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Americana Music Award Winners Announced

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Jason Isbell

Photograph by Bender Melon

Jason Isbellwho played at MASS MoCA in North Adams last month – was the big winner Wednesday night (September 17) at the 13th annual Americana Music Honors & Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, taking home trophies in all three catagories for which he had been nominated — Best Artist, Best Album and Best Song.

The Milk Carton Kids – who will join Sarah Jarosz in concert at The Egg on Monday, October 20 – was named Best Duo/Group, while Sturgill Simpsonwho opened for the Zac Brown Band at SPAC last month – was honored with the Best Emerging Artist award.

Taj Mahal – who played Club Helsinki in Hudson last month – was awarded a Lifetime Achievement for Performance, and Jackson Browne – who played the Palace Theatre last month – received the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award.

The other award winners of the night were:

Best Instrumentalist: Buddy Miller
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist: Flaco Jimenez
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: Loretta Lynn
President’s Award: Jimmie Rodgers

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POSTPONED: “Mehregan” @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, 9/12/14

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Co-sponsored by the College of Saint Rose and UAlbany, “Mehregan: Celebrating Women of the Middle East” – the multi-media performance featuring singer-musician Sepideh Raissadat, the Dilan Dance Company, author Ava Homa and painter Rozhin Dabiri – was slated to kick off the Premiere Performances season at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany on Friday, September 12.

But the performance has been postponed “due to circumstances beyond our control,” according to Salvatore Prizio, the Massry Center’s Programming Manager. “We will work hard to reschedule date at a later time.”

In the meantime, ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase.

CANCELLED: Kings of Leon @ SPAC

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Kings of Leon were originally slated to play at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs last Sunday (August 10), but the concert was postponed earlier in the day due to a tour bus accident that left the band’s drummer Nathan Followill with several broken ribs.

But now the SPAC concert has moved from “postponed” to officially “cancelled” and will not be re-scheduled. The SPAC concert is the first of two weeks worth of KOL concerts that have been cancelled while Followill recovers. The tour is currently slated to resume on Thursday, August 28 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase.

CHANGES: Today’s New York State Food Fest @ Empire State Plaza

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Due to the weather forecast, the concert by Latin jazz band Sensemaya – originally scheduled for 12noon today (Wednesday, August 13) – has been postponed to 12noon on Friday. Admission is free.

In addition, the rest of the music schedule for today’s New York State Food Festival has been moved indoors. Beginning at 5pm, the rest of the fest’s music – the Blind Spots (5pm), Soul Session (6:15pm) and headliner Eddie Money (7:45pm)- will take place in the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall. Admission is free, but chairs will not be allowed inside.

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RIP: Hajji Majer, 1966-2014

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Hajji Majer (photo by Bob Lukomski)

Hajji Majer (photo by Bob Lukomski)

John “Hajji” Majer, drummer for such popular ’80s Albany bands Hundred Acre Wood, Home and People, died suddenly last Friday (July 25) in Manhattan, after suffering a massive heart attack while rehearsing with his current band, Brooklyn art-rockers Fall of Another Year.

The 48-year-old Majer was a Troy native and a graduate of Lansingburgh High School.

Calling hours will be held from 4-7pm Friday (August 1) at the Sanvidge Funeral Home in Troy.

ALSO READ:
John “Hajji” Mayer’s obituary

Rick Dildine to Head Shakespeare & Company in Lenox as Executive Director and President [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Good fortune has smiled on Shakespeare & Company as Rick Dildine joins the staff.

Good fortune has smiled on Shakespeare & Company as Rick Dildine joins the staff.

Shakespeare & Company Board Chair Sarah Hancock announced that Rick Dildine, previously of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, will become the organization’s Executive Director and President, starting early September, 2014. In this role, Mr. Dildine will be directly responsible for all of the Company’s programming and administrative activities.

Mr. Dildine comes to Shakespeare & Company after five years as Executive Director of the nationally acclaimed Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and four years as Director of the MFA Program in Arts Management & Leadership at Webster University. He has a distinguished 15-year career in arts leadership, successfully managing several diverse organizations.

“I am honored to move into the role of Executive Director at Shakespeare & Company,” said Mr. Dildine. “It has been a long dream of mine to lead a destination theater, and to now work with one that is so well-regarded nationally for its work is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Shakespeare & Company has a 37-year history of producing exceptional theater and to be able to work alongside so many of its artists and craftsmen whose work I have admired for years is an incredible honor.”

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Congrats to Photographer Phyllis Galembo

Friday, May 9th, 2014
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Photographer and UAlbany art professor Phylis Galembo has snagged a prestigious 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship.

For more than two decades, Galembo has traveled to Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti to photograph the visually stunning costumes worn by traditional priests and priestesses, carnival masqueraders, dancers and Haitian vodou practitioners. Art in America praised her combination of a “careful, almost ethnographic observation with a deep sense of mystical wonder,” and The New York Times has noted the “dignity, conviction, and formal power” in her work.

In its ninetieth annual competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 177 Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, Galembo and the other fellowship recipients were selected from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants.

The Guggenheim Fellowship was established in 1925 to “promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding and the appreciation of beauty,” and Galembo has joined an elite group of scholars, scientists and artists that includes dozens of Nobel Laureates, poet laureates, and Pulitzer Prize-winners.

CANCELLED: Action Bronson @ Upstate Concert Hall Tonight

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Yes, rapper-gourmand Action Bronson has cancelled his concert at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, which was scheduled to take place at 7pm tonight (Friday, May 2). Tonight’s show was supposed to be a re-scheduled make-up date, after Bronson postponed his earlier UCH show, which was originally slated for Saturday, March 29.

Ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase.

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