LIVE: Lee Rocker @ Club Helsinki, 2/10/18

February 21st, 2018, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review and photographs by Ed Conway

For one last stop for his most recent tour, Stray Cats bass player Lee Rocker, brought his own band to Club Helsinki in Hudson. Growing up on Long Island, Rocker partnered with a couple of friends, Slim Jim Phantom and Brian Setzer to form a band that helped bring rockabilly back onto mainstream radio with hits like “Stray Cat Strut” and “Rock This Town.” And of course, both songs were quite prominent on this particular evening, as the band opened with the former, and let out all the stops on the latter with lead guitarist Buzz Campbell and keyboardist Joey Guevara (who also played acoustic guitar and harmonica) trading hot solos back and forth for what seemed like the finale.

Luckily, they had a few more songs up their collective sleeves.

While many of the songs were culled from the Stray Cats catalog, as “Runaway Boys,” “Built for Speed” and “Fishnet Stockings” followed the opening song, Rocker didn’t limit the evening’s repertoire to his former band. He also paid tribute to Elvis and Scotty Moore with a medley of “That’s Alright, Mama” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and to Carl Perkins with “Honey Don’t.” He also stepped away from the rockabilly genre for the Beatles’ “I’ll Cry Instead,” The Bands’ “Ophelia” and Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans,” that last one with Campbell on banjo. At one point, Rocker left the beat-keeping solely to drummer Larry Mitchell as he set down his bass and picked up the acoustic guitar for his own “Memphis Freeze.”

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SPAC Announces New Concert

February 21st, 2018, 1:00 pm by Greg

Imagine Dragons are bringing their Evolve Tour to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Friday, June 29. Grace VanderWaal will open the show at 7pm.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday, March 3, priced at $39.50, $59.50, $79.50 & $129.50 for reserved amphitheater tickets and $35 for lawn general admission. A limited number of lawn ticket four-packs will be available for $99 while supplies last.

FEST: Disc Jam Music Festival Returns to Stephentown
The Egg Announces New Concert

Friday, May 25: Kevin Hart
Saturday, June 9: Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, SiR, Lance Skiiiwalker, Zacari
Monday, June 11: Dead & Company
Friday, June 15: Kidz Bop Live
Saturday, June 16: Foreigner, Whitesnake, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening

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February 21st, 2018, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

Amy Helm is gearing up for her second annual Woodshed Residency Tour in April, which includes three Sunday evening gigs at Albany’s Hollow Bar + Kitchen – April 8, 15 & 22 at 7pm. Tickets are $16. Her tour also includes residencies at The Falcon in Marlboro on Mondays April 9, 16 & 23, as well as the Parlor Room in Northampton at 7pm on Wednesdays April 11, 18 & 25 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).

Troy troubadour Sean Rowe has scheduled another homecoming concert at the Hangar on the Hudson in at 8pm on Friday, March 23. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tanglewood in Lenox has added a pair of new concerts to its summer schedule, including David Crosby & Friends with Mary Chapin Carpenter and the duo of Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson; and the double-bill of Ry Cooder and Emmylou Harris.

The Indigo Girls are slated to make a tour stop at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday, May 12, but if you haven’t already snagged your tickets you might be out of luck. Tickets sold out in seven minutes.

Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock has bolstered its calendar with the addition of jam band pioneers Max Creek at 8pm on Saturday, April 14 ($25 & $30) and award-winning bluegrass favorites the Steep Canyon Rangers at 8pm on Friday, April 20 ($45 & $75). And going on sale at 6pm today (Wednesday, February 21), it’s the return of the Fab Faux at 8pm on Friday, April 27 ($65 & $100).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center has revealed the line-up of bands for the two-day fest, including Herbie Hancock, Mavis Staples, Joey Alexander, Chris Botti, Jose James, John Batiste & the Dap Kings, Gregory Porter and lots more. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Thursday, March 1.

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FEST: Disc Jam Music Festival Returns to Stephentown

February 21st, 2018, 11:00 am by Greg

The eighth annual Disc Jam Music Festival is headed back to Gardner’s Farm in Stephentown, just minutes from the Massachusetts border. The four-day, music-filled weekend features more than 80 artists, in addition to disc golf tournaments, Flow Tribe dancers, craft vending, yoga workshops and much more from Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10.

The 2018 artist lineup includes a heavy dose of national and regional funk and jam band artists, in addition to collaboratives and side projects. Headliners include Lotus, Beats Antique, Galactic, The Motet, Electron (feat. members of Lotus and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Disco Biscuits guitarist Jon ‘The Barber’ Gutwillig (solo acoustic set), DJ Logic & Friends (featuring members of the Disco Biscuits, Dopapod and Turkuaz), Gubbulidis (Twiddle side project), Kung Fu, Moon Hooch, Aqueous, Ghost Note (Snarky Puppy side project), Tom Marshall’s Amfibian All-Stars and Ghost Light (Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling project).

As the name Disc Jam would imply, this 4 day event features the fast growing sport of disc golf and festival grounds hold a 27-hole disc golf course on site. A variety of activities and workshops are a big attraction for Disc Jam, including flow art workshops, daily yoga sessions, interactive music and art amidst the festival grounds, plus craft and art vending that help make Disc Jam create a unique and memorable experience for fans. Music can be found on twin Main stages, ensuring nonstop music well into the night along with the massive Tent stage and a Woods stage that features nightly takeovers by NV Concepts, Rezinate, Sermon and The Rust featuring some of the top names in bass and house music. The Wook of Wall Street will be hosting a nightly silent disco party lasting until sunrise.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $180 for a four-day, all-fest pass. Camping and VIP add-ons are also available.

Here’s the initial line-up for the 2018 Disc Jam Music Festival:

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The Egg Announces New Concert

February 21st, 2018, 10:00 am by Greg

Acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle will make his return to The Egg at 7:30pm on Sunday, May 20, as part of the American Roots & Branches concert series. During his solo performance Earle will draw from his seven-album catalog, including his latest, Kids on the Street.

Priced at $29.50, tickets are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (February 23).

SPAC Announces New Concert
FEST: Disc Jam Music Festival Returns to Stephentown

JANUARY 21: The Daily Flashback

February 21st, 2018, 9:00 am by Greg

1970: The Jackson 5 made their television debut on “American Bandstand.”
2012: In an anti-Kremlin protest, three members of the band Pussy Riot perform an impromptu, obscenity-filled song at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. They are promptly ejected, and later arrested for hooliganism.

1933: Nina Simone
1938: Bobby Charles
1949: Jerry Harrison
1951: Vince Welnick
1958: Mary Chapin Carpenter

1982: Murray the K

Charles Busch Returns to Bridge Street Theatre in “My Kinda ’60s” [Berkshire on Stage]

February 20th, 2018, 4:00 pm by Greg

“Whether singing or dishing about his life or celebrities he has known, Charles Busch is always the epitome of entertainment and class.” – Cabaret Scenes

He’s back! Tony nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner Charles Busch returns to Catskill’s intimate Bridge Street Theatre at 4pm on Saturday (February 24) for a special, one-time-only benefit performance of his most personal cabaret show ever: “My Kinda ’60s.”

This thrilling new show, which premiered last September at Feinstein’s/54 Below in Manhattan and recently received a 2017 Broadway World Cabaret Award as “Best Show – Celebrity Male,” whisks audiences back to the Manhattan of the tumultuous 1960s. Busch weaves personal anecdotes of a childhood and adolescence spent coming of age under the guidance of his indomitable Aunt Lillian with songs from the decade by such artists as Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, The Beatles, Henry Mancini, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim and Kander & Ebb.

Appearing with Busch in this unique, hilarious and poignant evening of music and storytelling will be his long-time musical director/arranger Tom Judson.

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SEEN/HEARD: Playlist, 2/12-18/18

February 20th, 2018, 3:00 pm by Greg

Here’s what we’ve been watching/listening to during the past week:

“A Serpent’s Egg” (1977)
“Last Rampage” (2017)
“Lifeboat” (1944)
“The Birds” (1963)
“Radius” (2017)
“Blade Runner 2049” (2017)

Balanescu Quartet: Michael Nyman: String Quartets 1-3 (Argo, 1991)
Michael Nyman: Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs (Argo, 1995)
Michael Nyman: Original Soundtrack of “The Cook, the Thief, the Wife, the Lover” (Venture, 1989)
James Carter: Music of Roberto Sierra: Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra (Subito Music, 2002)
Various artists: Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Mardi Gras, 1977)
St. Vincent: Strange Mercy (4AD, 2011)
Michael Nyman: Taking a Line for a Second Walk (Work Music, 1994)
Kathryn Stott & the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Michael Nyman: The Piano Concerto (Argo, 1994)
Michael Nyman: Film Music, 1980-2001 (Virgin, 2001)
OutKast: Idlewild (LaFace, 2006)
Gregory Porter: Take Me to the Alley (Blue Note, 2016)
David Crowder Band: All This for a King: The Essential Collection (sixsteprecords, 2013)
Dave Edmunds: From Small Things: The Best of Dave Edmunds (Columbia/Legacy, 2004)
Baltimore Chamber Orchestra: Jonathan Leshnoff: Violin Concerto (Naxos, 2009)
Jin Hi Kim: Living Tones (OO Discs, 1995)
Janos Starker: Starker Plays Kodaly (Delos, 1987)
Tbiltsi Symphony Orchestra: Giya Kancheli: Symphonies No. 6 & 7 (Sony Classical, 1994)
Orlando Jacinto Garcia: La Belleza del Silencio (OO Discs, 1991)
Eiji Oue & the Minnesota Orchestra: Aaron Jay Kernis: Colored Field (Virgin Classics, 2001)
Jay Z: The Black Album (Roc-A-Fella, 2003)
Brian Eno: Lux (Opal, 2012)
Elton John: Honky Chateau (Rocket, 1995)

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