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Win FREE Tickets to Dale Watson at The Hangar on Wednesday

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Texas singer-songwriter and quintessential honky-tonker Dale Watson is so sick and tired of the contemporary country music scene that he refuses to describe his own music as “country,” even though he has deeper country music roots than anybody on the current country music Top 40.

Resolutely old-school, he prefers the term “Ameripolitan” for his music, and in fact he’s helped organize the Ameripolitan Music Awards – to be held next month in his Austin hometown – honoring those whose music honors tradition while demonstrating exceptional originality, creativity, and musicianship.

But before then, Watson and his band, the Lonestars, are headed into The Hangar in Troy for a rollickin’ roadhouse, kick-up-your-heels show at 8pm on Wednesday (January 28) in support of his latest release, the acclaimed three-CD set, The Truckin Sessions Trilogy. And if that ain’t enough to get you salivatin’, the tattooed country music maverick will be bringing along the like-minded rockabilly filly Rosie Flores – who won top honors as both Best Honky Tonk Female and Best Rockabilly Female at last year’s inaigural Ameripolitan Music Awards – to share the bill with him on Wednesday.

Tickets are $25, which are available in advance online and at the Ale House in Troy.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Tuesday (January 27), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Tuesday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

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Win FREE Tickets to Ritz Carlton & Hot Cousin at the Low Beat on Friday!

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Yes, it’s a late-breaking ticket giveaway!

’80 rock revivalists Hot Cousin team up with Ritz “The Sexiest Man Alive” Carlton for a wham-bam-thank-you-mam kind of evening at the Low Beat in Albany at 9pm on Friday (December 12).

What more do you need to know?!?

THAT’S RIGHT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (December 12), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Win FREE Tickets to Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Saturday

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Jaimeo Brown is emerging as one of the preeminent drummers on the new creative music scene. Over the years he’s played with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Pharoah Sanders, from Carlos Santana to Bobby Hutcherson and Albany native Stefon Harris. And earlier this year, the Downbeat 62nd Annual Critics’ Poll hailed him in the categories of both rising star drummer (#10) and composer (#11).

Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence is a musical project that is deeply rooted in the raw honesty and abundant hope of Black spirituals, fused with East Indian concepts, electronic textures, acoustic jazz and blues.

In addition to drummer-composer Brown, the band also features saxman Jaleel Shaw and guitarist Chris Sholar.

The band takes the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy for an evening of adventurous and uplifting music at 7pm on Saturday (December 6). Admission is $15.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (December 5), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Win FREE TICKETS to “Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show” @ Proctors on Saturday

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The third installment of Ethan Ullman’s monthly “Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show” rolls into Proctors in Schenectady this weekend, and this month’s headliner is New York City-based Aparna Nancherla, who brings her delightfully absurdist wit and uniquely whimsical point-of-view to the Proctors Underground stage at 8pm on Saturday (November 22).

Thomas Attila Lewis serves as host for the night, and Nippertown expat Kevin Marshall opens the show.

Nancherla most recently wrote for and performed on FX’s groundbreaking show, “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” and her television credits also include “Conan” and “Last Comic Standing,” as well as Comedy Central’s “@midnight” and “Adam Devine’s House Party.” Podcast-wise, she’s guested on “WTF with Marc Maron” and “The Nerdist Podcast” with Chris Hardwick. And you may have even heard her on NPR.

Now she’s ready for to make her Local 518 debut in Schenectady. The question is, “Is Schenectady ready for Aparna Nancherla?”

“Pretty Much The Best Comedy Show” returns to Proctors Underground in Schenectady at 8pm on Saturday (November 22). Tickets are $15, and the October show sold out in advance, so comedy fans are urged to get their tickets early.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (November 21), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

FIVE FIRSTS: Stephen Clair

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Stephen Clair

Stephen Clair

NAME: Stephen Clair
BAND AFFILIATION: Stephen Clair & the Millionaires
INSTRUMENT: Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Beatles’ Second Album — at Jamesway. I was in fourth grade. At the beginning of that school year, a new family had moved in across the street from me. The parents looked and acted nothing like my parents. They had Beatles posters in every room of the house. Who were these Beatles? That’s where it started for me. So, in fourth grade I proceeded to buy every Beatles album. Mostly at Jamesway. Some at Barkers.

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Win FREE Tickets to Dialogue @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Sunday

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Pianist Myra Melford and clarinetist Ben Goldberg present a concert of new compositions – melodic, exploratory, lyrical, swinging, virtuosic. At the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Sunday, their duo performance promises an evening of chamber music for the 21st century where composition meets improvisation, where the precision of classical music meets the creative spirit and soul of jazz.

The two master musicians have been performing duets together since 2008. Each concert has been a chapter in an evolving musical conversation – two musicians speaking the same language with slightly different points of view, and, like any good conversation, always finding something new. Hence the name of their duo collaboration – Dialogue.

When pianist, composer and Guggenheim fellow Melford teams up with clarinetist, composer and National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient Goldberg on Sunday, sparks will fly, profound emotions will be unearthed, ambitious inventive journeys will be undertaken.

Tickets for Dialogue’s concert at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy are $15.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (November 14), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Win FREE Tickets to Mike Barnett & Jake Jolliff @ the Ale House on Wednesday

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Fab fiddler Mike Barnett teams up with mandolin master Jake Jolliff for an evening of exciting, adventurous acoustic music at the Ale House in Troy on Wednesday (October 8). And while they may not be household names, they’ve collaborated with some of the finest bluegrass musicians around.

Barnett has worked with the likes of Bobby Hicks, Buddy Spicher and Vassar Clemens, and at age 15 he toured with Jesse McReynolds & His Virginia Boys, including regular weekend performances on the Grand Ole Opry. He has been a member of such New England favorites as Northern Lights and the Gordon Stone Trio. His extensive resume also includes stints as a member of the Deadly Gentlemen and the David Grisman Sextet.

Meanwhile, Jolliff has been playing the mandolin since he was seven years old, and by age 16 he was playing in a swing group with violin prodigy Alex Hargreaves. In 2008, he joined the New England-based new-acoustic group, Joy Kills Sorrow and recorded three albums with them. A 2011 graduate of Berklee College of Music, Jake also won the 2012 National Mandolin Championship and now tours with the Yonder Mountain String Band.

Barnett & Jolliff are slated to perform at the Ale House in Troy at 9pm on Wednesday (October 8). Tickets are $10.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Wednesday (October 8), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.
 

Win FREE Tickets to Bear Grass at Steamer No. 10 Theatre on Friday

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Katie Hammon’s marvelous and moody combo Bear Grass headlines an evening spotlighting Nippertown’s ever-cross-pollinating music scene in an intimate theater setting at 8pm Friday (October 3) at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany.

Joining Bear Grass in concert at the Steamer will be the hypnotic instrumental duo Rosary Beard (who held their CD release party at the Steamer back in 2012) and the Firs.

And, oh, what a tangled, homespun web we weave…

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