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5/23/15: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

MUSIC: Buffy Sainte-Marie @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The iconic ’60s folk singer-songwriter brings her band with her to celebrate the release of her new album, Power in the Blood, in addition to playing her vintage classics like “Universal Soldier,” “Until It’s Time for You to Go” and the hit, “Up Where We Belong.” With Samantha Crain. 7:30pm. $25, $40 & $60. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Brandi Carlile @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The Seattle-based Americana singer-songwriter makes a return to Nippertown in support of her new album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. With blues-soul-Americana artist Anderson East. 8pm. $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $49.50 & $59.50.

MUSIC: Brass & Blues @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The dixieland jazz-meets-delta blues trio celebrates the release of their new self-titled CD featuring Saratoga’s own Mark Tolstrup on vocals, slide guitar and tenor banjo; Ernie Belanger on tuba; and Woody Strobeck on trombone. Together they produce a sound from the roots of American music, moaning low with the blues and rollicking with the joy of traditional New Orleans jazz. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Lone Bellow @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. On the heels of their sophomore record And Then Came the Morning (produced by Bryce Dessner of the National), FreshGrass alumni and rising stars of Americana bring sublime harmonies and foot-stomping anthems back to North Adams to kick off MASS MoCA’s summer season. With Arc Iris. 8pm. $24 & $40.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: SummerSound @ Tanglewood, Lenox. In support of their new album, One Lost Day, the Indigo Girls headline the opening day of the festival, which also features Adam Ezra, Bella’s Bartok, West End Blend and the Whiskey Treaty Rebellion. 12noon. $30.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Smell the Love” @ the Low Beat, Albany. The fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society features performances by the Maraca Incident, Jillian “Keezamonkee” Matundan & Friends, the Sidd Finch Project and Message From Vega. With door prizes and a silent auction. Doors at 7pm. $10.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Strangecreek Campout @ Camp Kee-wanee, Greenfield. Day Two of the four-day fest features Max Creek, Cornmeal, the Alchemystics, the William Thompson Funk Experiment, Rebel Alliance, Gang of Thieves and many more. Three stages. 11am. $160 all-fest.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: GottaGetGon @ the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Concerts and workshops with featured performers include Brooks Williams, Lorraine & Bennett Hammond, Tumbling Bones and Windborne Singers. Followed by an 8pm barn dance with Trish Miller & Quickstep. 10:25am. $35; $25 ages 19-22; FREE under age 19 with paying adult. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Phil Ochs Songs Night @ The Linda, Albany. Sonny Ochs and Wanda Fischer co-host the celebration of the music of the late singer-songwriter Phil Ochs with performances by Dom Flemons (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), Greg Greenway, Kim & Reggie Harris, Sharon Katz and Colleen Kittau. 8pm. $18.

THEATER: “Home Fires Burning” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Two short haunting plays – “Everlasting Moon” and “Paradise Whiskey” – written and performed by Roxanne Fay about the fierce fight to reclaim and hold on to that most elemental human need – a place of one’s own. 7:30pm. $15; $10 students & seniors. Through Sunday.



FESTIVAL FEVER: Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival @ MASS MoCA

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

- a gallery performance from the 2014 Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival

The adventurous new music ensemble Bang on a Can returns to MASS MoCA in North Adams once again this summer for its annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. The 2015 fest will take place from Wednesday, July 15 through Saturday, August 1, culminating with the anything-but-traditional, six-hour Bang on a Can Marathon concert.

Set amidst the artwork in the museum galleries, recitals featuring Bang on a Can faculty, fellows and special guests will be held almost every day during the Bang On a Can festival with the fellows performing at 1:30pm and the faculty at 4:30pm. Space is limited. First come, first served.

In addition, a number of other performances are scheduled throughout the run of the fest, including the following events:


5/22/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

MUSIC: The Pixies @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. Kicking off the Memorial Day holiday weekend, it’s indie rock pioneers the Pixies! With TV on the Radio and John Grant. 5pm gates open; 7pm concert. $50; FREE children under age 12.

MUSIC: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit @ The Egg, Albany. Since leaving the Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell has become the hottest artist on the roots music scene with his album Southeastern on just about every “best of” list in 2013. The Americana Music Association also honored him with awards for Beat Artist, Best Song and Album of the Year. Craig Finn of the Hold Steady opens the show. 8pm. $34.50, $39.50 & $49.50. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Dom Flemons @ the Middleburgh Public Library, Middleburgh. The Not So Quiet Concert Series continues with “the American Songster,” former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and multi-instrumentalist who plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing. 7pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: GottaGetGon @ the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. The family-friendly folk fest gets rolling with a pot-luck dinner at 6:45pm, followed at 8pm by the New Generation Folk Concert emceed by Caffe Lena’s Sarah Craig featuring performances by banjo player Hilary Hawke, the swinging jazz sounds of the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra and singer-songwriter Greg Klyma. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Strangecreek Campout @ Camp Kee-wanee, Greenfield. Day One of the four-day fest features Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Zach Deputy, Shakedown, the Big Sway, the Kings, Banooba, the Ghosts of Jupiter, Fungus Amungus, Wobblesauce and lots more. Three stages. 11am. $160 all-fest.

MUSIC: Tech N9ine @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The hip-hopster leads the Special Effects Tour, which also features Krizz Kaliko, Chris Webby, Murs, King 810, Zuse and Ishad Overdrive. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Jocelyn Arndt @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Also featuring the Holly & Evan Band, Hard Soul and Kayla & the Tellers. 7:30pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Magdalens @ the Low Beat, Albany. The alternative folk band is joined by veteran drummer Al Kash to kick off the Memorial Day weekend with a happy hour show. 6pm. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Adirondack Attic’s Musical History Tour @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. As a benefit for the New York Folklore Society, author-editor-publisher and host of North Country Public Radio’s “Adirondack Attic,” Andy Flynn joins Adirondack folksinger Dan Berggren for a special presentation that mixes folk songs with stories and images from the archives of the Adirondack Museum. 7:30pm. $20.

THEATER: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” @ Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. It’s opening night! Christopher Durang’s smash-hit Broadway comedy and winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play is a wacky nod to Chekhov. Directed by Chris Foster, the Nippertown premiere production stars Kris Anderson, Roseann Cane, Ryan Davis, Mary Darcy, Cori Irwin and Christina Reeves. 8pm. $24. Through Saturday, June 27. GO HERE for more info…


FREE: All-Star Hitmaker Announced for Schenectady’s SummerNight Festival

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The newly announced headliner for the annual Schenectady County SummerNight celebration in downtown Schenectady has racked up quite a few hits throughout his career – 2,336 hits to be exact.


5/21/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

MUSIC: Bryan Thomas @ the Low Beat, Albany. Simply Nippertown’s finest singer-songwriter. With Dan Tedesco and the E Block. 8pm.

MUSIC: Steven Wilson @ The Egg, Albany. Perhaps best known as the lead guitarist/singer-songwriter for progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, he’s one of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music. He’s collaborated with Israeli superstar Aviv Geffen, Blackfield and Tim Bowness. And he lands at The Egg in support of his fourth solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase. 8pm. $31.50 & $36.50.

EVENT: RASA: A Celebration of Indian Culture & Music @ Bethlehem High School, Delmar. The mother-and-son musical duo of renowned Indian classical musicians, Veena and Devesh Chandra, have worked with students from many different classes to present this multi-disciplinary project of music, art, cooking, history and culture. 6-8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Bombadils @ Cock ‘n Bull, Galway. Canadian Celtic folk-bluegrass quartet. 8pm.

MUSIC: Capital Underground Live @ Bombers Burrito Bar, Troy. Ralph Renna hosts to weekly Local 518 music showcase featuring Common Threads, the Tom Atkins Band and Collin Reynolds. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The DuPont Brothers @ Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. The Burlington-based indie-folk duo of Zack and Sam DuPont. 7pm. FREE.


A FEW MINUTES WITH… Buffy Sainte-Marie

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

By Don Wilcock

Some might say that at age 74 singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is entering her second childhood. She would argue that she never left her first. “I would say as a songwriter and an artist I’m kinda like the three-year-old I was way back then when I first discovered music and consequently creativity, how good it feels and how it’s not something you learn in school, but it’s real natural,” says the Canadian Cree Indian who was named Billboard Magazine’s Top Artist of 1964, the year the Beatles first conquered America.

“For me it’s always been a real natural development from the time I was three to right now,” explains Sainte-Marie, who returns to the spotlight at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday night. “The ’60s when I first got into show business were restrictive in a lot of ways if you’re thinking about careerism, but that’s not how I think of myself and never have. I really do relate to the three-year-old. As an artist I really do, and I think if you take the careerism away from artistry, careerism was harder, but it’s not really where I live anyway.”

She was one of Vanguard Records’ cadre of folk revival artists in the mid-’60s, but while Joan Baez and Judy Collins were singing traditional American folk songs in long flowing dresses and strumming on acoustic guitars, Sainte-Marie’s quivering pow wow chants came across like she was scatting lyrics from another planet and using electronic music to add even more texture to her sound.


COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Bearsville Theater in Woodstock is upping the ante with a new batch of concert announcements that includes Turkuaz at 9pm on Saturday, July 11 ($15); Langhorne Slim & the Law at 9pm on Monday, July 13 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); Delicate Steve at 9pm on Saturday, July 18 ($15); Hiss Golden Messenger at 9pm on Saturday, July 25 ($15); Heartless Bastards with Alberta Cross at 8pm on Sunday, September 13 ($25); Mikal Cronin with Calvin Love, Ultimate Painting and the Cairo Gang at 8pm on Sunday, September 20 ($15).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Three new concerts have been announced for The EggGinger Baker’s Jazz Confusion, Men at Work’s Colin Hay and a solo performance by Melissa Etheridge. Tickets go on Sale at 11am on Friday (May 22).

Following their show at the Van Dyck in March, the Levin Brothers – that would be bassmaster Tony Levin and keyboardist Pete Levin with drummer Jeff Siegel and saxman Erik Lawrence – are set to return to Nippertown, this time at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Friday, June 12. Tickets are $18. Also coming up at The Linda is Canadian singer-songwriter Bahamas at 8pm on Saturday, July 25 ($15) and Irish baritone Emmett O’Hanlon of Celtic Thunder at 8pm on Saturday, August 1 ($35; VIP $55 includes pre-show meet-and-greet).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The schedule of concerts and festivals for the Empire State Plaza’s Summer at the Plaza series has been announced, including Orleans, Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett, the Vaccines, the Features, Craig Wayne Boyd, Maxi Priest, Morgan Heritage, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Kim Waters, Alex Bugnon, Will Downing, Alex Matos, Cracker and lots more.

Frontman Ruban Nielson leads the Unknown Mortal Orchestra into the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 8pm on Sunday, June 21, in support of the new album, Multi-Love, due out on May 26 on the Jagjaguwar label.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Music Haven Concert Series has announced its 2015 schedule of free concerts in Schenectady’s Central Park, including Steeleye Span, Red Baraat, 11-year-old jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander, Novalima, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, “The Late Show With David Letterman” guitarist Felicia Collins and more.


FREE: Made in the Shade of The Egg Concert Series @ the Empire State Plaza

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

For the third year, the Made in the Shade of The Egg performance series will take place on Albany’s Empire State Plaza near the plaza entrance to The Egg. The concerts will be held at 12noon on Wednesdays throughout the summer in conjunction with the Empire State Plaza Farmers Market. Admission to the outdoor performances is free.

Here’s the schedule of performers for the 2015 Made in the Shade of The Egg series:


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