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CANCELLED: Kanye West @ Times Union Center Concert

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The on again/off again/on again concert by Kanye West, scheduled for Albany’s Times Union Center at 9pm on Sunday, December 11 is off again.

West has cancelled all of the remaining dates on his Saint Pablo Tour.

Following an epic rant in Sacramento on Saturday, West walked off stage, abruptly ending his concert after only three songs. Then he cancelled his Sunday night concert in Los Angeles. Now he’s cancelled the remainder of his tour as well, including his scheduled appearance in Albany…

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Sal Prizio Heads to Proctors

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Sal Prizio of the Massry Center

Sal Prizio moves from the Massry Center to Proctors

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Salvatore Prizio, programming manager at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts in Albany, has joined the staff of Proctors in Schenectady as programming coordinator. Prizio will book music events for a number of regional stages associated with the organization, including the soon-to-open Rivers Casino in Schenectady and the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, as well as the various theaters in the Proctors complex.

“Proctors is the largest performing arts organization in the region,” says Prizio. “I am excited by the challenge of working in Schenectady and bringing great music to a community already so engaged in the arts.”

“Salvatore is an incredible addition to our programming team,” says Proctors CEO Philip Morris. “He brings experience, wisdom and a deep knowledge of music and entertainment. He has proven himself in this market at a number of venues and we know he will help Proctors boldly step forward.”


RIP: Buck Malen, 1950-2016

Monday, November 14th, 2016

We are deeply saddened to report that Buck Malen passed away on Sunday (November 13). He was 66 years old.

A longtime member of the Greater Nippertown music scene and always the coolest cat in the room, Malen first made his mark as the bassist with the early-’80s rock band French Letter, joining vocalist Ralph Box, drummer Gene Sennes and guitarist David Schachne.

As French Letter guitarist David Schachne wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday:


RIP: Rick Morse, 1950-2016

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Rick Morse died on Monday morning (November 7) after a battle with cancer. He was 66 years old.

A long-time staple on the Greater Nippertown music scene, Morse first stepped into the spotlight in the mid-’70s as the pedal steel guitarist with longtime country-rock favorites Badge, who have reunited for a few annual one-off concerts in recent years.

He played pedal steel, dobro and slide guitar with numerous bands throughout the ensuing years, including Bovine, the Rolling Blackouts, the Raging Buchanans, the Coal Palace Kings, Sea of Cortez, Sidewinders, Tern Rounders and probably a few more.

At the time of his death Morse was playing with two popular Local 518 bands, both of whom released new albums this year: Red Haired Strangers’ Doc Roots Elixir: Guaranteed to Satisfy and the Lazy Suns’ self-titled album.


CANCELLED: Novemberfest @ the Times Union Center

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Novemberfest – the big hip-hop happening featuring headlining rappers T.I. and Gucci Mane with Fetty Wap and Kent Jones – was originally slated for Albany’s Times Union Center at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 10. But the concert has been cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

Refunds are available for ticketholders at the place of purchase.

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POSTPONED: Black Violin @ Troy Music Hall on Thursday

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

The concert by the classical/hip-hop fusion group Black Violin, scheduled for 7:30pm on Thursday (October 6) at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, has been postponed.

The artists are currently in Miami, and, due to the effects of preparation in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew hitting Florida, will be unable to travel to Troy in time to perform Thursday evening’s concert.

The concert has been re-scheduled for 7:30pm on Thursday, April 20.

“We are looking forward to bringing Black Violin to Troy, and the delay is unfortunate,” said Jon Elbaum, Executive Director of the Hall. “The artists and their crew are safe right now, which is the most important thing. Ticket-holders have been informed, and everyone is looking forward to seeing them in concert in April.”

Albany Center Gallery Is on the Move

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Forced to look for a new home by a rent increase at its current location, Albany Center Gallery has found a new home just down the street at the Arcade Building on Broadway in downtown Albany.

The 40-year-old non-profit gallery is planning to move into the new 2,050-square-foot exhibition space in January. The new space is approximately 300 square feet larger than the gallery’s current location on Columbia Street across from Tricentennial Park.

“The Arcade, across from Jim Dinapoli Park, symbolizes a new era in downtown where traditional buildings can be put to new contemporary and modern uses,” said Tony Iadicicco, executive director of Albany Center Gallery. “This will create a home in which artists will be proud to showcase their art, while bringing a new energy to an underutilized landmark.”

The Arcade Building will mark the gallery’s fifth location, since it was founded by Les Urbach at the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany in 1977.

Remembering Buckwheat Zydeco

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Stanley Dural, aka Buckwheat Zydeco, died on Saturday (September 24). He was 68 years old, and the cause was lung cancer. Just last month he postponed a concert that was scheduled for the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. He was also slated to share a double bill with Marcia Ball at The Egg on Friday, February 17. Ticket sales for that show have been temporarily suspended, while a tribute to the zydeco music legend is in the works for this date.

By Fred Rudofsky

Sometimes an album or two can change your life, or at least your view of the world – music used to do that, you know. It can become a soundtrack for appreciating what’s to follow.

Back in ’87, I was hosting a radio show, “Blues with a Feeling,” at Colgate University. I was obsessed with Texas and Chicago blues, and only just beginning to get into the music of Louisiana through hearing Dr. John, Professor Longhair and Irma Thomas on Mark King’s “Stormy Monday Blues” on WRPI-FM during vacation breaks.

Seeing the film “The Big Easy” that summer at the Spectrum was a revelation not only only because of the sultry star turn by Ellen Barkin, but the indigenous music of the Louisiana bayou and Crescent City that fit every scene and sequence to perfection. That soundtrack introduced to me to Zachary Richard, Aaron Neville, Beausoleil, the Wild Tchoupatoulas, Terrance Simien and one artist who had not one but two featured songs, Stanley Dural, a.k.a. Buckwheat Zydeco. That’s a name you’ll never forget, I thought.


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