FREE FEST: Lots of Music at Lenox Apple Squeeze Is This Weekend

September 22nd, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Albany’s LarkFest isn’t the only big, music-packed street fest going on around Greater Nippertown this weekend.

The Lenox Apple Squeeze is a long-standing tradition in Berkshire County, ushering in the fall season. This weekend you can join local shops, restaurants, artisans, musicians, farm stands and performers as Lenox celebrates autumn and the apple harvest with a fun and engaging free street festival for all ages.

The 38th annual fest takes place throughout the streets of Lenox from 10am-7pm on Saturday (September 23) and 10am-6pm on Sunday (September 24) with lots of tasty food, more than 150 vendors, a family fun zone and lots more.

Of course, there will be two full days of free, non-stop music at the main stage located at the corner of Church and Housatonic streets, ranging from the rockin’ sounds of Wild Adriatic to the Grammy Award-winning blazing bluegrass of the SteelDrivers.

Here’s the complete schedule of main stage bands for the 2017 Lenox Apple Squeeze:

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LIVE: The Kyle Bourgault Band @ the Rustic Barn Pub, 9/8/17

September 21st, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Kyle Bourgault Band

The Kyle Bourgault Band

Review and photographs by Amy L. Modesti

It was Country Night at the Rustic Barn Pub in Troy on Friday, September 8, and it was the first time that these two Greater Nippertown country music acts, The Coveralls and the Kyle Bourgault Band, united to perform for an audience that was ready to line dance their way onto the Rustic Barn for one great evening of live music.

The Coveralls – featuring Peter Bearup (electric guitar, harmonica, vocals), Kyle Esposito (electric bass), Kevin Maul (guitar, pedal steel, vocals), Charlie Morris (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Bob Resnick (drums, percussion) – opened the evening focusing on Americana, classic country, Texas artists and roots rockers. The Coveralls kicked off their set with a batch of covers, as they dug into the songbags of Guy Clark, Midland, Fred Eaglesmith, Billy Joe Shaver, Joe Ely, Jason Isbell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hank Williams Jr. and, yes, even the Rolling Stones.

A highlight of their set was the addition of their new cover tune, “Drinkin’ Problem,” with Morris on lead vocals. A tune that has been receiving air play on contemporary country radio, Morris & Co. put their own unique, Americana spin on this hit.

The Kyle Bourgault Band – featuring Kyle Bourgault (vocals), Paul Brassard (piano/vocals), Kevin Maul (vocals, banjo, mandolin, pedal steel), Joe Mele (guitar), Rich Romano (guitar), Stephen Seney (drums) and Frank Valenti (bass, vocals) – headlined the evening with two sets of contemporary country and southern rock covers, as well as original tunes culled from Bourgault’s album, Absofreakinlutley. And the band was in a partyin’ mood, as they were celebrating the first anniversary of the band’s debut.

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Yarn/Wire Plays Enno Poppe at EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]

September 21st, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara
Contemporary German composer Enno Poppe.

Contemporary German composer Enno Poppe

On Friday (September 22) New York-based quartet Yarn/Wire will perform The Music of Enno Poppe at EMPAC at RPI in Troy. The performance will include the world premiere of “Feld,” a piece newly commissioned by EMPAC. The concert begins at 7:30pm.

Contemporary German composer Enno Poppe describes his music as “dented nature”: While grounded in compositional guidelines taken from the fields of acoustics, biology and mathematics, his pieces gradually disobey their own rules, contorting and evolving through an almost hallucinatory atmosphere of unexpected sounds. Highly respected as both a composer and conductor, Poppe has led the Berlin-based ensemble mosaik since 1998, and has presented his orchestral, chamber and operatic works throughout Europe.

In 2015, Poppe’s “Speicher” received its U.S. premiere at EMPAC at RPI, performed by the Talea Ensemble.

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SEPTEMBER 21: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

September 21st, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Pete-Seeger (photo by Martin Benjamin)

Pete Seeger (center) with John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young @ Farm Aid at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 9/21/13

Complied by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Martin Benjamin

2016: Darling Valley @ Tricentennial Park, Albany
2015: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany
2014: American Music Festival for the Lake featuring New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Claire Lynch Band, Girls Guns & Glory, Roscoe Bandana, Stony Creek Band, Rich Ortiz @ Wood Park, Lake George
2013: Farm Aid featuring Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Kacey Musgraves, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Jack Johnson, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Amos Lee, Carlene Carter, Jamey Johnson, Insects vs. Robots, the Parlor, Bahamas, David Amram, Jesse Lenat, the Blackwood Quartet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Cemter, Saratoga Springs
2012: SPAC Battle of the Bands featuring The Dependents, Hard Soul, Jocamo, Crush, Folding Sky, Next Station, the Margo Macero Project, VONTUS, The Mysteios @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs
2011: Woodstock Film Festival Kick-Off Concert featuring Philippe Quint & Nellie McKay, Lori Singer, Tracy Bonham, Jerry Marotta, Explorers, Gorgeous Creatures, Bazaar @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
2010: Deftones @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2009: The Minus 5, the Baseball Project, Steve Wynn IV @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2008: Willie Nelson, Jacob Dylan @ Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls
2007: Regina Carter Quintet @ The Egg, Albany
2006: Kid Congo Powers @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2005: The Brothers Wheeler @ Red Square, Albany
2003: Al Stewart @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2002: Neil Diamond @ Pepsi Arena, Albany
2000: Johnny & the Panty Raiders, the Lawn Sausages @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany
1999: Pat Metheny @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1997: Ernie Williams & the Wildcats, Good Friday @ Lyons Lake, Nassau
1996: Stephane Grappelli @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy

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Times Union Center Announces New Concert

September 21st, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

The Times Union Center in downtown Albany will play host to the Homecoming Concert featuring Cardi B and Charly Black at 8pm on Saturday, October 21.

Priced at $45, $60, $100 & $147, tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (September 22).

Another New Concert Announced for The Egg

Another New Concert Announced for The Egg

September 21st, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

This summer, they played the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Hot Tuna. Last weekend, they were one of the featured bands at FreshGrass at MASS MoCA. And now the Wood Brothers have announced that they’re headed back to Greater Nippertown for a concert at The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Tuesday, January 30.

The Wood Brothers – guitarist-vocalist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood and multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix – will perform in support of their most recent recording, Live at the Barn.

Priced at $29.50, $34.50 & $39.50, tickets are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (September 22).

Times Union Center Announces New Concert

LIVE: Little Feat @ The Egg, 9/10/17

September 20th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Little Feat’s Fred Tackett and Paul Barrere

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

I could almost sing all the lyrics to the songs they played. The music of Little Feat has very much been part of my life since my college years.

They certainly did not disappoint with their recent concert at The Egg. Bolstered by the Woodstock-based Midnight Ramble Horns, the band launched the night with “Spanish Moon,” playing many of the old favorites, as well as a medley of “Long Black Veil” with “The Weight,” along the way.

The concert gave plenty of breathing room for the one-two punch of Fred Tackett and Paul Barrere to play dual leads and solos. Tackett also exhibited virtuoso mandolin playing on several numbers, as well as his prowess on the slide. On more than one occasion Barrere pulled some decidedly psychedelic guitar licks out of his trick bag, in addition to the stinging leads he is famous for. Bill Payne displayed his magical touch on keyboards.

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LIVE: Magic Dick & Shun Ng @ Caffe Lena, 9/8/17

September 20th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Glenn Kaplowitz

Magic Dick – the J. Geils Band’s whammer jammin’ harmonicat – has a new sidekick, and guitar phenom Shun Ng proved that he’s more than up to the task during a howlin’ show at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs earlier this month.

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