11/17/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

November 17th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Bob Dylan & His Band @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. With Mavis Staples. 7:30pm. $52.50, $82.50 & $119.50.

MUSIC: Lori Lieberman @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. She wrote “Killing Me Softly With His Song” after seeing Don McLean perform on a little stage in LA. Now she makes her Caffe debut where McLean has played so many times over the years. 8pm. $27.

MUSIC: Jonathan Richman @ the Hangar on the Hudson, Troy. The former Modern Lovers frontman is joined by drummer Tommy Larkins. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: David Crosby & Friends @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is joined by James Raymond on keys, Mai Agan on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Michelle Willis on keys and vocals. 8pm. $49.75, $59.75 & $84.75.

MUSIC: Funsgiving @ the Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Two venues and a whole bunch of bands, including The Parlor, Beware! The Other Head of Science, Bear Grass, Scientific Maps, Swamp Baby, Oceanator, the Black Kennedys, the Adventures of the Silver Spaceman, Burly and the reunion of our faves Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned. 7pm. $7.

MUSIC: Beatlemore Skidmania @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. 8pm. $10; seniors $7; students & children $5. UPDATE: This performance is now officially sold out… Also at 2 & 8pm Saturday.

MUSIC: Gobsmacked! @ Proctors, Schenectady. A British a cappella extravaganza with an international cast of singers. 8pm. $20-$70.

MUSIC: The Accidentals @ The Linda, Albany. The Michigan-based Sony Masterworks recording trio lands in Albany in support of their debut album, Odyssey. With Sydney Worthley in support of her new debut album Strong. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lost Radio Rounders @ Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, Guilderland. The vintage Americana duo wraps up their Third Friday Charity Concert Series with a gospel music concert featuring special guests Evan Conway (the Holly & Evan Band) and Paul “Bowtie” Jossman (Ramblin Jug Stompers). 7pm. Donation encouraged.

MUSIC: Laura Luna @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. Mexican artist and composer performs a new multimedia work designed for the immersive 360-degree panoramic screen. 7:30pm. GO HERE for more info… UPDATE: This show is now officially sold out.

MUSIC: John McCutcheon @ Old Songs, Voorheesville. Folk music’s renaissance man is a master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author. 7:30pm. $28.

MUSIC: Joni Mitchell: A Tribute @ The Falcon, Marlboro. Scott Petito has assembled an all-star ensemble – including Gail Ann Dorsey, Veronica Nunn, Leslie Ritter, Jay Collins, Danny Blume, Roberto Rodriguez, Travis Shook and Rachel Z – to perform the songs of one of our greatest songwriters. 8pm. Donations encouraged.

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LIVE: JD McPherson @ the Hangar on the Hudson, 11/8/17

November 16th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review and photographs by Ed Conway

JD McPherson made a trip to Greater Nippertown soon after another of the band’s frequent appearances on “Conan” in support his latest album Undivided Heart & Soul. It’s hard to categorize McPherson’s music as it touches on several styles. I guess it would be easiest to say he plays guitar-based alt-rock with tinges of blues and rockabilly, but even that doesn’t capture the full picture.

Helping McPherson achieve his sound is a fantastic band, made up of upright bassist/electric bassist Jimmy Sutton, former Los Straitjackets drummer Jason Smay, keyboardist Ray Jacildo (who also made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” with Dan Auerbach the following night) and guitarist/saxophone Doug Corcoran.

After wading through the sold out-crowd to stage at the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy, McPherson grabbed his custom TK Smith guitar and hit the opening strains to “Bossy” from his previous release, Let the Good Times Roll. In fact, they hit two more songs from the previous two albums, “Fire Bug” (Signs & Signifiers) and “It Shook Me Up,” before playing three in a row off the new album: “Desperate Love,” “Crying’s Just the Thing That You Do” and “Under the Spell of City Lights.” It was pretty much back and forth between the last two albums for the rest of the set, ending with the title track “Let The Good Times Roll.”

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Ustad Shafaat Khan Bridges the East & West

November 16th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Sara
Ustad Shafaat Khan

Ustad Shafaat Khan

World renowned virtuoso Ustad Shafaat Khan brings his “East Meets West” concert to Greater Nippertown this weekend for a pair of performances.

Khan and his band will play The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (November 18) before moving on to the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill for another concert at 2pm on Sunday.

Ustad Shafaat Khan – son of Ustad Imrat Kan and nephew of Ustad Vilayat Kahn – has performed at concert halls and festivals all over the world, and several of his CDs have been produced by Dr. Deepak Chopra. He is a multi-talented musician who performs on the sitar, surbahar and tabla.

The first half of “East Meets West” is devoted to classical Indian music (solo tabla, sitar and vocals) from the 16th century to the present. In the second half, maestro Khan will be joined by Ruby Ostrow (keyboards, vocals) and Coco Bastien (tabla) to perform a fusion of Eastern and Western music.

Saturday (November 18), 8pm at The Linda, Albany. $20.
Sunday (November 19), 2pm at the Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. $20; age 21 & under $10

The Bob Dylan-Martin Benjamin Connection

November 16th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

It’s been a long time since Bob Dylan played Albany’s Palace Theatre. Oh, he’s played plenty of bigger Greater Nippertown venues in recent years – Tanglewood, SPAC, the Times Union Center and others – but on Friday evening (November 17) he’s returning to the considerably more intimate Palace Theatre.

Nippertown contributing photographer, Union College professor of visual arts and BIG Dylan fan Martin Benjamin was at the Palace back in April of 1980 when Dylan rolled into town for a two-night stand during his born-again Christian tour. Benjamin managed to smuggle in a camera and take a few surreptitious shots, including the one at the top of this story.

And that photo is now included in Dylan’s latest release, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13, 1979-1981, which was released earlier this month in a variety of configurations, including a sprawling eight-CD set.

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NOVEMBER 16: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

November 16th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Ronnie Baker Brooks and Big Head Todd

Billy Branch and Big Head Todd @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 11/16/16

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 November 16 concerts through the years…

2016: Big Head Blues Club featuring Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Mud Morganfield, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch, Erica Brown @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2015: Sketches of Influence @ Lucas Confectionery, Troy
2014: Dialogue @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy
2013: Dark Star Orchestra @ Palace Theatre, Albany
2012: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2011: Space Lounge @ the Albany Public Library Main Branch, Albany
2010: Bob Dylan & His Band @ the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie
2009: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany
2008: Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2007: Palatypus, knotworking @ Red Square, Albany
2006: The Kennedys, Sons of the Never Wrong @ The Linda, Albany
2005: Boy Sets Fire, Fall of Troy @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2004: Sue Foley @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2003: Andrew W.K. @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2002: The Other Ones @ the Pepsi Arena, Albany

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Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Concert

November 16th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

The nine-piece Brooklyn-based power-funkateers Turkuaz are headed into the Cohoes Music Hall where they’ll be laying down their modern take on classic funk at 8pm on Wednesday, January 31.

Priced at $23 (for general admission dance floor and floor seats) & $21 (balcony seats), tickets are slated to go on sale at 10am on Friday (November 17).

ArtBeat: What To See

November 16th, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara


Harry Orlyk: Field Work @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Harry Orlyk: Field Work @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Hudson Valley Landscapes @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. A group show featuring works by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Bill Sullivan, Don Bracken, Leigh Palmer, Harry Orlyk, Eileen Murphy, Joseph Maresca, John Kelly Judy Reynolds, Sue Bryan, Tracy Helgeson, Mary Anna Goetz and Richard Britell. Opening reception: Saturday, November 18, 5-7pm. (Through December 31)

Photographs by Georgia Landman @ The Chatham Bookstore

Photographs by Georgia Landman @ The Chatham Bookstore

Soul of our Soil @ The Chatham Bookstore, Chatham. Georgia Landman’s photographs document several farms in Columbia County dedicated to the philosophy of sustainable agriculture. Opening reception: Friday, November 17, 5-7pm. (Through January 21)

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“The Voice”: Moriah Goes Home?

November 16th, 2017, 8:30 am by Greg

Moriah goes home? Say it ain’t so, Joe…

“Nothing lasts forever,” Moriah Formica sang on Wednesday evening’s Playoff Round of NBC-TV’s “The Voice,” as she belted out the lyrics to Beth Hart’s anthemic love song “World Without End.”

And at the end of the show, her coach Miley Cyrus didn’t select the Latham teen to move on to the next round of live performances in the competition.

Too bad, because the Shaker High junior’s real strength is her live performance, as Greater Nippertown fans will find out at her sold-out show at Jupiter Hall in Guilderland on Friday, November 24.

UPDATE: A second Jupiter Hall concert has been added for 7pm on Sunday, November 26. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

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