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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.

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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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Win FREE Tickets to Las Cafeteras @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Sunday

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras

LA Weekly honored them with the Best Latin Alternative Band award in 2013.

National Public Radio hailed their music as “creative, socially conscious, it’s perfect.”

The BBC called it “urgent, relevant music.”

Born in the streets of Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras are immigrant children who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what The Los Angeles Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic.”

Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado and inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community that is looking for love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. To their remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, Las Cafeteras add Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and such instruments as jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone and a wooden platform called the Tarima.

Now Las Cafeteras are slated to make their Nippertown debut as they take the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Sunday (October 5). 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 (October 3), 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 Dopapod & Consider the Source @ Putnam Den on Saturday

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

With their genre-bending blend of funk, jazz, trance, soul, Afro-beat and prog rock, the Brooklyn-based Dopapod has been touring nationally playing 150-plus shows a year for the last three years. Their rigorous tour schedule has seen the young, yet seasoned group make appearances at numerous festivals including Gathering of the Vibes, Camp Bisco, Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Peach Fest, Burning Man, Bear Creek, Catskill Chill and more. And along the way, their electrifying live showcase has been cultivating a fast-growing and loyal fan base. RVA Magazine describes Dopapod as “what would happen if Zappa, Yes, Deadmau5 and the Meters all sat down for a cup of coffee.”

In support of their third studio album, Redivider, Dopapod’s current road trip finds the band making a stop at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs on Saturday (September 27).

But that’s only half of the musical festivities. Sharing the stage will be Consider the Source, a NYC trio that also defies easy description. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into an utterly original whole. The band describes their sound as “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion,” and their music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal.

Showtime is 9:30pm on Saturday, and tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door; with an additional $5 surcharge at the door if under 21.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! Thanks to our pals at Nectar’s Presents, 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 (September 26), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck!

Win FREE Tickets to the American Music Festival for the Lake This Weekend

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

American Music Festival for the Lake

It’s called The American Music Festival for the Lake, and it’s coming to Lake George for two days this weekend. The inaugural music fest is being held at the Festival Space at Charles R. Wood Park (the former site of Wood’s long defunct Gaslight Village amusement park) beginning at 12noon on Saturday and Sunday (September 20 & 21).

Saturday’s line-up features headliners Robert Randolph & the Family Band, NRBQ and others, while Sunday’s schedule features the New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Claire Lynch Band (featuring the International Bluegrass Music Association’s three-time Female Vocalist of the Year) and plenty more.

Gates open at 11am on both days. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Saturday ticket prices are $15 general admission; $25 seats. Sunday prices are $10 general admission; $20 seats. Youngsters under age 14 will be admitted free with parent of guardian. A portion of the festival’s income will go directly to the S.A.V.E Lake George Partnership in its continuing efforts to ensure the water quality of the lake.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE tickets to one day of the festival – your choice. To enter the contest, just post a comment below, and tell us which day you’d like to attend. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter in 12noon on Friday (September 19), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Oh, and here’s the complete schedule of bands for both days of the inaugural American Music Festival for the Lake:

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