LIVE: Randy Houser @ Secret Star Acoustic Jam at Proctors, 4/16/14

April 17th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

So who were the mystery country stars at Proctors in Schenectady last night (April 16)?

The show was titled “WGNA-FM’s Secret Star Acoustic Jam,” and it featured three country music stars. WGNA-FM’s website explained it like this: “The stars are introduced one by one, each taking a moment to interact with the crowd, then performing one of their many hit songs. Once all three stars are on stage, they each take a turn performing their hits and interacting with you, the audience, in a very unique setting.”

The hitch? WGNA wouldn’t say just who it was who would be stepping into the spotlight, and ticket-buyers wouldn’t find out who they were, either, until they hit the stage.

As it turned out, the three country stars were Easton Corbin, Justin Moore and Randy Houser – not a bad line-up for an $25 ticket price.

GO HERE to see photographs from the concert…

NOTE: And, yes, it’s all happening again – presumably with different country music stars – at Proctors in Schenectady at 7pm on Tuesday (April 22).


Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute’s Concert Series Announced

April 17th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
(left) Gary Smulyan and (right) Rufus Reid

(left) Gary Smulyan and (right) Rufus Reid

The Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute in Saratoga Springs has announced its concert schedule. The concerts will take place on the Skidmore College campus at Arthur Zankel Music Center. Priced at $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children, all tickets are general admission and are now available.

Here’s the schedule of concerts for the summer of 2014:

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Record Store Day Sneak Peek: Lake Street Dive’s “What I’m Doing Here”

April 17th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Lake Street Dive will release “What I’m Doing Here” and “Wedding Band” as a seven-inch vinyl single on Signature Sounds Recordings as a Record Store Day exclusive on April 19, 2014. Available at participating independent music stores everywhere.

NOTE: Lake Street Dive will be performing at Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival in Croton-On-Hudson on Sunday, June 22.

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ArtBeat: What To See

April 17th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara


Lionel Gilbert: Blue on the Side and William Bond Walker: Studio Carousel @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Lionel Gilbert: Blue on the Side and William Bond Walker: Studio Carousel
@ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Under the Influence (of the New York School) @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Works of Abstract Expressionism by Lionel Gilbert, Judith Lindbloom, Russell De Young and William Bond Walker. Reception: Saturday, April 26, 6-8pm. (Through June 1)

Paintings by Rita DiCaprio @ Sorelle Gallery

Paintings by Rita DiCaprio @ Sorelle Gallery

Rita DiCaprio @ Sorelle Gallery, Albany. Landscape paintings influenced by the Hudson River School. Opening reception and artist’s discussion: Friday, April 18, 6-8pm. (Through April 24)

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The Egg Adds Another New Concert

April 17th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

Veteran soul singer Boz Scaggs slips into The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Tuesday, August 5, showcasing songs from his new album, Memphis, which features the smooth blend of blues, R&B, rock and jazz that has marked a career spanning over 20 albums and several Top 20 hits.

Since the release of his first solo recording nearly 50 years ago, Scaggs has developed into an iconic singer-songwriter, working with Steve Miller, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman and racking up multi-platinum success 1976 with his classic album, Silk Degrees.

Priced at $64.50, $69.50 & $99, tickets to Boz Scaggs’ concert at The Egg are slated to go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday, April 25.

Record Store Day Sneak Peek: “7 Inches & Other Delights”

April 17th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

7 Inches & Other Delights

For nearly 30 years, Tufts University radio station WMFO-FM has been broadcasting a weekly radio program called “Bubbles in the Think Tank,” and for the past several years, the staff of the show has gathered together and produced an annual compilation to help celebrate Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19). What’s unique about the compilation is that it’s a record full of songs about records. All proceeds benefit the radio station.

This year’s edition is titled “7 Inches & Other Delights,” a nod to the classic Tijuana Brass album, of course. It’s a sizzling little seven-inch slab of white vinyl featuring six new, original and unreleased songs about records:

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Michael Eck Celebrates the Big 5-0 @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre on Saturday

April 17th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
Michael Eck (photo by Al Goldberg)

Michael Eck (photo by Al Goldberg)

Photograph by Al Goldberg

“Playing a gig on your 50th birthday,” says singer-songwriter Michael Eck. “This only happens once.”

And so Eck will spend his 50th birthday in the spotlight at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany on Saturday (April 19). These days, you can frequently see Eck performing as a member of such bands as Ramblin Jug Stompers, Lost Radio Rounders, Frank Jaklitsch & Friends, the Berkshire Ramblers and more. But on Saturday, he’ll be going it alone, drawing selections from four solo albums and entertaining friends and fans in his “maximum solo acoustic” mode.

WHO: Michael Eck
WHAT: 50th Birthday Maximum Solo Acoustic Concert
WHEN: 8pm Saturday (April 19)
WHERE: Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany
HOW MUCH: $13 in advance; $15 at the door

4/17/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

April 17th, 2014, 8:02 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Parlor @ the Diver Library, Schaghticoke. Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans offer an intimate, “Stoytellers”-type performance of music, stories and Q&A. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Mountain Goats @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Mountain Goats – the nom de rock of indie folk-rock singer-songwriter John Darnielle – serve up an intimate solo performance, the likes of which led Magnet Magazine to call him “near the most affable, most charming frontman in current rock music.” With Erin McKeown. 8pm. $25 & $35.

MUSIC: B.B. King @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. With more than 50 albums, an astonishing 18 Grammy Awards and an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the 88-year-old B.B. King is clearly one of the greatest musicians of our time. And now the King of the Blues returns to Nippertown. With Rhett Tyler & Early Warning. 7:30pm. $52.50, $62.50, $72.50 & $92.50.

MUSIC: The David Wax Museum @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. With Kingsley Flood. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Alex Torres Trio @ the Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls. The library Folklife Center concert series concludes. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: American Babies @ The Low Beat, Albany. Tom Hamilton and his band make their Low Beat debut in support of their latest album, Knives & Teeth. 9pm.

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