Archive for the ‘Be Here Now: Previews’ Category

11/28/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

Friday, November 28th, 2014

MUSIC: Holidelic @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The brainchild of the E Street Band’s Everett Bradley, the Xmas-rated holiday-funk spectacular is part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show and part pure George Clinton-inspired fa-la-la fun. 9pm. $25 & $30. Also at 9pm on Saturday. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Slick Rick @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. Hosted by Oddy Gato. With DJ Trumastr. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Grainbelt @ the Low Beat, Albany. The Black Friday tradition continues at a new location… 6pm.

MUSIC: Brooks Williams @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The singer-songwriter writes grooving songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops as he walks the line between blues and Americana. With Sari Kane & Dave Steele. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Amy Helm’s “Oh to be Home Again” @ Levon Helm’s Barn, Woodstock. Amy Helm’s musical homecoming with guests Elizabeth Mitchell, Dan Littleton, Connor Kennedy, Lee Falco, Brandon Morrison, Mike + Ruthy, more. 8pm. $35. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Thanksgiving Super Soul Fest @ The Egg, Albany. Vintage R&B and hip-hop from Al. B. Sure, Kurtis Blow, Fonda Rae, Jeff Redd, Cupid Shuffle, more. 8pm. $44, $54 & $64.

ARTSWALK: Troy Night Out @ various locations, Troy. Visual art exhibits, music, shopping, fun and more… 5-9pm. FREE.



COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

See ‘em now, or regret it later… The Terminals Band – an all-star quartet led by drummer-composer Bobby Previte and performing music from his recently released Terminals album – make their debut (and perhaps only performance) at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Saturday, December 20. In addition to Previte, the band features Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, jam-band keyboard icon John Medeski and jazz sax master Greg Osby, all of who perform on the album. “I had the idea to put the soloists together as a band, and so this is the first time we have all played together,” says Previte. “This could be a one-time only event … it probably will be.” Also, Helsinki has announced that old-school soul man Lee Fields & the Expressions will be stirrin’ it up at 9pm on Wednesday, December 31. Tickets for the big New Year’s Eve show are $45 & $55.

POSTPONED: Tonight’s (Wednesday, November 26) concert by Dave Davies at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield has been postponed. Also, Chris Webby’s concert at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, originally scheduled for tonight, has also been postponed.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston welcomes guitar great and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jeff Beck. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Tuesday, December 9.

This one really snuck up on us – David Johansen returns to the Falcon in Marlboro on Saturday (November 29). The New York Dolls frontman will be performing as a duo accompanied by guitarist-drummer Brian Koonin. Singer-songwriter Adrien Reju opens the show at 7pm. Donations are encouraged.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Calvin Theatre in Northampton announced a batch of new concerts, including the New Pornographers, Pink Floyd tribute band the Machine, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention tribute band Zappa Plays Zappa and comedian Charlie Murphy (who is also Eddie Murphy’s brother). Tickets are on sale now.

The twangmaster of the Telecaster returns to the Ale House in Troy. Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun bring their annual Honky-Tonk Holiday tour to town at 7pm on Wednesday, December 19, uncorking such cracklin’ carols as “Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas,” “Silent Surfin’ Night” and “Truckin’ Trees for Christmas.” Local 518 rockabilly heroes the Lustre Kings will share the stage.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: MASS MoCA in North Adams will play host to the fab Kat Edmonson for an intimate concert at Club B-10 in support of her new album, The Big Picture. Tickets are on sale now.


A FEW MINUTES WITH… Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Story and interview by Don Wilcock

The front man in a rock band always gets the attention, but in the case of the Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, Aerosmith and the J. Geils Band, it’s the collaboration of two songwriting band members that makes it jell. Maintaining such collaborations over several decades has been problematic for each. That the J. Geils Band is playing together at all in 2014 is a miracle. That they haven’t produced a new song together in more than 30 years is not surprising. And that the namesake founding member Jay Geils isn’t even in the band that opens for Bob Seger on Tuesday night (December 2) at the Times Union Center just adds to the confusion.

Peter Wolf, however, takes it all in stride. “The Dave Clark Five or Paul Revere & the Raiders, I don’t know. There are so many bands that have that. The Allman Brothers were named after two brothers, Duane and Gregg. Then there was only one Allman. There weren’t two. But they didn’t change their name. They just kept going.”

It has caused Wolf some problems over the years, however. “I think the name J. Geils is very confusing to people,” he told me in 2011, “ because still today I walk down the street, and people come up to me, ‘J., how ya doin,’ man?’ And so that causes great confusion. When Bill Graham first saw the band, he came running into the dressing room, put his arms around me and said, ‘J., you were great,’ after we had played the Fillmore. And I said, ‘I’m not J.’ ‘Well, who the hell are ya?’ I said, ‘I’m Peter Wolf.’ He said, ‘Well, why is it called the J. Geils Band?’ And that’s a story in itself we need not go into now.”


11/26/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

We’ll be updating today’s listings with any postponements or cancellations as they are announced throughout the day…

MUSIC: Dave Davies @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The Kinks’ guitar hero and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer cranks up those Kinks classics as well as his too often overlooked solo work, including selections from his latest album, Rippin’ Up Time. 7:30pm. $30, $50 & $70. UPDATE: Due to snow emergency, this show has been postponed. New date TBA.

MUSIC: Hamell On Trial @ the Low Beat, Albany. Armed with his battered acoustic guitar, the ex-Nippertonian one-man rock band/jokester/storyteller fires up his righteous anger, sly humor and clever wordsmithmanship. This how to kick off yer big holiday weekend… 8pm.

MUSIC: The Late Shift @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Guitarslinger Mike Davies (no relation to Dave Davies) and the boys rattle the shingles on North Pearl Street. With the Ashbury. 9pm. $10.

MUSIC: O.A.R. @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Rockville LP tour lands in Nippertown for a big Thanksgiving Eve show. With Andy Grammer. 8pm. $29.75, $34.75, $39.75 & $49.75.

MUSIC: The Bremners @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Spa. Rob Skane & Co. bring the Mersybeat and more… 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Chris Webby @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. With Jitta On the Track, AMJ and Quale Jak. 8pm. $20. UPDATE: Due to weather concerns, this show has been postponed to Saturday, December 13.

MUSIC: Holly & Evan @ the Olde English Pub & Pantry, Albany. 8pm.


Ho-Ho-Ho… It’s Holidelic @ Helsinki

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Holidelic (photo: Mikiodo)

Holidelic (photo: Mikiodo)

Once again, the annual holiday-funk spectacular Holidelic – the brainchild of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, actor and dancer Everett Bradley (aka Papadelic; aka the Miracle on 134th Street; aka the Ghetto-Fabulous Father of Fa La La Funk) – will usher in the holiday season at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 9pm on Friday and Saturday (November 28 & 29). Part dance party, part funk concert, part comedy show, the Xmas-rated, Yuletide-themed extravaganza features original holiday songs as well as loose, funk-infused adaptations of Tchaikovsky, “Frosty the Snowman,” “Little Drummer Boy” and the like. Tickets are $20 & $25 in advance; $25 & $30 at the door.

With this year’s new edition of the show, “Holidelic: Sugar Daddy,” Bradley and his sprawling, 12-piece outfit put a fresh spin on holiday cheer, through lively holiday party tunes, outrageous costumes and a theatrical stage show worthy of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic. It won’t be a “Silent Night” when Holidelic reinvigorates the season, prompting concert-goers to shake their holiday booties to Sly Stone-style funk ‘n’ roll. Ho-ho-ho…

So who is Everett Bradley? Well, he was the first American to perform with and direct the British percussion stage sensation “Stomp.” He was the co-writer, co-arranger, Theatre World Award-winner and star of the hit musical, “Swing,” which won a Tony Award and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Broadway Cast Recording. He was recently a cast member of the hit Broadway show “After Midnight.” He has toured and recorded with such A-list artists as Bobby McFerrin, Jon Bon Jovi and David Bowie. He’s the musical director and bandleader for “The Meredith Vieira Show,” the NBC-TV daytime talk show.

And – oh yeah – you may have seen him earlier this year playing a sold-out concert at the Times Union Center – as percussionist-vocalist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

Madcap Time Again as the PantoLoons Take Ghent Playhouse Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
The Pantoloons take a bow in last year’s panto “SleepFrog” at The Ghent Playhouse. (photo: Daniel Region)

The Pantoloons take a bow in last year’s panto “SleepFrog” at the Ghent Playhouse. (photo: Daniel Region)

Opening Friday (November 28) and running through Sunday, December 14, the Ghent Playhouse will present the PantoLoons’ fifteenth production. This year, the madcap troupe will present “Ali Baba and the Four Tea Thieves,” a new, heretofore untold, version of the Two Thousand and One Nights story of Ali Baba. The number of PantoLoons in the company necessitated this adaptation, thus Four Tea Thieves instead of Forty. Thus tea becomes the prize commodity instead of oil, leaving plenty of room for commentary on today’s mores.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Bands Announced for Capital Area Music Awards Show

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Cammys

As we’ve noted earlier, the second annual Capital Area Music Awards show – aka, the Cammys – is slated to take place at The Linda in Albany at 5pm on Saturday, January 25.

Now the organizers have announced the list of bands who will be performing live at the ceremonies:

RICH ORTIZ (singer-songwriter)
HAIR BAND RIOT (rock covers)
FORMULA 5 (jam band)
SOUL SKY (blues)
FITTED (hip-hop)

Tickets for the awards ceremony/show are $12.50 in advance; $15 at the door.

NOTE: If you’re a Local 518 musician or band who would like to be considered for a nomination at the Capital Area Music Awards show, the deadline for submissions is Sunday (November 30).

Tanglewood Announces New Pop Concert

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Earlier this month, we announced a batch of new pop and rock concerts for the 2015 summer season at Tanglewood. Now the Lenox shed has bolstered its season with another concert announcement.

Tony Award-winning singer-actress Idina Menzel — the Broadway star of “Rent,” “Wicked” and “If/Then,” as well as the singer of the ubiquitous “Let It Go” from the hit Disney animated film, “Frozen” – is slated to return to the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood for a concert at 7pm on Saturday, August 29. Menzel previously performed at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops during the 2010 season.

Ticket prices for Menzel’s upcoming concert run from $24.50 for lawn general admission to $149.50 for premium reserved seating in the amphitheater. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 5.

Obviously, Menzel’s come a long, long way since making her Nippertown debut at Valentine’s Music Hall in support of her debut album, Still I Can’t Be Still, way back in 1998…

Idina Menzel, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Caffe LenaHolly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellAdvertise on Nippertown!Keep Albany BoringLeave Regular Radio BehindBerkshire On StageThe LindaHudson SoundsArtist Charles HaymesAlbany PoetsAustralian Cattle Dog Rescue Association