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Win FREE Tickets to the Gibson Brothers @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Clayton Campbell, Eric Gibson and Leigh Gibson

The Gibson Brothers

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Charlie & Bill Monroe…
Carter & Ralph Stanley…
Bobby & Sonny Osborne…
Charlie & Ira Louvin…
Phil & Don Everly…

In bluegrass and country music, there’s a long legacy of classic sibling harmony singing, and Leigh and Eric Gibson are not only part of that tradition, but they’re also paying tribute to it with their brand new album Brotherhood. Of course, those tightly knit two-part harmonies are nothing new for the Gibson Brothers, who have racked up a dozen albums and two prestigious Entertainers of the Year honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association over the course of their music career.

In support of Brotherhood, the Gibson Brothers are headed down from the North Country and stepping into the spotlight at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 8pm on Friday night (March 27). Tickets to the concert are $25 & $30.

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 Friday (March 27), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck!

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Win FREE Tickets to the Nile Project @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Saturday

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

The band is something like the United Nations with musical instruments. The Nile Project – a 12-piece band whose members come from throughout the Nile River basin in Africa – are headed into Troy to kick off the spring concert season at the Sanctuary for Independent Media at 7pm on Saturday (March 21).

“Music is a language,” exclaims Ethiopian sax player Jorga Mesfin, “and in the Nile Project, the conversation is about love.” The musicians have not only studied each other’s musical traditions, but they’ve also absorbed each other’s very diverse cultures. The ensemble features Alsarah from Sudan (vocals); Michael Bazibu from Uganda (multi-instrumentalist); Hany Bedair from Egypt (hand drums); Nader El Shaer from Egypt (accordion, ney, kawala); Dina El Wedidi from Egypt (vocals); Meklit Hadero from Ethiopia (vocals); Jorga Mesfin from Ethiopia (saxophone); Kasiva Mutua from Kenya (vocals, percussion); Sophie Nzayisenga from Rwanda (inanga); Dawit Seyoum from Ethiopia (krar, bass krar); Steven Sogo from Burundi (bass, umiduri); Selamnesh Zemane from Ethiopia (vocals).

While they’re at the Sanctuary on Saturday, the members of the Nile Project will also lead a workshop on “Civic Engagement and the Management of Water Resources” from 3-5pm and co-host a community potluck dinner from 5-6:30pm. Admission to the workshop and potluck is free of charge; admission to the concert is $15; $10 student/low income.

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 Friday (March 20), 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: The Under-the-Radar Show of the Week

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Chances are that you’ve never heard of the Dutch trio Snowapple. And you’ve probably never heard of the Canadian quintet Fish & Bird, either. But they’re playing a double-bill at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday (March 13), and it’s our Under-the-Radar Show of the Week.

The Dutch women of Snowapple have done a lot of living. Laurien is not only an international opera singer, but she also moonlights with gypsy-punk groups, models Dutch fashions and studies physics at the Univ Amsterdam. Una is an internationally acclaimed jazz singer. And Laura is a singer, composer and conductor from Latvia who was awarded the Best Composition Prize in the 2012 Dutch Jazz Competition. Together they make beautiful and beguiling pop-folk music, full of catchy hooks and punctuated by glorious, crystalline harmonies and excursions into the darker and more romantic side of the human condition.

Raised on equal parts roots music and Radiohead on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia, Fish & Bird has received praise on both sides of the Atlantic for their refreshingly unclichéd way of reimagining folk for a new generation. With driving rhythms and a huge vocal range, their lyrics explore the forces that drive human behavior. Starting with a shared devotion to traditional old-time music, they’ve fused folk influences and experimental leanings into a coherent, modern-day roots opus, as you can hear on their new album, Something in the Ether.

Tickets for the double-bill at Caffe Lena on Friday are $16 in advance; $18 at the door.

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 Friday (March 13), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! This contest is now closed, and the winner has been notified. Thanks for entering!

Win FREE Tickets to Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show returns to Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday night (February 28), and the headliner this time around is comedian-actor-writer James Goff, whose takes on parenthood, race and pop culture have propelled him to appearances on AXS-TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” Comedy Central’s “Open Mic Fight” and regular appearances on SiriusXM Radio’s comedy channels.

Opening the show will be Local 516 laughmakers Ethan Ullman and Thomas Attila Lewis.

Tickets are $15, and be warned – Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show frequently sells out.

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 Friday (February 27), 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 This Weekend’s Bridge Jazz Festival

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
The Marcus Roberts Trio

The Marcus Roberts Trio

Two nights. Two different venues. Six diverse jazz bands heating up this long, cold winter… This weekend the inaugural Bridge Jazz Festival takes over the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday and the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts on Saturday.

FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 27), 7:30pm
at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Featuring the Marcus Roberts Trio, the Anat Cohen Quartet and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard
Tickets: $28, $36 & $42; $15 Test Drive tickets are also available to people who have not previously purchased tickets to the Hall.

SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 28), 6pm
at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany
Featuring the Fred Hersch Trio, Cécile McLorin Savant and Gretchen Parlato/Alan Hampton Duo
Tickets: $40; $30 students

All-festival tickets are also available for both nights priced at $60; $40 students.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE ALL-FESTIVAL TICKETS – that’s two tickets to Friday AND Saturday night. 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 (February 27), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck!

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Win FREE Tickets to Celebration of Rhythm at Proctors on Thursday

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Veena Chandra

Veena Chandra of North Indian Music

Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady is gearing up for its second annual Celebration of Rhythm Concert Series curated by Local 518 percussionist-around-town Brian Melick. The series kicks off at 7:30pm on Thursday (February 26) with a globe-hopping musical journey that stretches from India to Jamaica.

The internationally flavored homegrown musical talents slated to be showcased on Thursday are North Indian Music featuring the mother-son sitar-and-tabla duo of Veena and Devesh Chandra, as well as Robanic with the Caribbean Sound led by Aston “Robot” Ellis.

Tickets to the general admission concert are $15.

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 Wednesday (February 25), 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.

Robanic

Robanic with the Caribbean Sound

Win FREE Tickets to Michael Eck’s Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert at The Linda on Friday

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Michael Eck

Michael Eck

Photograph by Tom Lindsay

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and roots music scholar Michael Eck pays to to the great Woody Guthrie with a concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of the people’s national anthem, “This Land Is Your Land.”

The “This Land Is Your Land at 75″ tribute concert takes place at at 8pm on Friday (February 20) at The Linda in Albany, where Eck curates the American Roots concert series. Eck – a member of such roots bands as Ramblin Jug Stompers, Lost Radio Rounders, Frank Jaklitsch & Friends and the Berkshire Ramblers, as well as the punk band the Plague – will play a solo show featuring Woody Guthrie favorites with an emphasis on material from Guthrie’s New York City days.

Tickets are available online and at the door for $12.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away two pairs 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 (February 20), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winners, who have been notified by email.

Win FREE Tickets to Roomful of Teeth @ Proctors on Wednesday

Friday, February 6th, 2015

The stated mission of the adventurous, eight member, a cappella ensemble Roomful of Teeth is to “mine the expressive potential of the human voice.” And that means incorporating yodels, grunts, audible exhalations, whistling, drones, Tuvan throat singing and all other techniques from a wide variety of musical traditions from all around the globe.

Obviously, they’ve been doing pretty well. Two years ago, one of the ensemble’s members, Caroline Shaw, won the Pulitzer Prize for her 25-minute composition, “Partita for Eight Voices,” which RoT had recorded on their self-titled debut album for New Amsterdam Records. Then last year that same album was honored with the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

Led by founder and director Brad Wells, who also teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, the ensemble is headed into Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Wednesday (February 11). Tickets are $35.

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 (February 10), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Tuesday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck!

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