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Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Iconic cult filmmaker-author-raconteur John Waters is headed into Basilica Hudson in Hudson with a performance of his one-man show “This Filthy World, Volume 2″ to benefit Basilica Arts and the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York at 8pm on Saturday, October 18. Tickets are $125; VIP (with open bar) $175; students $50.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Elizabeth McGovern (yes, Lady Cora of “Downton Abbey”) leads her band Sadie & the Hotheads into The Egg during their debut American tour. Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday (October 3).

Club Helsinki in Hudson is hosted the CD release party for master jazz drummer Bobby Previte’s new album, Terminals, at 8pm on Monday, October 20. Previte will be joined by So Percussion and keyboardist John Medeski, who both guest on the album. Tickets are $15 in advand; $18 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band rumble into Albany’s Times Union Center in support of their new album, Ride Out. More importantly, the J. Geils Band opens the show. Tickets go on sale at 10am Saturday (October 4).

Breaking Benjamin goes unplugged for a concert at Clifton Park’s Upstate Concert Hall at 8pm on Thursday, October 16. Priced at $30, tickets are slated to go on sale on Friday (October 3). Also at UCH, Emblem3 – whose music has been described as “like Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz had a baby and Lil Wayne was babysitting” – make their Nippertown debut at 7pm on Thursday, November 13 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door). And rapper Chris Webby also returns at 8pm on Wednesday, November 26 ($18 in advance; on sale on Friday).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Eighth Step at Proctors announced its fall season of concerts, including Joe Crookston & the BlueBird Jubilee featuring Peter Glanville, Janis Ian, the Battlefield Band, Skip Gorman & Connie Dover, the Grand Slambovians, Anne Hills & Michael Smith, Magpie with Kim & Reggie Harris.



10 Artists Show 4 Works Over 10 Hours in One Day @ EMPAC Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

On Saturday (October 4), EMPAC at RPI in Troy will present a day of contemporary art spanning disciplines, inviting the public to experience a festival of newly commissioned works that push boundaries of storytelling, along with one of the most technically outstanding guitarists of our time.

At 4PM, Temporary Distortion begins a six-hour performance of “My Voice Has an Echo in It,” combining live music, text and video in a fully enclosed 24′ x 6′ capsule made of two-way mirrors. All performers are completely confined within this free-standing, soundproof box; the audience watches and listens from outside, but the performers cannot see outside the container.

The first of three EMPAC-commissioned works premiering that day, “My Voice Has an Echo in It” calls into question the very nature of live events, with all sounds created by the performers captured, processed and stored by a computer before being played back for the listener after a few seconds delay. The audience experiences the performance both as a live spectacle and a disembodied record of what has just been presented. Audience members can listen to the performance through headphones stationed at windows in the soundproof box and are free to come and go whenever they please.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

THE DOZEN: October’s Must-See Concerts

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

By Greg Haymes

You could call it Best Bets or Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. One entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so please feel free to weigh in on what you think we missed.

Here’s The Dozen for October:

OCTOBER 3: The Both @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Aimee Mann. Ted Leo. Together. With Elijah & the Moon. 9pm. $29-$59.

OCTOBER 9: Carlene Carter @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The daughter of country music legends June Carter and Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and granddaughter of the legendary “Mother” Maybelle Carter lands in the Spa City in support of her new album, Carter Girl. Two shows – 7 & 9pm. $40; $20 students & children.


FIVE FIRSTS: Mira Stanley of the Sea the Sea

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

NAME: Mira Stanley
INSTRUMENT: shared vocals, electric/acoustic guitars, percussion, piano

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Madonna’s Like A Prayer. Not only did I buy this album, but I learned every single word just prior to my sixth birthday. I spent the last night of my fifth year alive dressed up as Madonna, singing through the entire album. There might have been some pretty serious interpretive dancing as well.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … It was either the Beach Boys or Crosby, Stills & Nash. Both were big outdoor stage shows. I saw the former from someone’s shoulders and the latter from a blanket. I remember how exciting it was not only to be around so many people, but to be out in the world at night.


10/1/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

MUSIC: Sean Rowe @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. The Troy singer-songwriter with the booming voice celebrates the release of his new Anti- Records CD, Madman. With Curtis McMurtry. 7pm. $18.

MUSIC: Eric Pasley @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. The country music hitmaker sings “Friday Night,” “Song About a Girl” and more. 9pm. $20.

READING: John Lahr @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. The former senior drama critic for The New Yorker and Tony Award-winning playwright (for “Elaine Stritch at Liberty”) reads from his new book, “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh.” 8pm. FREE. Also a free seminar at 4:15pm at UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall.

MUSIC: Ronald Feldman @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The renowned cellist is accompanied by pianist Doris Stevenson for the program “From Beethoven to the Beatles.” 8pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Other Desert Cities” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Jon Robin Baitz’s comedy/drama about prodigal daughter Brooke Wyeth, who returns to her Palm Springs Desert home to celebrate the holidays after six years away and announces plans to publish her childhood memoir – complete with revelations of deep family secrets. Directed by Michael Bush. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, October 19.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat. 10pm.

READING: Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s the monthly Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic with featured reader Brian Dorn. 7pm.

Real Good for FREE: Local Harvest Festival @ Washington Park on Sunday

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Olivia Quillio

Olivia Quillio

Good food…
Good music…
Good times…

The Honest Weight Food Co-op is presenting its sixth annual Local Harvest Festival at the Lakehouse in Albany’s Washington Park from 12noon-4pm on Sunday (October 5). The focus of the free, rain-or-shine fest is a Local Foods Marketplace with more than 50 vendors, but there will also be children’s activities, chef demonstrations, crafters and, of course, a healthy serving of homegrown Local 518 music, too.

Here’s the line-up of bands performing at Sunday’s Local Harvest Festival:


Still Another New Concert Announced for The Egg

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

After announcing two new concerts on Monday – the Johnny Winter Remembrance Concert (featuring Sonny Landreth, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Debbie Davies) and Sadie & the Hotheads (featuring Elizabeth McGovern of “Downton Abbey”) – The Egg adds another new show to its concert calendar with the return of Led Zeppelin tribute band, Hammer of the Gods.

The band’s two-and-a-half-hour multi-media retrospective of the music of Led Zep returns to The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, March 7. Tickets for the show are currently on sale, priced at $39.50 & $44.50.

Five Firsts: Chuck E. Costa of the Sea the Sea

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
The Sea The Sea

The Sea The Sea

NAME: Chuck E. Costa
INSTRUMENT: vocals, electric/acoustic guitars, percussion, piano

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors. My mom is from Norway, and we used to spend a few weeks there in the summer visiting family. One year we spent some time on my great grandparents’ super remote and rustic (no plumbing) farm out in the country. My sister and I had a red battery-powered tape player and that album was our only connection to civilization. We wore that tape out completely…


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