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4/25/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

MUSIC: Walter Salas-Humara @ the Low Beat, Albany. The former bandleader of the Silos takes the Low Beat stage in support of his latest solo album, Curve and Shake. With the Canjo 10′s. 8pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

FILM/DISCUSSION: “Animal House” Reunion @ Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Berkshire International Film Festival presents a special cast reunion and screening of National Lampoon’s classic 1978 comedy from 1978 with Peter Riegert, Karen Allen, John Landis and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis. 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Urban Gumbo @ the Bayou Cafe, Glenville. It’s a double-barreled party, as Urban Gumbo celebrates their 25th anniversary as well as the release of their brand new reunion album, Hard Times for Love. The band’s current line-up features vocalist Lisa Gordon, bassist Gary Butts, guitarist Rob Piorkowski, keyboardist (and former Metroland publisher) Peter Iselin and drummer/singer Bob Girouard. With Diva & the Dirty Boys. 9pm. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, Albany. It’s Day Two of the three-day fest at a dozen locations. More than 100 bands in all. GO HERE for more info and a complete scheduled of who’s playing when…

MUSIC: The Arch Stanton Quartet @ the Madison Theatre, Albany. A special double drum incarnation with ASQ drummer Steven Partyka teaming up with former ASQ drummer James Ketterer for an evening of chamber-oriented jazz arrangements featuring original music and covers. With emcee J Hunter. 8pm. $8.

THEATER/MUSIC: “Down With the Rent” @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady. Eight stellar singers-musicians – Greg Artzner & Terry Leonino (Magpie), John Roberts, George Ward, Greg Clarke, Bill Spence, George Wilson and Toby Stover – form the cast for the two-hour performance featuring authentic songs and stories written and sung by Anti-Rent protestors involved in the 19th Century rebellion by regional farmer tenants against the tyranny of landowner-landlords of 1840s New York. Created by Andy Spence. 7:30pm. $28 & $35.

MUSIC: 24-Hour Drone @ Basilica Hudson, Hudson. A marathon event in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western, instrumental and experimental drone music for a full 24 hours of low-frequency fun, set in-the-round in Basilica’s Main Hall. Featuring Greg Fox, SUUNS, Pruient, Bobby Previte, Patrick Higgins, Brian Dewan, Slow Collins and many other musicians, as well as films. Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows welcome… 3pm. $20. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: C-R’s Farewell Concert @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. After a dozen years of musical theater at the Music Hall, C-R Productions is moving on. All proceeds benefit C-R Kids Arts Programming. 6:30pm reception; 8pm show. $25, $30 & $40. GO HERE for more info…

FASHION/FUNDRAISER: Electric City Couture Fashion Show @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. The sixth annual fashion extravaganza features both established and up-and-coming regional fashion designers in a juried runway experience. The evening will showcase signature collections of five designers including Schenectady-based special guest MA+CH and, for the first time ever, a full men’s line by Saratoga-based frittelli and LOCKWOOD. Proceeds will go to the ongoing restoration work of Historic Universal Preservation Hall. 8pm. $15.



MOVE Music Fest Spotlight: Locksley @ Parish Public House on Saturday

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Locksley – the rock/power-pop foursome from Wisconsin – returns to town to take over the Parish Public House at 11:30pm on Saturday (April 25) as part of Albany’s MOVE Music Fest.

GO HERE for a complete schedule and ticket info for the three-day music fest…

MOVE Music Fest Spotlight: goodbyemotel @ the Hollow Tonight

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Aussie rockers goodbyemotel take the stage at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen at 9pm tonight (Friday, April 24) as part of Albany’s MOVE Music Fest.

GO HERE for a complete schedule and ticket info for the three-day music fest…

MOVE Music Fest Spotlight: HEAF @ McGeary’s Pub on Saturday

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Based in Steubenville, Ohio, HEAF (Head East and Forgive) returns to Albany’s MOVE Music Fest at 6pm on Saturday (April 25) for a performance at McGeary’s Pub.

GO HERE for the three-day festival’s complete schedule and ticket info…

4/24/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

Friday, April 24th, 2015

MUSIC: The Feelies @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. After a 17-year break, the Feelies roared back onto the music scene in 2011 with Here Before, an album of all new original material on Bar/None Records. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: The April Verch Band @ The Linda, Albany. The Canadian fiddler-singer-songwriter is joined by Hayes Griffin on guitar and Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo. Together, these three passionate musicians celebrate the release of Verch’s 10th album, The Newpart. With a reunion of Palatypus opening the evening’s festivities. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Steve Katz: Stories & Songs From a Life In Music @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Katz is a founding member of the Even Dozen Jug Band, the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears. He produced albums for Lou Reed, became Vice President of Mercury Records, and directed Green Linnet Records, the foremost label for traditional Irish music in America. Now here the stories behind his storied (and eclectic) musical career. 8pm. $22.

MUSIC: Pete Francis @ the Low Beat, Albany. Yes, the guy from superstars Dispatch. With the Funky Dawgz Brass Band. 8pm. $15. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, Albany. It’s Day One of the mega three-day fest featuring more than 100 bands. $15 for tonight only; $25 for three-day, all-fest ticket. GO HERE for a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Anna Egge Acoustic Trio @ Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. The Saskatchewan-born and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter joins David Moss (cello, harmony) and Alex Hargreaves (fiddle, harmony) for a concert in support of her brand new album, Bright Shadow. 8pm.

READING: TC Boyle @ Hudson Valley Community College’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, Troy. New York Times best-selling author reads from his recent novel, “The Harder They Come,” an exploration of the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism in America. 11am. FREE.

TALK: “Hollywood Costume” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Join Academy Award winning costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis for a behind-the-scenes look into costume as character and the magical relationship between costume designers and filmmakers. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Glass Hammer @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The Tennessee-based prog-rock veterans land in Woodstock in support of the release of their 17th album, The Breaking of the World. With Circuline. 8pm. $27.


“An Iliad,” Homer’s Epic Story of Undying Love, Chaos & Humanity @ Hubbard Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015


By Larry Murray

Masterfully adapted by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare from Robert Fagles’s acclaimed translation, An Iliad adapts Homer’s Trojan War epic into a gripping piece of theater that captures both the heroism and horror of war. This fierce, funny piece will ignite your imagination and leave you breathless. It stars Jeannine Haas and is directed by Sheila Siragusa at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, in a co-production with Pauline Productions.

Greek poet Homer’s 8th-century B.C. epic, “The Iliad,” told the story of the mythical 10-year Trojan War, featuring two warrior heroes, the wrathful Greek, Achilles, and noble Hector, the peace-loving Trojan prince. Now, a lone poet travels through time, wearily sharing her often-anguished memories of that war-mongering, vengeful time nearly three millennia ago.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

EMPAC Madness: Two Conflicting Music Styles Share One Program on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Architeuthis Walks on Land is Amy Cimini and Katherine Young.

Architeuthis Walks on Land is Amy Cimini and Katherine Young.

By Larry Murray

It’s a bit like beauty and the beast. One is a soloist known for her elegance, grace and precise interpretation of contemporary composition. The other is a fearsome duo, known for their raw improvisational encounters with the extreme ranges of their instruments.

Conventional wisdom tells us that the two should repel one another, forcing both performers and their respective audience back into the safe disciplinary niche from whence they came. But the magic of this fable is that opposites attract and what contrasts also complements. On Saturday (April 25) at 8pm, this premise will be put to the musical test in Studio 2 at EMPAC at RPI in Troy, where Architeuthis Walks on Land will share the stage with Miranda Cuckson.

The viola and bassoon are not typically brandished in the pursuit of free improvisation and noise, but the duo Architeuthis Walks on Land brings fierceness and energy to these typically “orchestral” instruments. By way of extended techniques, bass amplification and rich textures, Amy Cimini and Katherine Young create a space where composition, indeterminacy and immediacy intersect.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

4/23/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

MUSIC: Mary Chapin Carpenter @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. A unique, intimate, acoustic performance with the A-list folk/country singer-songwriter. With special guests Lúnasa. 8pm. $27, $39 & $52.

MUSIC/FILM: “A Trip to the Moon” @ Time + Space Limited, Hudson. Director George Meliés’ 1902 silent film is screened with a new original score by rock cellist Melora Creager (of Rasputina) performed by Melora & the Calico Indians (also featuring Ryder Cooley). With “The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari” with live improvised music by Patrick Higgins (Z’s), John Rosenthal, Aron Sanchez (Buke and Gase), Saviour Self (Colin LaClair and Logan Visscher). 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Richard Thompson @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. He was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic: from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards and the prestigious Ivor Novello. Most recently, the Americana Music Honors & Awards nominated him for Artist of the Year. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Kenny Chesney @ Times Union Center, Albany. The Jimmy Buffett of country-pop brings his Big Revival Tour to town. With Chase Rice. 8pm. $32, $45 & $79. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Landlady @ the Low Beat, Albany. The five-piece, Brooklyn-based indie rockers are led by Adam Schatz of Man Man with Ian Chang (Son Lux), Will Graefe (Star Rover, Jesse Harris’s band), Booker Stardrum (Cloud Becomes Your Hand, People Get Ready) and Ian Davis (Relatives). They’re making their Albany debut in support of their new album Upright Behavior. With Dearest Vendetta. 8pm. $12. GO HERE to win FREE tickets…

MUSIC: Salt N Pepa @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs. We sure hope they sing their hit Geico commercial… Doors open at 8pm. $30.

MUSIC: Floodwood @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Progressive stringband music featuring Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico of moe. With the Mississipi Hot Dogs featuring Tony Markellis and Kevin Maul. 9pm. $15.


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