10/21/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

October 21st, 2016, 7:27 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Suitcase Junket @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The indie-blues singer-songwriter Matt Lorenz is a modern-day one-man band armed with a vintage 1950s amp, a guitar he salvaged from a dumpster and a suitcase full of found-object percussion. With the Dupont Brothers. 9pm. $18.

MUSIC: Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz hosts the Local 518 faves performing “Suite Lee” dedicated to the late pianist Lee Shaw, as well as other original compositions. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students.

MUSIC: Don Armstrong @ Caffe Lena at the Grove, Saratoga Springs. It’s a homecoming concert for the former Saratogian, who will be singing songs of the southwest, accompanied by Tony Markellis, Ed Lowman, Teresina Huxtable and Liz Hood. 7pm. $20.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Check out the handiwork of 50 master guitar makers from all around the world and hear a dozen great guitarists – up close. 11am. $20. Through Sunday. GO HERE for more info and the complete list of performers…

THEATER: Next Act! New Play Summit @ theREP, Albany. Paris Time by Steve Peterson. 7:30pm.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lost Radio Rounders @ Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, Guilderland. The vintage Americana duo of Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck are joined by special guests Jim Gaudet, Bob Ristau and Tim Wechgelaer. Benefit for the Veterans Miracle Center. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: And the Kids @ the Half Moon, Hudson. In support of their new album, Friends Share Lovers. With Palm and Battle Ave. 8pm. $10.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Lake George Harvest Festival @ Wood Park Shepard Park, Lake George. Day One of the three-day fest featuring Iudica and Funk Evolution. 4pm. $20 for the three-day fest. FREE. GO HERE for the complete schedule of bands… UPDATE: The fest has been re-located to Shepard Park, and admission is now FREE.

MUSIC: Shana Falana @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. CD release party for Here Comes the Wave. With Monogold and the Black Ships. 8:30pm. $10.

DANCE: The Koresh Dance Company @ The Egg, Albany. Earthy, folk-dancey, emotionally direct, physically intense and ostentatiously eccentric, the ensemble interprets the music of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Ravel. 7:15pm pre-performance talk; 8pm dance. $28.

MUSIC: Average Bear @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Led by saxman Luke McNamee and guitarist Mike McMann. 8pm.

MUSIC: Rickie Lee Jones @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. An intimate evening with the two-time Grammy Award winner. 7pm. $55.

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LIVE: The Bumper Jacksons @ the Massry Center for the Arts, 9/23/16

October 20th, 2016, 3:30 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

They’ve played Caffe Lena and the BSP Lounge before, but the Bumper Jacksons’ recent show kicking off the fall season at the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts was their Greater Nippertown concert venue debut, and the six-piece Washington, DC-based Americana band made the most of it with a blend of roots-jazz, country swing and street blues.

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“Hamilton’s America” Kicks Off PBS-TV’s Fall Arts Fest [Berkshire on Stage]

October 20th, 2016, 2:30 pm by Greg

Broadway and history combine for a timely look at the making of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning mega-hit Hamilton.

“Hamilton’s America,” the documentary film that brings history to vivid life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton – winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize – explodes onto television sets at 9pm on Friday (October 21) as the season premiere of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

The story of Alexander Hamilton is most remembered for its dramatic conclusion, which saw Hamilton killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr. But the full story of this political genius – a poor immigrant who built himself up from nothing to become one of the nation’s most vital architects – has largely been forgotten by history… until now.

Today, Hamilton’s fan club is vocal and growing, thanks, in no small measure, to Tony, Grammy and Emmy-winning composer and actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical. With its young cast claiming America’s history as its own, Hamilton is redefining how audiences learn about history.

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The Bridge Jazz Festival Announces Line-Up

October 20th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg

Two nights. Two different venues. Five diverse jazz bands heating up a cold winter weekend…

The third annual Bridge Jazz Festival will once again have jazz fans crossing the Hudson in February from the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy to the Massry Center for the Arts in Albany.

Here are the details for the 2017 Bridge Jazz Festival:

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OCTOBER 20: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

October 20th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg
Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz @ The Egg, 10/20/14

Compiled by Greg Haymes
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It’s Throwback Thursday, so we’re back with another installment of our weekly flashback feature: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History. Check out our round-up of October 20 concerts through the years…

2015: Peter Frampton @ The Egg, Albany
2014: Sarah Jarosz, the Milk Carton Kids @ The Egg, Albany
2013: Susan Werner @ the Eighth Step, Schenectady
2012: M.R. Poulopoulos @ More Bread & Jam, Cohoes
2011: The Gibson Brothers @ Lillian’s Restaurant, Saratoga Springs
2010: Brooks Williams @ The Linda, Albany
2009: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2008: Five Finger Death Punch @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2007: Phil Lesh & Friends @ Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls
2006: Godsmack, Breaking Benjamin @ Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls
2005: Townhall, Ryan Montbleau Band @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2004: Bruce Hornsby, Jonatha Brooke @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2003: Oneside @ the Larkin, Albany
2002: David Poe, John Brodeur, Bryan Thomas @ the Larkin, Albany
2000: Buena Vista Social Club @ Proctors, Schenectady
1999: Tuck & Patti @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
1998: Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum, Olu Dara @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
1997: Leftover Salmon @ Bogie’s, Albany
1996: Merl Saunders @ Park West, Clifton Park
1995: Capital Area Music Association’s inaugural Hall of Fame Ceremony & Concert featuring Ernie Williams, Nick Brignola, Blotto, more @ The Egg, Albany
1994: Shawn Colvin, David Grey @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
1993: Bloom, Dugans, Crawdad, 100 Acre Wood, North Again @ Bogie’s, Albany
1992: The Dronez, the Lost, Ultra Bide @ QE2, Albany
1991: Problem Child, 8 Ball @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1990: The Rude Girls @ the Eighth Step, Albany
1989: Dan Hicks, Joe Roy Jackson @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1988: John Hartford, Poncho @ Rolls Touring Co., Troy
1987: Todd Nelson, Even the Odd @ QE2, Albany
1986: Mike Maloney, Robbie O’Connell, Jimmy Keane @ Old Songs, Vooheesville
1973: The Carpenters @ RPI Field House, Troy

ArtBeat: What to See

October 20th, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara


Russell Serrianne: Tendril 0508 and Janice Medina: Concrete Sculpture @ The Laffer Gallery

Russell Serrianne: Tendril 0508 and Janice Medina: Concrete Sculpture @ The Laffer Gallery

4th Annual Upstate Invitational @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Works Anne Diggory, Janice Medina and Russell Serrianne, the winners of the Best in Show awards at last year’s Upstate Artists show at the gallery. Artists’ reception: Saturday, October 22 5-8pm. (Through November 27)

Jane Bloodgood-Abrams: Revelation and Steven Poser: Untitled #18 @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Jane Bloodgood-Abrams: Revelation and Steven Poser: Untitled #18 @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Inside Outside: Landscapes, Cityscapes and Interiors @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. Works by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Sue Bryan, Judith Adrienne Miller, Bill Sullivan, Patty Neal, Robert Goldstrom, Richard Brittell, Darshan Russell, David Austin and Steven Poser. Artist’s reception: Saturday, October 22, 4-7pm. (Through December 4)

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Tracy Morgan Is Bringing the Laughs to Crossgates

October 20th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

Comedian-actor Tracy Morgan – former cast member of the hit TV shows “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” – is slated to bring his stand-up comedy show to Funny Bone in Guilderland’s Crossgates Mall.

Morgan will perform one show only at 7:30pm on Wednesday (October 26). Tickets are currently sale priced at $35 & $45.

10/20/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

October 20th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Record Company @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The Los Angeles-based rock-and-soul trio brings their Off the Ground Tour to town. With Muddy Magnolias. 9pm. $17.

MUSIC: Chicago / Earth Wind & Fire @ the Times Union Center, Albany. Again… 7:30pm. $39.50, $49.50, $79.50 & $99.50. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled.

OPEN MIC/READING: Third Thursday Poetry Night @ the Social Justice Center, Albany. Charlie Rossiter – a founding member of the poetry performance group 3 Guys from Albany – will be the featured poet. Hosted by Dan Wilcox, another member of the 3 Guys from Albany. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. 3pm.

MUSIC: John Doyle @ Caffe Lena at Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. The spectacular Irish guitarist and singer will be accompanied by leading Celtic fiddler Colin Farrell. 7pm. $24.

THEATER: “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Steven Patterson stars in a one-man performance directed by John Sowle. 7:30pm. $20; $10 is under age 21. Through Sunday, October 23. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Havana Cuba All-Stars @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The band of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians performs “Cuban Nights” on their inaugural U.S. tour. 8pm. $25, $50 & $65. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “An American in Paris” @ Proctors, Schenectady. The touring production of the four-time Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, launches with previews in Schenectady. 1:30 & 8pm. $25.75-$95.75. Through Friday, October 21.

MUSIC: Sam Moss @ Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center, Glens Falls. The Boston-based songwriter and string player rambles through all of the rich and various offshoots of Americana. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “The Trump Card” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Hailed as “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by The New York Times, monologuist Mike Daisey takes on Donald J. Trump. 8pm. GO HERE for more info…

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