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POSTPONED: Black Violin @ Troy Music Hall on Thursday

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The concert by the classical/hip-hop fusion group Black Violin, scheduled for 7:30pm on Thursday (October 6) at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, has been postponed.

The artists are currently in Miami, and, due to the effects of preparation in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew hitting Florida, will be unable to travel to Troy in time to perform Thursday evening’s concert.

The concert has been re-scheduled for 7:30pm on Thursday, April 20.

“We are looking forward to bringing Black Violin to Troy, and the delay is unfortunate,” said Jon Elbaum, Executive Director of the Hall. “The artists and their crew are safe right now, which is the most important thing. Ticket-holders have been informed, and everyone is looking forward to seeing them in concert in April.”


Albany Center Gallery Is on the Move

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Forced to look for a new home by a rent increase at its current location, Albany Center Gallery has found a new home just down the street at the Arcade Building on Broadway in downtown Albany.

The 40-year-old non-profit gallery is planning to move into the new 2,050-square-foot exhibition space in January. The new space is approximately 300 square feet larger than the gallery’s current location on Columbia Street across from Tricentennial Park.

“The Arcade, across from Jim Dinapoli Park, symbolizes a new era in downtown where traditional buildings can be put to new contemporary and modern uses,” said Tony Iadicicco, executive director of Albany Center Gallery. “This will create a home in which artists will be proud to showcase their art, while bringing a new energy to an underutilized landmark.”

The Arcade Building will mark the gallery’s fifth location, since it was founded by Les Urbach at the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany in 1977.

Remembering Buckwheat Zydeco

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Stanley Dural, aka Buckwheat Zydeco, died on Saturday (September 24). He was 68 years old, and the cause was lung cancer. Just last month he postponed a concert that was scheduled for the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. He was also slated to share a double bill with Marcia Ball at The Egg on Friday, February 17. Ticket sales for that show have been temporarily suspended, while a tribute to the zydeco music legend is in the works for this date.

By Fred Rudofsky

Sometimes an album or two can change your life, or at least your view of the world – music used to do that, you know. It can become a soundtrack for appreciating what’s to follow.

Back in ’87, I was hosting a radio show, “Blues with a Feeling,” at Colgate University. I was obsessed with Texas and Chicago blues, and only just beginning to get into the music of Louisiana through hearing Dr. John, Professor Longhair and Irma Thomas on Mark King’s “Stormy Monday Blues” on WRPI-FM during vacation breaks.

Seeing the film “The Big Easy” that summer at the Spectrum was a revelation not only only because of the sultry star turn by Ellen Barkin, but the indigenous music of the Louisiana bayou and Crescent City that fit every scene and sequence to perfection. That soundtrack introduced to me to Zachary Richard, Aaron Neville, Beausoleil, the Wild Tchoupatoulas, Terrance Simien and one artist who had not one but two featured songs, Stanley Dural, a.k.a. Buckwheat Zydeco. That’s a name you’ll never forget, I thought.


Upstate Artists Guild to Leave Lark Street

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

This just in from Rebecca Schoonmaker, Upstate Artist Guild’s vice president and gallery co-manager:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce to our Upstate Artist Guild supporters that we will be moving out of the gallery space we have called home for 11 years.

247 Lark Street became our home on September 17th 2005 Lark Fest. Many renovations, gallons of paint, LED lighting, blood, sweat and tears have gone into the structure of the space. Over 500 artists have exhibited their work on our walls, on our floors and hanging from our ceiling. We have hosted over 1000 events including years of ASAC (Albany Sonic Arts Collective), WORD FEST (Albany Poets), People’s Choice Show (Art on Lark), Gingerbread FunShop (Winter WonderLark), Albany Spiritual Seekers, Comedy, Drag, Burlesque, Music, Improv, Meetings and more.


CANCELLED: “Make America Rock Again” @ Glens Falls Civic Center

Friday, September 16th, 2016

As the voice-over promo on the Make America Rock Again website declares, “Are you tired of empty promises? This is one party that won’t let you down!”

Well, that is, in fact, just another empty promise… at least for Greater Nippertown fans who were planning on attending the headbangin’ bash with Trapt, Saliva, Alien Ant Farm, Saving Abel, Tantric and 12 Stones at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday (September 17).

The show has been cancelled. Ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase.

CANCELLED: Ellis Marsalis @ Today’s City of Albany Jazz Fest

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Pianist Ellis Marsalis, who was slated to headline today’s (Saturday, September 10) City of Albany Jazz Festival at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch, has cancelled his appearance due to illness.

Replacing him as the headliner for today’s free festival will be New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton.

GO HERE for the complete UPDATED schedule of bands…

RIP: Frank Jaklitsch, 1955-2016

Monday, August 15th, 2016
(photo by Tom Lindsay)

Frank Jaklitsch (photo by Tom Lindsay)

Photographs by Tom Lindsay, Joseph Deuel
Video by Tom Lindsay

Frank Jaklitsch, “The Songman,” of Albany, 61, passed quickly last Thursday afternoon (August 11), as he strode towards Gillette Stadium to see, for the first time, his cherished New Orleans Saints compete on the field. He was in a good place.

Jaklitsch, born January 17, 1955 in Ridgewood, Queens, graduated from Queens College with a degree in Special Education, and devoted his entire life to service, beginning with volunteer work with developmentally disabled individuals as a teenager, and continuing to early employment with Catholic Charities and a 31-year career with the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Jaklitsch, who moved, with his family, to the campus neighborhood of Albany in 1985, is long pre-deceased by his father, Frank, Sr. and survived by his mother Herta Eisenzoph, of Queens, N.Y; his loving wife of 33 years, Eileen; his beloved son Thomas; younger siblings Richard (Margaret) of Nanuet, N.Y. and Theresa Jaklitsch Mueller (Fred) of Hillsborough, N.J; and his sweet pug, Penny.


The Egg & UCH Postpone, Cancel Concerts

Monday, August 15th, 2016
Rudresh Mahanthappa (photo by Richard Brody)

Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa

Photograph by Richard Brody

A concert by jazz saxman Rudresh Mahanthappa and his band Indo-Pak Coalition had been slated to take place at The Egg on Saturday, September 17.

But due to scheduling concerns, that concert has been postponed. No new date has yet been scheduled. Stay tuned…


Meanwhile, the Tyler the Creator concert – which was originally slated for 8pm on Friday, August 26 at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park – has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

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