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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.

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John “Hajji” Mayer’s obituary

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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.

Noise Annoys: Albany’s New Record Store

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Chris Lawrence of Loud Punk Records is bucking the current business models and throwing it all behind his passion. He’s opening a new brick-and-mortar record store in Albany. And if the old adage, “Location, location, location” holds true, he just might make it work, too. His new store Noise Annoys Record Shop is located at 114C Quail Street in Albany – right around the corner from Pauly’s Hotel, the Low Beat, WAMC-FM and The Linda Performing Arts Studio.

Lawrence promises that the shop is stocking thousands of new and used records – rock, punk, metal, reggae and more. Regular hours will be 11am-7pm on Tuesday-Saturday; 12noon-6pm on Sunday.

Noise Annoys will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday (May 3), unlocking its doors at 10am, and providing plenty of free giveaways while supplies last. But the grand opening celebration doesn’t stop when the doors close at 8pm on Saturday, either. Instead, the party moves around the corner to the Low Beat for a triple-bill bash featuring the Epidemic, Scuzz and Wet Dreams beginning at 8pm. Admission to the Low Beat is FREE if you show a Noise Annoys receipt at the door; otherwise, it’s $6.

Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood: The Dustin Mele Memorial Concert

Monday, April 21st, 2014
(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

The inaugural Dustin Mele Memorial Concert was held at Brown’s Revolution Hall in Troy on Sunday, March 30 as a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A plethora of Nippertown musicians – including Dustin’s dad, veteran Troy guitarslinger Joe Mele – pitched in, donating their time and talent to the cause.

Last week, Dustin’s parents presented a check to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Capital Region NY Area Director Laura Marks at Troy’s City Hall with Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan in attendance. The check represents all cash and check donations raised at the concert (with additional money collected online and through credit card donations to be presented at a later date).

And save the date: The second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert is slated for Sunday, March 29, 2015…

Signs of the City: The Low Beat Sign Is UP!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Low Beat

Photograph by Greg Haymes

Yes, the sign is up. Can the music be far behind?

Howe Glassman is still keeping Valentine’s Music Hall alive – tonight is the final date of the month-long Thursday night residency of Magnetic Eye Recording featuring the Fire Trail, Francis Graves, Emma Ate the Lion and lastdayshining, while Friday’s (January 31) slate features Hill Haints, Eternal Crimes and the captivating Shana Falana.

But it looks as though he’s getting ever closer and closer to opening the doors of his brand new nightspot/music venue, the Low Beat on Albany’s Central Avenue. Let the countdown begin…

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CANCELLED: SnoCore Tour @ Upstate Concert Hall, 2/9/14

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Taylor Momsen and her band the Pretty Reckless have unfortunately been forced to pull out of the forthcoming SnoCore Tour, which they were slated to headline. Due to acute laryngitis and walking pneumonia, Momsen has been placed on vocal rest for the time being.

The tour was originally scheduled to kick off today (January 29) in Lincoln, Nebraska, and make a stop at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Sunday, February 9. But the entire SnoCore Tour – a celebration of music and winter sports also featuring Heaven’s Basement, the Letter Black, Crobot and Empire Street – has now been cancelled.

Ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase.

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