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3/26/17: Today’s Top Tips: Sunday

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

THEATER/MUSIC/FILM: “Find Your Way Home” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. A screening of the first act of the world premiere of the Irish musical theater production written by Jeff Strange and Jimmy Kelly and filmed at the Civic Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. With live performances by Ronan Tynan (the Irish Tenors), Alex Sharpe (Celtic Woman), Andy Cooney and the New McKrells. Followed by a Q&A with Strange and Kelly. 4pm. $25; $65 VIP. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Steep Canyon Rangers @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. The Grammy Award-winning North Carolina-based quintet is best known as the backing band for Steve Martin, but they’ve also established themselves as a bluegrass force to be reckoned with. With banjoman Noam Pikelny (of the Punch Brothers). 7pm. $25-$60.

MUSIC: Canal Street String Band @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Celebrating “Folk Roots of the Grateful Dead,” from their jug band days as Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions to today. 7pm. $20.

READING: Community of Writers Reading @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. The Hudson Valley Writers Guild hosts a reading by three Greater Nippertown writers – journalist Steve Barnes, poet/activist Nancy Klepsch and novelist Tom Swyers. 2pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sheer Terror @ the Fuze Box, Albany. With Murderer’s Row, Aggresive Response and One Through Ten. 5pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Temptations and the Four Tops @ Proctors, Schenectady. A double-bill of classic Motown music. 8pm. $25–$70.50.



3/25/17: Today’s Top Tips: Saturday

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

MUSIC: Capital Trash Invasion 2 @ the Fuze Box, Albany. Featuring Daddy Long Legs, Tex Railer’s Doomtown, the Televisionaries, Harmonica Lewinski, the Jagaloons, more. Doors at 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Mavis Staples @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. She’s been one of the all-time great soul singers since her days with the Staple Singers, and she’s still going strong. 8pm. $45 & $55; $35 students.

MUSIC: Reelin’ in the Years @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Steely Dan tribute concert featuring a Hudson Valley all-star group of rock & roll talent – Jerry Marotta, Jonny Rosch, Scott Petito, Peter Primamore, Jesse Gress, Matt Finck, Chris Pasin, Jay Collins, Chris Eminzer, Anni Krueger, Lindsey Morano and Joey Eppard. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Driftwood @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Binghamton-based Americana quartet. 8pm. $24.

THEATER/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: 90th Anniversary Gala @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Broadway star Gabriella Pizzolo (Matilda, Fun Home) and more than 30 top Greater Nippertown performers offer a musical performance of a locally written show highlighting the history of both SLOC and the City of Schenectady. Reception catered by Birch Hill Catering. 6:30pm. $60 for show and gala reception; $25 show only.

COMEDY: Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show @ Proctors’ Education Center, Schenectady. Adrienne Iapalucci – semifinalist on season seven of NBC-TV’s “Last Comic Standing” – returns to headline in the Electric City. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: Johnny Rabb’s Big Band @ the Troy Italian Community Center, Troy. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Ryan Leddick Trio @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Roots of Creation @ Rustic Barn Pub, Troy. With the Elovaters. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Sigma Sound Project @ Parish Public House, Albany. Prog-rock night. With Machete and Seaspan. 9pm. $10.

COMEDY: Nick Di Paolo @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. 8pm. $25.


Steep Canyon Rangers Fire Up Award-Winning Bluegrass @ the Mahaiwe [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington is hosting a concert by the Steep Canyon Rangers with special guest banjo master Noam Pikelny at 7pm on Sunday, March 26.

A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorites and sophisticated string orchestra. They’re as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony. It’s that mix of serious chops and good-natured fun that earned the band the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013, and that drew celebrated comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to hire them on as his backing band.

Virtuoso banjo player Noam Pikelny is a founding member of Punch Brothers and a three-time Grammy nominee. In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. His album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, was named Album of the Year at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. And his new album, the purely solo endeavor Universal Favorite on Rounder Records, was released just this month.

GO HERE to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage…

3/24/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

Friday, March 24th, 2017

MUSIC: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. On the Release the Hounds Tour, the dazzling virtuoso guitar duo fuses elements from jazz to bluegrass to experimental pop on their recently released sophomore album, Mount Royal. With sublime singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan. 7:30pm. $30; $20 students.

MUSIC: Kate Campbell @ the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Education Center, Schenectady. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s award-winning music is inspired by the contemporary characters and culture of her native South. She’ll be joined by multi-instrumentalist John Kirk. 7:30pm. $27 & $40.

MUSIC: Guy Davis @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. One of the great acoustic blues and all-around players. 8pm. $24.

MUSIC: Copley Street with Owen Marshall @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy, Traditional Celtic music. 7:30pm. $10.

COMEDY: Sebastian Maniscalco @ Proctors, Schenectady. The 2016 Just for Laughs Stand Up Comedian of the Year brings his Why Would You Do That? Tour to the Electric City. 7pm. $43.75-$250.

MUSIC: The Slaughterhouse Chorus @ the Low Beat, Albany. Back in the saddle for the first time since July. With Bridge Under Fire and the Spirit of Violence. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Holly Bowling @ the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. The classically trained pianist performs her unique solo interpretations of songs from the vast catalogs of Phish and the Grateful Dead. 7:30pm. $20.

THEATER/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: 90th Anniversary Gala @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Broadway star Gabriella Pizzolo (Matilda, Fun Home) and more than 30 top Greater Nippertown performers offer a musical performance of a locally written show highlighting the history of both SLOC and the City of Schenectady. Reception catered by Birch Hill Catering. 6:30pm. $60 for show and gala reception; $25 show only. Also on Saturday.

MUSIC: Dryer @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Pony in the Pancake and Nick Nigro. 8:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard @ Carmen’s Cafe, Troy. World music/jazz/classical fusion. 6pm & 8pm. $5

THEATER: “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. The true story of one of the worst opera “singers” of all time. Directed by Flo Hayle and starring Alison Davy. 7:30pm. $22 in advance; $25 at the door; $10 students. Through Sunday, March 26. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Buried Treasure & Friends @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. The benefit concert for the American Civil Liberties Union features special guests Tracy Bonham, Scott Sharrard, Jay Collins and Kevin Salem. With Chogyi Lama & Casey Michael. 8pm. $20; $15 students.


3/23/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

MUSIC: Liz Longley @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter and Sugar Hill recording artist has earned top prizes the John Lennon Songwriting Competition as well as the International Acoustic Music Award. With Brian Dunne. 7pm. $22.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: “Love For Greg: Get Well Soon Fundraiser for Greg Nash” @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. One of Greater Nippertown’s most in-demand drummers suffered a heart attack earlier this month, so friends and fellow musicians are gathering together to help him out with medical expenses. Featuring Wild Adriatic, Super 400, Sean Rowe, Sly Fox & the Hustlers, Let Go Daylight, Soul Sky, The Erotics, Blackcat Elliott, Toys in the Attic, Dashboard Anthem, Last Daze, Under the Den, Vatrano Road, Two Guys, Herb Carter, Erin Harkes, Luke McNamme… 5pm. $10 minimum donation. GO HERE for more info…

COMEDY/FUNDRAISER: Chicks for Charity @ Funny Bone, Guilderland. Katherine Gauthier hosts as evening of female stand-up comics in a benefit for Planned Parenthood. Erin Harkes headlines. With Dre Cerbin, Dee Watson and Jennifer McMullen. 7:30pm. $15.

TALK: The Creative Life: A Conversation @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, Albany. WAMC-FM’s Joe Donahue discusses art and life with David Salle, painter and author of the acclaimed collection of essays, “How to See: Looking, Talking and Thinking About Art.” 7pm. FREE

MUSIC: August Alsina @ Proctors, Schenectady. The New Orleans-based Def Jam recording artist rolls into town. With A Boogie Wit a Hoodie and PnB Rock. 8pm. $35, $65 & $100.

MUSIC: Giacomo Gates @ Senate Garage, Kingston. The winner of the 2012 Downbeat Critics’ Poll as Male Vocalist Rising Star brings a sense of humor as acute as his sense of rhtyhm. Accompanied by the Don Miller Trio. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Ragini Shankar @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The violinist serves up an evening of Hindustani classical music accompanied by Devesh Chandra on tabla. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students.


COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

By Greg Haymes

Here’s a last-minute concert announcement – award-winning Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kate Campbell will be joined by Local 518 multi-instrumentalist John Kirk in concert at the Eighth Step at Proctors’ Underground in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Friday (March 24). Tickets are $24 in advance; $27 at the door; $40 Gold Circle.

In more late-breaking concert news, classically trained pianist Holly Bowling – known for her unique solo interpretations of songs from the vast catalogs of Phish and the Grateful Dead – steps into the spotlight at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome at 7:30pm on Friday (March 24). Advance tickets are available now, priced at $15; $20 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Bob Dylan is headed to Kingston to christened the new concert venue at the Hutton Brickyards. Tickets go on sale to general public at 11am on Saturday (March 26).

UPDATE: Priced at $19.50, lawn tickets are now available for the Tedeschi Trucks Band concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Monday, July 3, which was previously a pavilion-only show. The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna will share the bill.

In Troy, the Hangar on the Hudson has booked a handful of new shows including the traditional Celtic sounds of Copley Street with Owen Marshall at 7:30pm on Friday (March 24) ($10); the Kurt Baker Combo with Soraia and the Connection at 9pm on Friday, April 7 ($10); Troy’s premier power trio Super 400 at 9pm on Saturday, May 13 ($10); and the return of the wily old Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard at 8pm on Saturday, June 3 ($20).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Presented by The Egg, the powerhouse instrumental double-bill of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and the Chick Corea Elektric Band is headed into the Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (March 24).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Brandi Carlile, Railroad Earth, the Del McCoury Band with David Grisman, Del & Dawg, Bill Frisell, the Wood Brothers and the Suitcase Junket are among the bands announced in the first round of announcements for the 2017 FreshGrass festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams.


FEST: Solid Sound Announces Comedy Line-Up

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Here is your SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL COMEDIAN LINE UP! from John Hodgman on Vimeo.

Solid Sound has revealed its comedy line-up for this year’s festival, which takes place at MASS MoCA in North Adams from Friday-Sunday, June 23-25.

Hosted as usual by comedian John Hodgman, the comedy stage will present three shows in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Saturday, June 24.

Joining Hodgman will be Michael Ian Black (“Wet Hot American Summer”), Eugene Mirman (“Bob’s Burgers”), Aparna Nancherla (“Late Night with Seth Meyers”), Nick Offerman (“Parks & Recreation”), plus Jean Grae’s “The Show Show” with DJ Quelle Chris.

Comedy complements the previously-announced musical line-up for this year’s fest that features two headlining sets by festival hosts Wilco plus performances by Television, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Robert Glasper Experiment, Dawn of Midi, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Kevin Morby, Joan Shelley, Big Thief, Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers, the Shaggs and many more.


3/22/17: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

THEATER: “An Iliad” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s adaptation of Homer’s great epic tale fuses words and music in a spare, modern production starring David Barlow. 2 & 7:30pm. Through Sunday, April 2.

THEATER: “Doubt, A Parable” @ Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady. John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, as directed by Tom Templeton. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, March 26.

MUSIC: The Masters of Nostalgia @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. Dave Pedinotti and friends serve up classic rock. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. If it’s Wednesday, it must be the Deadbeats… 10pm.

OPEN MIC/JAM: Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Sonny Speed hosts with Tas Cru and Mary Ann Casale as featured performers. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm music. $5; FREE students.

OPERA ON SCREEN: “Le Nozze di Figaro” @ Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. The Mozart classic from Teatro alla Scala. 7pm. $15.

GO HERE for info regarding art gallery and museum exhibits…

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