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LIVE: John Simon: Working With The Band

Friday, November 4th, 2016

By Don Wilcock

“A (record) producer is a psychologist,” explained John Simon at the Schenectady County Public Library Thursday night in the first of six scheduled talks throughout Greater Nippertown through Sunday (November 6). The talks are part of the NY Living Legacy Project: The Band, produced by The Egg.

“I tried to put my ego aside and be in service of the record,” explained Simon in an hour-long question and answer session that also included piano-and-vocal renditions of some of his own songs.

Simon produced The Band’s first two albums, Music from Big Pink (1968) and The Band (1969). He also was music producer of the concert and album The Last Waltz. Talking candidly and with startlingly vivid recall, Simon describes himself as a filter to The Band. He offered his advice to a then fledgling group that Rolling Stone ranked as No. 50 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. The Band presaged the onset of Americana music and provided Nobel Prize-winning singer-songwriter Bob Dylan with a plugged-in back-up group that forever fused folk and rock.

Simon is a veteran insider whose production credentials include Janis Joplin’s Cheap Thrills, Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends and Songs of Leonard Cohen. In his yet unpublished memoir, he breaks things down simply: “So making a record is a little like a board game. Start with the artist, go around the board, get to the record at the end. Game over.”



FREE FEST: Troy Chowderfest @ Monument Square

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The tenth annual Chowderfest takes over downtown Troy from 12noon-4pm on Sunday (October 9). The event encourages chowder-lovers to come out, eat, judge and vote for some of the best chowder in Greater Nippertown.

Centered in Monument Square, festival-goers can purchase their tickets, explore the vendors and travel to the participating downtown Troy restaurants distributing chowder from their establishments. Numerous local retailers will also be participating in the festival activities with a citywide sidewalk sale.

It’s a day full of fall food, family fun and, of course, free live music.

Here’s the complete schedule of music for the 2016 Chowderfest on Sunday:


FREE FEST: The Lenox Apple Squeeze This Weekend

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
James Felice

James Felice of the Felice Brothers, who play the Lenox Apple Squeeze on Saturday

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

I have know idea how it’s flown under my radar for so long, but the Lenox Apple Squeeze festival this weekend is most definitely worth checking out. I only just found out about this free fest this month, but it turns out that this Saturday & Sunday (September 24 & 25) marks the 37th annual Lenox Apple Squeeze…

Crafts, sculpture and original artwork will fill Main Street in Lenox, along with handmade jewelry, textiles, wood carvings, leather goods and hand-woven clothing. Enjoy foods, wines, craft beers and delicacies from around the world as local farmers display the bounties of this year’s harvest. Lots of children’s activities, too. And, of course, apples and all variety of imaginable apple recipes will abound.

But most of all is the music – including the Felice Brothers headlining Saturday’s festivities – which kicks off at 10am on both days.

Here’s the Main Stage schedule of music for the 2016 Lenox Apple Squeeze:


FREE FEST: The Complete Schedule of Bands for LarkFest on Saturday

Monday, September 19th, 2016

The 35th annual LarkFest is Upstate New York’s largest one-day street festival with more than 80,000 people expected to attend from 10am-6pm on Saturday (September 24), when Albany’s Lark Street is closed to traffic and filled with visual art, craft vendors, food trucks and, of course, lots of live music on three stages spread out between Washington and Madison avenues.

The fest organizers have previously revealed the musical headliners, and now here’s the complete line-up of bands slated to perform. Unfortunately, the organizers are almost more than a bit tardy with their announcements, so there’s no time-of-performance schedule yet. Stay tuned…

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for all three stages at LarkFest 2016 on Saturday:


FREE FEST: Jazz at the Lake in Shepard Park This Weekend

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

By J Hunter

I’ve called Jazz at the Lake – the annual free festival in Lake George’s Shepard Park that closes the outdoor jazz scene – “the happiest place on Earth.” It also might be the wettest place on Earth this weekend, if we’re to believe the drones at The Weather Channel.

But here’s the good news: You won’t have to camp out under a highway overpass to see great music. The Lake George High School Auditorium is the rain site for JATL, and as we saw when the first day of the 2014 festival was rained on, it’s a warm, comfortable space with good acoustics and solid sightlines. So other than changing your usual parking spot, weather shouldn’t keep you from venturing up north to see another great bill from Paul Pines, John Strong and everyone else at Lake George Arts Project.

Here’s the complete 2016 schedule (and, yes, it’s all free):


Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces Two New Concerts

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Australian guitar virtuoso and two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel will showcase his fretboard fireworks with a concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 1.

The concert is in support of his latest solo album, It’s Never Too Late, which features 14 tracks of all original music with no vocals or guest musicians.

Priced at $29 & $39, tickets are currently available exclusively to members of the Hall and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Tuesday (September 20).

Also, the Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring big band of the U.S. Army, will serve up an evening of swing, bebop, Latin, jazz, standards, patriotic selections and more at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 29. Admission to the concert is free, but tickets are required. Call the Music Hall box office at 518-273-0038 to reserve tickets.

FREE FEST: Quiet Village in New Paltz on Saturday

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

No noise…
No beats…
No visuals…
Just pure ambience…

The Hudson Valley’s free “anti-festival” of ambient music, Quiet Village promotes serious ambient electronic music composers and sound artists, presenting environmental music in an outdoor setting that bypasses the traditional concert format and gallery installation paradigm.

The nine-hour Quite Village takes place at Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz beginning at 10:30am on Saturday (September 17). Admission is free.

The ambient music fest is ideal for active listening, passive listening, or a sonic field to simply pass through… read, think, talk, play, daydream, listen…

Here’s the schedule of performers for Quiet Village 2016:


FREE FEST: Art in the Park @ Saratoga’s Congress Park

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Art in the Park is a free fine art show that’s slated to take place in downtown Saratoga Springs’ historic Congress Park from 10am-4pm on Saturday (September 17).

The outdoor exhibition features a wide variety of artistic media, including drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography, printmaking and more.

In addition to the art exhibit, the one-day fest will also feature art activities for kids, great food and, of course, live music by Greater Nippertown musicians.

Here’s the schedule of music performances for the 2016 Art in the Park:


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