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8/30/14: Today’s Tips: Saturday

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: “Brooklyn @ Belleayre” @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount. It’s the last concert of the summer at Belleayre, and it’s the Hold Steady headlining in support of their latest album, Teeth Dreams. Also performing straight outta the hipster borough are Big Data, Lily and the Parlour Tricks and Joni Fatora, turning it into a mini-fest. 6pm. $36, $46, $56 & $66; lawn $26; students half price.

MUSIC: Billy Cobham’s Spectrum 40 Band @ The Egg, Albany. The master drummer serves up a special evening of muscular jazz fusion in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his debut solo album, Spectrum. With Gary Husband (keyboards), Dean Brown (guitar) and Ric Fierabracci (bass). 8pm. $29.50.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Final Stretch Saratoga Music Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Solid Smoke, Scotty Mac & the Goldtops, Rich Ortiz, the Marc Berger Band, the Hollows, Breaking the Silence and lots more. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule… Also at 7pm Sunday.

MUSIC: Josh Groban @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Accompanied by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. 7pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: This Renaissance @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. CD release party for the band’s new EP, Phoenix. With Stellar Young, So Last Year, City Under Seige and Good Guys Bad Guys. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Audio Agents @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. CD release party for Scott Chambers’ album. Shyste hots with performances by Animal Cracker, Mic Lanny, Marcus Malk, Mike Arson, Big Rush, Dubbz and lots more. 9pm.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: moe.down @ Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Turin. It’s Day Two of moe.’s 15th annual bash with performances today by Gogol Bordello, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, Conehead Buddha, American Babies, Twiddle and of course moe. Music officially starts at 12noon. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of performances…

MUSIC: Fred Hersch @ Windham Civic Centre Concert Hall, Windham. The Windham Chamber Music Festival presents a solo concert by the acclaimed jazz pianist. 8pm. $25; $22 seniors; $5 students.



Real Good for FREE: Uncle Sam Jam & Car Show @ Powers Park on Saturday

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Johnny Rabb

Johnny Rabb

The Uncle Sam Jam and the South Troy Timing Association’s Power in the Park team up for one big day of automobiles and audio delights, as music and muscle cars fill Troy’s Powers Park on Saturday (August 30).

The day-long bash runs from 1-7pm, and admission is free.

Here’s the schedule of bands lined up for the 2014 Uncle Sam Jam:


10-Piece Band Serves Up a Hot End-of-Summer Dance Party @ MASS MoCA

Friday, August 29th, 2014
EMEFE Dance Party at Mass MoCA August 30, 2014.

EMEFE Dance Party at MASS MoCA, August 30, 2014

Weather permitting, you will be dancing under the stars as EMEFE (as in M.F.A. – Music Frees All) a ten-piece soul-funk-everything band celebrates Labor Day weekend. These ten wailing musicians are on a mission to prove that there are no bad days, only days that need a new soundtrack. The blazing rhythms and bright sound will bounce off the bricks at MASS MoCA on Saturday (August 30) at 8pm in Courtyard C for an end-of-summer dance party that’s sure to be a barn-burner.

EMEFE lures crowds from the bar to the dance floor by beginning its live shows in the audience. The group is prone to snake conga lines while blaring trumpet squeals and swinging saxophones in one syncopated rhythm. The fun gets started at 8pm, and, yeah, if you want to learn some new moves, there will be some fun dance instruction by Jacob’s Pillow.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Charles Busch Returns to Club Helsinki, Aug. 31 for “Pretty in Pink” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, August 29th, 2014


After two sold out engagements at Club Helsinki in Hudson, Charles Busch, Tony Award nominee for his hit Broadway play, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and legendary drag star of such films as Die, Mommie, Die! and Psycho Beach Party, returns for a third engagement to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday (August 31) at 8PM as part of the Helsinki on Broadway cabaret series presented in association with Showstoppers New York.

Back with brand new stories, brand new songs and brand new gowns, the fabulous, flamboyant and forever fascinating Charles Busch is not to be missed in a rare appearance in these parts. His all new show Pretty in Pink features Tom Judson on the piano and promises to be an evening of glamour, music, gossip, comedy and general mayhem! As an author his plays include The Lady in Question, Red Scare at Sunset and the long running Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Festival Fever: The Capital District Scottish Games @ Altamont Fairgrounds

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Bagpipe bands

The massed pipe band at the Capital District Scottish Games, 2013

Photograph by Michael Seinberg

The annual Capital District Scottish Games will once again take over the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont on Saturday and Sunday (August 30 & 31), and naturally there will be plenty of competition going on – everything from the traditional caber toss to the Northeastern United States Pipe Band Championship to the Highland Dance Competition.

And, of course, it just wouldn’t be a Scottish festival without music – lots of music. The grounds will be jam-packed with a wide assortment of musical variety all day long on Saturday and Sunday. There’s solo piping and drumming, as well as the massed pipe band extravaganza featuring more than 500 pipers.

Gates open at 8am on Saturday; 10am on Sunday. Saturday tickets are $22 at the gate, while Sunday tickets are $12 at the gate; children 12 and under are FREE.

In addition, the weekend-long celebration of all things Scottish will also feature performances by:


8/29/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

Friday, August 29th, 2014

MUSIC: Roomful of Teeth @ MASS MoCA’s Courtyard C, North Adams. Upon receiving their 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Roomful of Teeth director Brad Wells said, “We wouldn’t have this album without our work at MASS MoCA.” And now the shape-shifting a cappella ensemble is back, churning out Hindustani and Persian singing styles, Ritornello with music and film by vocalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw and compositions by avant-folk fave Sam Amidon. 8pm. $20 & $25.

MUSIC: Jason Aldean @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. Is it possible that the SPAC season is really almost over? Yup, and country hitmaker Jason Aldean is the shed’s penultimate concert of the summer. With Florida Georgia Line. 7pm.

ARTS WALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. Art exhibits, music, comedy, theater, fun, food, shopping and more… 5-9pm. FREE.

EVENT: Ecstatic Age @ Collar Works, Troy. Exploring ideas, techniques and ephemera related to self-improvement, empowerment, transcendence, fulfillment and ecstasy, the new age meets the now age in an evening of performances, music, workshops (yoga, self-help, hypnotism) and more. With music by Swamp Baby, Bell’s Roar, Claymation, Sun Burdens, Moon Magick and lots more. 6pm. $5-$10. GO HERE for more info and a complete list of performers…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: moe.down @ Snow Ridge Ski Resort, Turin. It’s Day One of moe.’s 15th annual bash with performances today by Lotus, the Werks and of course moe. Music officially starts at 6:15pm. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of performances…

MUSIC: Train @ Tanglewood, Lenox. Pat Monahan and the boys – minus drummer (and Saratoga Springs native) Scott Underwood, who parting ways with the band in June – return to preview their upcoming new album, Bulletproof Picasso. 7pm. $27.50-$99.50.

MUSIC: Street Corner Holler @ Mouzon House, Saratoga Springs. Blues and more…

MUSIC: The Hollows @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Brooklyn-based roots-rockers. With Gusto, ThirteenFour and Paradox Saints. 8:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones featuring Dennis Greunling @ Riverfront Park, Athens. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: Graham Tichy @ Brown’s Brewing Co., Troy. 9pm. FREE.


Festival Fever: Kingston’s Wall Street Jazz Festival on Saturday

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The annual Wall Street Jazz Festival is slated to return to the corner of Wall and North Front streets in Kingston on Saturday (August 30), and if you want to know what makes this jazz fest different than any other in Greater Nippertown, just take a look at the list of bandleaders – they’re all women.

And, of course, the festival is free, too.

In case of bad weather, the fest will move indoors to the BSP Lounge (which will also be hosting the fest after-party with music by the Pleasers at 10pm; $5 admission).

Here’s the line-up of performers for the 11th annual Wall Street Jazz Fest:


Tanglewood’s Labor Day Weekend offers Tony Bennett, Josh Groban and Boston Pops, plus Train [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops return for the last time this season for an evening with Josh Groban.

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops return for the last time this season for an evening with Josh Groban.

Wrapping up a star-studded summer of great music, the Tanglewood Music Festival pulls out all the stops for the final weekend of music with some of the finest artists performing today. Here’s what’s on the calendar:

Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! opens the Labor Day weekend festivities at Tanglewood on Thursday, August 28 with a live presentation of the witty and fast-paced radio quiz program. This 8 p.m. performance, featuring hosts Peter Sagal and Judge and Scorekeeper Bill Kurtis, will be recorded for broadcast to its weekly audience of 3.2 million weekly listeners on more than 600 NPR stations nationwide. Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is presented Tanglewood at on August 28 in conjunction with NPR and NEPR. Tickets for Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Range from $24 to $120 and can be purchased at, by calling 888-266-1200 or at the Tanglewood Box Office.

Grammy award-winning rock group Train helps close out the 2014 Tanglewood season this summer with their concert on Friday, August 29, at 7 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Train made its Tanglewood debut with a concert on August 8, 2011 and performed again at Tanglewood in August 2012. The multi-platinum band made its mark on music history with the Grammy Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles like “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.”

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