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LIVE: Galactic Cowboy Orchestra @ Shepard Park, 8/10/16

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was ever so-difficult to pin down the sound of the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, who took over Lake George’s Shepard Park for a free concert earlier this month, sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project.

The Minneapolis-based jazzgrass art-rock band – featuring bassist-vocalist John Wright, guitarist Dan Neale, drummer Alec Tackmann and violinist-vocalist Lisi Wright – describes their sound “like Bela Fleck meets Rush, goes out to breakfast with John Coltrane, and gets home in time to go golfing with Jeff Beck.”

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LIVE: Plena Libre @ Music Haven, 7/24/16

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

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Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Heating up the summer concert season, Gary Nunez y Plena Libre arrived at the Music Haven at Central Park in Schenectady last month to serve up an evening of classic Puerto Rican plena and bomba.

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The Palace Theatre Announces New Year’s Eve Concert

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

For the past several years now, New Year’s Eve at Albany’s Palace Theatre has featured jam band heroes moe., but this year moe. decided to switch things up and re-locate their end-of-the-year run to the wilds of Missoula, Montana (?!?).

But what’s the Palace to do?

Well, they’ve decided to keep the jam band theme going with a triple-bill headlined by Vermontsters Twiddle. Joining them for the one-night-only ringing in of the new year will be Aqueous and Soule Monde.

The concert starts at 7:30pm on Saturday, December 31 (natch), and tickets are priced at $39 in advance; $44 at the door. Tickets will be available exclusively to members of the Palace beginning on Thursday (September 1) and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (September 2).

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FEST: Capital District Scottish Games @ Altamont Fairgrounds This Weekend
Palace Theatre Announces New Show

The Egg Announces New Concert

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
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Jack DeJohnette brings his trio to The Egg with the Indo-Pak Coalition

Photograph by Rudy Lu

Melding South Asian music with jazz the Indo-Pak Coalition – featuring sax master Rudresh Mahanthappa, guitarist Rez Abbasi and percussionist Dan Weiss – were originally slated to play The Egg on Saturday, September 17, but that concert was postponed due to scheduling conflicts.

Now a new date has been announced… and it was worth the wait.

The Indo Pak Coalition has been re-scheduled for 7:30pm on Friday, December 9, and the band will be half of a double bill that also features the great, Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette and his trio, which features saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison.

Priced at $36, tickets to the adventurous jazz double-bill are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (September 2).

MORE OF TODAY’S NEW CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Palace Theatre Announces New Year’s Eve Concert
Concerts and More on Tap at EMPAC at RPI This Fall
FEST: Capital District Scottish Games @ Altamont Fairgrounds This Weekend
Palace Theatre Announces New Show

Concerts and More on Tap at EMPAC at RPI This Fall

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

It’s back-to-school time, which also means that EMPAC at RPI in Troy is ready to launch a new season of all modes of outside-the-box performance, from 3D electronic music to jazz, from dance to classical music, from films to talks.

EMPAC specializes in “time-based art productions that explore the human relationship to emerging media technologies, challenge the boundaries of traditional performance genres, and provoke new ideas about how art and science intersect in the contemporary moment.

Here’s the schedule of events for the 2016 fall/winter season at EMPAC at RPI:

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FEST: Capital District Scottish Games @ Altamont Fairgrounds This Weekend

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
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The massed pipe band at the Capital District Scottish Games, 2013

Photograph by Michael Seinberg

The bagpipes are coming! The bagpipes are coming…

The annual Capital District Scottish Games will once again take over the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont on Saturday and Sunday (September 3 & 4), and naturally there will be plenty of competition going on – everything from the traditional caber toss to the Northeastern United States Pipe Band Championship to the Highland Dance Competition.

And, of course, it just wouldn’t be a Scottish festival without music – lots of music. The grounds will be jam-packed with a wide assortment of musical variety all day long on Saturday and Sunday. There’s solo piping and drumming, as well as the massed pipe band extravaganza featuring more than 500 pipers.

Gates open at 8am on Saturday; 9am on Sunday. Saturday tickets are $18 in advance; $22 at the gate, while Sunday tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the gate; children 12 and under are FREE.

The Saturday night Ceilidh, the post-competition Saturday evening party, features the music of Get Up Jack. Admission to the Ceilidh is included with a Saturday ticket. Ceilidh-only tickets are also available for $10 in advance; $12 at the gate.

In addition to the Ceilidh, the weekend-long celebration of all things Scottish will also feature musical performances by:

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LIVE: Miracle Legion @ The Linda, 7/14/16

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Review by Steven Stock
Video by Christopher Brown

“We played this measly town many times. This will be one of the times we played here.” – Mark Mulcahy onstage at The Linda prior to Miracle Legion’s encore

Okay, I’ll admit it: I had forgotten just how wonderful Miracle Legion’s music can be. After all, it’s been 30 years since I first encountered the band’s stunning six-track debut EP The Backyard. Back then their chiming guitar-driven pop music sounded like an anachronism to some of my synthesizer-loving friends. “How can you listen to that old-fashioned shit?” they’d ask as I played mix tapes featuring Miracle Legion, R.E.M., Aztec Camera, the Church and the Go-Betweens.

Times change, but Miracle Legion really hasn’t (much), and the quartet sounded fresh, alive and extremely relevant to a near-capacity crowd at The Linda last month, the second date of their first tour in the not-so-new millennium. Mark Mulcahy on vocals (and occasional guitar/harmonica/whistling) and the amazing Mr. Ray Neal on guitar both sounded great.

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LIVE: The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra @ Empire State Plaza, 7/20/16

Monday, August 29th, 2016

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Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Bassist-bandleader Dylan Perrillo took the stage at the Empire State Plaza last month with his Dylan Perrillo Orchestra for a jazzy lunchtime concert.

You can catch the band playing another free outdoor show at 7pm tonight (Monday, August 29) in Albany’s Dana Park. Opening act Andrew James Mirabile kicks off the evening at 5:30pm.

The free Made in the Shade of The Egg lunchtime concert series at the Empire State Plaza wraps up with one final show by Bella’s Bartok at 12noon on Wednesday (August 31).

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