VP Joe Biden Is Coming to Proctors

July 17th, 2017, 10:25 am by Greg

Vice President Joe Biden is traveling the nation this fall on his 19-city American Promise Tour, and he’ll be making a stop at Proctors in Schenectady on Monday, November 20.

The tour – “a series of conversations that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most” – is in support of his memoir, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” which is slated for publication on November 14.

Tickets for Biden’s appearance at Proctors will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, July 28. A copy of Biden’s book is included in the ticket price – $75-$150; $300 for meet-and-greet VIP.


Empire State Plaza Announces Summer Concert Series

May 30th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

The Empire State Plaza in Albany has announced its Summer at the Plaza season of free concerts, festivals and more. The Capital Concert Series features four concerts, ranging from reggae to rock, from classic indie rock to sublime soul music.

New this year is a pair of Jazz Nights in September, sponsored by Cornerstone and featuring Local 518 favorites.

Here’s the complete list of 2017 live summer events at the Empire State Plaza:

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FESTIVAL FEVER: What a Weekend!

September 16th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
Mountain Jam

So many festivals crammed into one weekend...

Photograph by Dan Hogan

If you think that summer is the busiest season for live music around Greater Nippertown, well, think again. September is jam-packed with plenty of outdoor shows as well as indoor concerts at the venues that usually lay low during the summer months.

And festivals? Oh my…

There are at least a half dozen festivals that I’d like to be at this weekend, but of course, it’s impossible to be everywhere.

So here’s a quick round-up of some of the music fests going on this weekend. Hope you have a great time, wherever you decide to go:

WHO: Galactic, Warpaint, Bassh, Maybird, the Greeting Committee, Rechorduroys
WHEN: 1pm Saturday (September 17)
WHERE: North Pearl Street, Albany

WHO: Rosanne Cash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, the Infamous Stringdusters, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Ruthie Foster, more
WHEN: Friday-Sunday (September 16-18)
WHERE: MASS MoCA, North Adams
HOW MUCH: $99 all-fest; singlke day tickets also available

WHO: DIVA Jazz Orchestra, the Brubeck Brothers, Charenee Wade, Lao Tizer Quartet, Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble, Edmar Castaneda Trio, Amina Figarova Sextet
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday (September 17 & 18)
WHERE: Shepard Park, Lake George

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Saratoga Shots

August 16th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg
Laoban being walked in the shedrow by handler Sixto for Southern Equine Racing before The Jim Dandy Stakes

Laoban being walked in the shedrow by handler Sixto for Southern Equine Racing before The Jim Dandy Stakes

Photographs by Martin Benjamin

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MASS MoCA Announces Fall/Winter Concerts/Events Calendar

August 3rd, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg

MASS MoCA in North Adams heads into the fall season with the sixth annual FreshGrass Festival on September 16-18, a rollicking weekend largely devoted to artists in roots and acoustic bluegrass music. And the schedule of concerts and other events powers through until December when Dinosaur Jr. takes the stage in a night of power-grunge.

In between, swoon for British singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine in the Hunter Center and the multi-talented Eisa Davis up in Club B-10.

And witness artist Nick Cave’s Until, perhaps the most powerful, poignant and political work that MASS MoCA has exhibited in the sprawling Gallery 5.

Here’s a quick look at MASS MoCA’s fall 2016 schedule of events:

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FESTIVAL FEVER: This Weekend’s Festival Round-Up

April 22nd, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
Mountain Jam

So many festivals crammed into one weekend...

Photograph by Dan Hogan

WOW! It’s suddenly like festival season is exploding this weekend…

There’s a jam-packed festival calendar on tap around Greater Nippertown this weekend, featuring lots of all kinds of music, as well as spoken word performances and comedy, too. You can’t be everywhere at once, but we’ve rounded up the festival outlook for the weekend, so you’re sure to find something to float your boat.

Today-Saturday, 10am
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
$20 for all weekend, all events
Exploring all styles of guitar playing to metal to bluegrass to classical with workshops, jam session, open mic session and concerts at various venues on campus. Featuring Super 400, Mark Gamsjager, Mike McMann, Monica Wilson, Maria Zemantauski, Caroline MotherJudge, Sten Isachsen, Thomasina Winslow, Graham Tichy, Bernie Mulleda, Mike Dimin, Joe Lowry, Mike McMann, Chuck D’Aloia and lots more.

Various locations, Albany
The week-long celebration of poetry and spoken word wraps up this weekend with an open mic, workshops and poetry slams at the Upstate Artists Guild and the Social Justice Center.

Today, 7pm
The Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
$5 admission includes both venues
Free Air, Let Go Daylight, Purifier, Embrace the Curse, Green Room, the Bonnie Masons, the Purple Curfew, ShoeBox Dojo, Che Guevara T-Shirt, Galaxy Overdrive and Monk – 11 bands at two neighboring venues for just $5. That means you’re paying less than $.50 per band.

Today-Sunday, various times
Various locations, Albany
$35 for all three days, all events
The three-day fest takes place at a batch of venues, including McGeary’s Pub, the Madison Theater, Stout, Dawn’s Victory Sports Cafe, Blue 82, Parish Public House, the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, the Fuze Box and City Beer Hall. Featuring the Wonderbeards, One Red Martian, New Madrid, the Arkells, the Wild Feathers, the Big Takeover, Flakjacket, Macero and many more.

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It’s Not All Clear Sailing for the Clearwater

March 16th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Clearwater (photo: Anthony Pepitone)

The Sloop Clearwater (photo: Anthony Pepitone)

Interview and story by Rudy Lu

Back in January, it was announced that Clearwater’s annual Great Hudson River Revival was cancelled. The festival – a two-day Hudson Valley music and environmental festival that was founded and hosted by American music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger since the ’70s – had been the primary fundraiser for the maintenance of the Sloop Clearwater and the Clearwater organization.

In lieu of the festival, Clearwater is organizing a number of smaller benefit concerts throughout the Hudson Valley. From 2-6pm on Sunday (March 20), The Linda in Albany will host one of them, the Clearwater Tribute to the Memory of Pete Seeger, a benefit concert for the restoration of the iconic Sloop Clearwater.

Hosted by WAMC-FM’s Wanda Fischer, the concert will feature an array of musicians performing music from Pete Seeger’s extensive songbook. Among the performers are the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band, Marc Black, Elizabeth Straton, Lecco Morris & Jeff Nania, Folding Sky, Big Creek, Bare Bones Project, the Bounce-back Reggae Band and more. Tickets are currently available for $35, $50 & $100.

We talked to Stephen Smith, organizer of the benefit concert at the Linda and a member of the Bounce-back Reggae Band to find out more about Sunday’s concert and the Clearwater:

Q: Is the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater in need of major repairs?

A: That is an interesting question. The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is a wooden boat, built in 1969 by Pete Seeger and friends. Obviously, when wood is placed in water for an extended period of time, it is highly susceptible to deterioration, so such boats seldom last more than 20 years without extensive and continual upkeep. Even the interior timbers are prone to dry rot. Each year the Coast Guard inspects Clearwater and determines which timbers need replacement. This year we are conducting a mandated major restoration during which nearly all of the below-waterline timbers that were not restored last year will be replaced.

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Steve Earle’s Camp Copperhead Returns to the Catskills

January 25th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

Steve Earle

Steve Earle

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Rabb

Steve Earle is bringing his Camp Copperhead back to the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian from Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1.

The third annual Camp Copperhead welcomes singers, guitarists, songwriters and poets into an immersive four-day musical experience. It’s a chance to hear the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-author-actor speak on his classic songs, choices and techniques during intimate workshops. Master classes will be available for songwriting, poetry and guitar playing taught by guest instructors – including Shawn Colvin. The evenings will feature open mic sessions, and on the final night, the camp will close with a concert by Earle.

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