CANCELLED: Tavis Smiley’s “Death of a King” @ Proctors

December 18th, 2017, 11:09 am by Greg

In the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against television host/author Tavis Smiley, the tour of his “Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience” stage production has been cancelled by the Saratoga Springs-based producers Mills Entertainment.

The tour – a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring readings by Smiley and live music by jazz pianist Marcus Roberts – included a performance originally slated for Proctors in Schenectady on Thursday, January 18.

A statement by Mills Entertainment reads:

“In light of the recent allegations concerning Tavis Smiley, Mills Entertainment will not be moving forward with the ‘Death of a King’ project at this time. We believe deeply in the message of this production and the importance of commemorating Dr. King in this crucial moment; however, we take seriously the allegations and will be suspending our relationship with Tavis Smiley and T.S. Productions.”

Ticketholders for the Proctors show may obtain refunds at the place of purchase.

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Who’s In? Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2018 Inductees

December 13th, 2017, 7:45 am by Greg

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It’s hard to believe, but apparently, 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong

The 2018 list of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees was announced this morning, and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi led the charge. First time nominees Dire Straits and the Moody Blues also made the cut, along with new wave standard-bearers The Cars and the late jazz-soul singer Nina Simone. Pioneering gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe will also be inducted as an early influence.

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CANCELLED: Bettye LaVette at Cohoes Music Hall

December 8th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette


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Bad news for Greater Nippertown soul music fans: The concert by the sublime Bettye LaVette, originally slated for Wednesday, December 20 at the Cohoes Music Hall, has been cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances,” according to Guthrie/Bell Productions, who were presenting the show.

Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

But all is not lost… On a more positive note, Ms. LaVette’s upcoming concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Saturday, April 7, is still on her tour schedule. Tickets are $35 & $45.

CANCELLED: Friday’s Concert at EMPAC at RPI

December 5th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

The folks at EMPAC at RPI in Troy have announced that the performance by Iranian percussionist Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, which was scheduled for Friday (December 8) has been cancelled due to visa-processing delays.

Mr. Mortazavi was originally scheduled to perform at EMPAC back in March of 2017 but was unable to obtain the necessary visa due to an executive order by President Donald Trump restricting travel from a number of Muslim-majority countries.

The performance was postponed and then rescheduled to the end of EMPAC’s Fall 2017 season and an application for an artist visa was submitted by EMPAC to U.S. Customs and Immigration Services in late May. An approval was received within two weeks and, after appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, his application was placed in administrative processing. He was told that the application would be processed in due time and that he would receive notification when the visa was granted. The visa application for Mortazavi never cleared administrative processing, and he has not received any further communication from the Department of State.

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CANCELLED: Yet Another Concert at Massry Center for the Arts

November 30th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

This has not been a good year for the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts in Albany. Not at all…

The Massry’s fall concert season started off with a solid but sparsely attended concert by Amy Helm in early October, but since then it has suffered three consecutive pop concert cancellations.

First, Marc Cohn concert slated for Homecoming Weekend was postponed at the last minute. (That concert has since been re-scheduled for Tuesday, February 20). Then the concert by Gedeon Luke & The People – originally slated for October 28 – was cancelled.

And now, the concert by Dana Fuchs – which was scheduled to take place on Saturday evening (December 2) – has also been cancelled “due to circumstances beyond our control,” according to the Massry Center website.

Let’s hope that things are looking a little brighter for blues queen Shemekia Copeland, who is slated for a Saturday, December 16 concert at the Massry.

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Celebrating David Bowie Tour

November 8th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

There’s good news and bad news regarding the Celebrating David Bowie concert tour that’s slated to make a stop at The Egg’s Hart Theatre on Tuesday, February 13.

Good News: Guitarist Earl Slick – who worked on such landmark Bowie albums as Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Reality and others – and vocalist Bernard Fowler have been added to the line-up.

Bad News: Guitarist Adrian Belew – who had been previously announced as one of the bandleaders – is now only performing on the European leg of the tour. He will not be playing at The Egg.

As it now stands, the current line-up of musicians for the show features Mike Garson (keyboards), Gerry Leonard (guitar), Earl Slick (guitar), Carmine Rojas (bass), Angelo Moore (vocals), Gaby Moreno (vocals) and Bernard Fowler (vocals).

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CANCELLED: Damien Escobar at The Egg

November 7th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

The concert by Queens hip-hop-meets-classical violinist Damien Escobar – originally slated for The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Wednesday, December 13 – has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

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CANCELLED: “My Paradoxical Knives” @ EMPAC at RPI

November 6th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Due to visa processing delays stemming from current federal immigration policy, Iranian artist Ali Moini will be unable to travel to EMPAC at RPI in Troy for his scheduled Thursday (November 9) performance of My Paradoxical Knives.

To honor Moini’s work in his absence, EMPAC will be hosting a free reception on Thursday, featuring the set of My Paradoxical Knives and a conversation with Moini (via Skype), collaborator Fred Rodriguez and curator Ashley Ferro-Murray.

Since spring of 2017, EMPAC has sought travel visas for Ali Moini and Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, both Iranian nationals (living in Paris and Berlin respectively) and highly respected artists within the international community. Both applications are currently tied up by processing delays at the US Department of State.

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