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FREE: Happy Traum Explores the History of the Greenwich Village Folk Scene

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
Happy Traum

Happy Traum

Photograph by Thomas D. Lindsay

As part of the New York Folk Music Legacy Series, singer, guitarist and folk music icon Happy Traum is presenting a captivating multi-media presentation, “Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and the Woodstock Scene 1954-1971,” at a number of Greater Nippertown locations this week.

The free presentations will utilize colorful anecdotes and incisive memories, vintage photos and music clips interspersed with live performances, as Traum relates some of his adventures as an active member of the New York folk revival; his participation in what has become known as the “Great Folk Singer’s Riot” in Washington Square; and his friendships with some of the leading folk artists of the day.

Traum was a regular in the Washington Square Park jam sessions, studied blues guitar with Brownie McGhee, and his group, the New World Singers, were the first to perform and record “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Don’t Think Twice.” Traum will discuss his friendship with Bob Dylan in Woodstock (where Traum still lives), as well as his association with Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk and many other notables on the scene.

Here’s the schedule of Happy Traum’s free performances around town this week:



FREE: Live! Folklife Concerts @ Crandall Public Library

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The Folklife Center at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls is once again hosting Live! Folklife Concerts, a spring series of concerts. All of the concerts take place at 7pm on Thursdays, and admission is FREE.

The music ranges from the traditional Celtic sounds of Tim O’Shea, Regina Delaney & Friends to the country rock of the Lazy Suns to the Latin guitar stylings of David Burgess.

Here’s the spring 2016 schedule of concerts:


Lee Shaw Memorial/Concert Tonight in Schenectady

Friday, December 11th, 2015


Photograph by Albert Brooks

To honor the memory of the late great internationally renowned pianist, composer and
bandleader Lee Shaw, who died in October at the age of 89, 22 musicians will come together to celebrate her life and music at 7pm tonight (Friday, December 11) at the Whisperdome at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady.

The music will feature seven bands including the talents of a who’s-who of musicians from Greater Nippertown and beyond, including Joe Barna, Bill Delaney, Peg Delaney, Mike Demicco, John Esposito, Matt Finck, Otto Gardner, Gene Garone, Nick Hetko, Chris Kyle, Pete Levin, John Medeski, Patti Melita, Peter O’Brien, Lou Pappas, Chris Pasin, Brian Patneaude, Sarah Pedinotti, Jason Rogers, Adam Siegel and of course, Shaw’s longtime rhythm section Jeff “Siege” Siegel and Rich Syracuse.

Local 518 jazz radio DJs Tim Coakley (WAMC-FM) and Bill McCann (WCDB-FM) will serve as emcees for the evening, which will also feature a screening of the trailer for Susan Robbins’ recent film celebrating Lee Shaw, “Lee’s 88 Keys,” and a slide presentation of photographs compiled by Diane Reiner.

Admission is free.

In Memorium: Lee Shaw
Remembering Lee Shaw
RIP: Lee Shaw, 1926-2015

FREE: A Jazz Tribute to Mike Wicks @ the Van Dyck on Thursday

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Michael Wicks

Michael Wicks

Michael Wicks – who died last December at the age of 69 – had big ears… meaning that his love of music wasn’t confined to just one or two particular genres.

He was a principal bassist with numerous Local 518 symphony orchestras, over the years playing classical music with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, the Schenectady Symphony, the Utica Symphony and the Catskill Symphony.

He was also well versed in musical theater and could often be heard anchoring the band for musical productions at Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre and Proctors in Schenectady.

But Wicks may be best remembered by local music fans as a jazzman, having played with numerous internationally acclaimed jazz giants – including Phil Woods, Chet Baker, Doc Cheatham, Bill Watrous, Zoot Sims and Nick Brignola – as well as local favorites such as Peg Delaney, Leo Russo and Lee Shaw.

And it’s his considerable contributions to the Local 518 jazz scene that will be celebrated at the Van Dyck in Schenectady at 7pm on Thursday (October 29) at “A Jazz Tribute to Mike Wicks.” The evening will feature performances by Alone Together: The Mollin-Clay Jazz Duo and the Michael Wicks Tribute Band, led by his son Gary Wicks on bass. In addition, there will be a special listening party of never-before-heard Wicks’ music, as well as a jam session to wrap up the celebration of Wicks and his music.

Admission is free; donations to the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra are encouraged.

FREE: New Shows Announced for The Egg

Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Scott Barkan, Howard Fishman, Andrae Murchison and Andy Cotton

The Howard Fishman Band

Photograph by Rudy Lu

The Egg in Albany will once again be hosting the New York State Performing Arts Presenter Network’s annual conference, which will feature a variety of showcase performances of music and dance on Tuesday & Wednesday (October 27 & 28).

The evening performances are free and open to the public – no tickets or reservations are necessary.

Here’s the schedule for the two evening of FREE performances at The Egg:


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.


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