The Chainsmokers have probably elicited the biggest (and most heated) divide between critics and fans since, well, Nickleback.
Of course, non-fans weren’t likely to shell out the bucks for tickets, and the 8,000 fans in attendance seemed to thoroughly enjoy the show, from the opening “The One” to the encore of “Last Day Alive.”
The Eric Harland Trio brought their interpretation of jazz for a recent concert at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs. Drummer-composer Harland was joined by Larry Grenadier on bass and Taylor Eigsti on piano as he led the audience through a complex set of subtle soundscapes.
Club Helsinki in Hudson has added a handful of choice new shows, including Suzanne Vega at 9pm on Friday, August 11 ($45 & $60); Matthew Sweet at 8pm on Wednesday, September 20 ($30 & $45); and jazz trio Triage at 8pm on Sunday, June 4 ($10).
The return of the Q! Yes, NRBQ is returning to Greater Nippertown for a show at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy at 8pm on Friday, June 23. Ticket details TBA. The Hangar is also hosting “Remembering Bobby Sands: An Evening of Rebel Songs” at 8pm on Friday, May 5 featuring Kevin McKrell, Good Things, Mikki Bakken, Battenkill, Brian McCann and The 317. Tickets are $10, a portion of which will benefit the Bobby Sands Trust and Amnesty International.
Led by the former Black Crowes frontman, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood wings its way into the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Friday, August 25. Tickets are $35 & $45.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Alabama Shakes are about to shake up Albany’s Palace Theatre with Emily King opening the show. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 28).
Alto sax master Jon Gordon teams up with Joe Barna’s Sketches of Influence at the Van Dyck in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Saturday (April 29). Tickets are $15; students $10. Also on the horizon at the Van Dyck are the return of the Duke Robillard Band at 6:30 & 8:30pm on Saturday, June 3 ($18 in advance; $22 at the door); and the duo of Peter Asher (half of the ’60s British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon, and a sought-after producer) & guitar wizard Albert Lee at 6:30 & 8:30pm on Saturday, June 17 ($28 in advance; $32 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Skidmore College’s Tang Museum has announced the UpBeat on the Roof schedule of free concerts, including performances by Alex Torres & His Latin Kings, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Heard, Pony in the Pancake, Decoda, Great Mutations and Cannon the Brave.
This summer Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsford is launching a new roots music concert series, Shaker Barn Music, which will be held on the grounds in the 1910 Barn. Local beer and spirits will be available and at each concert, and tickets are just $15 in advance; $20 at the barn.
“One of the songs we’re going to do is ‘Tell the Truth’ by Derek & the Dominoes,” reveals Tommy Castro about his Six Strings Down Tour with Mike Zito, which touches down at Albany’s Upper Room on Wednesday night (April 26). “That’s kind of a blues, two guitars and two singers are on the tune.”
The sixth stop on a spring tour, Six Strings Down brings two of the most electric contemporary blues guitarists together for the first time. The two have a combined total of eight Blues Music Awards. They will be backed by Castro’s band The Painkillers and will play songs from Castro’s extensive repertoire and cuts from Zito’s popular new album Make Blues Not War.
“For some reason that record just jumped out for him when it came out on Billboard’s Blues Albums chart at No. 1. Not too bad,” says Castro. “Talk about timing, but it got off to a good start, and he’s just working out there doing all the right stuff, putting on good shows, writing good songs, making good records, and is working hard. It’s not easy starting out, getting the start in this area these days, and it’s not like it was when I started out. It’s much harder now for an act to get going.”
I first brought San Francisco native Tommy Castro to Greater Nippertown more than 20 years ago for the Troy Riverfront Arts Festival. His latest Alligator album, Method to My Madness, got a four-star review in Downbeat, and he showcased the tunes at his previous Upper Room concert back in October. But the album is a year and a half old now, and he wanted to inject something new into the tour. What better way than to team up with Zito whose high-energy sound fits hand-in-glove with Castro’s?
Jon Batiste – celebrated New Orleans pianist and house bandleader for Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” – is bringing his band, Stay Human, to Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Centerin Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Thursday, July 6 as part of the Stewart’s Signature Series.
In addition to Batiste, the band features Eddie Barbash (alto sax, and vocals), Louis Cato (acoustic & bass guitar, tuba, percussion, vocals), Ibanda Ruhumbika (tuba), Jonathan Lampley (trumpet, tuba), Grace Kelly (alto and baritone saxophone), Russell Hall (bass) and Joseph Saylor (drums).
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