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LIVE: Dave & Phil Alvin With the Guilty Ones @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, 3/22/15

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Review by Bokonon

You might have thought it was a Penn and Teller thing, the way Dave spoke and Phil stood still. It was even more of a magic act when Phil did step up to the mic and sing out in that holy shit voice of his. Good lord, what a magnificent instrument.

Right after, though, he’d take a step back and go silent again. So it went for most of the show, with the younger sibling serving as some sort of almost nervous emcee.

Phil and Dave Alvin exploded on the world in 1981 with the Blasters’ self-titled disc, a crackling, bracing slab that felt like a rockabilly mickey of pills and booze. They’d had a local album and had built a strong Southern California following, but the Blasters felt like an alarm call, putting roots rock on a map that was just being drawn.

By 1985, they were asunder, with the Alvins literally at fisticuffs over everything from chord changes to management and typical brotherly bullshit.

Phil’s near death (truth be told, he did die and was revived) experience in Spain in 2012 drew Dave close again and now the pair is riding the road in support of the excellent Grammy-nominated tribute Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy.

If you don’t know Bill Broonzy, you should, and Common Ground is a great place to start.

The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton would have been an even better place, but if you weren’t there, you missed it. So long, baby, goodbye.

As noted, the vibe was a little weird, with Dave going at once more showbiz and more sentimental than he’s prone. It’s a mean, mean thing to say, but with all the love flying around the room, you were almost waiting (maybe hoping, you rotten little bastard) for the punch to back of the head. But it never came.

Heart punches did. And plenty…



No Belleayre Music Festival in 2015

Monday, March 30th, 2015

“The Board of Directors of the Belleayre Conservatory, which has presented the Belleayre Music Festival for the last 23 years, has decided to put the 2015 festival on hiatus while it reviews opportunities for a newly envisioned Belleayre Music Festival for 2016 and beyond,” says board president Jackie Kuhls in a press release.

In other words, there will be no 24th season of the Belleayre Music Festival this summer.

Despite the festival’s recent financial problems, Kulhs said the board hopes to reinvigorate the festival. “The board has committed itself to examining the opportunities and challenges of a major entertainment entity in the Belleayre region. The Belleayre Conservatory remains positive and committed to improving arts-based tourism in the region and will continue to work and raise funds for this effort.”

Over the course of its two decades-plus, the Belleayre Music Festival at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Highmount has presented a wide array of music greats, including including Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, kd lang, Patti LuPone, Wynton Marsalis, Buddy Guy, Lyle Lovett, Sonny Rollins, Vince Gill, the Doobie Brothers, Charlie Dan­iels, Frankie Valli, Blood Sweat & Tears and so many more.

WGNA CountryFest Announces Full Line-Up of Bands

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Way back in January, we revealed that Dierks Bentley would be the headliner for the annual WGNA-FM CountryFest celebration at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Schaghticoke on Saturday, July 11. Gates open at 11am, and tickets are on sale, currently priced at $35; VIP $75.

Now the folks at Nippertown’s No. 1 country radio station have finally announced the rest of the line-up of performers who will be gracing the stage during the day-long CountryFest 2015:


Brick x Brick: Time + Space Limited’s Indiegogo Campaign

Monday, March 30th, 2015
Time + Space in Hudson

Time + Space Limited in Hudson

Hudson bills itself as “The Walkable City,” but city and state funding for its wide, fully-paved sidewalks is only available for the major streets in commercial areas that already see foot traffic.

The longtime grassroots arts organization Time + Space Limited is located on Columbia Street, a major truck route through the city, and its rubble and pothold-strewn sidewalks have been decimated by years of heavy commercial traffic. Linda Mussmann and Claudia Bruce, TSL’s co-founders and co-directors, lobbied New York State and City of Hudson organizations for months to replace the sidewalks, to no avail.

Last fall, in a quest to make their neighborhood more accessible for wheelchairs, strollers and pedestrians, they decided to take on the project themselves, leaving them with a $30,000 bill — a hefty price for a not-for-profit arts organization that runs on a shoestring budget.

Now TSL is hoping to raise $35,000 through its current Indiegogo campaign, which runs through Tuesday (March 31), to cover the cost of the sidewalk along with fees and rewards. All donations are tax deductible, and rewards will include TSL memberships and invitations to an exclusive event for “sidewalk sponsors.”


The Times Union Center Announces New Concert

Monday, March 30th, 2015

In support of her smash No. 1 album My Everything, the award-winning 21-year-old pop singer Ariana Grande is bringing her Honeymoon Tour to Albany’s Times Union Center for her Nippertown concert debut at 7:30pm on Friday, July 31. Joining her on stage will be Prince Royce.

Priced at $29.50, $39.50, $59.50 & $69.50, tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday (April 4).

LIVE: Ryder Cooley & Hazel @ the Tavern Bar at Peck’s Arcade, 2/27/15

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Photographs and video by Timothy Reidy

At last month’s Troy Night Out, Ryder Cooley (of the Dust Bowl Faeries) inaugurated the Tavern Bar at Peck’s Arcade in Troy with a performance of her new multimedia work, “Revival,” which combined live music, film, recorded sound, projections, shadows and movement. Further enlivening the evening’s festivities was Richard Lovrich with his offbeat, short short stories.


NYS Music March Madness: Sweet Sixteen Results; Elite Eight Voting Now Open

Friday, March 27th, 2015
Eastbound Jesus

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

Hard Soul’s Cinderella story didn’t have a fairytale ending…

As the No. 16 seed in the Metal/Rock/Punk division of the inaugural NYS Music March Madness competition (which is determined by online fan voting), Johnny Salka and his band Hard Soul had vanquished No. 1 seed Every Time I Die in the opening round and No. 9 seed Perfect Pussy in round two.

But the dream is over for Hard Soul, who are now headed home after No. 12 seed, Saratoga’s Jesus Christ & the Hallucinogenic Allstars edged them out of the competition by the narrowest of margins in the voting for the Sweet Sixteen round, which wrapped up last night (Thursday, March 26).


A True Original, Carl Hancock Rux Returns to MASS MoCA on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 27th, 2015

One of the most magnetic and engaging performers ever to grace a stage at MASS MoCA, Carl Hancock Rux returns on Saturday night (March 28) for an intimate set of songs and poetry set to live piano music that ranges from the blues to German lieder to Lili Boulanger. The New York Times says, “Carl Hancock Rux is full of promise and virtuosity… a gifted poet who offers up vibrant imagery like a street corner preacher in the midst of a nervous breakdown.”

An American poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, essayist and Bessie Award and OBIE Award-winning artist, Rux’s poetry deals with issues of race, religion, politics, sexuality, isolation and personal relationships, while making use of satire, naturalism and rhetoric to convey the observations embedded within his poetry. Rux delivers his poetry with an unparalleled lyrical intimacy: his voice, both literally and in terms of his writing, is undeniably his own.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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