Tanglewood Announces New Concerts

May 28th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

Tanglewood in Lenox has announced two new popular artist concerts slated to take place during the Labor Day weekend.

Multi-talented musician, singer, songwriter, actor and “American Idol” judge Harry Connick, Jr. will step into the spotlight at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at 7pm on Friday, September 4, performing music from his vast songbag, including selections from his most recent albums Smokey Mary and Every Man Should Know. To date, Connick has released 29 albums, sold more than 28 million albums and garnered three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. He last performed at Tanglewood in summer 2013. Tickets for Connick’s concert range from $29 to $109.

Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth — widely known for defining the role of Glinda in the hit musical “Wicked” — will join the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and conductor Thomas Wilkins for an evening of music from the Broadway stage, Saturday, September 5 at 8:30 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The concert will feature an evening of music from the Broadway stage, followed by fireworks over the Stockbridge Bowl, bringing Tanglewood’s summer season to a close. Tickets for Chenoweth’s concert range from $25-$121.

Tickets for both of these concerts will go on sale to the general public on Monday (June 1).

In addition, British comedian Eddie Izzard takes the stage of the Koussevitzky Music Shed at 7pm on Thursday, August 27. Priced from $54-$109, tickets are currently available for this pavilion-only performance.


ArtBeat: What To See

May 28th, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara


Works by Dawn Clements @ John Davis Gallery

Works by Dawn Clements @ John Davis Gallery

Dawn Clements @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. A solo exhibition of recent still life paintings in watercolor, gouache and ink by Dawn Clements Also on display: sculpture by Isidro Blasco and Saskia Sutherland, paintings and drawings by Christine Hughes and works on paper by Kristen Rego. Opening reception: Saturday, May 30, 6-8pm. (Through June 21)

Julia Santos Solomon: Selfie  with her drawing at the Met Museum @ Martinez Gallery

Julia Santos Solomon: selfie with her drawing at the Met Museum @ Martinez Gallery

Selfies, or the New Portraiture @ Martinez Gallery, Troy. A group show that examines subjective identities through the ever-present selfie. Participants are invited to bring their own selfies for display at the gallery. Opening reception: Friday, May 29, 5-8pm. (Through June 29)

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MAY 28: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

May 28th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg
Snoop Dogg @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park

Photograph of Snoop Dogg @ Northern Lights by Andrzej Pilarczyk, 5/28/11

It’s Throwback Thursday. So we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of May 28 concerts through the years…

2014: Takao Run Folk Song & Arts Group @ The Egg, Albany
2013: Old Crow Medicine Show, Shakey Graves @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2011: Snoop Dogg @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2010: Keith Kane @ the Bread & Jam Cafe, Cohoes
2009: Grant Hart @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2008: Straitjacket Nation @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2006: Vernon Reid, Liquid Soul @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2005: Dave Attell @ The Egg, Albany
2004: The Living End, Small Axe, Stand Up Citizen @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2003: Cave Cat Sammy @ the Ale House, Troy
2000: Erin McKeown, Paddy Kilrain @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
1999: The Staziaks, Crabapple @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1997: Combustible Edison @ QE2, Albany
1996: Fishbone @ Pearl Street, Northampton
1995: Mindy Jostyn, Margo Hennebach @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1994: Physical Graffiti, Hung Jury @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1993: The Figgs, Gravel Pit @ the Metro, Saratoga Springs
1992: Hand Held Moon @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1991: Marshall Crenshaw @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
1989: The Neighborhoods, Gigolo Aunts @ QE2, Albany
1988: Camp Union featuring Let’s Active, Eek-a-Mouse, Treat Her Right @ Union College, Schenectady
1987: Megadeth, Overkill @ the Colonie Coliseum, Latham
1986: Agnostic Front, Fit for Abuse, Youth of Today, Rest in Pieces @ VFW Hall, Albany
1984: Bambi Manor, Bang Zoom @ Bogie’s, Albany

5/28/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

May 28th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival @ various locations. Lake George. The opening night ceremony and concert for the 10th annual fest takes place in Shepard Park at 7pm. FREE. Plus other festival events around town… GO HERE for more info and complete schedule…

MUSIC: Jonah Parzen-Johnson @ the Spotty Dog, Hudson. The experimental baritone saxman celebrates the release of his new solo sax/synth album, Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow, which includes a cover of Neil Young’s “On the Way Home.” With Destroyer of Worlds and Chrisman/McLaughlin Duo. 8pm. $5.

MUSIC: Steve Forbert @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter – best known for hit songs “Romeo’s Tune” and “Goin’ Down to Laurel” – was touted as a “new Dylan” when he burst upon the scene in downtown New York in the mid-1970s. Now he’s in the midst of a creative revival with Compromised, his first album of new songs in several years, due out this summer, and his memoir, “Steve Forbert: Beyond the Chandelier,” scheduled for publication in the fall. 8pm.

THEATER: “Pippin” @ Proctors, Schenectady. With a sparkling score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell,” “Wicked”), the classic musical tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating new production is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and stars Adrienne Barbeau, Sam Lips, John Rubinstein, Sasha Allen and others. 1:30 & 8pm. $20-$80. Through Sunday. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Lanie’s Cafe, Loudonville. 6pm.

MUSIC: Dan Berggren & Alex Smith @ the Georgi On the Battenkill, Shushan. The folk duo kicks off the new Caffe Lena On the Battenkill concert series. 7pm. $12.

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LIVE: Ryley Walker @ the Half Moon, 5/16/15

May 27th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes
Video and photographs by Timothy Raab

Ryler Walker has big ears and an open heart – which is to say that his daring music is a deftly blended amalgam of a multitude of musical genres and he isn’t afraid to lay it all on the line, emotionally speaking.

In support of his stunning, recently released sophomore album, Primrose Green, the 25-year-old Chicago-based acoustic guitar phenom made his Nippertown debut recently at the Half Moon in Hudson. It was a dazzling hour-long display of the American Primitivism guitar stylings pioneered by John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Peter Lang and carried into the 21st century by such fretboard masters as Daniel Bachman, Steve Gunn and William Tyler – mind-boggling finger-picking rooted in traditional folk, but applied to more of an avant-garde, neo-classical aesthetic.

Accompanied by the sublimely understated electric guitar playing of Brian Sulpizio, Walker sat on a stool, bent over his guitar in concentration, often swiveling his whole body back and forth in a physical manifestation of the trance-like musical groove that they conjured up together. Following a seven-minute instrumental introduction, Walker slid gracefully into “On the Banks of the Old Kishawaukee,” which proved to be the most traditional sounding selection of his hour-long set. It was, however, hardly traditional.

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THEATER: “Pippin” @ Proctors, 5/26/15

May 27th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Review by Greg Haymes

Montreal’s Cirque Eloize won’t be returning to Proctors this summer, so if you need a European circus fix, get thee to Proctors for “Pippin” this week, and enjoy the work of another Montreal-based circus ensemble, Les 7 Doigts de la Main.

Balancing feats, trapeze, juggling, silks, acrobatics, hoops, bouncing balls, knife throwing and a wide assortment of other circus and illusionist skills figure prominently in director Diane Paulus’ sparkling, energetic, Tony Award-winning re-boot of the 1972 Stephen Schwartz/Roger O. Hirson musical.

It’s a dazzling, big-top extravaganza, but it’s got meat on the bones. The plot revolves around the identity crisis of the title character – heir to the throne of King Charlemagne, the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire – who is “searching for something important and meaningful to do” with his life. Yes, it’s a very ’60s-’70s existential theme, but Paulus and costume designer Dominque Lemieux have dressed it up magnificently for the 21st century.

The national touring company production has gone through a surprising number of cast changes since it was announced by Proctors more than a year ago (and hit the road in September), including the lead characters of Pippin (Sam Lips) and more recently the Leading Player (Lisa Karlin), as well as the role of Pippin’s grandmother Berthe (the 69-year-old Adrienne Barbeau in a single-song performance of “No Time at All,” in which she sang the final lyrics while suspended upside down, dangling from a trapeze above the stage).

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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

May 27th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

In support of their upcoming Sub Pop album, Depression Cherry, Beach House – the Baltimore-based duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally – steps into the spotlight at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Monday, August 24. Tickets are $24 in advance; $27 at the door and will go on sale at 10am on Friday (May 29). Also at UCH, State Champs take the stage at 7pm on Saturday, July 18. Joining them will be Hit the Lights, Tiny Moving Parts, Let It Happen and Northbound. Tickets are on sale now priced at $15 in advance; $17 at the door. San Antonio’s Nothing More rattles the rafters of UCH at 8pm on Saturday, August 8. Tickets are $10.35 in advance; $12 at the door. And New Found Glory teams up with Yellowcard for a co-headlining tour that’s slated to make a stop at UCH at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 27. Tiger Jaw opens the show. Priced at $23.50 in advance; $27 at the door, tickets go on sale at 12noon on Friday (May 29).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The magnificent slide guitarist Ry Cooder is teaming up with mandolin master Ricky Skaggs and his wife, vocalist Sharon White, for a concert at The Egg in Albany. Tickets go on sale on Friday (May 29).

We’re wondering if the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock has attracted the eyes of a hot new promoter because they’ve raised the bar with their bookings during the past couple of weeks. New shows announced this week include the maverick Amanda Palmer & Friends with PWR BTTM and Lady Moon & the Eclipse at 9pm on Monday, July 6 ($25, on sale at 10am Friday); the New Pornographers with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down at 8pm on Thursday, July 9 ($35, on sale at 12noon Friday); and fab ska vets the Slackers with Los Thujones at 9pm on Friday, July 31 ($20).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Brand New wraps up the summer concert season at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown with a two night stand.

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LIVE: Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show @ Caffe Lena, 5/10/15

May 27th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jean Rohe (guitar, vocals); James Shipp (vibes, percussion); Liam Robinson (accordion, keyboards); Matt Aaronoff (bass); Jordan Peterson (drums)

Sarah Craig has been hitting them out of the park lately, both musically and with attendance records at Caffe Lena. The Mothers Day concert by Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show was more of a musical triumph then one of breaking attendance records, but this is an artist that Craig, the Caffe’s executive director, intends to bring back to the Caffe time and again in the future to build up a regional following for them.

That’s a smart move because the band – made up of Berklee School of Music and Purchase School of Music grads – is one of the finest ever to play the Caffe. Their ability to traverse the most subtle note to the hardest, is uncanny. The five-piece outfit shot out one song after another from Rohe’s newest, self-titled album with the most exquisite interwoven rhythms from India, the Middle East, Europe and, of course, the American roots-music pantheon, with Rohe’s lovely voice sailing in and around every note.

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