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MASS MoCA Announces Fall Schedule of Concerts & Events

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Over in North Adams, MASS MoCA’s fall season gets under way in mid-September when the museum devotes an entire weekend to bluegrass and roots music – and continues full throttle until it sends us laughing all the way into the holiday season with a mid-December show of smart comedy. Throughout its roster of anything-but-standard fare, MASS MoCA features musical theater, award-winning dance performances, electro-dance hall music, film forums and more…

New York-based artist Lee Boroson creates a sequence of elements in MASS MoCA’s largest gallery, where visitors will immerse in fog, lava, waterfalls and smokestacks as they move through installations of fabric, glass, and inflatables that consider the landscape as culture as well as wilderness.

The season kicks off with the previously announced FreshGrass, the three-day bluegrass and roots festival on Friday-Sunday, September 19-21 featuring a mind-bending amount of music, with more than 40 bands throughout the weekend, including Emmylou Harris, Railroad Earth, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Sam Bush, the Infamous Stringdusters, the David Grisman Sextet, Cricket Tell the Weather, the Novel Ideas, Ramblin Jug Stompers, the Flying Garbanzos and many, many more. The festival rounds out with instrument- and industry-focused workshops, luthier demonstrations, Berkshire-fresh food and spirits, downtown camping, family programming.

And here’s the schedule of newly announced concerts, films, dance, theater, comedy and other rather unclassifiable events for MASS MoCA’s fall season:



Rory Block, Murali Coryell: Nippertown’s Blues Music Award Nominess

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Chatham’s own Queen of the Blues Rory Block, snagged two Blues Music Award nominations from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. And she’s not the only Nippertonian to get a nod, either. Guitarslinger Murali Coryell also picked up a nomination. The 35th annual Blues Music Awards will be presented during ceremonies at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis tonight (Thursday, May 8).


Today Is FREE Comic Book Day!

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Rest Fest Returns to CAC Woodside in Troy This Summer

Monday, April 28th, 2014

RestFest 2014

After three years at Albany’s St. Joseph Church, last year the annual Restoration Festival moved across the Hudson River to the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy. And apparently the venue was a hit because the Rest Fest folks have announced that the fest will be returning to the new venue again this year.

But rather than hosting the event in September, this year Rest Fest will held a few weeks earlier – on Friday and Saturday, August 15 & 16 – which will hopefully avoid conflicts with other Local 518 fests which have landed on the same date as Rest Fest during the past couple of years.


Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood: The Dustin Mele Memorial Concert

Monday, April 21st, 2014
(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

The inaugural Dustin Mele Memorial Concert was held at Brown’s Revolution Hall in Troy on Sunday, March 30 as a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A plethora of Nippertown musicians – including Dustin’s dad, veteran Troy guitarslinger Joe Mele – pitched in, donating their time and talent to the cause.

Last week, Dustin’s parents presented a check to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Capital Region NY Area Director Laura Marks at Troy’s City Hall with Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan in attendance. The check represents all cash and check donations raised at the concert (with additional money collected online and through credit card donations to be presented at a later date).

And save the date: The second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert is slated for Sunday, March 29, 2015…

RADIO: Tribute to Michael Brecker… And More

Friday, March 28th, 2014
Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker

When acclaimed jazz tenor saxophonist and 11-time Grammy Award-winner Michael Brecker died of leukemia in January, 2007, Nippertown saxmaster Brian Patneaude knew that he had to pay tribute. So he teamed up with Bill McCann‘s “Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” weekly radio show on WCDB (90.9 FM) to present a four-hour “Tribute to Michael Brecker.”

“He has been my main musical influence ever since the day I first heard him play as a freshman in high school,” says Patneaude. “As a matter of fact, if it weren’t for Michael Brecker and his music, I doubt I’d be doing what I’m doing with my life right now.”


New Release Rack: 2Late’s “10 Years 2Late”

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

10 Years 2Late

It’s been a full decade since Vicki Gayle and Mike Short first teamed up as the singer-songwriter duo 2Late, so named because, “We were too late for a major recording contract,” according to Gayle. So it seemed only natural that they would title their new album – the twosome’s fourth – 10 Years 2Late.

The new album reflects a focus that could only come through years of hard work. “It took us a long time to find our sound,” explains Gayle. “We come from different backgrounds. I’m country girl at heart, where Mike’s southern roots are pretty much southern Wisconsin. But when his family got together, they played a lot of old-timey music, bluegrass and gospel tunes. So when he writes for 2Late, you hear the country sound influenced by traditional roots music.”

The new album features 14 of the duo’s original songs, and it’s their best album yet. “We’ve worked hard on our singing and gotten coaching to refine our sound, and it’s really helped,” says Gayle. “We’re better musicians, we practice better, we write better songs, and I think this album reflects that,” adds Short.

2Late will be celebrating the release of “10 Years 2Late” with a performance and party at 7pm tonight (Wednesday, February 26) at Café NOLA in Schenectady. Admission is $15, which also includes appetizers and a copy of the new CD.

Festival Fever: Zombies Rejoice as FantaCon Returns!

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

FantaCon is back…

The comic book, horror and fantasy convention FantaCon is being held on Saturday & Sunday (September 14 & 15) at the Albany Marriott Hotel on Wolf Road. The first FantaCon was held in August, 1979, and now 34 years later, it’s finally back! The convention features horror film actors, comic book artists, and lots of vendors with tons of rare merchandise – all providing an intimate convention experience.

The convention runs from 10am-6pm on Saturday and from 10am-5pm on Sunday. Tickets are $16 per day in advance; $20 at the door; children age 10 and younger are free with each paid adult admission. Advance two-day tickets are also available for $30.

Ahhh, but that’s not all of the undead fun that’s happening around town this week…

Dress in your best zombie attire and gruesome make-up, and you can be part of the FantaCon fun, crawling through the streets of downtown Albany in the Zombie Walk. Festivities kick off at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at 6:30pm on Thursday (September 12), as a mob of performers will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” followed by the Zombie Walk along Clinton Avenue toward the Palace Theatre. NOTE: A Quarantine Zone will be established on the sidelines for spectators hoping to get a good look at the zombies without risking infection.

And here’s a round-up of the other ghoulish special events that are being presented at the Palace Theatre in conjunction with FantaCon. Admission is $13 for each evening at the Palace; a three-night pass is also available for $30:


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