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Roomful of Teeth Win Grammy Award

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The Albany Symphony Orchestra wasn’t the only locally based winner at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 26). The a cappella group Roomful of Teeth also walked away with a golden Gramophone trophy for their self-titled album on New Amsterdam Records.

Dedicated to creating new music that incorporates the full range of the singing voice, from bel canto to yodeling to Tuvan throat singing, the ensemble is led by founder and director Brad Wells, who also teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, directing the choral program, overseeing and teaching studio voice, and leading courses in conducting, arranging and voice science and style.


Albany Symphony Orchestra Wins Grammy Award!

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Not just first-time nominees, the Albany Symphony Orchestra won a Grammy Award earlier today (Sunday, January 26).

Conducted by maestro David Alan Miller, the Albany Symphony’s new album – John Corigliano’s Conjurer: Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra, featuring master percussionist Evelyn Glennie – earned their award in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category. The album was released last fall on the Naxos label.

“I was shocked and amazed and delighted,” said Miller when asked what his reaction was to hearing his name announced as the winner. “It’s just so exciting.”

Miller attended the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to accept the award, and during his acceptance speech he thanked John Corigliano for writing such great music, Evelyn Glennie for playing so beautifully and the Albany Symphony musicians who believe that “the best music of our time deserves its place in the center of our repertoire.”

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Name Game: The New “Valentine’s Music Hall” Has a New Name…

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Yes, Howe Glassman’s new venue – located at 335 Central Avenue in Albany (next door to Pauly’s Hotel) – finally has its moniker, the Low Beat, named after the Young Fresh Fellows’ 1992 album, It’s Low Beat Time. (Not coincidentally, Glassman’s radio show on WEXT-FM – heard at 10pm on Sundays – is titled “The Fabulous Sounds,” named after the Young Fresh Fellows’ 1984 album, The Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest.


What Is the Hudson Music & Arts Festival?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Michael Lang – the man who helped launch the 1969 Woodstock festival – is spearheading the effort to bring a three-day music fest – dubbed the Hudson Music and Arts Festival – to Winston Farms in Saugerties, the site of the Woodstock ’94 festival. Plans for the project won approval from the Saugerties Planning Board last month, according to The Times Herald-Record in Middletown.

But nothing is certain yet, and the festival still needs approval from Ulster County and New York State…

If it does happen, the fest is tentatively planned for July 10-13, and plans are that the fest will host 80 rock, electronic, indie and hip-hop acts, with a maximum attendance capacity of 30,000 people. The Hudson Music and Arts Festival is being organized by the Denver-based promotion outfit MCP Presents, who also produce Camp Bisco in Mariaville and CounterPoint in Atlanta.

SPAC Concert Update

Monday, January 13th, 2014

It’s looks as though country singer Jason Aldean – whose latest album Night Train has earned him a Grammy nomination in the Best Country Album category – will be returning to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer. Although no date or venue has been set yet, Aldean has announced that his Burn It Down Tour will be making a stop in Saratoga Springs. And since Aldean lit up SPAC last summer and isn’t really a likely candidate for the intimate Caffe Lena stage, we’re going to assume that he’s headed back to SPAC. The tour will also feature support acts Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Stay tuned for further details…

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:


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