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Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Local 518 pop singer Whitney Wolanin & Her Shenanigans are throwin’ a holiday party at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Wolanin – whose rendition of “Run, Run Rudolph” was seasonal hit last year – headlines B95.5′s Rockin’ Christmas 2014 at the Music Hall at 8pm on Saturday, December 6. Proceeds from the evening of upbeat holiday fun and music will benefit Siena College’s Rockin’ Christmas Fund.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $17, $27, $37 & $47.


LIVE: The Alexis Cole Quintet @ A Place for Jazz, 10/10/14

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Alexis Cole

Alexis Cole

Photographs by Rudy Lu

Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole has made an impressive impact on audiences ever since she first took the stage as a teenager. She won the 2007 Jazzmobile competition and received an award in the Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition. And she handily won over another batch of new fans earlier this month when she made her debut at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Great Hall as the third installment of A Place for Jazz’s fall concert series.

She had plenty of support from her ace band featuring smooth-as-silk saxman Eric Alexander and 78-year-old veteran pianist Harold Mabern, as they wove their way through a well-chosen selection of Great American Songbook standards (from “All the Things You Are” to “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To”), blues (“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”) and originals (highlighted by Mabern’s “Such Is Life”), as well as a show-closing romp through Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz,” featuring a call-and-response between Cole and bassist David Finck).


Festival Fever: Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam on Saturday

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The inaugural Lake Placid Bluegrass Jam takes place at the Olympic Center’s 1932 Rink in Lake Placid on Saturday (October 25) with a solid line-up of both traditional and contemporary bluegrass artists on two stages throughout the day, including headliners Sam Bush and the Del McCoury Band.

Tickets are $55 & $80 in advance; $65 & $90 at the door. Doors open at 12noon, and the music starts at 12:30pm.

Here’s the complete schedule for the fest:


COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The subdudes’ soulful frontman Tommy Malone brings his side-project band to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock in support of his new solo album, Poor Boy. The concert takes place at 9pm on Friday, November 21, and tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Other newly added shows on the Bearsville concert calendar include comedian Ralphie May at 9pm on Friday, December 5 ($29, $39, $49 & $99); twangmaster Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun’s annual Holiday Honky-Tonk Tour at 7pm on Sunday, December 7 ($20); and the Winter Solstice Concert with Happy Traum & Friends at 8pm on Saturday, December 13 ($25, $45 & $65).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Citizen Cope has been added to the concert calendar at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday (October 27).

DigiTour 2014 featuring up-and-comers Andrea Russett, Brent Rivera, Andrew Lowe, Sammy Wilk, Rickey Thompson and Kenny Holland lands at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 4pm on Saturday, December 20. Tickets are $25 in advance; $28 at the door. Also new at UCH, August Burns Red with Miss May I, Northlane and Erra at 7pm on Saturday, January 24 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Quiet Music Festival makes its east coast debut at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs featuring Sun Foot, Rosary Beard, Melissa Chilinski, Lizzi Bougatsos, Hush Arbors, Dragging an Ox Through Water, David Greenberger and Trinie Dalton. Admission is free.

Headed into Club Helsinki in Hudson in support of her new album Slow Phaser, singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins takes the stage for a Valentine’s Day concert at 9pm on Saturday, February 14. Ticket price TBA.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In support of their new album Similar Skin, Umphrey’s McGee makes a tour stop at the Palace Theatre in Albany. Tauk opens the show. Tickets go on sale at 1pm on Thursday, October 30.


OCTOBER 23: On This Date in Nippertown Music History…

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014


Throwback Thursday? Yeah, so we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Music History. Check out our round-up of October 23rd concerts through the years…

2013: Phish @ Glens Falls Civic Center
2012: Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie @ Glens Falls Civic Center
2011: Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three @ Caffe Lena
2010: Maura O’Connell and Paul Brady @ The Egg
2009: Farmer Jason @ The Linda/Jason Ringenberg @ Valentine’s Music Hall
2008: Rodney Crowell @ The Egg
2007: The Wiggles @ the Times Union Center
2006: The Wiggles @ the Pepsi Arena
2005: Four Bitchin’ Babes @ The Egg
2004: Blotto and Fear of Strangers @ Revolution Hall
2003: The Slip and Townhall @ Revolution Hall
1998: The Figgs and the Vodkasonics @ Valentine’s Music Hall
1994: Offspring and Rancid @ Saratoga Winners
1993: Leslie West @ Dudek’s
1992: The Either/Orchestra @ A Place for Jazz
1990: Johnny Van Zandt and the Matt Smith Band @ Saratoga Winners
1991: Van Halen and Alice in Chains at the Knickerbocker Arena
1989: Jethro Tull and It Bites @ RPI’s Houston Field House
1987: Johnny Cash @ Proctors
1984: Bang Zoom @ 288 Lark

LIVE: Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/11/14

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Review by Bokonon

Chris Thile has eight strings. Edgar Meyer has four. That doesn’t mean Thile is twice as good, or that Meyer has to work twice as hard. It just means they rock, good lord, they rock. In a classical way. In a new acoustic way. In, damn it, just about every way.

Thile and Meyer brought their thing to the Troy Saving Bank Music Hall mid-month and summarily destroyed the minds of hundreds of helpless people who simply wanted to hear some tunes. Mind you, many of these helpless hundreds were musicians themselves, or so they thought. They left in knee pants.

It’s not Italian jazz or speedmetal. It’s not the Great Kat, Yngwie Malmsteen or even Paganini. Thile and Meyer can apply the speed, but that’s not the only trick in the bag.

Ritchie Blackmore’s solo on “Highway Star.” That’s what we’re talking about. Follow? It’s a Bach situation.


Palace Theatre Announces New Concert

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The folks at Albany’s Palace Theatre have announced that Umphreys McGee will step into the Palace spotlight on Saturday, February 21. The band is on the road in support of their new album, Similar Skin.

Opening the show at 8pm will be Tauk.

Priced at $25 in advance, tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 1pm on Thursday, October 30. Tickets will be $30 on the day of the show.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has added a new concert to its spring calendar. Singer-songwriter-producer Citizen Cope with take the stage for an intimate solo acoustic performance at 8pm on Wednesday, April 1.

Since releasing his self-titled major album album debut a dozen years ago, Citizen Cope (aka, Clarence Greenwood) has melded hip-hop, blues, soul, folk and rock on four additional albums, including his latest, One Lovely Day.

Priced at $26, $36 & $46, tickets are currently on sale to Music Hall members and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday (October 27).

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