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Brewery Ommegang Announces New Concerts

Monday, February 27th, 2017


Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown has bolstered its summer outdoor concert series with a batch of impressive new additions.

Old Crow Medicine Show returns to the home of Rare Vos in support of their upcoming album, 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde. Yes, the band is putting their own spin on the 1966 classic Bob Dylan album, and they’ll be performing the album in its entirety on their spring tour, which is scheduled to make a stop at Ommegang at 7pm on Sunday, May 28. Advance tickets are on sale now, priced at $45; children age 5 & under are free.



SPAC Announces New Concert

Monday, February 27th, 2017
Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls head back to SPAC

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Led by John Rzeznik, Goo Goo Dolls are headed back to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center for a concert on Sunday, August 20, in support of their upcoming EP, You Should Be Happy.


The Linda to Host Clearwater Benefit Concert

Monday, February 27th, 2017
Paul Rubeo, Jeanne McAvoy and Betty Boomer

Betty & the Baby Boomers to play benefit concert at The Linda

Photograph by Rudy Lu

To help sustain the legacy of Pete Seeger, The Linda in Albany will play host to a benefit concert for Clearwater, the environmental organization that Seeger founded in 1966.

Hosted by Wanda Fischer of WAMC-FM’s “The Hudson River Sampler,” the benefit concert will be held at 4pm on Sunday (March 5), headlined by Betty & the Baby Boomers. Additional acts on the bill include Three Quarter North, rockin’ blues band Nite Train, the Bounce-Back Reggae Band, Elizabeth Straton and jazz twosome The Duo.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $35; $10 for kids.

Brewery Ommegang Announces New Concerts
SPAC Announces New Concert

2/27/17: Today’s Top Tips: Monday

Monday, February 27th, 2017

FILM: “Selma” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Capturing a dramatic moment in the fight for civil rights. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Demondrae Thurman @ Schenectady County Community College’s Taylor Auditorium, Schenectady. The member of the Sotto Voce Quartet is one of the world’s premier euphonium players. 7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Max Lifchitz Up Close! @ UAlbany’s Performing Arts Center, Albany. A concert celebration of the pianist-composer’s 30th year at UAlbany features Lifchitz with vocalist Heidi Skok, violinist Claudia Schaer, flutist Norman Thibodeau and cellist Ben Burnham. 7pm. $8; $4 students & seniors.

READING: Francine Prose @ Bard College’s Bertelsmann Campus Center, Annandale-on-Hudson. The award-winning author reads from her highly acclaimed new novel, “Mister Monkey.” 2:30pm. FREE.

JAM SESSION: Blue Monday Blues Jam @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Hosted by Scotty Mac. 8pm.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic Night @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm show. $3; FREE students.

2/26/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

MUSIC: Lolo @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. With Los Angeles-based alt-pop trio Ocean Park Standoff. 6pm. $12.

MUSIC: Boogie on the Bayou Mardi Grass Celebration @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Rollickin’ Gulf Coast piano-pounder Marcia Ball is only half the reason to head to Woodstock tonight – the subdudes are co-headlining. 8pm. $35, $45 & $55.

MUSIC: ZZ Top @ Proctors, Schenectady. The veteran Texas blues-rock trio brings their Tonnage Tour to town. 8pm. $50-$325. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Albany Pro Musica @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The Canadian Brass, the world’s most famous brass group, combines with the voices of APM in a delightful and unique way in “Winds of Love.” 3pm. $35 & $45.

MUSIC: The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Specializing in tunes from the 1920s-’40s. 7pm. $22.

MUSIC: Beth Hart @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. With Rachel Sage. 8pm. $32.50, $42.50 & $52.50. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out… GO HERE for a recent review…

MUSIC: The Bryan Brundige Trio @ the Savoy Taproom, Albany. Jazz brunch. 11am.

THEATER: “Hi, Are You Single?” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Written and performed by Ryan Haddad, who has cerebral palsy, as he attempts to navigate the gay dating pool, searching for love with equal parts humor and hurt, and finding plenty of discrimination and intolerance of difference within an already marginalized community. 2pm. $20; $10 students. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: 10×10 New Play Festival @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Last chance! An evening of 10 plays, each just 10 minutes long. 3pm. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Gore Mountain, North Creek. 1pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Game’s Afoot” @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs. Last chance! Homemade Theater’s production of Ken Ludwig’s whodunit. 2pm.

THEATER: “The Birthday Party” @ Masonic Temple, Albany. Last chance! Linda Shirey directs the Confetti Stage production of the Harold Pinter classic, a menacing, pitch-black comedy. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students.

FILM: “Equinox Flower” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Yasujiro Ozu’s colorful 1958 drama concludes the “Colors of Japan: Cinematic Impressions” film series. 1:30pm. FREE.

2/25/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bridge Jazz Festival @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Uber-funky veteran jazzman Maceo Parker and the utterly charming vocalist Cyrille Aimee wrap up the two-day fest as it crosses the Hudson River to Albany. 7:30pm. $40; $30 students.

MUSIC: Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Both were a vital part of the late Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles, with Campbell winning three Grammys for his production work with Helm. And between them, they’ve also played with Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, BB King, Elvis Costello, The Dead, Rosanne Cash and Jackson Browne. 9pm. $20.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Stand for the Rock @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. an afternoon of Native American music and storytelling to raise funds for Sacred Stone Camp, the encampment of Standing Rock Lakota Water Protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Featuring the Akwesasne Women Singers, Kay Ionataiewas Olan, Joseph and Jesse Bruchac, Roy Hurd and others. 2pm. $22. UPDATE: This event is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow @ The Linda, Albany. The collaborative band brings together Americana singer-songwriters Tory Hanna, Billy Keane, Chris Merenda, Greg Smith and Dave Tanklefsky, who have totaled 18 albums while working as solo artists, frontmen, sidemen and bandmembers. 8pm. $15. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Nelson Esposito Quintana @ the People’s Pub, Chatham. Exploratory instrumental compositions, thick grooves and spacey encounters. 9:30pm.

MUSIC: Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating what would have been the 85th birthday of the Man in Black with the Bluebillies and Marty Wendell, who is also bringing his band to celebrate the release of his new solo album, Marty Wendell: Live at Lena’s. 8pm. $22. UPDATE: This event is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Sam Cohen @ MASS MoCA’s Club B10, North Adams. The former Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds frontman is a dazzling guitarist (he’s lent his talents to the likes of Bob Weir and Cee-Lo), but also a songwriter of disarming skill. 8pm. $22; $10 students.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Blues & Brews @ Hubbard Hall, Cambridge. The Roadside Blues Band plays a benefit concert for the arts center. Doors open at 6pm. $20 (includes chili, cornbread, jambalaya, desserts and soft drinks); $10 kids age 12 & under. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Radio Wonderland @ the Half Moon, Hudson. CD release party for Seize the Means, an album of Joshua Fried, performing digital processing of live FM radio, With Crazed, Tom & Echo Roe and Fulathela.

MUSIC: Dryer @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. The Spa City faves deliver soft hits at 9pm and big rock at 11pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Upstate Rubdown @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 9pm.


“Hi, Are You Single?” @ Bridge Street Theatre This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 24th, 2017
Ryan Haddad

Ryan Haddad in “Hi, Are You Single?”

Ryan has a higher sex drive than you. He also has cerebral palsy. Following a pair of standing-room-only performances at the Public Theatre’s recent Under the Radar Festival and overflow crowds and standing ovations in two separate engagements at Dixon Place in NYC, Ryan Haddad’s frank and funny Hi, Are You Single? comes to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre for two performances only on Saturday & Sunday (February 25 & 26). The show has adult themes and is recommended for audience members 16 and older.

Society generally assumes that people with disabilities possess no sexual drive or desire. Ryan shatters that as he attempts to navigate the gay dating pool, searching for love with equal parts humor and hurt, and finding plenty of discrimination and intolerance of difference within an already marginalized community. He hits the clubs and bars ready for glamour and excitement, but soon realizes that his cerebral palsy makes him an outsider. The men he meets there force him to confront his insecurities and examine his own judgmental behavior. But hey, not everything is so serious! Grab a margarita and say hi to Ryan on Grindr. Give him a kiss if you’d like. There’s no need to be shy and bring an attractive friend.

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Blues & Brews @ Hubbard Hall on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 24th, 2017
The Roadside Blues Band

The Roadside Blues Band

Beat the winter blues and swing into spring at Blues & Brews – a smokin’ hot fundraiser for Hubbard Hall in Cambridge.

Beginning at 6pm on Saturday (February 25), listen and dance to the hot sounds of the Roadside Blues Band and enjoy chili, corn bread and desserts. All ages are invited, although ID is required to partake of the cash bar for beer & wine.

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