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FREE: Silent Film Spectacular Returns to Albany Public Library

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

It’s October, and the annual Silent Film Spectacular is coming back to the Albany Public Library. The four-event series offers a truly unique film-going experience as silent movies are accompanied by live performances of original soundtracks composed and performed by Local 518 bands. Kicking off on Wednesday (October 7), this season’s selection of films ranges from the terrifying to the adventurous; and it even include a film created by one of the bands.

The Silent Film Spectacular events take place in the large auditorium of the Washington Avenue Branch of the Albany Public Library on four consecutive Wednesday evenings in October at 7pm. All performances are free.

Here’s the schedule of films and bands for the 2015 Silent Film Spectacluar:



FREE: Troy Music Hall’s Music @ Noon Concert Series Announced

Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Clarinet Marmalade (photo by Ed Conway)

Skip Parsons

Photograph by Ed Conway

For more than 25 years now, the legendary Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has been opening its doors for free monthly matinee performances by some of the region’s finest musical talent from a wide range of musical genres.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s Music @ Noon concert series kicks off the 2015-2016 season with a performance by clarinetist Skip Parsons and his long-running Riverboat Jazz Band at 12noon on Tuesday, October 13.

The monthly concerts take place at 12noon on the second Tuesday of each month. Doors open at 11am, and admission is free. Bring your lunch, as you like.

Here’s the complete schedule of upcoming 2015-2016 Music @ Noon performances at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall:


Overit Studios Celebrates Opening with a Big Bash on Friday

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Stellar Young (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Stellar Young

Photograph by Timothy Reidy

Overit Studios – a new, full-service audio and video production facility in Albany – is celebrating its grand opening on Friday (October 2), and you’re invited to the big party with music, food and art.


FREE FEST: Local Harvest Fest @ Washington Park Lakehouse on Sunday

Monday, September 28th, 2015
Olivia Quillio

Olivia Quillio plays in Washington Park on Sunday

Good food…
Good music…
Good times…

The Honest Weight Food Co-op is presenting its seventh annual Local Harvest Festival at the Lakehouse in Albany’s Washington Park from 12noon-4pm on Sunday (October 4). The focus of the free, rain-or-shine fest is a Local Foods Marketplace with more than 50 vendors, but there will also be children’s activities, chef demonstrations, crafters and, of course, a healthy serving of homegrown Local 518 music, too.

Here’s the schedule of band performances for Sunday’s Local Harvest Festival:


FREE FEST: Phila Street Block Party on Saturday

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Lost Radio Rounders: Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay

Lost Radio Rounders

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

There will be dancin’ in the streets in Saratoga Springs on Saturday (September 26).

The Phila Street Block Party takes over Saratoga’s Phila Street between Putnam and Henry streets on Saturday afternoon from 12noon-5pm with plenty of free family-friendly fun and entertainment.

Enjoy performances spanning 100 years of popular music in celebration of Saratoga Springs’ Centennial, featuring Mark Tolstrup’s Brass & Blues, the Flipsydz, Lost Radio Rounders, Johnny & the Triumphs and the Rich Clements Band.


FREE FEST: The StoryHarvest Festival @ Freedom Square on Saturday

Monday, September 21st, 2015

The fifth annual StoryHarvest Festival community celebration, featuring free
food, music, art activities and more, takes place from 3-6pm on Saturday (September
26) in Troy’s Freedom Square. Bring lawn blankets and chairs, plus food to share in the community potluck.

Just as farmers reap the harvest to provide sustenance for all, it is also time to celebrate all our harvests – the results of seeds sown through art, education, agriculture, tolerance and everything we do to help build strong, healthy communities.

The Joe Barna Quartet brings powerhouse jazz to the Freedom Square stage at 3pm, followed by the wildly eclectic NYC-based world music band TriBeCaStan at 4:30pm.


FREE: Lost Radio Rounders’ Third Friday Charity Concert Series Starts on Friday

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Lost Radio Rounders – the vintage Americana duo of Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck – are bringing their annual Third Friday Charity Concert Series to a new venue this fall. The concert series is moving down the road to the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland beginning on Friday (September 18).

At 7pm on the third Friday of the next several months, Lost Radio Rounders will round up some of their musician pals for a benefit concert for a local charity. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

Friday (September 18)
Guests: Gail Sparlin, Bryan Thomas, Steve Butler
Charity: Community Caregivers

Friday, October 16
Guests: Don McGrory, Alice Oldfather, Ted Hennessey, Amaal Yehia
Charity: Guilderland Interfaith Council Food Pantry

Friday, November 20
Guests: The Bluebillies, Kim Kilby, Niamh Schmid
Charity: TBA

A FEW MINUTES WITH… Paul Pines, Curator of Jazz at the Lake

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
Paul Pines

Paul Pines

Interview and photographs by J Hunter

I’ve emceed a few concerts in my time, and it’s a pretty cush gig – tell a joke or two, give a shout-out to sponsors and/or dignitaries, and try not to mispronounce the name of the act you’re introducing. No heavy lifting is involved, there’s usually food & drink backstage, and occasionally you get a free t-shirt out of the deal. You gotta love that, right? Well, as I discovered when I first attended Jazz at the Lake in 2005, Paul Pines definitely takes the other road.

Sure, the Brooklyn native tells jokes, and he always gets the artists’ names right. But Pines takes the job three steps further – he educates the audience about what they’re about to see, and how it relates to what has come before in jazz. When I first saw Pines do his thing at the jazz fest in Lake George’s Shepard Park, he talked about how one of that day’s acts – vocalist Giacomo Gates – sang “in the spirit of Eddie Jefferson.” Forget that I didn’t know Jefferson was one of a cadre of jazz royalty who played the Tin Palace, a jazz club Pines ran in the ’70s just down the street from CBGB’s; I didn’t know who Eddie Jefferson WAS… but you can be damned sure that I found out, and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who did some digging into jazz history after the show was over.

It’s not just that Pines is one of the best minds I know when it comes to this genre; his stage patter isn’t about showing off how much he knows. As the longtime curator of the free Jazz at the Lake festival – which returns to Shepard Park in Lake George this Saturday and Sunday (September 19 & 20) – Pines has taken great pains to make his weekend as far from the “standard jazz festival” experience as possible, and part of that is avoiding the kind of lightweight, commercial fare that’s come to dominate your typical mega-festival. Unlike the bookers for those shows, Pines assumes his audience is of more than average intelligence, so he books bands that don’t insult that intelligence. That said, because of the death-defying – and, occasionally, ear-piercing – qualities of some of his acts, Pines’ introductions are sometimes less about education and more about preparing the crowd for the coming storm.


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