Song of the Week: Free Cake for Every Creature’s “For You”

February 4th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg

Led by Katie Bennett, Free Cake for Every Creature is stirring up plenty of buzz for their upcoming new album, Talking Quietly of Anything with You, even though the release date is more than two months away – April 15, to be exact, on the Double Double Whammy label.

Vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and Skidmore College alum Bennett started FCFEC in Saratoga Springs, but she’s since relocated to Philadelphia, where their new video for “For You” was filmed. The band – which also features guitarist-vocalist Colin Manjoney, drummer Francis Lyons and bassist Ian Stewart – returned upstate to record their upcoming album with producer Chris Daly at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz.

Their “For You” video was posted on NPR’s website on Wednesday (February 3), with Lars Gotrich declaring, “If your twee-dar’s going off, it’s because Free Cake for Every Creature’s song ‘For You’ is as cute as a one-inch button pinned to a thrift-store jacket. The VHS-quality video is equally adorable, shot on the streets of Philly on a budget befitting the back half of MTV’s ‘120 Minutes,’ replete with floating doughnuts and questionably successful high kicks.”

And at Stereogum, Collin Robinson wrote, “Free Cake For Every Creature make effortless, impassive indie pop that still finds its way to your gut through its easy relatability and into your brain due to some catchy melodies and phrases. The video is a low-key chill session between friends shot in lo-def… It looks like it was a lot of fun to make, and it will make you crave a donut or two.”


Buffet & Beatles: Hey Jude…The Tribute @ the Normanside

February 4th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

Hey Jude…The Tribute takes the stage at the Normanside Country Club in Delmar for a dinner-and-show package on Friday evening (February 5). Doors open at 6pm; the dinner buffet starts at 6:30pm; and the music begins at 7:30pm.

General admission tickets – which include dinner, the show and one drink – are $45 in advance; $50 at the door.

Sadly, the menu does not include “Savoy Truffle,” “Glass Onion” or “Wild Honey Pie” for dessert.

“The Tempest” Comes to Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park [Berkshire on Stage]

February 4th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara


Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with the Office of Cultural Development, is planning its third annual free outdoor production. For the summer of 2016 the organization has selected The Tempest, Shakespeare’s tale of revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island. The production, sponsored by local businesses and organizations led by Berkshire Money Management, will be directed by PSP’s artistic director Enrico Spada and will star long-time Berkshire actor Glenn Barrett as the wizard Prospero.

Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest takes place on an island inhabited by spirits and monsters and two humans, cast-offs from society: a wizard and his daughter. It’s the story of the old man’s revenge… or forgiveness. Playing the role of Prospero is Glenn Barrett, a founding member of Berkshire Public Theatre who has also appeared in numerous productions with Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company and Shakespeare & Company.

The Tempest opens on July 21, following that evening’s 3rd Thursday street festival. The production will run Thursdays-Sundays at 8pm for 12 performances, ending on August 7. Admission is free. Performances take place at the First Street Common in Pittsfield, located next to the Zion Lutheran Church.

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The Egg Announces Free Concert & Folk Legacy Exhibit

February 4th, 2016, 12:30 pm by Greg
Jean Ritchie

Jean Ritchie

As part of its ongoing New York Living Legacy Project, The Egg will explore New York’s folk music legacy – from the storied underground folk music renaissance in Greenwich Village to the national folk boom to the creation of upstate retreats.

The project will feature a special exhibit of photographs by George Pickow, instruments and other memorabilia donated by the estate of folk music legend Jean Ritchie.

In conjunction with the Folk Legacy Exhibit, The Egg’s Swyer Theatre and lobby will host an opening reception at 2pm on Sunday, March 6, immediately followed by a concert featuring guitarist Peter Pickow (son of Jean Ritchie and George Pickow) and mountain dulcimer players David Massengill and Susan Trump.

The opening reception and concert are free and open to the public, however, reservations are required by calling 518-473-1845.

The exhibit will also be open for viewing prior to public performances through Friday, May 20, including the following concerts:

Joan Baez: Friday, March 25, 8pm

The David Bromberg Big Band: Sunday, April 3, 7:30pm

Arlo Guthrie: 50th Anniversary of “Alice’s Restaurant”: Friday, May 6, 7:30pm

Judy Collins: Saturday, May 14, 8pm

Roger McGuinn: Thursday, May 19, 7:30pm

FEBRUARY 4: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

February 4th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg

– Ernie Williams’ 87th (and final) birthday bash at The Linda, 2/4/12

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 February 4 concerts through the years…

2015: Samantha Fish @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
2014: Josephine Foster & the Amigos, Fountainsun, Alexander Turnquist @ the Half Moon, Hudson
2013: Matt Pond @ Club Helsinki, Hudson
2012: Ernie Williams’ 87th Birthday Bash @ the Linda, Albany
2011: 30 Seconds to Mars @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2010: Brandi Carlile, Gregory Alan Isakov @ The Egg, Albany
2007: Andy Cohen @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2006: Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2005: Commander Cody @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
2004: Bruce Cockburn @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
2002: Dana Monteith @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2000: Weird Al Yankovic @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
1999: Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
1998: Second Coming, Clinkers @ Bogie’s, Albany
1997: Guardrail, Mars Needs Women, Giant Ray Soda @ QE2, Albany
1996: Hanslick Rebellion, Floss, MotherJudge, Happy Hollisters @ Bogie’s, Albany
1995: The Kronos Quartet @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
1994: 14 Karat Soul @ The Egg, Albany
1993: Tina Ward & the Matter Babies, Needle Park, Lynus @ QE2, Albany
1991: David Greenberger @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1990: the subdudes, Rees Shad @ QE2, Albany
1989: Home, Even the Odd @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1988: Josh White Jr. @ Rolls Touring Co., Troy
1987: afterX, Home @ QE2, Albany

ArtBeat: What To See

February 4th, 2016, 10:00 am by Sara


Work by Jackie Donnelly @ Spring Street Gallery

Work by Jackie Donnelly @ Spring Street Gallery

Darkness / Light @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Nearly 100 artists are participating in this exhibition exhibition to raise funds and awareness for Code Blue Saratoga, which provides temporary unrestricted shelter to individuals who are homeless during periods of hazardous winter weather. Opening reception: Saturday, February 6, 6-8pm. (Through February 29)

Alfred Stieglitz: The Steerage @ The Tang

Alfred Stieglitz: The Steerage @ The Tang

Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition celebrating the major gift of over 500 photographs donated to the Tang by photographer, curator and collector Jack Shear and presenting a visual history of photography from its inception in the 1840s to the present day. Opens Saturday, February 6. (Through August 14)

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2/4/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

February 4th, 2016, 7:10 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Harlem Quartet @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The string quartet – Ilmar Gavilan, violin, Melissa White, violin, Jaime Amador, viola and Felix Umansky, cello – serves up an eclectic evening including jazz works by Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Abelardito Valdes, Wynton Marsalis and others. 7:30pm. $20 & $30; $15 students.

MUSIC: Hey Marseilles @ The Linda, Albany. Singer Matt Bishop, guitarist Nick Ward, keyboardist Philip Kobernik, cellist Sam Anderson, violist Jacob Anderson make some of the most intriguing chamber-pop music around in support of their new self-titled album – which includes an electro-pop cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes.” With Bad Bad Hats. 8pm. $18.

FILM: “Who Killed Captain Alex?” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. A rare stateside screening of the first Ugandan action film. Made on less than a shoestring budget in the country’s eccentric Wakaliwood studio, the film is packed with cartoon violence, two dimensional helicopters, guns made from old car parts, wooden bullets and buckets of spectacularly fake blood. With a Q&A with Wakaliwood’s American ambassador Alan Hofmanis; a Skype interview with Wakaliwood auteur Isaac Nabwana; clips from upcoming Wakaliwood attractions; and – get this – the opportunity for volunteers to “die” on film for a future Wakaliwood production. 7pm. $9; $6 students.

EVENT: Local Music Mixer @ the Low Beat, Albany. A gathering for Local 518 musicians – learn about low power radio station WCAA-LP 107.3FM and how you can help get your music on the air. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Jill Sobule @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The literate and witty singer-songwriter is sooooo much more than just her off-beat 1995 hit, “I Kissed a Girl.” Just listen to her latest album, Dottie’s Charms. With Carrie Ferguson. 7pm. $20.

COMEDY: Jim “Hacksaw” Duggan @ Comedy Works, Albany. The famed professional wrestler (and Glens Falls native) is launching his new career path as a stand-up comedian. 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Donna The Buffalo @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Led by founding songwriter-vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins, the long-running, well-traveled folk-rock quintet brings their roots-rockin’ jams and organic grooves to town. 8pm.

THEATER: “Naked Influence” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s a world premiere! Suzanna Bradbeer’s play delves into into the world of strip clubs for a spellbinding tale about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, February 14. GO HERE to read review…

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LIVE: Birds of Chicago @ Caffe Lena, 1/22/16

February 3rd, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Birds of Chicago

Birds of Chicago

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Led by JT Nero and Allison Russell, the roots music collaborative Birds of Chicago made their Greater Nippertown debut last April as the opening act for the Carolina Chocolate Drops. They returned for an outdoor Made in the Shade of The Egg concert in July, and their soulful mix of folk, country and rhythm & blues also captured plenty of attention at MASS MoCA’s FreshGrass fest in September.

Building on the momentum (and fan base) that they built up in 2015, BoC kicked off the new year with a pair of back-to-back sold-out shows – first a Friday evening at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, followed up the next night by a stop at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10.

Going drummer-less this time around, the band was on a pre-release ramble, showcasing selections from their highly anticipated, Joe Henry-produced upcoming album, Real Midnight. (Listen to the album’s title track below).

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