FESTIVAL FEVER: Round-Up of This Weekend’s Music Festivals

June 23rd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Mountain Jam

So many festivals crammed into one weekend...

Photograph by Dan Hogan

The summer festival fever is bustin’ out all over. Big-time. Here’s a round-up of the festival scene for this weekend:

TODAY (FRIDAY, JUNE 23)

OLD SONGS FOLK FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
4pm
Featuring “Forward into Light: The American Women’s Suffrage Movement in New York State in Song and Story,” the Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen, Tom Lewis, the Short Sisters, the Waxwing Four, the Jeremiahs, Keith Murphy, Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes, Joe Jencks & Si Kahn, John Roberts

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Keith Richards’ Auction in Hudson on Saturday

June 23rd, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg
From the collection of Keith & Patti Richards (photo: Stair Galleries)

From the collection of Keith & Patti Richards (photo: Stair Galleries)

Legendary Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards and his wife Patti Hansen are auctioning off items from their Manhattan apartment. And the auction will be held at Stair Galleries in Hudson on Saturday (June 24).

There’s no rock & roll memorabilia up for auction, but some of the items from Richards’ boho-chic Upper East Side apartment that will go to the highest bidder include an Italian rococo giltwood console, an opulent Karabagh carpet, an English black lacquer tray, three large pastel floral paintings by the French artist Jacqueline Marval, an English tufted leather Chesterfield sofa, an Italian orange glass decanter by Paolo Venini, a set of eight Waterford crystal wine glasses.

Items are available for preview 10am-6pm today (Friday, June 23) and beginning at 9am on Saturday. The auction is slated to take place at 3pm on Saturday, and admission is free.

6/23/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

June 23rd, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

It’s National Take Your Dog to Work Day! Of course at Nippertown.com, that’s everyday…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Solid Sound @ MASS MOCA, North Adams. Yes, it’s back. Day One of Wilco’s three-day features the band performing Being There in its entirety. With Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Nancy & Beth, Dawn of MIDI, Alloy Orchestra, DJ Funkhauser. 6:30pm. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/FILM/MUSIC: QWERTY: The Second Annual Festival of Type & the Letter Arts @ the Greenville Drive-In, Greenville. Live music by the multi-talented Brian Dewan and a screening of the documentary, “Helvetica.” Gates & snack bar open at 6:30pm. $10; $5 for kids 15 & younger. Also on Saturday.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and Dance @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont. Day One of the three-day folk fest features “Forward into Light: The American Women’s Suffrage Movement in New York State in Song and Story,” the Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen, Tom Lewis, the Short Sisters, the Waxwing Four, the Jeremiahs, Keith Murphy, Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes, Joe Jencks & Si Kahn, John Roberts. 4pm.

MUSIC: Bob Dylan & His Band @ Hutton Brickyards, Kingston. The Never Ending Tour settles in for a two-night Hudson Valley stand. 8pm. $75 & $125. Also at 8pm Saturday.

MUSIC: NRBQ @ The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. Madcap keyboardist Terry Adams brings the latest incarnation of NRBQ to town. Will they ever get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Joey Alexander Trio @ Tanglewood, Lenox. The three-time Grammy-nominated 13-year-old jazz piano prodigy makes his Tanglewood debut in Ozawa Hall, performing with his trio, including bassist Dan Chmielinski and drummer Kendrick Scott. 8pm. $19-$56.

MUSIC: The Sea, The Sea @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The delicious indie folk-pop duo of Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa. 8pm. $20.

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The Linda Hosts Capital Region Blues Network’s Blues Challenge

June 22nd, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Amy Ryan Band

The Amy Ryan Band

By Wanda Callagy

Love the blues? At 7pm on Saturday (June 24) the Capital Region Blues Network is hosting its fifth annual Blues Challenge at The Linda in Albany.

Four bands – the Amy Ryan Band, Misty Blues, Sly Fox & the Hustlers and Wyld Blu – will perform, competing for the chance to represent CRBN in Memphis at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Competition in January.

Prizes for Saturday’s battle of the blues bands include $1500 cash and support from CRBN with a fundraiser and other opportunities to play to help finance the trip. The winner will be determined by a voting process which is weighted evenly between the balloting of the audience and the voting of CRBN’s panel of judges.

Later in the year, CRBN will host another competition in the solo/duo blues category.

Here’s more about the four competing bands:

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Song o’ the Week: Robert Capowski’s “Sometimes You Stumble”

June 22nd, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

Robert Capowski takes the stage at One Caroline Street Bistro in Saratoga Springs at 6pm on Friday (July 21) in support of his new album, Back to Blue

6/22/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

June 22nd, 2017, 7:35 am by Greg

MUSIC: Kaia Kater @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Where bluegrass meets Nina Simone. With a velvety tenor voice and spare banjo accompaniment, she makes songs for the here and now. 7pm. $20

MUSIC: Naughty by Nature @ Jennings Landing at the Corning Preserve, Albany. Alive at Five goes hip-hop. With JB aka Dirty Moses, DJ Trumastr and Paul Nice. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Evan Christopher & Eli Yamin @ the Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The great New Orleans clarinetist teams up with the Harlem pianist for an evening of music by Jelly Roll Morton, Bud Powell and others. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Brass & Blues @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz on Jay lunchtime concert series welcomes Mark Tolstrup’s trio. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Big Thief @ BSP, Kingston. In support of their new album, Capacity. With Twain and the Brother Brothers. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Rustic Overtones @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. The outside Summer Sessions series continues. With Angels on the Fourth and Candy Ambulance. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Stephen Clair & the Pushbacks @ Colony, Woodstock. Now based in Beacon, the former Albanian rocks the house with his band. With The Flurries. 8pm. $8.

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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

June 21st, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

Down in Woodstock, the Bearsville Theater has added a big batch of new shows, including the Marc Black Band Freedom Show at 8pm on Sunday, July 2 (FREE); Crosby, Stills & Nash tribute band CSNsongs at 8pm on Friday, July 14 ($20 & $25); The Motet at 8pm on Thursday, July 20 ($25, $35 & $45); former Illinois Speed Press and Fabulous Rhinestones guitarist Kal David at 9pm on Friday, July 21 ($20); New Orleans funkateers Galactic with the Hip Abduction at 8pm on Thursday, August 10 ($30, $40 & $50); reggae legend Yellowman at 9pm on Thursday, August 31 ($20, $30 & $40); The Werks at 9pm on Saturday, September 2 ($12, $20 & $30); super cellist Ben Sollee & the Kentucky Native at 8pm on Thursday, September 28 ($14 & $20); and Son Little with ALA.NI at 9pm on Friday, October 20 ($15 & $20).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In late-breaking concert news, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center has announced that Future will headline a hip-hip show with Post Malone and Zoey Dallaz. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (June 24).

Singer-songwriter Lissie – who released her new single “Boyfriend” on Tuesday – is slated to make a tour stop at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Friday, October 27. Also new on the Hollow’s concert calendar are Chicano Batman on Monday, July 31; Australian dance-pop singer Betty Who (fresh from her headlining performance at the Capital Pride Festival) at 9pm on Tuesday, September 5 ($17 in advance; $20 at the door); and forward-thinking cellist Ben Sollee & the Kentucky Native at 9pm on Wednesday, September 27 ($12.50 in advance; $15 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall beefed up its fall season with the addition of concerts by super singer-songwriter Randy Newman and the reunion of folk-pop trio Cry Cry Cry featuring Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (June 23).

The Charlie Hunter Trio is slated for a return to the Parish Public House in Albany at 8pm on Friday, July 14. Tickets are on sale now priced at $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Garcia Project has scheduled a return to the Cohoes Music Hall, in the wake of their sold-out show there earlier this year. Tickets are on sale now.

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SPAC Announces New Concert

June 21st, 2017, 10:31 am by Greg

We’re already more than a month into SPAC’s summer concert season, but here’s a new surprise announcement:

Hip-hop hitmaker Future is bringing his Future Hndrxx Tour to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday, August 23.

Opening the show at 7:30pm will be Post Malone and Zoey Dollaz.

Priced at $49.50, $69.50 & $89.50 for reserved amphitheater seats and $26 for lawn general admission, tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, June 23.

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