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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:


Win FREE Tickets to SPAC’s Saratoga Wine & Food Festival & Concours D’Elegance!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

SPAC Grand Tasting

Do you like food?
How about wine?
Got a thing for fast, luxury cars?

If the answer to any of those questions is yes, you’ll want to head to Saratoga this weekend, as the Saratoga Performing Arts Center hosts its 13th annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival & Concours D’Elegance.

It’s a three-day celebration of gourmet events showcasing fine international wines, innovative chef-prepared menus, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, innovative tastings, upscale auctions and a concours d’elegance of luxury automobiles presented by festival partner, the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

Featuring humorist/television commentator Mo Rocca and one of the northeast’s most innovative chef, Zak Pelaccio of Hudson’s Fish and Game, the fest promises to be a grand gourmet experience, and proceeds from the event will benefit Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s educational programs.

Here are some of the highlights of this weekend’s fest, which runs from Friday-Sunday (September 6-8):


EMPAC Announces Fall Season of Concerts & Events

Friday, May 17th, 2013

EMPAC at RPI in Troy has announced its fall 2013 schedule of events, full of performances, talks, screenings, concerts, and whatnot that build bridges between art and technology.

In addition to the events listed below two more events by distinguished artist-in-residence Laurie Anderson will be announced soon.

Unless otherwise noted, all performance tickets are $18 general admission; $13 for students & seniors. Film screenings are $6; talks and installations are free.

Here’s the schedule:


Festival Fever: Albany WordFest, 4/14-20/13; Win FREE TICKETS, Too…

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Albany Wordfest 2013

April is National Poetry Month, which means that Albany Poets is presenting their annual Albany Word Fest, which is taking place this week at a variety of venues throughout Albany.

Here’s the round-up of Albany WordFest events around town this week:

6pm: Youth Open Mic @ Bethlehem Children’s School, Slingerlands. Jill Crammond hosts a special open mic for young poets, writers and spoken word artists in grades 5–12 to share their work.

8pm: Poets Against Fracking @ the Upstate Artists Guild, Albany. A night of poetry and spoken word by Band of Bards, a community of Binghamton area writers, artists and activists who have turned their talents toward helping to preserve their community against the threat of hydraulic fracture gas drilling in New York State and beyond.

7pm: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany. Albany’s poetry slam continues with open mic host Mojavi and slam master Thom Francis at the helm. This edition of NGS will feature the long-awaited Haiku Battle! $5; students $3.


Be Here Now: Albany Comic Con @ the Holiday Inn, 11/11/12

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Albany Comic Con 2012

The fifth annual Albany Comic Con – the premier comic book and collectibles show in the Capital Region – takes over the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Albany from 10am-4pm on Sunday (November 11). Admission is $5.

20 exhibitors and vendors will host display tables at the convention, and more than 40 comic book artists and writers will be on hand, as well. The convention will also feature a costume contest and several panel discussions with professionals, covering such topics as “The Art of Inking,” “Writing Fantasy 101″ and “Comics to Movies.”

In addition, the convention will host a silent auction of original comic book artwork to benefit the Capital District Ronald McDonald House Charities. Local comic book professionals – including Joe Sinnott, Lee Moder, Paul Abrams, Fred Hembeck, Tom Raney, Mark McKenna and many others – have donated original sketches, which will be up for bidding from 10am-3pm.

There is no admission charge to enter the silent auction. Admission to the rest of Albany Comic Con is $5.

Festival Fever: Hudson Music Festival, 8/10-12/12

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

More than 30 venues…
More than 130 acts…
More than 180 performance…
More than 400 musicians…

The second annual Hudson Music Festival will fill the city of Hudson with non-stop music over the course of three days this weekend – and almost all of it is free.

There will be live music performances in restaurants, stores and galleries. Tented stages will be placed along Warren Street from the Seventh Street Park and continuing down the street to the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. Festival performances start at 5pm on Friday; 12noon-12midnight on Saturday; 12noon-6pm on Sunday.

Club Helsinki will host the prestigious Festival Showcase with 20 bands on two stages beginning at 5pm on Saturday. The Last Conspirators, the Pawn Shop Saints, C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils and Oobleck will be among the bands featured on stage, while the Tommy Keys Band, Szelrozsa, the Rooftrees and others will perform in the courtyard. NOTE: There is a $10 suggested donation to the Festival Showcase.

Among the many other bands and musicians performing at the HM Festival throughout the weekend are Todd Nelson’s TN3, Black n Gold featuring Young Paris, Big Frank & the Bargain Bingers, Lady Moon, Chris Merenda & the Wheel, Frank Cuthbert, Drew Jacobs, Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad, the Erin Harkes Band, Pony in the Pancake, Jamie Kent & the Options, Mamalama, Sly Fox & the Hustlers, the Assortment of Crayons, Slink Moss, Nine Votes Short, Miss Shirley’s Buckleshiners, the 7th Squeeze, Head Womb, the Compact, Positive Mental Trip, Rakish Paddy, On the Shoulders of Giants and lots, lots more.


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