Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

BEST OF 2014: Timothy Reidy’s Top 10 Albany Concerts

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Rubblebucket

Rubblebucket @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen

Story and photographs by Timothy Reidy

YES @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre (July 6): Great instrumentation and a winner show. Switching songs worked in first album, too.

STELLAR YOUNG @ the Washington Avenue Armory (June 7): During P.A.N.D.A. Take Back Tour. Short set was very sweet.

RUBBLEBUCKET @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen (September 14): This had fun all over.

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LIVE: Better Pills @ the Low Beat, 12/26/14

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Better Pills

Better Pills

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the club…

The Low Beat was rockin’ with an all-too-rare performance by Brent Gorton’s Better Pills, along with Slowshine and Russel the Leaf

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Bill Champlin, What Was the First Record You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Bill Champlin

Bill Champlin

“Actually, I think that the first record that I bought was when I was in grade school, probably second grade. It was a Little Richard record, and the guy stills sings great. He’s a piece of work. His personality is so flamboyant that a lot of people don’t get past that, but the guy can really, really sing.”

Singer-keyboardist Bill Champlin joins his son Will Champlin (from Season Five of NBC-TV’s “The Voice”) and fellow alum of the band Chicago, drummer Danny Seraphine, to lead California Transit Authority in concert at Proctors in Schenectady at 8pm on Saturday (January 31). Tickets are $20-$50.

Real Good for FREE: The New Music & Cultural Symposium @ UAlbany

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Marianne Gythfeldt and Ray Furuta

Marianne Gythfeldt and Ray Furuta

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center will host the New Music and Culture Symposium from Thursday-Saturday (January 29-31). Organized by Max Lifchitz – composer, musician and long-time UAlbany faculty member – this SUNY-wide conference will celebrate and highlight the artistic accomplishments of SUNY-affiliated composers and musicians with a weekend of nine public concerts, four lecture/recitals, two panel discussions and a master class. All of the festival’s events are free and open to the public.

A total of 29 composers representing eight different SUNY schools from around New York State will showcase their works during the three-day event.

Highlights include performances by the Buffalo Ensemble, the Stony Brook Contemporary Players and the New York City based North/South Consonance Ensemble. Among the distinguished soloists slated to perform are soprano Martha Herr (an American singer residing in Brazil), baritone Joseph Han, Canadian violinist and Stony Brook grad Claudia Schaer, oboist Karen Hosmer, trumpeter Allyson Keyser, French horn player Ann Ellsworth, percussion virtuoso Tom Kolor and guitarists James Budinich and Zane Merritt.

And in addition to several premieres and recent works employing new technologies, the festival will also showcase new electronic instruments such as the Soundplane (performed by William Pfaff) and the Theremin Cello (performed by Jonathan Golove).

Here’s the schedule of concerts and other event for the New Music & Cultural Symposium:

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A Few Minutes With… Dale Watson

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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Interview and story by Don Wilcock

Dale Watson – appearing Wednesday night (January 28) at The Hangar in Troy – has an axe to grind about today’s so-called country music, what it is and what it isn’t. “Blake Shelton says nobody wants to listen to granddaddy’s music, that they’re just old farts and jackasses. He’s wrong,” says the silver-haired, tattooed Texas troubadour.

Watson is single-handedly bringing the Sun Studios, rockabilly and countrypolitan music
kicking and swinging into the 21st century with apologies to none of the black-hat pretty boys who are filling Nashville’s coffers these days. He has a two-decade discography of 20 albums that declared his intentions first time out of the box with a song called “Nashville Rash” on his 1995 Hightone CD Cheatin’ Heart Attack that railed against the mainstream country hits of artists like Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney.

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New Concert Announced for Tanglewood

Monday, January 26th, 2015

She was in the spotlight at Tanglewood just three years ago, and now it’s been announced that the multi-talented Bernadette Peters will be returning to the Lenox amphitheater for a concert at 2:30pm on Sunday, July 5. The Broadway and movie singer-actress will perform with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart.

Tickets are currently on sale, priced from $22 to $122.

ALSO NOTE: Tickets for the 2015 summer season at Tanglewood went on sale yesterday (Sunday, January 25), and to absolutely no one’s surprise, the annual holiday concert by James Taylor & His All-Star Band at 7pm on Saturday, July 4 is already officially sold out.

Palace Theatre Announces Another New Concert

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Yes, today’s concert announcements are rollin’ out faster than we can write ‘em…

Albany’s Palace Theatre has announced its second new concert of the day – An Evening With Mark Knopfler & His Band at 8pm on Sunday, October 11.

The former Dire Straits guitarslinger will be celebrating the release of his new album, Tracker – due for release on March 17 on Verve Records – with a 36-city fall tour throughout North America, including his Albany stop.

Tickets for the Palace Theatre concert will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (January 30), priced at $65.50, $75.50, $85.50, $95.50 & $105.50. Fans that purchase tickets to the concert online will receive a physical copy of Tracker for each pair of tickets purchased. (Free CDs are NOT included with tickets purchased at the Palace box office.)

Palace Theatre Announces a New Concert

Monday, January 26th, 2015

In support of his upcoming album, Carrie & Lowell (which is slated for release on March 31 on his own Asthmatic Kitty record label), Sufjan Stevens spring tour will be making a stop at downtown Albany’s Palace Theatre at 8pm on Wednesday, April 15.

Tickets are priced at $30, $35, $40 & $45 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (January 30).

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