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CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Saturday’s Elvis Birthday Bash Changes Venues

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Mark Gamsjager, Jason Smay and Ian Carlton

Mark Gamsjager, Jason Smay and Ian Carlton

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Veteran rockabilly rebels Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings are in the midst of their annual Elvis Birthday Bash tour – last night they were at the Rodeo Bar in NYC and tonight they’re rockin’ at Roxy & Duke’s Rockabilly Roadhouse in New Jersey – and a batch of special guests have been joining in the Presley Party at all of the stops along the road.

The Lustre Kings return home to Nippertown this weekend for their final Local 518 date on the Elvis Birthday Bash tour, but as you may recall, Saturday night’s shindig (January 11) was originally slated to take place at Daisy Baker’s in Troy. Sadly, a fire wreaked serious devastation at Daisy Baker’s in mid-December UPDATE: Flooding from a burst water pipe wreaked serious devastation at Daisy Baker’s in mid-November, and the restaurant/nightspot has yet to re-open its doors. (All good wishes to Daisy Baker’s, and we hope to see you back in action soon…)

Fortunately vocalist-guitarslinger Gamsjager and his myriad cohorts have found a new home for Saturday’s Elvis Extravaganza. The gig will take place at Franklin’s Tower in Albany at 8pm. Admission is FREE. And bring your dancin’ shoes…


Trey McIntyre Project’s Final Performances Will Be at Jacob’s Pillow as Company’s Leader Changes Direction [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Trey McIntyre

The artistic exuberance of Trey McIntyre will see a change of direction in 2014-15.

In a stunning and complex announcement, the Trey McIntyre Project said it planned a change of direction for the company as it begins its tenth year, disbanding the dance company and refocusing the direction of its leader, Trey McIntyre. That he does this at the top of his game is both daring, and disappointing to those who have looked forward to his frequent trips to Jacob’s Pillow. One does not need to talk to McIntyre to know that part of the reason has to be the enormous drain on time and energy running a dance company takes from its leaders who by necessity have to spend inordinate amounts of time on fundraising, marketing and administrative duties instead of making dance. So in a sense this change of focus is also brave declaration of artistic freedom.

What does this mean in practical terms? According to the Idaho Statesman, McIntyre will continue to live and work in Boise, Idaho but the yellow and black TMP headquarters building on Warm Springs Avenue will be closed. After July, McIntyre will continue to accept freelance choreography assignments and work with Brett Perry, Chanel DaSilva and Travis Walker who will help choreograph McIntyre’s body of work with other companies.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

2013 in Review: The Top 20 Biggest Money-Making Concert Tours of the Year

Monday, January 6th, 2014

By Greg Haymes

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone who opened their wallet to buy tickets to the big concerts last year, but now it’s official. 2013 was a record-breaking year for the concert industry world-wide, according to Pollstar, the concert industry-tracking publication. The Top 20 concert tours raked in $2.43 billion in ticket sales, a whopping 24 percent increase over the 2012 figures – an increase of more than $470.5 million.

So who had the biggest money-making tour of the year, scooping up more than a quarter of a billion dollars around the globe? That was Bon Jovi earning a $259.5 total gross, the highest in its career. (Of course, the reviews weren’t always so good – especially for the band’s July 22 tour stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, that had lots of angry fans howling for their money back.) With a gross of just $201.1 million, Bon Jovi also landed at the No. 1 spot on the 2010 list.

In 2013, Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter tour and Pink rounded out the top three. And there were a couple of newcomers to the list, too. One Direction grabbed 10th place by grossing a total of $114 million, while Bruno Mars clocked in at No. 17 with his $72.4 million total.

On the down side, only three of the Top 20 top grossing concert tours made a stop in Nippertown last year: Bon Jovi at SPAC; Fleetwood Mac and Kenny Chesney at Albany’s Times Union Center.

Here’s the run-down of the Biggest Grossing Worldwide Concert tours, according to Pollstar:


Congrats to Dan McCarroll!

Friday, December 20th, 2013
Dan McCarroll

Dan McCarroll

Here’s how to start the new year right…

Dan McCarroll – Delmar native and longtime drummer on the Albany music scene with such bands as the Kingpins, the Todd Nelson Band and Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys, to name just a few – will take over the reins as president of Warner Brothers Records on Wednesday, January 1.

McCarroll has been serving as the president of Capitol Records and the Virgin Label Group since October of 2010.

Congrats, Dan!

MOVE Music Fest Returns to Albany

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The Move Music Festival is slated to return to Albany for its third annual appearance this spring. The festival will showcase approximately 100 bands who will be performing at 10 venues throughout Albany during the fest, which is expanding to three days in 2014.

(NOTE: Last year’s fest took place at 13 venues throughout Albany and was initially announced as a two-day fest, but it was later pared back to just a single day.)

The festival’s array of live music showcases and industry panels are currently slated to take place from Friday-Sunday, April 25-27. Already signed on to participate in the daytime panel discussions are Peter Aaron (author of “If You Like the Ramones…,” music editor of Chronogram and front man of punk pioneers Chrome Cranks) and Ted Mason (former guitarist of Modern English, producer and president of Mi5 Recordings).

The festival is currently accepting submissions via ReverbNation.

POSTPONED: Rosanne Cash @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Unfortunately, Rosanne Cash’s benefit concert for the Capital Region Coalition to End Homelessness, which was scheduled to take place tomorrow (Thursday, December 19) at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, has been postponed. A new concert date will be announced soon.

According to the Music Hall’s executive director Jon Elbaum, “Due to the illness of a close member of Rosanne’s family, the performance has to be rescheduled. I know Rosanne is looking forward to performing at the Music Hall and is working with us to schedule a new date. Many people were excited about this performance, and the Coalition worked very hard to make it a success. We wish good health to her family and are confident Rosanne’s fans will not regret the wait.”

Ticket-holders are encouraged to hold on to their tickets, they will be honored at the rescheduled performance. Patrons who would like to obtain a refund can call the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall box office at 518-273-0038.

RIP: A Sad Farewell to DiVinyl Revolution

Friday, December 13th, 2013
Divinyl Revolution

Another one bites the dust…

The Saratoga Springs record store DiVinyl Revolution is calling it quits, closing up shop for good on Tuesday, December 24.

As posted on DiVinyl Revolution’s Facebook page: “Hello all, we regret to inform our loyal customers that we will be closing our doors a final time this December 24th. We would like to say thank you to all who have supported us over the years. Everything in the store will be 50% off until the day we close. Thanks again.”

Owner-operator Brittany Nasser opened the doors of DiVinyl Revolution at the Saratoga Marketplace back in June, 2012.

The Return of DiVinyl Revolution…
RIP: DiVinyl Revolution in Saratoga Springs, 2010-2012
Update: Last Vestige in Saratoga

Rory Block, Murali Coryell Earn Blues Music Nominations

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Rory Block

Rory Block performing at The Linda in July, 2011 (photo by Eric Gleason)

Photograph by Eric Gleason

Congrats go out to Chatham’s own Queen of the Blues Rory Block, who has snagged two Blues Music Award nominations from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. And she’s not the only Nippertonian to get a nod, either. Guitarslinger Murali Coryell also picked up a nomination.


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