Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

LIVE: Mirk @ the Madison Theater, 5/21/16

Friday, July 1st, 2016
Mirk

Mirk

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

It ain’t just movies, you know… Two Local 518 fave bands Mirk and One Red Martian teamed up for a rollickin’ concert at the Madison Theater in Albany recently.

Next up on the Madison’s live music schedule is Greater Nippertown’s veteran bluesman Charlie Smith and his band at 8pm on Friday, July 8. Tickets are $10.

Oh, and by the way, you can catch One Red Martian in action again at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Saturday night (July 2) with Baggage, Desafinado and Brandon Pagano. Tickets are $10.

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The Ghost Train Orchestra Rumbles into MASS MoCA on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, July 1st, 2016
Brian Carpenter of Ghost Train Orchestra

Brian Carpenter of Ghost Train Orchestra

Photograph by Rudy Lu

Re-imagine the wild jazz that came pouring out of speakeasies and cabarets of Chicago and New York City in the Roaring ’20s, forever changing the face of American music, as Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra swings by for a prohibition-era party that promises everything but the cigarette smoke. Whisper the secret password to enter MASS MoCA’s Dré Pavilion in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday (July 2), as this 11-piece ensemble fires up its brass for a celebration as great as Gatsby’s.

With a new spin on vintage jazz that modernizes a classic sound, there is perhaps no band that commemorates the 1920s better than Ghost Train Orchestra. Fans rave about the band’s ability to revitalize almost-forgotten works, capturing the spirit of the era. The Boston Phoenix said, “It’s music from the heart of the Jazz Age that still has a raucous immediacy.”

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David Lutken Brings “Yankee Doodle Folkie” Music to Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, July 1st, 2016
David Lutken

David Lutken

Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company welcomes back award-winning singer David Lutken & the Seat of the Pants Band with “Yankee Doodle Folkie: Music for Independence Day” at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret 8pm on Sunday (July 3) and 7pm on Monday (July 4). Tickets are $35.

David Lutken and his band will treat audiences to a treasure trove of American folk music guaranteed to get hands clapping and feet stomping. Joining Lutken are the Seat of the Pants Band members Ken Breard, Jane Gillman, Helen J. Russell, Antoine Silverman and Andy Teirstein. According to Lutken, “rehearsing is cheating,” is the mantra of this banjo-pickin’, harmonica-blowin’ band.

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Jug Stompers Return to Bridge Street Theatre on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, July 1st, 2016
Bowtie and Mr. Eck

Bowtie and Mister Eck of Ramblin Jug Stompers

Photograph by Ed Conway

GET STOMPERIZED!

It’s Ladies’ Choice, womenfolk! Nab you a partner and head on over to the Bridge Street Theatre Speakeasy in Catskill for some old school good times this Fourth of July weekend! It’s a Sadie Hawkins Day Extravaganza featuring refreshments, photos and the musical stylings of Greater Nippertown’s favorite washboard band, Ramblin Jug Stompers. The party begins at 7:30pm on Saturday (July 2) and ends in plenty of time for you to head out to Dutchman’s Landing for the annual Catskill fireworks display.

Celebrating its first decade, Ramblin Jug Stompers play 78RPM Music for the 21st Century. With banjo, mandolin, guitar, jug, washboard and more, the popular Albany jug band “stomperizes” every song it touches, pulling the beat back to “ramblin speed” and adding comic flourishes, sharp musicianship and Spike Jones-like looniness to each tune it plays —whether from the songbag of Roger Miller, the Memphis Jug Band, Louis Armstrong or Doc Watson.

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FREE: NYS Fourth of July Celebration @ the Empire State Plaza

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The annual Fourth of July Celebration features live music and fun for the whole family, including the biggest fireworks show in Greater Nippertown. Each year, more than 30,000 people gather to enjoy the day at Albany’s Empire State Plaza. Monday’s (July 4) line-up includes something for everyone, starting with a 3pm naturalization ceremony for 32 new Americans from 19 different countries, and also includes dozens of food and craft vendors, plenty of activities for kids and an evening of live entertainment leading up to the big pyrotechnics show.

Here’s the complete schedule of events for the 2016 Fourth of July Celebration:

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LIVE: Sugar Blue @ the Falcon, 6/17/16

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Sugar Blue

Sugar Blue

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The harmonica is known in blues circles as a harp – a humble little instrument that fits in your pocket, but is capable of a powerful sound that will cut through other instruments in when amplified providing the musician has the right amount of control using mouth, tongue and throat. A single diatonic harmonica can’t play in all keys, so virtuosos of the instrument such as Blues Traveler’s John Popper often perform with a bandolier of harps, giving them the ability to play in any key and express any emotion.

A master of the instrument recently appeared on the stage of The Falcon in Marlboro, Sugar Blue. Students of the rock ‘n’ roll of the ’70s may recognize his name as a guest musician on the Rolling Stones’ 1978 album Some Girls, playing harp on the title track and hit single “Miss You.”

Sugar and his crack band played a powerhouse set brimming over with all manner of electric blues, charging through covers of such blues standards as Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man,” Howling Wolf’s “Who’s Been Talking” and Junior Wells’ “Messin’ with the Kid” with gusto. His harmonica was crying, warbling, wailing and speaking the language of the blues with a touch of jazz.

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LIVE: The Joy Formidable @ Alive at Five, 6/16/16

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Welsh rock trio the Joy Formidable – featuring bassist Rhydian Dafydd, drummer Matthew James Thomas and the captivating Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan on guitar and lead vocals – fired up the second installment of the Alive at Five concert series packing Tricentennial Park and Broadway in downtown Albany. Opening the show was the Local 518 threesome Good Fiction.

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FREE: Niskayuna Town Hall Concerts on Thursdays

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Yes, more free concerts!

The Niskayuna Town Hall Concert Series takes place at 7pm on Thursdays at the Niskayuna Town Hall Gazebo through the end of July.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2016 season:

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