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FEST: Capital District Scottish Games @ Altamont Fairgrounds This Weekend

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Bagpipe bands

The massed pipe band at the Capital District Scottish Games, 2013

Photograph by Michael Seinberg

The annual Capital District Scottish Games will once again take over the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont on Saturday and Sunday (September 5 & 6), and naturally there will be plenty of competition going on – everything from the traditional caber toss to the Northeastern United States Pipe Band Championship to the Highland Dance Competition.

And, of course, it just wouldn’t be a Scottish festival without music – lots of music. The grounds will be jam-packed with a wide assortment of musical variety all day long on Saturday and Sunday. There’s solo piping and drumming, as well as the massed pipe band extravaganza featuring more than 500 pipers.

Gates open at 8am on Saturday; 9am on Sunday. Saturday tickets are $18 in advance; $22 at the gate, while Sunday tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the gate; children 12 and under are FREE.

New this year is the Saturday night Ceilidh, the post-competition Saturday evening party featuring the music of Get Up Jack and the American Rogues. Admission to the Ceilidh is included with a Saturday ticket. Ceilidh-only tickets are also available for $10 in advance; $12 at the gate.

In addition to the Ceilidh, the weekend-long celebration of all things Scottish will also feature musical performances by:



FREE: LARAC June Arts Festival @ Glens Falls City Park

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

This weekend, the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) is presenting its 43rd annual June Arts Festival, one of the premier summer events of the southern Adirondack Region, drawing crowds of 20,000.

The fest features 200 exhibitors offering shoppers a variety of products such as jewelry, home items, food items, fine art, textiles, garden decorations and much more. The festival also includes not-for-profit booths, arts demonstrations, children’s activities, food concessions and lots of live entertainment by Local 518 musicians on four stages.

The fest takes place rain or shine in downtown Glens Falls’ City Park from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday (June 13 & 14). Admission to the fest is free.

Here’s the complete music schedule for the 2015 LARAC June Arts Festival:


Capital Area Music Awards Are Cancelled

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The 2014 Cammys are cancelled.

The Capital Area Music Awards – trying out the new nickname “the Cammys” – are no more.

After an inaugural celebration at Trick Shot Billiards & Sports Pub in Clifton Park in November of 2013 (back when they were nicknamed the Jammys), the second annual event was scheduled to take place at The Linda in Albany at 5pm on Sunday, January 25.

“We’re working hard to present a night of musical community,” the event’s organizer Dan Coler said on the Cammys’ website.

But on Wednesday night (December 17) – two days after the nominees had been scheduled to be announced – Greg Gamache, another of the Cammys’ organizers, posted the following on the event’s Facebook page:

Due to a lack of support from our music community, it is with a heavy heart that we announce this years 2014 Capital Area Music Awards, scheduled for January 25, 2015, has been cancelled. We truly appreciate the support of so many people in the development stage. It is our sincere hope that someday we may join together for a night of musical community and unite as one! If you have purchased advanced tickets, refunds are available where tickets were purchased.

Hot Cousins Get Engaged at the Low Beat: Hump Day Unusual Moment

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Yeah, we know – that headline sounds like something out of The National Enquirer, eh?

But really, what else can you say, after fave Local 518 band Hot Cousin stopped Van Halen’s “Panama” dead in its tracks during their show at the Low Beat last Friday night (December 12)?

Seems as though bassist Charlie Monroe had something else on his mind – like proposing marriage to lead singer Nicole K.

Fortunately, she said, “Yes.”

And then they finished the song…

“Panama”? Really? Not even “Jump”?

Saturday Is Skylander Day @ Saratoga’s Comic Depot

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Skylanders Day

Skylanders – popular video game series developed by Nippertown’s own Vicarious Visions – jumps off the computer screen and onto the comic book pages with the publication of the inaugural Skylanders comic book.

And Comic Depot in Saratoga Springs is hosting a special release party for the comic on Saturday (October 18). Join the writers Ron Marz and David Rodriguez, as well as Vicarious Visions concept artists Jeff Bellio, Arzu Fallahi and Dave Phillips for the in-store celebration from 12noon-4pm.

You can pick up an exclusive Comic Depot variant cover for Skylanders #1. The store will be featuring an all-day sale, as well as raffles for exclusive Skylanders merch. And the artists will be drawing original Skylander sketches on sale for $25 with all proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

Explore the Fab Four’s NYC Sites on Foot

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Carnegie Hall…
The Plaza Hotel…
The Dakota Apartments…
The Ed Sullivan Theater…
Strawberry Fields in Central Park…

Experience first-hand some of the most significant New York City sites in the musical history of the Fab Four on Saturday, October 18 on Rick Bedrosian’s Beatles New York City Walking Tour. A chartered bus will depart from Yankee Trails in Rensselaer at 7am and return at approximately 7:30pm.

In NYC, Rick Bedrosian (guitarist with the Beatles tribute band Hey Jude… The Tribute) and his busload of Beatles fans will meet up with renowned Beatles authority and tour guide Susan Ratisher Ryan for a two-and-a-half-hour of Manhattan Beatlemania locations.

Then you’ll be driven to the Flatiron District where you’ll be free to explore and dine at Mario Batali’s Eataly, a 50,000-square-foot, indoor, Italian market and restaurant complex, as well as Union Square Park which is located just five blocks south.

The cost of the tour is $130 per person, which includes transportation, travel guides and the Beatles Walking Tour.

NOTE: And if you want to get into the musical mood, you can catch Hey Jude… The Tribute in concert at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Saturday (October 11). Tickets are $13 in advance; $15 at the door.

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).


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