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Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Local 518 pop singer Whitney Wolanin & Her Shenanigans are throwin’ a holiday party at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Wolanin – whose rendition of “Run, Run Rudolph” was seasonal hit last year – headlines B95.5′s Rockin’ Christmas 2014 at the Music Hall at 8pm on Saturday, December 6. Proceeds from the evening of upbeat holiday fun and music will benefit Siena College’s Rockin’ Christmas Fund.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $17, $27, $37 & $47.


10/24/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

Friday, October 24th, 2014

MUSIC: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The virtuoso banjo duo of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn embraces a diversity that stretches from the traditional to the groundbreaking with just two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck’s riveting and adventurous musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar in texture. 8pm. $25, $34 & $42.

MUSIC: Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. Les Claypool & Co. pay tribute to the music of the original “Willy Wonka” film and then go wonking through a batch of the greatest hits, too. 8pm. $29.50, $34.50, $39.50, $44.50 & $54.50. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: Lip Talk @ the Low Beat, Albany. Yes, it’s the band’s first Albany show since changing their name from Railbird, but Sarah Pedinotti’s voice and imagination are as charming and captivating as ever. With Better Pills and Alexander Turnquist. 9pm.

MUSIC: Johnny Mathis @ Proctors, Schenectady. “Chances Are.” “Misty.” “It’s Not for Me to Say.” And too many other hits to count, the sublime singer celebrates his 58th year in the music business with an orchestra conducted by Scott Lavender. With comedian Brad Upton. 8pm.

MUSIC: Buffalo Stack @ Keegan Ales, Kingston. The Hudson Valley-based Americana rockers do their thing in support of their recently released self titled debut album. 9pm. FREE. GO HERE for a recent concert review…

MUSIC: Mary Chapin Carpenter @ the Calvin Theatre, Northampton. The five-time Grammy Award-winner and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer offers an intimate acoustic performance. With special guest Tift Merritt. 8pm. $28.50, $38.50 & $48.50.

MUSIC: John Menegon Quartet @ the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Great Hall, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz presents the Hudson Valley bassist and his band – Tineke Postma (sax), Frank Kimbrough (piano) and Matt Wilson (drums) – in support of Menegon’s new album I Remember You. 7:30pm. $15.


Festival Fever: Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam on Saturday

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The inaugural Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam takes place at the Olympic Center’s 1932 Rink in Lake Placid on Saturday (October 25) with a solid line-up of both traditional and contemporary bluegrass artists on two stages throughout the day, including headliners Sam Bush and the Del McCoury Band.

Tickets are $55 & $80 in advance; $65 & $90 at the door. Doors open at 12noon, and the music starts at 12:30pm.

Here’s the complete schedule for the fest:


COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The subdudes’ soulful frontman Tommy Malone brings his side-project band to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock in support of his new solo album, Poor Boy. The concert takes place at 9pm on Friday, November 21, and tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Other newly added shows on the Bearsville concert calendar include comedian Ralphie May at 9pm on Friday, December 5 ($29, $39, $49 & $99); twangmaster Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun’s annual Holiday Honky-Tonk Tour at 7pm on Sunday, December 7 ($20); and the Winter Solstice Concert with Happy Traum & Friends at 8pm on Saturday, December 13 ($25, $45 & $65).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Citizen Cope has been added to the concert calendar at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday (October 27).

DigiTour 2014 featuring up-and-comers Andrea Russett, Brent Rivera, Andrew Lowe, Sammy Wilk, Rickey Thompson and Kenny Holland lands at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 4pm on Saturday, December 20. Tickets are $25 in advance; $28 at the door. Also new at UCH, August Burns Red with Miss May I, Northlane and Erra at 7pm on Saturday, January 24 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Quiet Music Festival makes its east coast debut at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs featuring Sun Foot, Rosary Beard, Melissa Chilinski, Lizzi Bougatsos, Hush Arbors, Dragging an Ox Through Water, David Greenberger and Trinie Dalton. Admission is free.

Headed into Club Helsinki in Hudson in support of her new album Slow Phaser, singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins takes the stage for a Valentine’s Day concert at 9pm on Saturday, February 14. Ticket price TBA.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In support of their new album Similar Skin, Umphrey’s McGee makes a tour stop at the Palace Theatre in Albany. Tauk opens the show. Tickets go on sale at 1pm on Thursday, October 30.


10/23/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

MUSIC: Allen Toussaint & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. Two bona fide legends of the rich New Orleans music scene join forces for one wail of a show. Let the good times roll… 8pm. $36, $42 & $70.

MUSIC: Courtney Barnett & the Courtney Barnetts @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Hot off the heels of a sold-out run of shows in her native Australia and New Zealand, Barnett will be playing songs from her critically acclaimed The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas on her U.S. tour, co-headlining with the sublime San Fermin. Norwegian singer-songwriter Mikhael Paskalev opens, previewing his upcoming U.S. debut EP, Sayonara Saigon, slated for release next week.

MUSIC: John “Papa” Gros Band @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. It’s the official Toussaint/Pres. Hall after-party with more New Orleans music from Hammond B3 organist-singer Gros with his band – guitarist Brian Stoltz (the Neville Brothers, the Funky Meters), drummer Eric Bolivar (Pimps of Joytime) and bassist Eric Vogel (Big Sam’s Funky Nation). Let the good times keep on rollin’… 10pm. $10.

MUSIC: The Quiet Music Festival @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. The east coast premiere of the Portland, Oregon festival that celebrates emotional, vibrant, and low-volume music honoring the quiet act of listening. Featuring Sun Foot, Rosary Beard, Melissa Chilinski & special guests, Lizzi Bougatsos, Hush Arbors, Dragging an Ox Through Water, David Greenberger and Trinie Dalton. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Folk music legends John Sebastian and Happy Traum will be joined in the round by fingerstyle guitarists Kinloch Nelson, Craig D’Andrea and Maycn Taylor, performing everything from jazz to classical, Celtic, folk and today’s modern guitar music. 8pm. $25.$35 & $45.

MUSIC: Cabinet @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bluegrass/Americana band. With the Black River Fox Project. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; free students and children.

TALK: Leslie James Pickering @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy. A decade after exercising his free speech rights in support of the underground Earth Liberation Front, the longtime environmental activist is still under heavy federal surveillance… and fighting back. 7pm.


Palace Theatre Announces New Concert

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The folks at Albany’s Palace Theatre have announced that Umphreys McGee will step into the Palace spotlight on Saturday, February 21. The band is on the road in support of their new album, Similar Skin.

Opening the show at 8pm will be Tauk.

Priced at $25 in advance, tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 1pm on Thursday, October 30. Tickets will be $30 on the day of the show.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has added a new concert to its spring calendar. Singer-songwriter-producer Citizen Cope with take the stage for an intimate solo acoustic performance at 8pm on Wednesday, April 1.

Since releasing his self-titled major album album debut a dozen years ago, Citizen Cope (aka, Clarence Greenwood) has melded hip-hop, blues, soul, folk and rock on four additional albums, including his latest, One Lovely Day.

Priced at $26, $36 & $46, tickets are currently on sale to Music Hall members and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday (October 27).

Festival Fever: The Quiet Music Festival @ Skidmore’s Tang Museum on Thursday

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

It’s a soothecore summit…

The Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs is hosting the east coast premiere of Portland, Oregon’s annual Quiet Music Festival on Thursday (October 23).

Chris Johanson, founder and curator of the Portland fest since 2011, is also a visual artist whose work is included in the Tang’s current exhibition “I was a double.” He has performed at each of the Portland fests with his band Sun Foot, and they’ll be in Saratoga Springs to perform on Thursday as well. Johnson describes the festival as “a communal listening experience that celebrates emotional, vibrant, and low-volume music honoring the quiet act of listening.”

He also says, it’s “the only festival where sleeping is encouraged.”

The music starts at 5pm on Thursday. Admission is free, and festival-goers are welcome to come and go throughout the evening’s performances.

Here’s the line-up of performers scheduled for the Tang Museum’s Quiet Music Festival:


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