MUSIC: Dropkick Murphys @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Frontman Al Barr leads the Boston favorites on their inaugural Celtic Punk Invasion Tour. With the Mahones and Blood or Whiskey. 8pm. $30.50. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.
READING: Lily Tuck @ Bard College Campus Center’s Weis Cinema, Annandale-on-Hudson. The National Book Award–winning author of “The News from Paraguay,” “Siam,” “I Married You for Happiness” and other books of fiction and biography, will read from her work. 2:30pm. FREE.
THEATER ON FILM: “King Lear” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Colm Feore stars in the role of a lifetime, directed by Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. 7pm. $15; $12 ages 12 & under.
MUSIC: N.M.O. @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Grammy Award-nominated North Mississippi Allstars and singer-guitarist Anders Osborne combine forces as N.M.O. (North Mississippi Osbornes). The evening features one acoustic and one electric set, combining the Southern blues-rock approach of the North Mississippi Allstars with Anders Osborne’s unique brand of New Orleans soul to make for a new American roots fusion. 8pm. $35 & $50.
MUSIC: Los Lobos @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Los Lobos have been rockin’ the world for more than four decades, and the comfy, intimate confines of the barn may be the ultimate venue. 8:30pm. $75.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Country Con 2015 @ the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany. It’s Day Two of the two-day fest, featuring headliner Joe Nichols with Elvis tribute artist Gene DiNapoli, Harold Ford & the Spirit of Johnny Cash and True Grit Outlaws. $35 & $90. UPDATE: This festival has been cancelled.
MUSIC/THEATER: Rain @ Proctors, Schenectady. Beatles tribute band that proudly boasts, “Together longer than the Beatles, Rain has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting.” 2pm. $20, $35, $45, $55 & $70.
MUSIC: Shanty Town Serenaders @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga trio – Jeff Walton (guitar, whistle), Tim Wechgelaer (fiddle) and Dan Hubbs (banjo, mandolin) – fire up an evening of Celtic songs to kick off the month of March. 7pm. $17.
THEATER ON FILM: “King Lear” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Colm Feore stars in the role of a lifetime, directed by Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. 12noon. $15; $12 ages 12 & under. Also at 7pm Monday.
FILM: “Borderland” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Vintage Hop-a-long Cassidy feature film starring William Boyd and Gabby Hayes. 2:30pm. FREE.
GALA FUNDRAISER: The Upstate Artists Guild’s Black & White Gala @ Normanside Country Club, Delmar. It’s the fourth annual benefit bash featuring a fabulous array of local artwork for sale, as well as silent and ticket auctions, 50/50 raffle, hors d’ oeuvres. Live music by Off the Record, Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies, Jesse Cohen and not an Airplane; poetry by Dan Wilcox and Steven Minchin; spinning by DJ Duane Major and DJ Jay Clarke. With emcee George Doody. 6-10pm (champagne preview 5-6pm). $50. GO HERE for more info…
MUSIC: Super 400 @ the Ale House, Troy. The Trojan rock power trio of drummer Joe Daley, bassist Lori Friday and guitarist Kenny Hohman celebrates their 19th anniversary. 9pm.
MUSIC: Kate Campbell @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Fenimore Gallery, Schenectady. The celebrated Southern singer-songwriter’s award-winning music is inspired by the contemporary characters and culture of the South with a distinctive storytelling flair. With John Kirk. 7:30pm. $28 & $35.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Country Con 2015 @ the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany. It’s Day One of the two-day fest, featuring Kristian Bush (of Sugarland), the Spurs USA, Big Sky Country and Chelsea Cavanaugh. $35 & $90. Also on Sunday.UPDATE: This festival has been cancelled.
MUSIC: Sean Watkins @ the Parlor, Northampton. From his days with Nickel Creek to his new collaboration with Fiona Apple.. With Jill Andrews. 7pm.
DANCE: Storyboard P & the Warriorz @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Storyboard P and his crew of smooth-moving Brooklyn street dancers take over the intimate club for a raw and visceral performance that promises to be kinetic, fluid and utterly mesmerizing. 8pm. $18 & $24; $8 students.
MUSIC/THEATER: Rain @ Proctors, Schenectady. Beatles tribute band that proudly boasts, “Together longer than the Beatles, Rain has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting.” 2 & 8pm. $20, $35, $45, $55 & $70. Also at 2pm on Sunday.
MUSIC: Greg Trooper @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The veteran troubadour returns in support of his latest album, Incident on Willow Street. 8pm. $20.
Tickets for the Lady A show – which also features Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt – are priced at $45.25 & $60.25 for reserved amphitheater seats; $30.50 for lawn general admission. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, March 6.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: The Bridge Jazz Festival @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. Nippertown’s inaugural dual-venue jazz fest kicks off tonight with the sparkling Marcus Roberts Trio, the Anat Cohen Quartet and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard. 7:30pm. $28, $36 & $42. Also at 6pm Saturday at the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center. (Tickets for both nights are $60; $40 students.)
MUSIC/PERFORMANCE: Ryder Cooley’s “Revival” @ the Tavern Bar at Peck’s Arcade, Troy. Ryder & Hazel offer the new multimedia performance, melding live music, film, recorded sound, projections, shadows and movement. With songs by Ryder & Hazel with Karen Cole (of Dust Bowl Faeries), and short short stories by Richard Lovrich. 9pm. $5.
MUSIC: Tom Paxton @ The Egg, Albany. One of the most influential singer-songwriters to emerge from the ’60s heyday of the Greenwich Village folk music scene, Tom Paxton has announced that 2015 will be his final year of touring. Don’t miss your last chance to hear this folk icon sing his classics one more time – “The Last Thing on My Mind,” “Bottle of Wine,” “Whose Garden Was This,” “Marvelous Toy,” “Ramblin’ Boy” and more. 7:30pm. $28.
MUSIC: Thomas Rhett @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The platinum-selling country singer just hit the top of the charts again with his new single “Make Me Wanna,” his third consecutive No. 1 hit from his debut album, It Goes Like This. 8pm. $32. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.
MUSIC: Gospel Gala 2015 @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. An inspirational celebration of song, dance and theater featuring the Capital District Youth and Adult Mass Choirs, Macedonia Chamber Orchestra, Tonesetters, Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, Bethel Ministry Puppet Show, Spoken Word Poets, Restored and others. 7pm. FREE.
“Waiting for Godot” features Patrick White and Stephen Henel as Didi and Gogo.
Preview by Larry Murray
It’s been worth the wait, for ever since Confetti Stage, Inc. announced they were planning their own production of Samuel Beckett’sWaiting for Godot, we’ve been waiting, too, for all the details. It’s one of our favorite plays, and besides, it’s been a decade since they began, staging their inaugural production, ‘night, Mother, by Marsha Norman in January, 2005. Since then, the company has successfully brought to the stage over 40 productions, performing in several Capital Region communities.
The snarks say it’s a two-act play in which absolutely nothing happens.
But that misses the point. Others say it is about waiting to die, “They’re actually waiting for God, can’t you see that in the title?”
FreshGrass – the bluegrass and beyond festival – returns to MASS MoCA for a fifth year for three days this fall. From Friday-Sunday, September 18-20, there will be banjos, mandolins and more echoing off the walls and through the fields of the North Adams gallery complex.
Three-day, all-fest tickets are currently available priced at $93; $83 students; $46 children age 7-16.
And now the FreshGrass folks have unveiled the first round of band announcements for the 2015 festival. Led by mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, the Punch Brothers will roll onto Joe’s Field as one of the fest headliners in support of their brand new album, The Phosphorescent Blues.
Here’s the round-up of bands confirmed so far for FreshGrass:
MUSIC: The Sing-Off Live Tour @ Proctors, Schenectady. Contemporary a cappella music rules the night with performances by three groups from the NBC-TV singing competition – VoicePlay (season 4), Street Corner Symphony (season 2) and the Exchange, runners-up from this past year. 8pm. $30, $35, $45, $60 & $125.
MUSIC: Celebration of Rhythm @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. Span the globe with the spiritual sounds of North Indian Music, featuring sitarist Veena Chandra and tabla player Devesh Chandra, and the Jamaican reggae sounds of Robanic with the Caribbean Sound. 7:30pm. $15 (general admission).
MUSIC: Silverstein @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. The band’s winter tour celebrates the 10th anniversary of Silverstein’s sophomore album, Discovering the Waterfront, which the band will perform in its entirety, as well as greatest hits and brand new songs. With My Iron Lung, Major League, Hands Like Houses and Beartooth. 6:30pm. $20.
MUSIC: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys @ the Falcon, Marlboro. Louisiana’s Cajun dance party favorites will have you kickin’ up your heels this Tardi Gras season. With Pirates Canoe, a six-piece Americana and roots music band from Kyoto, Japan. 7pm. Donation encouraged.
MUSIC/READING: Albany Sonic Arts Collective @ Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. An exciting experimental mash-up evening of three musicians (Jack Wright, Evan Lipson and Zach Darrup) with three poets (Michael Peters, James Belflower and Matthew Klane). 8pm. $5.