Berkshire Theatre Group Holds 11th Annual Richie duPont Award Event featuring The Berkshire Jazz Collective to Raise Funds for BTG PLAYS! Camp Scholarships
Berkshire Theatre Group is planning the 11th Annual Richie duPont Award Event featuring The Berkshire Jazz Collective on Friday, May, 27, 2016 at 7pm at The Garage.
Tickets to the 11th Annual Richie duPont Award Event are $15 for adults, and $10 for ages 18 and under in advance; and $20 for adults and $15 for ages 18 and under the day of show. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444, or online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.
All proceeds benefit BTG’s Richie duPont Award. The Richie duPont Award started in memory of the talented young actor and member of the BTG Community, Richie duPont. The fund was established in 2005 to enable children to pursue their dreams of being on stage and afford them the opportunity to attend one of BTG PLAYS! camp sessions.
Just outside of Saratoga Springs, the 801 Supper Club at the Mansion Inn in Rock City Falls is once again gearing up for a summertime dinner-and-a-show cabaret series. There are six performances in the Thursday evening series, and the price for each show is $60, which includes at 6pm three-course prix fix dinner, as well as the 8pm cabaret performance. Discounts are available for multiple advance ticket purchases.
The Low Beat in Albany has added a couple of top-notch shows for the summer, including the return of Wussy at 8pm on Saturday, July 9 ($10 in advance); the Albany debut of Bloodshot recording artists Freakwater with Drunken Prayer at 8pm on Thursday, July 21 ($12 in advance); and Two Cow Garage at 8pm on Friday, July 29 ($10 in advance).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Troy’s free Rockin’ On the River Concert Series takes over Riverfront Park this summer with performances by Start Making Sense, the Troy Music Academy All-Stars, Skeeter Creek, MaryLeigh Roohan, So So Glos, Stellar Young, Almost Queen, Eastbound Jesus, North & South Dakotas, the Felice Brothers, The Parlor, Blues for Breakfast, Caroline Rose and Rabbit in the Rye.
Albany’s Parish Public House has added some sweet new shows to its upcoming roster of concerts, including the return of forward-thinking jazz guitarist Will Bernard and his trio on Friday, June 3 and some mighty rollicking (and spicy) Big Easy sounds from the Joe Krown Trio on Saturday, July 9 ($15) and Big Sam’s Funky Nation on Friday, July 15 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up of bands has been revealed for the free Music Haven concert series in Schenectady’s Central Park, including Pape Diouf et la Generation Consciente, Umoja African Dance & Drumming, Jerry Douglas Presents the Earls of Leicester, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Gary Nuney y Plena Libre, Jose Conde Unplugged, Monty Alexander’s Harlem Kingston Trio, Alfred St. John’s Trinidad & Tobago Steelband, DakhaBrakha, Tavche Gravche, Dervish and Matt & Shannon Heaton.
Down in Woodstock, the Bearsville Theater is hosting a benefit concert for Khusi Hona Woodstock featuring John Medeski & Friends on Sunday, June 12. Special guests for the 7pm show include Amy Helm, Marco Benevento, Simi Stone, Elizabeth Mitchell, Dan Littleton, Jerry Marotta, Mike Rivard, Peter Dougan, Buried Treasure, Tulsi Anna, Marlon Dubois, Ruby Nagelberg, Fenner Osmond, Lucas Siegel and more. Tickets are $20, $30, $40 & $55. Also on tap at Bearsville are Wise Old Moon with the Dylan Doyle Band at 9pm on Friday, June 24 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door); and Jamaican reggae great King Yellowman & the Sagittarius Band at 9pm on Saturday, August 20 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door; $50 reserved).
Also down in Woodstock, veteran folkie Happy Traum takes over the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts with his songs-and-stories show, “Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and the Woodstock Scene (1954-1971),” at 8pm on Saturday, June 18. Tickets are $20.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Robert Cray Band is slated for a return to The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (May 27).
Since 1970, the Pick’n’ & Sing’n’ Gather’n’ has sponsored the GottaGetGon, a Memorial Day weekend musical getaway and family folk festival. It’s informal, interactive and lots of fun. Camping is encouraged. So grab your musical instrument and get gone…
Featured performers at this summer’s GottaGetGon include self-taught guitarist and banjo player Charlie Parr, the Rhode Island husband-and-wife duo of Atwater-Donnelly, the versatile Heather Pierson Trio and the Celtic sounds of the Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald Quartet.
Held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa, gates open on Friday afternoon on May 27, and the fest gets rolling with at 8pm with the New Generation Folk Concert hosted by Fiona Craig and featuring performances by the 5 Mile String Band, the Young Novelists and Max Hatt/Edda Glass.
MUSIC: AndersonPonty Band @ The Egg, Albany. Jon Anderson (the original lead vocalist of the legendary progressive rock pioneers Yes) teams up with Jean-Luc Ponty (the undisputed violin master of jazz fusion) to revisit their respective repertoires with innovative arrangements and virtuosic performances along with Jamie Glaser (guitar), Wally Minko (keyboards), Baron Browne (bass) and Rayford Griffin (drums). 7:30pm. $35 & $45.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Aaron Dessner @ Friends @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Aaron Dessner of indie-rock heroes The National hosts “Good Food for Hudson,” a benefit concert featuring Lisa Hannigan, Buke & Gase, Patrick Higgins and Dessner’s National bandmate Scott Devendorf, who will DJ a special set of tracks from the band’s Grateful Dead tribute album, Day of the Dead. 7pm.
MUSIC: Florist @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. Former Nippertonians Emily Sprague, Rick Spataro and Jonnie Baker (now based in Brooklyn) teamed up with drummer Felix Walworth and together they recorded the charming new album The Birds Outside Sang. With Immaculate Heart and flower housewife. 8pm. $8.
MUSIC: Primal Fear @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Led by singer Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner, Primal Fear has been leading the headbanging charge since their 1998 debut album. With Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody and Shadow Strike. 8pm. $30.
Born in Greater Nippertown and currently headquartered in Brooklyn, Florist features former Local 518 faves Emily Sprague with Rick Spataro (Slender Shoulders, the Firs), Jonnie Baker (the Firs) and the latest recruit Felix Walworth (Told Slant). In support of their new album, The Birds Outside Sang, they recently stopped by the NPR Studios to record the above Tiny Desk Concert.
FreshGrass, MASS MoCA’s three-day bluegrass and roots music festival, announces additional bands for its annual September festival. UK experimental folk group Lau, mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull, Texas blues and roots sensation Ruthie Foster, alt-folk, Northampton-based Parsonsfield and Mexican bluegrasser Rana Santacruz join the festival line-up, which already brims with Americana favorites including Old Crow Medicine Show, Glen Hansard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Rosanne Cash, the Devil Makes Three, a Saturday night hoedown featuring the Infamous Stringdusters, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Aoife O’Donovan, Alison Brown, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Stephane Wrembel, John Reischman & the Jaybirds, Mr. Sun, Mile Twelve and last year’s FreshGrass Award winners Old Salt Union and Zoe & Cloyd. FreshGrass, at MASS MoCA on September 16-18, 2016, features bluegrass traditionalists and innovators on four stages and in every nook and cranny of the museum’s 28-building, 16-acre campus. This year’s festival marks an integrated partnership with No Depression, the quarterly journal for roots music and online roots music authority.
Lau is at the center of the British folk scene. Featuring guitar, fiddle, squeezebox and the hearty vocals of its three members (Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke), the band’s name comes from an old Orcadian word for “natural light,” and its music follows suit. “Steeped in folk heritage but with a love for experimentation” (The Guardian), Lau’s shimmering folk melodies and countless instrumental layers shed new light on traditional music. Beginning with its debut album released in 2007, Lau won Best Group for three consecutive years at the BBC Folk Awards, has made appearances at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Music Festival and wowed a U.S. audience at last year’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival. With three masterful studio albums released, Folk Radio UK names Lau as “the mothership for an extraordinary artistic outpouring and some of the best music being made anywhere in any genre.”
Championed by Alison Krauss as having talent with no boundaries, mandolin extraordinaire and prodigy Sierra Hull hits the FreshGrass stage on her way to a tremendously bright future. Hull began playing mandolin at age eight, was signed to Rounder Records at age 13, and now at 24, after attending and graduating from Berklee College of Music on the prestigious Presidential Scholarship, has already recorded three studio albums, collaborating with mentor Alison Krauss. Her most recent, Weighted Mind, produced by banjo luminary Béla Fleck, is a “stunning coming-of-age album” with which Hull joins the likes of Nickel Creek alums Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins as “pedigreed virtuosos whose youthful, searching musical minds have taken them into postmodern singer-songwriter territory and beyond” (NPR Music).