MASS MoCA Announces New Outdoor Concert

February 22nd, 2018, 9:00 am by Greg

MASS MoCA in North Adams presents Courtney Barnett in concert on Thursday, July 12 with her full band. The Australian singer-songwriter broke into the music scene with an uppercut punch — the sardonic lyrics and deadpan delivery of her 2015 debut album propelled her from slinging drinks at a Melbourne bar to become an indie-rock darling and global sensation at just 24 years old. She infuses her plainspoken lyrics with a wit and wisdom beyond her years, and in concert matches it with a driving guitar that instantly brings every audience to its feet.

Last year, Barnett teamed up with War on Drugs’ Kurt Vile for Lotta Sea Lice, a clever and carefree collaborative album that nearly every authoritative music mag gushed over. And Nameless Faceless, her sophomore solo effort to be released in May, has been named one of the most anticipated albums of 2018 by both Rolling Stone and Pitchfork.

The concert – slated to take place outdoors in MASS MoCA’s Courtyard – will also feature Cameroon-born multi-instrumentalist Vagabon kicking off the evening’s festivities at 8pm.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (February 23), priced at $27 in advance; $37 at the door; $47 preferred.


2/22/18: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

February 22nd, 2018, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Tom Paxton & the DonJuans @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The legendarysinger-songwriter returns to Lena’s legendary stage for the first time in 24 years. He’ll have Grammy-winners John Vezner and Don Henry playing with him. 7pm. $57.

MUSIC: Mike Musillami & Rich Syracuse @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Capital District Jazz presents the guitar-and-bass duo in a CD release concert for Bird Calls, featuring adventurous interpretations of the iconic music of Charles Mingus. 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: Jerrod Niemann @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. Nashville hitmaker from “Lover, Lover” to “God Made a Woman.” 7pm.

MUSIC: Tal National @ The Falcon, Marlboro. The West African band pumps out high energy rock and roll on their latest album, Zoy Zoy, recorded in Niamey, Niger’s capital. With Common Tongue. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

THEATER: “Othello” @ Hudson Valley Community College Siek Campus Center’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Troy. Shakespeare & Company caps it ninth annual week-long residency with a 90-minute performance of Shakespeare’s tragic take of Othello, a powerful general of the Venetian army, whose life and marriage are ruined by a conniving, deceitful and envious soldier, named lago. 12noon. FREE.

THEATER: “Les Miserables” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. 1:30 & 8pm. Through Sunday.

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SPAC Announces New Concert

February 21st, 2018, 1:00 pm by Greg

Imagine Dragons are bringing their Evolve Tour to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Friday, June 29. Grace VanderWaal will open the show at 7pm.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday, March 3, priced at $39.50, $59.50, $79.50 & $129.50 for reserved amphitheater tickets and $35 for lawn general admission. A limited number of lawn ticket four-packs will be available for $99 while supplies last.

FEST: Disc Jam Music Festival Returns to Stephentown
The Egg Announces New Concert

Friday, May 25: Kevin Hart
Saturday, June 9: Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, SiR, Lance Skiiiwalker, Zacari
Monday, June 11: Dead & Company
Friday, June 15: Kidz Bop Live
Saturday, June 16: Foreigner, Whitesnake, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening

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February 21st, 2018, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

Amy Helm is gearing up for her second annual Woodshed Residency Tour in April, which includes three Sunday evening gigs at Albany’s Hollow Bar + Kitchen – April 8, 15 & 22 at 7pm. Tickets are $16. Her tour also includes residencies at The Falcon in Marlboro on Mondays April 9, 16 & 23, as well as the Parlor Room in Northampton at 7pm on Wednesdays April 11, 18 & 25 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).

Troy troubadour Sean Rowe has scheduled another homecoming concert at the Hangar on the Hudson in at 8pm on Friday, March 23. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tanglewood in Lenox has added a pair of new concerts to its summer schedule, including David Crosby & Friends with Mary Chapin Carpenter and the duo of Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson; and the double-bill of Ry Cooder and Emmylou Harris.

The Indigo Girls are slated to make a tour stop at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday, May 12, but if you haven’t already snagged your tickets you might be out of luck. Tickets sold out in seven minutes.

Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock has bolstered its calendar with the addition of jam band pioneers Max Creek at 8pm on Saturday, April 14 ($25 & $30) and award-winning bluegrass favorites the Steep Canyon Rangers at 8pm on Friday, April 20 ($45 & $75). And going on sale at 6pm today (Wednesday, February 21), it’s the return of the Fab Faux at 8pm on Friday, April 27 ($65 & $100).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center has revealed the line-up of bands for the two-day fest, including Herbie Hancock, Mavis Staples, Joey Alexander, Chris Botti, Jose James, John Batiste & the Dap Kings, Gregory Porter and lots more. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Thursday, March 1.

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FEST: Disc Jam Music Festival Returns to Stephentown

February 21st, 2018, 11:00 am by Greg

The eighth annual Disc Jam Music Festival is headed back to Gardner’s Farm in Stephentown, just minutes from the Massachusetts border. The four-day, music-filled weekend features more than 80 artists, in addition to disc golf tournaments, Flow Tribe dancers, craft vending, yoga workshops and much more from Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10.

The 2018 artist lineup includes a heavy dose of national and regional funk and jam band artists, in addition to collaboratives and side projects. Headliners include Lotus, Beats Antique, Galactic, The Motet, Electron (feat. members of Lotus and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Disco Biscuits guitarist Jon ‘The Barber’ Gutwillig (solo acoustic set), DJ Logic & Friends (featuring members of the Disco Biscuits, Dopapod and Turkuaz), Gubbulidis (Twiddle side project), Kung Fu, Moon Hooch, Aqueous, Ghost Note (Snarky Puppy side project), Tom Marshall’s Amfibian All-Stars and Ghost Light (Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling project).

As the name Disc Jam would imply, this 4 day event features the fast growing sport of disc golf and festival grounds hold a 27-hole disc golf course on site. A variety of activities and workshops are a big attraction for Disc Jam, including flow art workshops, daily yoga sessions, interactive music and art amidst the festival grounds, plus craft and art vending that help make Disc Jam create a unique and memorable experience for fans. Music can be found on twin Main stages, ensuring nonstop music well into the night along with the massive Tent stage and a Woods stage that features nightly takeovers by NV Concepts, Rezinate, Sermon and The Rust featuring some of the top names in bass and house music. The Wook of Wall Street will be hosting a nightly silent disco party lasting until sunrise.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $180 for a four-day, all-fest pass. Camping and VIP add-ons are also available.

Here’s the initial line-up for the 2018 Disc Jam Music Festival:

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The Egg Announces New Concert

February 21st, 2018, 10:00 am by Greg

Acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle will make his return to The Egg at 7:30pm on Sunday, May 20, as part of the American Roots & Branches concert series. During his solo performance Earle will draw from his seven-album catalog, including his latest, Kids on the Street.

Priced at $29.50, tickets are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (February 23).

SPAC Announces New Concert
FEST: Disc Jam Music Festival Returns to Stephentown

2/21/18: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

February 21st, 2018, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues to revitalize the best of swing, classic jazz, ragtime and early rock & roll. 7:30pm. $36.

TALK: Randy Cohen’s “Person Place Thing” podcast live @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. The comedy writer, newspaper columnist and UAlbany alum won three Emmy Awards for his writing on “Late Night with David Letterman” and another for his work on Michael Moore’s “TV Nation.” For 12 years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for The New York Times Magazine. He is also the host and creator of the nationally syndicated “Person Place Thing” podcast, where guests talk about a single person, place and thing of personal importance. Tonight’s guest is the Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy. 7pm. FREE. ALSO, a free craft talk on making podcasts at UAlbany Campus Center West Addition’s Multi-Use Room, Albany at 4:15pm.

THEATER: “Les Miserables” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. 7:30pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Etheric Currents @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. A new avant-jazz outfit bringing together five musicians from a diversity of musical backgrounds who are united by a love of improvisation. Guitarist Ryan Blotnick, saxophonist Jarrett Gilgore, drummer Otto Hauser, keyboard player Tyler Wood and bassist Scott Colberg have individually worked with a dazzling array of musicians, including Steven Bernstein, Lee Konitz, Triage, the Black Crowes, Jeff Tweedy, Tony Visconti, Bobby Previte, Meshell Ndegeocello, Devendra Banhart, Elvis Perkins, Sharon Van Etten, Vetive, Joan As Police Woman and the War on Drugs. 8pm. $10.

COMEDY: Chicks Are Funny @ the Funny Bone, Guilderland. Erin Harkes hosts the monthly all-female laugh session with Lindsay Lou headlining. With Dre Cerbin, Katie Boyle and Jennifer McMullen. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: Mike Kelley @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. 6pm.

MUSIC: Ramblers Home Jug Band @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. If it’s Wednesday, it must be the Deadbeats… 10pm.

JAM SESSION: Bluegrass Jam @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. It’s the monthly bluegrass session hosted by the Schroon River String Band. 7pm.

FILM: “Frozen” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. “Let it go…” 1pm. $5.

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Charles Busch Returns to Bridge Street Theatre in “My Kinda ’60s” [Berkshire on Stage]

February 20th, 2018, 4:00 pm by Greg

“Whether singing or dishing about his life or celebrities he has known, Charles Busch is always the epitome of entertainment and class.” – Cabaret Scenes

He’s back! Tony nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner Charles Busch returns to Catskill’s intimate Bridge Street Theatre at 4pm on Saturday (February 24) for a special, one-time-only benefit performance of his most personal cabaret show ever: “My Kinda ’60s.”

This thrilling new show, which premiered last September at Feinstein’s/54 Below in Manhattan and recently received a 2017 Broadway World Cabaret Award as “Best Show – Celebrity Male,” whisks audiences back to the Manhattan of the tumultuous 1960s. Busch weaves personal anecdotes of a childhood and adolescence spent coming of age under the guidance of his indomitable Aunt Lillian with songs from the decade by such artists as Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, The Beatles, Henry Mancini, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim and Kander & Ebb.

Appearing with Busch in this unique, hilarious and poignant evening of music and storytelling will be his long-time musical director/arranger Tom Judson.

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