Headlining this year’s festival will be dance/pop singer Andy Bell of Erasure. He sold more than 25 million albums as the frontman for the British synthpop group Erasure, who enjoyed immense success in the United Kingdom and produced three Top 20 U.S. hits – “A Little Respect,” “Chains of Love” and “Always.” Bell embarked on a solo career in 2005 with the albums Electric Blue, followed by his sophomore album Non-Stop in 2010.
Americana-folk duo Lost Radio Rounders – Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck – will perform selections from Alan Lomax’s “The Folk Songs of North America” in a FREE concert at the Guilderland Public Library at 2pm on Sunday (April 12).
And now, here’s another new addition to the upcoming Capital Concert Series:
According to his website, country singer Craig Wayne Boyd – the winner of Season 7 of NBC-TV’s singing competition, “The Voice” – is slated to take the outdoor stage at the Empire State Plaza for a free concert on Wednesday, June 17.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month and in celebration, the NYC-based the Jazz Journalists Association has announced the 24 recipients of the Jazz Hero Award, including the Local 518′s longtime Queen of Piano Jazz, Lee Shaw.
The 88-year-old pianist – who suffered a life-threatening heart attack and stroke just a couple of months ago – is planning to be on hand to receive the award at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady at 2:30pm on Sunday (April 12).
GO HERE to read more about Shaw from the Jazz Journalists Association.
The award ceremony is the centerpiece of Sunday’s free, day-long celebration of jazz from 2:30-6pm at Proctors.
Following the presentation, Shaw will also be honored with the world premiere screening of “Lee’s 88 Keys,” a documentary about her life by Saugerties-based filmmaker Susan Robbins. Says Robbins, “For me, music has always represented both love and healing. Lee’s life exemplifies these traits. Her talent, intellect, charm and passion for life, people and music are infectious. Lee is also an exceptional role model. The world needs more great role models. It needs more love and more healing, and the world should to know more about Lee Shaw on a grand scale.”
Wrapping up the day’s festivities, the Schenectady Musicians Union’s Jazz Appreciation Month Jam will follow the screening at 4pm in Proctors’ Robb Alley with performances by several acclaimed Local 518 jazz artists including the Keith Pray Quartet and Michael Benedict & Bopitude with special guest baritone saxman Gary Smulyan.
Although there’s been no official word yet from the folks at the Empire State Plaza, it’s looking like a concert series might be back on the calendar again this summer.
According to his website, reggae star Maxi Priest is slated to headline a concert on the Plaza on Wednesday, June 24. The second-generation reggae band Morgan Heritage is scheduled to share the bill in support of their upcoming tenth studio album, Strictly Roots, due for release on Tuesday, April 20.
Stay tuned for further details as they become available…
The centerpiece of the NYS Writers Institute’s film series this spring will be the William A. Wellman Film Festival, a screening of five examples of the best work of legendary Hollywood director William A. Wellman, which display the remarkable range of styles and interests over the course of his long and prolific career. The series will culminate on Friday, May 1 with an appearance by the director’s son, William Wellman, Jr., who will read from and discuss his new biography of his father, “Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel.”
“LET THE FIRE BURN”
Friday (February 6), 7pm
Followed by a discussion with director Jason Osder
Directed by Jason Osder (United States, 2013, 88 minutes, b/w and color)
Starring Birdie Africa, Ramona Africa, Wilson Goode
This multiple award-winning documentary presents a history of the tragic conflict between the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization MOVE in the mid-1980s. The Variety reviewer said, “The brilliantly edited tapestry of actions and reactions exposes a pattern of prejudice and fear capable of infinitely repeating itself.”