FREE: Bands Announced for Troy River Fest

May 27th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

The 13th annual Troy River Fest takes place from 10am-5pm on Saturday, June 18, showcasing carefully curated, locally crafted hand-made goods and local cuisine in an open-air bazaar situated in Troy’s scenic, historic downtown district. While the streets will host family-friendly entertainment and craft, art, and food vendors, shops, restaurants and historic venues will have their own activities and entertainment as well. The Troy River Fest is an organic, grassroots fest designed to mimic the flow of the Hudson River by encouraging visitors to ramble throughout the streets of downtown Troy.

Here’s the complete Main Stage schedule of bands for the 2016 Troy River Fest:

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5/27/16: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

May 27th, 2016, 7:21 am by Greg

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: GottaGetGon @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa. Day One of the annual three-day holiday-weekend folk get-together features a potluck dinner followed by the 8pm the New Generation Folk Concert hosted by Fiona Craig and featuring performances by the 5 Mile String Band, the Young Novelists and Max Hatt/Edda Glass. GO HERE for more info…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: StrangeCreek Campout @ Camp Kee-Wanee, Greenfield. Day One of the three-day fest features Zach Deputy, Consider the Source, Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Bella’s Bartok, the Kings, Gang of Thieves, the Ryan Montbleau Band and lots more. 9am gates open; 10am music starts. $145 for three-day pass.

MUSIC: “A Musical Tribute Honoring Levon Helm’s 76th Birthday” @ Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock. Featuring Jimmy Vivino, Catherine Russell, John Sebastian, Midnight Ramble Horns and Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys. 8pm. $95.

MUSIC: Ashley Sofia @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $18.

MUSIC: Diva & the Dirty Boys @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Matt Durfee @ the Savoy Taproom, Albany. 8pm.

MUSIC: Danny Wood @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Yes, Danny Wood from New Kids on the Block… 7pm. $30.

MUSIC: Emerald City @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Indigo Girls @ Academy of Music, Northampton. With Mount Moriah. 8pm. UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out…

MUSIC: Nixon’s Spirit @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Deadra, Society High, the Ameros and Val Weston. 8pm.

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LIVE: Washington County Line @ Mabee Farm, 5/22/16

May 26th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg

Washington County Line

Washington County Line

Review and photographs by Tom Lindsay

Sunday, May 22
Washington County Line with M.R. Poulopoulos
Howlin’ at the Moon Concert Series
Mabee Farm Historic Site
Rotterdam Junction, N.Y.

The first Howlin’ at the Moon concert of 2016 to be held in the big barn at Mabee Farm was an unqualified success. Mabee staffers were bringing extra chairs down from the loft right up until show time, so bluegrass veterans Washington County Line and singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos had a large and appreciative crowd to share the evening with.

Years ago, as a musician complaining about the brevity of an opening set, I was given some sage advice: you can kill in 20 minutes, and bomb in 40. M.R. Poulopoulos made the most of his five-song opening slot delivering two familiar self-penned numbers (“Sweepin’” and “Dandelion Wine”) and two new gems that may land on a future release (“We’ll See” and “Poinsettia”). With several pockets full of his own tunes always at the ready, Poulopoulos has never been the king of cover songs, but he closed with a wonderful take on Kris Kristoferson’s “Living Legend.” The pairing of Poulopoulos with Washington County Line was an inspired choice, and one that was quite well received.

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FREE: Music at Sunset Concert Series @ Greenport Town Park

May 26th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

The Town of Greenport has announced the line-up of bands for the 2016 Music at Sunset free outdoor summer concert series at Greenport Town Park in Hudson. The 13-concert schedule features old favorites as well as newcomers, and the diverse line-up stretches from rock to country, from oldies to polka.

The sunset concerts take place at Greenport Town Park on Joslen Boulevard. The concerts take place at 7pm each Friday (except where noted), beginning this Friday (May 27) with the 217 Band and continuing through the end of August.

Here’s the complete 2016 schedule for the Music at Sunset concert series:

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MAY 26: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

May 26th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg
C. Ryder Cooley (photo by Ed Atkeson)

C. Ryder Cooley @ Club Helsinki, 5/26/11

Photograph by Ed Atkeson

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 May 26 concerts through the years…

2014: The Head & the Heart, Elliott Brood @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
2013: Old Crow Medicine Show, Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys, Driftwood @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown
2012: Bettye LaVette @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
2011: C. Ryder Cooley’s “Xmalia” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson
2010: Chuck E. Costa, Swing Caravan, the Brilliant Inventions @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2009: Nightmare River Band, Jared Funari @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2007: Alta Mira, Black Fuel @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2006: Jettisun, Standard of Living @ Northern lights, Clifton Park
2005: Sum 41, Unwritten Law @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2004: My Morning Jacket, M. Ward @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2002: Super 400, John Brodeur @ the Larkin, Albany
2000: The Staziaks, Bryan Thomas @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany
1999: Zebrahead, Wetwerks, Funkshop Loomis @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
1997: Mark Eitzel, Tuatara, the Minus Five @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
1996: Dan Dobek @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1995: Lonesome Val @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1994: Cowboy Junkies @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
1993: Jawbreaker, Terrorcake, Beef @ QE2, Albany
1991: John & Mary, Soul Guardians @ QE2, Albany
1990: Robin Trower, Bedrock @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1989: Jack Smith & the Rockabilly Planet @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1984: Mirinda @ Empire State Plaza Convention Hall, Albany

Indie Rockers Luna Return to Kick off MASS MoCA’s Summer [Berkshire on Stage]

May 26th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Indie-rock quartet Luna.

Indie-rock quartet Luna

Storied indie-rock quartet Luna — led by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, seen most recently at MASS MoCA as a duo performing “13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” in 2009 — returns after a 10-year hiatus. With its 1999-era full-band line-up (also featuring Sean Eden and Lee Wall), the band sounds as strong as ever and is back with a sweet vengeance to open the summer season on Saturday (May 28) at 8pm in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams.

Described as “one of indie rock’s most beloved live acts” by Rolling Stone, Luna pairs poignant songwriting with wistful, weaving electric guitar riffs and chugging bass lines — ’90s nostalgic pop-rock at its best. Following the break-up of Wareham’s band Galaxie 500, Luna was formed in New York in 1991 by Wareham with Stanley Demeski of the Feelies and Justin Harwood of the Chills. After releasing its debut album Lunapark in 1993, the band underwent a handful of line-up changes throughout the decade — Sean Eden joined in 1994, Lee Wall took Demeski’s place on drums in 1997, and Britta Phillips replaced Harwood on bass in 2000. The group still produced five studio albums amidst all the changes: Bewitched (1994), Penthouse (1995), Pup Tent (1997), The Days of Our Nights (1999), and Romantica (2002). In 2011, Rolling Stone named Penthouse #99 on its “100 Best Albums of the Nineties.”

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FEST: Mass Gathering @ Ski Butternut on Memorial Day Weekend

May 26th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

Mass Gathering is a combination of races and music fest that takes place in the Berkshires during Memorial Day weekend. The races include a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, trail race and more in the morning on Saturday & Sunday (May 28 & 29).

The races on both days are followed by an afternoon festival of music featuring such bands as Deer Tick, Matisyahu, Gin Blossoms and more at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington.

GO HERE for more info on the races.

Tickets for the music fest are available for $35 per day; $60 for both days. VIP tickets and overnight camping tix are also available. Kids age 10 and under are FREE.

And here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2016 Mass Gathering:

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ArtBeat: What To See

May 26th, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara


Leigh Palmer: Opening No. 54 @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Leigh Palmer: Opening No. 54 @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

25th Anniversary Exhibition @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. The gallery’s anniversary exhibit marking 25 years in Hudson includes new paintings by Leigh Palmer, color field panels by Ginny Fox, sculpture by Leon Smith and photographs by Dale Goffigon. Artists’ reception: Saturday, May 28, 6-8pm. (Through July 10)

Freya Powell: Active Turn @ Art Omi

Freya Powell: Active Turn @ Art Omi

Summer 2016 Exhibition @ Art Omi, Ghent. This year’s annual summer exhibition includes new works in The Fields by Charley Friedman, Folkert de Jong, Freya Powell, Rob Fischer and Andreas Savva. Visitors will also get a special in-progress preview of Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder’s performative architecture piece, ReACTOR, which will open in the Omi Architecture Field later this summer. Also on display, in the Charles B. Benenson Gallery, is a solo exhibition of Charley Friedman’s indoor work featuring prints, drawings and mechanical sculpture of whirling beach balls, through July 24. Opening day celebration: Saturday, May 28, 1-4pm.

Nina Katchadourian @ MASS MoCA

Nina Katchadourian @ MASS MoCA

Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. New and existing works by 23 international artists, each touching on certain facets of wonder, including: the perceptual/visionary, the technological/scientific, the philosophical/meditative, time/cosmos, and illusion/fear. Opening reception: Saturday, May 28, 5-6:30pm.

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