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Record Store Day Sneak Peek: Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric / The Mysteios @ River Street Beat Shop

Friday, April 18th, 2014

As we’ve been reminding you all week long, Saturday (April 19) is Record Store Day, and we urge you to turn off Spotify for a few hours, get out of your house and go browse around in your fave indie record store. You might be amazed at the treasures that you’ll find.

And if the River Street Beat Shop in Troy is one of your record store haunts – and if it isn’t, well, it should be – stop by on Saturday afternoon for some FREE live music, too.



Albany Tulip Fest Complete Line-Up of Bands Announced

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The complete line-up of performances for the 66th Annual Albany Tulip Festival has been announced, and Albany’s Washington Park will be filled with flowers, people and fun from 11am-6pm on Saturday & Sunday, May 10 & 11. Of course, the fest also features two stages of non-stop music throughout the festival weekend.

And it’s all FREE…


Washington Park Parade Grounds

1:15pm: THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974: The indie electronica project of California-based musician-DJ Kamtin Mohager.

2:15pm: SLEEPER AGENT: Led by lead singer Alex Kandel, the Kentucky-based alt-rockers roll into town in support of their new album, About Last Night, which was released last month.

3:15pm: RUBBLEBUCKET: Trumpeter Alex Toth and vocalist-saxophonist Annakalmia Traver lead the Burlington-bred, Brooklyn-based band through the tulips in support of their latest EP release, Save Charlie.

4:30pm: MS MR: Vassar College alums Lizzy Plapinger (vocals) and Max Hershenow (keyboardist/producer) bring their alt-pop to the park in support of their major label debut album Secondhand Rapture.


Albany Tulip Fest Headliners Announced

Monday, April 7th, 2014

WEQX-FM has announced the line-up of bands for the Albany Tulip Festival on the Washington Park Parade Grounds Stage on Saturday, May 10. Additional bands will be announced for the Lakehouse Anphitheater Stage, as well for both stages on Sunday, May 11. Admission to the fest is free.

Here’s the roster of bands that have been announced so far for the 2014 Tulip Festival:


Guitar Time @ the Albany Public Library

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

This is a guitar

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar, just head over to the Albany Public Library. On Tuesday evenings for the next three months, the library is hosting Music Matters: Guitar Time, a series of free, interactive and participatory sessions, with time for one-on-one instruction as well as group playing. It all gets underway at 7pm tonight (April 1).


Real Good for FREE: Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Concert Series

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls kicks off its free spring concert series this week. The series runs in conjunction with the current gallery exhibit, “Celebrating Women’s Creative Hands and Spirits,” which runs through April 30.

Here’s the schedule of free concerts for the spring season, which take place at the library at 7pm on Thursdays:


Hip-Hop Happening @ the Albany Public Library

Monday, January 13th, 2014
Sev Statik

Sev Statik

The next Music Matters workshop series at the Albany Public Library focuses on hip hop. Led by veteran Local 518 emcee Sev Statik, the series of six hour-long sessions gets underway at 7pm tonight (Monday, January 13). The sessions are free and open to anyone interested in learning the various musical aspects of hip hop, including tips and tricks to make your own beats and rhymes. No experience is necessary. Open to all ages.

The free sessions will take place at 7pm on Mondays on the following dates: Today (January 13) and January 27; February 10 and 24; and March 10 and 24

MASS MoCA to Ring in New Year with Free Day, January 11 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Fun for everyone.

Fun for everyone

One of the popular New Year’s resolutions for those of us who live in the Berkshires is to get out and enjoy more of the attractions all those summer visitors come hundreds, even thousands of miles to see. They find the time and motivation, and so should we. We live in an amazing part of the world.

MASS MoCA in North Adams wants to see you and your family and is planning a special day to make it both affordable and interesting for your gang. So just as cabin fever begins to set in, on Saturday (January 11) they will host another free day to entice us to see what’s new and different since last year. And the answer is – a lot.

Among the activities – all of which relate to the exhibitions on view – are printmaking demonstrations, take-home book alterations, and a Jason Middlebrook-inspired, collaborative wood sculpture. Enjoy free admission and brick-wall-to-brick-wall programming throughout the museum. Art-making, dance performances, roaming musicians, and gallery tours are available throughout the day. Elevator music (played live) and Lickety Split’s signature carrot cake are not to be missed!

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FILM: New York State Writers Institute Announces 2014 Free Film Series

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The New York State Writers Institute announced it Spring 2014 Classic Film Series, featuring several films that tie in with guests of the NYS Visiting Writers Series, as well as appearances by three

In addition to screening “Kill Your Darlings” followed by commentary by co-screenwriter Austin Bunn, the Institute will also be screening “Sweet Dreams,” a documentary about a group of Rwandan women who form the first all-female drumming troupe and open the country’s first ice cream parlor, with the film’s director, Rob Fruchtman, providing commentary; and the Italian film “Miele (Honey),” with commentary by the film’s screenwriter Francesca Marciano, who will also be visiting the Institute to read from her new story collection.

Additional screenings of films with visiting writer tie-ins will include “Ragtime,” based on E.L. Doctorow’s award-winning novel, and “Up in the Air,” based on the novel by Walter Kirn.

Here’s the complete schedule of free films to be screened by the New York State Writers Institute during the spring semester:


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