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The Egg Announces New Concert

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The Robert Cray Band is headed back to The Egg at 8pm on Friday, September 2.

Cray brings his soulful vocals, stinging guitar and smoldering blues band to town in support of his latest album 4 Days of Forty Nights Live.

Priced at $29.50, $34.50 & $44.50, tickets are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (May 27).

FREE: Freedom Park Announces More than 30 Summer Concerts


FREE: Freedom Park Announces More than 30 Summer Concerts

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The free concert series in Scotia doesn’t kick off for nearly a month, but the folks at Freedom Park have unveiled their summer-long schedule of concerts. And as usual, the park next to Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In is once again playing host to the largest schedule of free summer concerts in all of Greater Nippertown. A total of more than 30 concerts will take place at Freedom Park, stretching from the series opener by Sirsy on Wednesday, June 22 through to Black Mountain Symphony’s closing show on Saturday, August 27.

All concerts start at 7pm, except the July 1 concert by veteran rockers Rattail Jimmy featuring guitarslinger Alan Payette, which will start at 8pm, followed by a fireworks display.

Here’s the complete schedule for Freedom Park’s 2016 concert series:


LIVE: The English Beat @ The Egg, 5/7/16

Monday, May 23rd, 2016


Review by Steven Stock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

With banks of tiered seating rising steeply from stage level, The Egg’s Swyer Theatre offers great sightlines. As a dancehall, though, it’s far from ideal. This didn’t seem to trouble a near-capacity audience on the first Saturday in May. As the English Beat’s 90-minute set gained momentum, skanking revelers abandoned their seats and filled the small space between the stage and the first row.

The contagion spread faster than Zika, propelled to critical mass by the irresistible riddim of “I Confess.” By the time the seven-piece band launched into “Save It for Later,” just about everyone was up and gyrating – not always gracefully, but with unmistakable enthusiasm. I noticed something else remarkable as well – every single person in the damn building (even the sternest usher) was smiling.

What music has this power? On three albums from 1980-1982, the English Beat grafted guitarist Dave Wakeling’s West Midlands pop sensibility onto a buoyant foundation of Jamaican ska and reggae. Their cover of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “Tears of a Clown,” one of the seminal early releases on 2-Tone Records, established a template that the Beat refined on the subsequent I Just Can’t Stop It, Wha’ppen and Special Beat Service LPs.

As then, the dawn of the Reagan/Thatcher era, so at the Egg: drummer Nucci Cantrell and bassist Larry Young were mixed loud and clear to the fore, saxophonist Matt Morrish soloed on most every tune, and the dueling keyboards of Kevin Lum and Michael Railton drove the melodies and took the remaining solos. The formidably dreadlocked King Schascha did an admirable job filling Ranking Roger’s toaster slot, singing, rapping, exhorting the crowd and doing everything necessary to ensure that the show’s energy level never waned.


HEARD: Playlist, 5/16-22/16

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Mudcrutch: 2 (Warner Bros., 2016)
Bob Brown: The Wall I Built Myself (Tompkins Square, 2016)
Bob Brown: Willoughby’s Lament (Tompkins Square, 2016)
Julian Lloyd Webber, Charlie Haden, Nexus: Gavin Bryar’s “Farewell to Philosophy” (Point Music, 1996)
Steely Dan: Aja (ABC, 1977)
Steely Dan: Can’t Buy a Thrill (ABC, 1972)
Mitsuko Uchida: Debussy: 12 Etudes (Philips, 1990)
Ryan Adams: Ten Songs from Live at Carnegie Hall (Pax-Am, 2015)
Smart Brown Handbag: Lullabies for Infidels (Stonegarden, 1997)
Pop Art: Really Blind Faith: A Retrospective, 1984-1990 (Stonegarden, 2000)
Pêro Lua: Sobrecarga (Pete Donnelly, 2015)
Vaud @ the Villains: Original Salvation (Vaud & the Villains, 2015)
Bjork: Vulnicura Strings (One Little Indian, 2015)
Bullfrog featuring Kid Koala: Bullfrog (Ropeadope, 2001)
Tin Machine: Tin Machine (EMI, 1989)
Hammer Hawk: Schlepper (B3nson, 2016)
Philip Glass: Solo Piano (CBS, 1989)
Eric Parkin: Poulenc: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (Chandos, 1988)
Milk Carton Kids: Monterey (Anti-, 2015)
Milk Carton Kids: Prologue (Milk Carton, 2011)
Sidney Bechet: The Unique (ABM, 1999)
Various artists: Boogie Woogie Blues (Biograph, 1991)
Dawn Upshaw: Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Nonesuch, 1990)
Cardinal: Cardinal (Empyrean, 2015)

Le Vent du Nord Blows into the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, May 23rd, 2016


Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air, as they blow into the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Thursday (May 26).

Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord have become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe, Oceania and America. The quartet has performed well over 1,400 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The band delivers catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire, while others are original compositions. The group has a rich and varied instrumentation, well-polished musical arrangements, and wonderful vocals.

Both the Quebec folk music quartet and its audience, will share the Colonial stage Thursday, May 26 at 8pm, as part of the theatre’s “On the Stage” Series.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

FREE: Schenectady’s Music Haven Summer Concert Series Announced

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The Music Haven Concert Series is celebrating 27 years in Schenectady’s Central Park, and they’re doing it up big-time with a six-concert season that sparkles with captivating sounds from around the globe – Senegal, the Appalachian Mountains, Puerto Rico, Ireland, the Ukraine, Jamaica and, of course, right here in Greater Nippertown.

The concerts will all take place at the Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park at 7pm on Sunday evenings beginning on July 10. In case of inclement weather, Proctors in Schenectady will serve as the concert series rain site. And, yes, admission is FREE.

Here’s the schedule for the 2016 Music Haven Concert Series:


FREE: Three More New Concerts Announced for Lake George’s Shepard Park

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Last month we announced most of the schedule for the Lake George Arts Project’s annual Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series in Lake George’s Shepard Park. But at the time, there were still three open slots TBA on the schedule.

Those dates have now been filled in, and here are the details:


FREE: Troy’s Rockin’ On the River Schedule Is Announced

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The schedule of bands for the 2016 Rockin’ on the River concert series in Troy has been announced. And it’s easily the best line-up since the concert series was first instituted…

The concerts take place rain or shine at 5pm on Wednesdays from June 15-August 3. And this summer for the first time all eight concerts will take place in Troy’s Riverfront Park, rather than the Green Island Bridge parking lot.

And once again WVCR-FM is sponsoring a “Play to Play” contest in which the winning band will get the opening act slot for the July 6 show. To enter, send two songs on CD to At 6 with Vito, WVCR-FM, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. Entries must be received by Wednesday, June 1. DJ Vito Ciccarelli and BID Interim Executive Director Katie Hammon will judge the entries.

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2016 Rockin’ On the River concert series:


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