean-cut looking with slicked back hair. I think that was probably the first quote-unquote rock album that I ever bought on my own, and to be honest with you, I still think that ‘Bristol Stomp’ is a pretty cool song.

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7/29/14: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

DANCE: Bolshoi Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming… Making their SPAC debut with a four-night stand of “Don Quixote.” 8pm.

MUSIC: Bang On a Can @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. MacArthur Prize-winning artist Ann Hamilton has created a series of wearable hand-made paper components in her artistic residency at Dieu Donné. With the help of BoC’s Mark Stewart and David Cossin, an ensemble of festival fellows will premiere a piece specially created to explore the sound vocabulary through body movements. 4:30pm.

MUSIC: Loren & Mark @ Town Park, Stony Creek. 7pm. FREE> GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

OPERA: “Madame Butterfly” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Conducted by Joseph Colaneri; directed by Francesca Zambello. Delicate and vulnerable yet possessed of a steely resolve, Puccini’s unforgettable heroine risks ostracization to be with her love, a handsome American naval officer. When he proves untrue, she unflinchingly chooses the only honorable path available to her. 1:30pm. $26, $55, $78, $95 & $115; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

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A Tapping and Tall-Tale Telling Tommy Tune Will Light Up Barrington Stage Tonight [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, July 28th, 2014
A wonderful, pensive moment with Tommy Tune, captured by photographer Stephen Sorokoff.

A wonderful, pensive moment with Tommy Tune, captured by photographer Stephen Sorokoff.

Broadway’s tallest tapper takes to Barrington Stage Co.’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage in Pittsfield — dancing, singing and tale-telling through 50 years of big-time showmanship. The show features Tommy Tune and his musical director Michael Biagi. It’s the kick off for the 2014 Summer Concert Series with Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune in Taps, Tunes, and Tall Tales tonight (Monday, July 28) at 8pm.

Tune is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his work on Seesaw, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Nine, My One and Only, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies. In addition, he has been awarded eight Drama Desk Awards, three Astaire Awards and the Society of Directors and Choreographers’ George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was honored with the Helen Hayes Tribute in 2011.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Five Firsts: Garry Novikoff

Monday, July 28th, 2014
Garry Novikoff

Garry Novikoff

NAME: Garry Novikoff
INSTRUMENT: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Kazoo

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first album I ever bought with my own money was Don McLean’s American Pie. The song that made me buy it, however, was not the title track. I had heard “Vincent” on the radio, and it broke my heart. I was six and a half years old, so the story of Van Gogh’s life had to be explained to me. The idea that someone could tell a story like that in a song made a huge impression on me.

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7/28/14: Today’s Tips: Monday

Monday, July 28th, 2014

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Dana Park, Albany. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule… NOTE: Rainsite for the concert is the Lionheart Pub. UPDATE: This free concert has been moved indoors to the Lionheart Pub.

MUSIC: Haas Kowert Tice @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A supergroup of acoustic roots-music talent featuring members of Punch Brothers and Crooked Still, showcases their unique blend of bluegrass, folk, chamber-grass and classical. 8pm. $20.

OPERA: “Ariadne in Naxos” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. Richard Strauss’ opera-within-an-opera features both lighthearted comedy and heroic grand opera, as two different performing troupes compete for the attention of a wealthy patron. Conducted by Kathleen Kelly and directed by Francesca Zambello. 1:30pm. $26, $55, $78, $95 & $115; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

CABARET: The Skivvies @ Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. The musical comedy duo of Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley will be joined by special guests Christopher Hanke and Matt Doyle for an evening of stripped-down mash-ups of pop songs and show tunes… in their underwear. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Bang On a Can @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The world premieres of nine new compositions by Bang On a Can festival fellows. 4:30pm.

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7/27/14: Today’s Tips: Sunday

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

MUSIC: James Cotton @ Proctors, Schenectady. They don’t call him “Superharp” for nothin’. Celebrating 70 years in the music biz, Cotton is one of the last living links to such blues greats as Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. With Local 518 blues guitarslinger Matt Mirabile. 7pm. FREE. ALSO: The pre-concert Music Haven Blue Sunday 25th Anniversary Gala at 5pm. $75. NOTE: Both of these events were originally slated for the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park, but have been moved to Proctors in Schenectady due to the threat of inclement weather.

MUSIC: Cage the Elephant @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Bear Hands. 8pm. $28. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door.

CABARET: The Skivvies @ Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. The musical comedy duo of Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley will be joined by special guests Christopher Hanke and Matt Doyle for an evening of stripped-down mash-ups of pop songs and show tunes… in their underwear. 7:30pm. Also at 7:30pm on Monday.

THEATER: “Carousel” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. This year’s American musical at Glimmerglass is the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic that Time magazine called “best musical of the 20th century.” Conducted by Doug Peck and directed by Charles Newell, it tells the story of a carousel barker’s struggles to rise above challenging circumstances. 1:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

MUSIC: Slaid Cleaves @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Maine-born, Austin-based singer-songwriter spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. And 20 years into his career his bittersweet melodies are equal measures hope & resignation, effortlessly shading dark with light and wringing the most out of a melody. 7pm. $22.

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