ArtBeat: What To See

July 2nd, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara


James McNeill Whistler: Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 @ The Clark

James McNeill Whistler: Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 @ The Clark

Whistler’s Mother: Grey, Black, and White @ The Clark, Williamstown. An exhibition celebrating the iconic American painting as well as 25 additional works by James McNeill Whistler. Opens Saturday, July 4. (Through September 27)

Works by Ken Otsuka @ The Emporium Antiques & Art Center

Works by Ken Otsuka @ The Emporium Antiques & Art Center

Ken Otsuka @ The Emporium Antiques & Art Center, Great Barrington. Ken Otsuka’s bodice-ripping illustrations for the covers of paperback romance novels. Artist’s reception: Sunday, July 5, 3-5pm. (Through July 31)

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FREE: Tang Museum’s UpBeat On the Roof Concert Series

July 2nd, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

The Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs is hosting its 15th annual UpBeat on the Roof concert series this summer – and yes, the nine concerts in the series are scheduled to be held outdoors on the museum’s roof.

Admission is free, but you’ll want to arrive early as seating is limited. The concerts all take place at 7pm on Fridays throughout the months of July and August. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be held inside the museum.

Here’s the complete schedule for the Tang Museum’s 2015 UpBeat On the Roof concert series:

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7/2/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

July 2nd, 2015, 7:29 am by Greg

Happy 85th birthday, Ahmad Jamal!

MUSIC: The Wiyos @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Led by multi-talented Michael Farkas, the old-timey trio the Wiyos return to Hudson with their original blend of music inspired by the early American musical idioms of the 1920s and ’30s, including blues, country, ragtime, gospel and swing. With Pat Linnan of Nature Films. $18.

MUSIC: Kid Rock @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. With Foreigner and the Packway Handle Band. 6:45pm.

MUSIC: Skidmore Jazz Institute Faculty Septet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. Featuring Bill Cunliffe (piano), David Wong (bass), Dennis Mackrel (drums), Paul Bollenback (guitar), Antonio Hart (alto saxophone), Mike Rodriguez (trumpet) and Michael Dease (trombone). 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

MUSIC: “Calling All Angels: An Evening of Duets” @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. Featuring Jane Siberry, Catherine Russell, Amy Helm, Simi Stone, Rebecca Martin, Tracy Bonham, Elizabeth Mitchell and others. 8pm. $25, $50 & $75.

MUSIC: Jane Ira Bloom @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The 2015 Jazz Journalists Association’s Soprano Sax Player of the Year makes her Falcon debut with pianist Dominic Fallacaro, bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Lou Grassi with an evening of ballads & beyond. With the Out of Towners. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Bluz House Rockers @ the Crossings of Colonie, Colonie. 6:30pm. FREE. Kicking off the Summer Concert Series at the Crossings. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

OPERA: “La Cenerentola” @ SPAC’s Spa LIttle Theater, Saratoga Springs. It’s opening night for Opera Saratoga’s season. 7:30pm.

MUSIC: Peg Delaney Trio @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz on Jay lunchtime concert series continues with the acclaimed Nippertown pianist and her band. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Mark Emanatian & Tom Dolan Band @ Coeymans Landing Park, Coeymans. The Evenings On the Green Concert Series kicks off the Fourth of July weekend. With Jeremy Walz and Charlie Clifford. 6pm. FREE.

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LIVE: Craig Wayne Boyd @ Empire State Plaza, 6/17/15

July 1st, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Craig Wayne Boyd

Craig Wayne Boyd

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Craig Wayne Boyd – the Texas singer-songwriter who emerged as the winner of season 7 of NBC-TV’s singing competition “The Voice” last year – rode into Nippertown recently to headline Country Night of the Capital Concert Series at Albany’s Empire State Plaza.

Sharing the stage for the evening was the up-and-coming Nashville-based quintet LANco. and Local 518 faves the Chris Dukes Band.

NOTE: There is no concert at the Empire State Plaza tonight (Wednesday, July 1), as they gear up for the big Fourth of July celebration on Saturday. The concert series resumes at 5pm next Wednesday (July 8) with “smooth jazz” saxman Kim Waters.

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FREE: Summer Writers Institute Reading Series @ Skidmore College

July 1st, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

The New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs is once again hosting a free series of readings through Friday, July 24.

All readings take place at 8pm at Davis Auditorium in Skidmore’s Palamountain Hall, except for Joyce Carol Oates’ reading on Friday, July 10, which will be held at Gannett Auditorium.

Here’s the complete schedule of upcoming readings for 2015:

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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

July 1st, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

Brothers Dave and Phil Alvin and their band, the Guilty Ones, are slated to make a tour stop at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 8pm on Wednesday, October 28. The ex-Blasters reunited for last year’s Grammy nominated album Common Ground, and they’re carrying on the reunion with the upcoming Lost Time, a collection of blues songs from Big Joe Turner, James Brown, Leadbelly, Willie Dixon, Blind Boy Fuller, Leroy Carr and more, scheduled for release in mid-September. Tickets for their show at the Hollow are $22 in advance; $25 at the door. Also new on the Hollow’s calendar are Particle at 9:30pm on Thursday, October 1 ($15) and Quiet Company at 9pm on Friday, November 13 ($15).

Ethereal Brooklyn vocalist Julianna Barwick brings her looped vocals and experimental sounds to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Saturday, August 22. Wet opens the show at 9pm. Tickets are $15. Also new at Bearsville is the envelope-pushing Americana band Houndmouth, who roll into Woodstock at 8pm on Wednesday, September 23. Tickets are $20.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Storm King Summer Concert Series returns to the Mountainville sculpture park with upcoming performances by Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo with Kevin Morby and the Feelies with Alex Bleeker & the Freaks.

Caffe Lena’s July calendar is loaded with A-listers, including Darlingside with Kyle Morgan at 7pm on Sunday, July 5; the reunion of Spa City ex-pats Don Armstrong & Tom Mitchell at 8pm on Saturday, July 11 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); Minnesota roots-man Charlie Parr in support of his new album Stumpjumper at 7pm on Sunday, July 12 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); ex-October Project vocalist Mary Fahl with Jesse Terry at 8pm on Friday, July 17 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); country blues resonator guitarist and ukulele lady Del Rey at 7pm on Sunday, July 19 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); the fabulous Chris Smither at 7pm on Thursday, July 23 ($28 in advance; $30 at the door); and singer-songwriter fave David Wilcox at 8pm on Saturday, July 25 ($28 in advance; $30 at the door), to name just a few.

The Upstate Concert Hall is hosting a pair of new concerts by musicians from the Lone Star State, but the two come from opposite ends of the music spectrum. At 8pm on Monday, July 20, Houston native Riff Raff brings his hip-hop sounds to Clifton Park with Boy Genius, AMJ and Jedi Ry opening the show. On sale at 10am on Thursday (July 2), tickets are priced at $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Then at 8pm on Friday, October 9, Dallas country singer-songwriter and YouTube fave Granger Smith (aka, Earl Dibbles, Jr.) takes over the UCH stage. On sale at 10am on Friday (July 3), tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

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Two World Premieres Open the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2015 Season [Berkshire on Stage]

July 1st, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
(L to R): Estelle Parsons (Mrs. Bennet), Kyra Sedgwick (Faye Garrit) and Mary Wiseman (Julia Conroy) Photo: Paul Fox.

(L to R): Estelle Parsons (Mrs. Bennet), Kyra Sedgwick (Faye Garrit) and Mary Wiseman (Julia Conroy) Photo: Paul Fox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival hosts the opening night celebrations for its first two shows of the 2015 season at 8pm on Thursday (July 2): on the Main Stage, Off the Main Road, world premiere play by Pulitzer Prize-winner William Inge, and on the Nikos Stage, Legacy, a world premiere play by Daniel Goldfarb. A special opening night celebration will follow the performances.

On the Main Stage, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Krya Sedgwick makes her WTF debut in Inge’s Off the Main Road. As the second wave of feminism crests in America, the elegant but emotionally fragile Faye Garrit (Sedgwick) seeks refuge from her husband, a former professional baseball player, by checking into a run-down resort on the outskirts of St. Louis with her 17-year-old daughter. The future for mother and daughter may look hazy, but personal, political and sexual awakenings allow them to move forward with new and heartbreaking clarity. Directed by Evan Cabnet, this gripping and powerful drama deepens Inge’s legacy of penning rich, emotionally hard-hitting stories populated by complicated and truthful human characters.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

FEST: Adirondack Independence Music Festival @ Lake George’s Wood Park

July 1st, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

WHERE: Wood Park’s Festival Space, Lake George
WHEN: Friday & Saturday (July 3 & 4), gates open at 3pm both days
HOW MUCH: $20 per day; $30 for a two-day pass; FREE kids under age 10
WITH food & craft vendors, beer & wine garden, children’s activities, mechanical bull, fireworks and lots of live music
WELCOME: Blankets and lawn chairs

Here’s the complete line-up of bands for the Adirondack Independence Music Festival:

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