Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Tulip Fest Spotlight: Jocelyn Arndt

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

As part of the Albany Tulip Festival, Ft. Plains’ own Jocelyn Arndt, her brother Chris and their band take over Albany’s Washington Park Lake House Stage at 3:45pm on Saturday (May 9). Admission is free…

GO HERE for the complete band schedule for the two-day festival…

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Multi-Faceted Singer-Songwriter Rufus Wainwright to Shine @ Mahaiwe on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

By Larry Murray

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present “The Best of Rufus Wainwright” at 8pm on Saturday (May 9). “We look forward to an incredible evening with this exceptional artist,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “He is truly one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.”

The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter is the son of folk music luminaries Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright, but he has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film. He has released seven studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums. He has also collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams and producer Mark Ronson, among others. His latest album, Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, was released in 2014 on Universal.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Two Concerts Announced for Troy’s Rockin’ On the River

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

For the past couple of years, Troy’s free Wednesday evening summer concert series Rockin’ On the River has been a parade of tribute bands on the stage in the Green Island Bridge parking lot. And it looks like there’s more of the same on tap again this summer, if the first couple of announcements of the season are any indication…

Although there’s been no official word yet from the organizers, a couple of shows in the series have been announced on the artists’ websites. And to no one’s surprise, they’re both tribute bands.

The Michael Jackson tribute Who’s Bad is slated to return on Wednesday, June 17, while Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12.

Stay tuned for the announcements of more concerts in the weekly, summer-long series…

“THE VOICE” UPDATE: Sawyer Fredericks Moves On

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Well, that didn’t take long…

Sawyer Fredericks – Fultonville’s fave fair-haired farmboy – was the first contestant announced to move on to the semi-final next round in Tuesday night’s (May 5) episode of the NBC-TV singing competition, “The Voice.”

And that was despite the fact that the first song that he sang on Monday night was “Shine On,” a largely unknown Americana song penned by May Erlewine, who is a part of the Michigan-based Earthwork Music Collective, which ironically enough lists fellow “Voice” competitor Joshua Davis as a member.

Today (Wednesday, May 6) is homecoming day for Fredericks. Beginning at 3pm, he’ll be honored with a parade through the towns of Glen, Fultonville and Fonda in Montgomery County, culminating with a rally at the Fonda Speedway. And at 8pm, Fredericks will offer a free concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre with Eastbound Jesus. Doors open at 6:30pm.

LIVE: The Arch Stanton Double Drum @ the Madison Theater, 4/25/15

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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Photographs by Cheri Bordelon

One of the highlights of the Arch Stanton Quartet’s drop party last fall for their sophomore disc Blues for Soli was when original ASQ drummer Jim Ketterer joined the group on tabla for the swirling Terry Gordon original “Groovin’ at the Azur.” After the show, it was generally agreed that the group’s unique sound opened a whole new door with a second drummer, and that matrix should be explored further. On Saturday, the Stanton Quartet – plus Ketterer – took the stage at Albany’s Madison Theater and did just that, with outstanding results.

Taking advantage of the Madison’s excellent performance space (which will feature two shows by the Mike Stern Quartet on Friday, May 15), Ketterer and current ASQ drummer Steve Partyka placed their kits on either side of the stage, surrounding Gordon, guitarist Roger Noyes and bassist Chris Macchia with a diverse drum sound that was the percussion equivalent of pairing a tenor and an alto sax: Ketterer’s smaller kit brought a slightly higher sound to his drumming, and he added both tabla and conga sounds where appropriate.

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LIVE: Melissa Ferrick / Alice Stuart @ Caffe Lena, 4/11/15

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Melissa Ferrick

Melissa Ferrick

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was the first night of Melissa Ferrick’s back-to-back Nippertown shows, headlining at the venerable, intimate Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. In an evening that was dubbed “6-String Pioneers,” Ferrick was joined by trail-blazer Alice Stuart, who was an original member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, toured the U.S with Mississippi John Hurt and hit the road in the UK with Van Morrison.

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Tulip Fest Spotlight: Joywave

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

As part of the Albany Tulip Festival, eclectic Rochester-based indie-popsters Joywave play on Albany’s Washington Park Parade Grounds Stage at 2:30pm on Saturday (May 9). Admission is free…

GO HERE for the complete band schedule for the two-day festival…

The Egg Announces New Concert

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

He’s a five-time Grammy Award winner. He’s a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. And he returns to The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany for what is being billed as “An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel” at 8pm on Saturday, October 24.

The taller half of Simon & Garfunkel will be accompanied by guitarist Tab Laven, as he offers a varied concert that includes Simon & Garfunkel songs, Garfunkel’s solo hits and songs by his favorite songwriters – Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman and Antonio Carlos Jobim, to name a few.

Priced at $49.50, $69.50 & $79.50, tickets are slated to go on sale at 12noon on Friday (May 8).

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