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New Albany Arts Fund Announced

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015


At a press conference at Albany City Hall last week, Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan announced the Capital City Fund, a new fund to support arts, education and cultural programs in Albany.

“This fund is made possible by donations from those who care about our city,” said Mayor Sheehan. “It will support the people and groups that enrich the lives of everyone here, whether through music, public art, and dance exhibits, or by educating our children and building community through neighborhood events and parades.”

The private, non-profit fund will be overseen by the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, and awards will be made by a committee that includes Jack McEneny (a former Assembly member), Deborah Rosen Zamer (a local businesswoman), Michael A. Boots (a development officer at the University at Albany) and Linda Jackson-Chalmers (a former Albany School District administrator).

While there is no limit to the awards that will be made from the fund – which currently includes $80,000 – most will be under $5,000. The deadline for applications for the initial round of funding is Saturday, May 30.

Grants will be made in one of the following three categories:



Winners Announced for MOVE Music Video Awards

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

In conjunction with last weekend’s MOVE Music Fest, the festival hosted the inaugural MOVE Music Video Awards at Albany’s Madison Theater on Sunday evening (April 26).

At the ceremonies hosted by Joe Bonilla, winners were announced in four categories – Best Video, Best Live Video, Creative Achievement Award and Producers Award.

Taking top honors for the night was the Brooklyn-based band Shinobi Ninja, whose video for their song “What If Times,” was honored with the trophy for Best Video. The crowd was also treated to an acoustic performance from the band, in addition to performances by Erin Harkes and Steve Candlen.

Here’s a list of winners for the MOVE Music Video Awards:


Say Goodbye to Bogie’s…

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015


Photograph by Sara Ayers

Yes, you may have heard the rumors, but now it’s official – Bogie’s is closing.

It’s been a good six-year run, but Bogie’s – Albany’s haven for metal, hip-hop, hardcore and all manner of hard rockin’ headbangers – is planning to shutter its doors for good after one final blowout on Sunday, May 31.

Upstate Black N Blue Productions took over the operations of Bogie’s with a grand opening bash featuring the Erotics, Horror Business, Hijinx, Society High and Pistol Shot Gypsy back on June 5, 2009.

But as posted yesterday (Monday, April 27) on the Upstate Black N Blue website:

“As of June 1st, Bogie’s will no longer be hosting any shows. We will be closing the doors permanently. All shows from June 1st going forward will be at TRICKSHOTS, THE FUZEBOX, THE LOFT and THE CHANCE THEATER and occasionally at UPSTATE CONCERT HALL.”

Here’s a round-up of the remaining shows slated for Bogie’s:


Schoharie County Arts Funds Distributed for Concert Series, More

Monday, April 27th, 2015
Grants recipients with Renee Nied (second from right)

Grants recipients with Renee Nied (second from right)

Story and photographs by Tom Lindsay

Despite the spring snow outside the KyMar Distillery in Charlotteville last Wednesday (April 22), there were plenty of smiling faces as representatives of Schoharie County arts grant applicants received 2015 funding checks from Renee Nied of the Greene County Council on the Arts Community Arts Grants Decentralization Program. The program delivers arts funding in Greene, Columbia and Schoharie Counties.

Fans of live music will be encouraged to hear that several concert series received funding. These include the George Landis Arboretum’s “Live at the Landis,” the Richmondville Historical Society’s “Music at the Mill” and the Middleburgh Library’s “Not So Quiet Concert Series.”


POSTPONED: Tonight’s Paul Anka Concert @ Proctors

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Originally scheduled for Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm tonight (Wednesday, April 22), the concert by veteran pop singer Paul Anka has been postponed due to illness.

The concert has been re-scheduled for 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 3.

All tickets for tonight’s performance will be honored for the new November date. Ticket holders are asked to contact Proctors for refunds after 11am on Thursday (April 23) only if they cannot attend the new concert date.

Bang On a Can’s Julia Wolfe Wins Pulitzer Prize

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Congrats go out to Bang On a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe, who has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished musical composition.

The award – which comes with a prize of $10,000 in addition to the oodles of prestige – was awarded to Wolfe for her oratorio for chorus and sextet, “Anthracite Fields,” evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th century. The work had its world premiere on April 26, 2014, in Philadelphia, performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with the Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia.

The Bang On a Can Summer Festival is returning to MASS MoCA in North Adams again this summer, and it will include a performance of another Wolfe composition, “Singing in the Dead of Night,” during the festival-closing, six-hour Bang On a Can Marathon, which will also features works by Philip Glass, Christian Marclay, Meredith Monk and others.

RIP: Percy Sledge, 1941-2015

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

By Don Wilcock

Percy Sledge passed away on Tuesday (April 14) from liver cancer. He recorded six songs in Muscle Shoals, Alabama on February 17, 1966, and he liked all five of the others better than he did “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

“I didn’t know anything about music,” he told me in 2004. “All I done was just sing.” But Sledge producer Quinty Ivy felt differently, and Atlantic Records executive Jerry Wexler “went crazy, absolutely crazy about the song.” “When a Man Loves a Woman” became Atlantic Records’ first million seller. It became one of the cuts in “The Big Chill,” a film that defined ’60s soul for the generations to follow. And it unilaterally established a career for Sledge that still sustained him 38 years later when I saw him perform at Columbia-Greene Community College in April, 2004.

It was a song that almost never saw the light of day. It began with a catchy melody, a completely different set of lyrics and a title that was the polar opposite of what it would eventually become – “Why Did You Leave Me.” Sledge was lead singer in a band called the Esquires playing fraternity party gigs at Ole Miss and doing covers of Beatles hits and soul smashes like James Brown’s “Please, Please, Please” and Wilson Picket’s “634-5789” and “Mustang Sally.” One night, Ivy who was establishing himself with a studio in Sheffield, Alabama, heard Sledge sing an original with the Esquires.


Congrats to Wild Adriatic!

Monday, April 6th, 2015
Wild Adriatic (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Wild Adriatic

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

Congrats go out to Nippertown rock trio Wild Adriatic, who are headed for the national spotlight on stage at one of America’s largest and most prestigious music festivals.

Thanks to online fan voting in the Bonnaroo Battle of the Bracket by Sonicbids, Wild Adriatic – featuring singer-guitarist Travis Gray, bassist Rich Derbyshire and drummer Mateo Vosganian – have won a performance slot at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee from June 11-14.

(Actually, voting in the final Championship round continues until 11:59pm tonight [Monday, April 6] with Wild Adriatic squaring off against the Nashville-based Americana roots band Boy Named Banjo. But the results are moot, as both bands have earned a gig at Bonnaroo (as well as $1,000), and there are no additional prizes, just bragging rights, for the Championship winner.)

So, sends out our heartiest congratulations to Wild Adriatic!

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