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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Whoa! Back in 1983, Local 518 punk pioneers Capitle played at Albany’s Chateau Lounge with southern California punk legends Channel 3. Well, both bands are joining forces once again at the Low Beat in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, March 14, along with Aggressive Response, Scuzz and Teenage Shred. And the Low Beat is also hosting a power-packed, double-barreled blast of solo artists who rock like bands – Hamell On Trial and Bloodshot Bill team up at 8pm on Thursday, April 9. Tickets are $10 for each show.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Wilco’s Solid Sound festival returns to MASS MoCA in North Adams with another wildly diverse line-up of bands, musicians and comedians, including Tweedy, Taj Mahal, Shabazz Palaces, Ryley Walker, Richard Thompson, Parquet Courts, NRBQ, Stained Radiance: Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom, King Sunny Adé & His African Beats, Cibo Matto, the Charles Lloyd Quartet, Bill Frisell’s Music, the Felice Brothers, Tig Notaro, John Hodgman and lots more…

New at Club Helsinki in Hudson: Nellie McKay on Sunday, April 5 ($TBA); the Ryan Montbleau Band at 9pm on Saturday, April 11 ($TBA); Rhett Miller at 9pm on Friday, May 15 ($TBA); and Eilen Jewell at 9pm on Saturday, July 11 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The fourth annual MOVE Music Festival has announced about half of the bands that will be playing during the three-day fest at nearly a dozen different locations throughout Albany, including Locksley, Contact, Wild Adriatic, Party Boat, Goodbye Motel, Titanics, Shinobi Ninja, Jocelyn Arndt, Sirsy, Breakfast in Fur, the Late Shift, Lara Hope & the Ark Tones, North & South Dakotas and lots more…

Dallas-based Crown the Empire rolls into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 9 in support of their recently released debut album, The Fallout. Volumes open the show. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $15 in advance; $17 at the door. Also, Utah deathcore band Chelsea Grin rips up UCH with the Word Alive and Like Moths to Flames on Thursday, May 7. Priced at $18 in advance ($20 at the door), tickets go on sale on Tuesday (March 10).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: FreshGrass at MASS MoCA in North Adams has announced the first round of performers for their 2015 festival, including the Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas’ Earls of Leicester, I’m With Her (featuring Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan), Alison Brown, Peter Rowan, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Mr. Sun, Flatt Lonesome, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem and more. Tickets are on sale now…

Here’s something interesting – As part of the Woodstock Writers Festival, the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock will host a conversation with music/pop culture writer Will Hermes and Blondie co-founding guitarist Chris Stein at 8pm on Friday, March 20. Tickets are $35.

POSTPONED: Due to Pete Donnelly’s commitment to Shelby Lynne’s upcoming spring tour, the Figgs’ CD release show slated for the Low Beat in Albany on Friday, June 6 has been postponed. New date TBA.

Three-time Grammy Award-winner Gotye is slated to join Zammuto in concert at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday, March 21. Tickets are still available for $18 in advance.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Chicago and Earth Wind & Fire are teaming up for the summer-long Heart & Soul Tour, which has scheduled a tour stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, March 13.



LIVE: Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 2/24/15

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Joe Barna

Joe Barna

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

I am now thoroughly convinced that it’s not the cold, the snow, the ice or even the wind chill that kills you in winter – it’s the cabin fever! And just because you have digital cable, wi-fi and Facebook to play with does not make you immune. You NEED to go out, you NEED to interact with non-co-workers, and you NEED to see some form of human-based entertainment that wasn’t cooked up on a Hollywood set. Aside from checking off all the aforementioned boxes, Joe Barna’s homecoming show at the Sanctuary for Independent Media let us help him do the best kind of warming up: Warming up for his NYC debut!

The night after he brought the latest iteration of Sketches of Influence to north Troy, Barna was set to do his first gig as a leader at Somethin’ Jazz Club, the New York City version of a venerable Tokyo establishment. Somethin’ held its own jazz festival in January while the NYC Winter JazzFest was going on (Teri Roiger was one of the featured performers), so February 25 was a big, big date. In addition to being Sketches’ “dress rehearsal,” Barna had taken upon himself the task of raising $1,000 for Sanctuary, which was technically “in hibernation” when the crowd settled down and Barna led saxman Stacy Dillard, pianist Victor Gould, and bassist Ryan Berg onto the stage. By his own admission, Barna “came close” to his financial goal; as to getting dialed in for the big gig, he and his band hit that target right in the bullseye.


New Concert Announced for SPAC

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center will welcome classic horn-rockers Chicago and pop-funksters Earth Wind & Fire at 7:30pm on Saturday, August 29. Their co-headlining summer tour has been dubbed the Haert & Soul Tour.

Priced at $39.50, $59.50, $79 & $99 for reserved amphitheater seats and $25 for lawn general admission, tickets are slated to go on sale at 10am on Friday, March 13.

Festival Fever: BarrelFest 2015 @ the Barrel on Saturday

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Barrel Fest

The Barrel Saloon Rock & Roll Country Bar in Albany is hosting its fourth annual BarrelFest at 1pm on Saturday (March 7) with live music, Texas BBQ, drink specials and prizes all day long. And they’re not taking any chances with the winter weather as they’re encasing the street in front of the Barrel in one huge heated tent for music and “outdoor” activities.

Tickets to the big bash are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.

Live music will be taking place all day and all night on three stages. Here’s the schedule of who’s playing when and where:


LIVE: J.J. Grey & Mofro @ The Egg, 2/19/15

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

J.J. Grey & Mofro

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: J.J. Grey & Mofro
WITH: The London Souls
WHERE: The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany
WHEN: Thursday, February 19

J.J. Grey – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Anthony Cole – drums
Andrew Trube – guitar
Anthony Farrell – piano, organ
Todd Smallie – bass
Dennis Marion – trumpet
Jeff Dazey – saxophone


Festival Fever: SummerSound @ Tanglewood

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

This year the annual SummerSound festival at Tanglewood in Lenox kicks off the Berkshires summer season in a big way on Memorial Day weekend. In years past, the fest has focused primarily on local bands, but they’re definitely upping the ante in 2015.

The Indigo Girls will be headlining the fest on Saturday, May 23 with West End Blend joining in the festivities. Day Two (Sunday, May 24) will feature performances by the Pimps of Joytime, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Barefoot Truth and the Interlopers.


50 Bands Announced for MOVE Music Fest

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Wild Adriatic @ McGeary's (photo by Brian Tromans)

Wild Adriatic @ McGeary’s Pub, MOVE Music Fest, 2013

Photograph by Brian Tromans

The three-day MOVE Music Festival is taking over downtown Albany once again this spring. The fourth annual MOVE Music Fest is scheduled to take place Friday-Sunday, April 24-26 at 11 showcase venues throughout Albany.

In addition to showcasing approximately 100 bands, the fest will also feature interactive
roundtable discussions, industry panels, and a keynote speech by Tony Shimkin, songwriter for Madonaa, Taylor Dayne, Wild Orchid and others.

Venues hosting MOVE Music Fest showcases include Justin’s, McGeary’s Pub, Blue 82, the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, the Lark Tavern, the Fuze Box, the Barrel Saloon, Stout, the City Beer Hall, the Parish Public House and the Pearl Street Pub.

Three-day, all-fest tickets are currently available for $20.

MOVE Music Festival organizers have announced the first 50 bands performing at the fest:


LIVE: Roger Noyes @ Albany Public Library, 2/25/15

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Roger Noyes

Roger Noyes

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

At the Albany Public Library, Ralph Ellison’s classic 1952 novel “Invisible Man” was brought to life through readings of the novel and original music inspired by the novel by composer-guitarist Roger Noyes and his band.

The library’s program Reading Music showcases new, original music inspired by great works of literature. In previous installments, M.R. Poulopoulos tackled the works of William Kennedy and Michael Eck and Matt Durfee wrote songs in the spirit of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” but this was the first Reading Music program to feature jazz and a full band.

In addition to playing the Fats Waller composition, “Black and Blue,” which is seminal to the novel, Noyes & Co. also played three original compositions inspired by passages in the novel.


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