LIVE: Ed Palermo’s Big Band @ The Falcon, 10/31/15

November 25th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Barb Cifelli, Dan Glaude and Cliff Lyons

Bruce McDaniel, Katie Jacoby and Ed Palermo

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Halloween with Ed Palermo’s Big Band at The Falcon in Marlboro. Given the usual outrageous humor and virtuousity that this band always displays, I really didn’t know what to expect.

It turned out that the performance had two themes divided into two sets: “The Torture Never Stops” and “50 Shades of Frank.”

The first set featured a sleepy-looking Ed Palermo conducting his band while dressed in bunny rabbit coverall pajamas (complete with bunny ears), while his primary musical foils – guitarist-vocalist Bruce McDaniel and electric violinist Katie Jacoby – were decked up respectively as Doc Brown and Marty McFly from the ’80s movie “Back to the Future.”

As usual, Palmero and his wailing big band rolled through snippet after snippet of baby boomer musical memories in rapid-cut succession, including music by the Beatles, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Michael Jackson, Cream, Iron Butterfly, the Rolling Stones, horror TV and movie-based themes as well as the band’s ever-present main musical influence – Frank Zappa.

Read the rest of this entry »


Hump Day Unusual Moment

November 25th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Speer Family’s “Old Fashioned Meeting”…

The Tale of Grainbelt’s Black Friday Tradition

November 25th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg


Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Grainbelt plays at the Low Beat in Albany at 6pm on Friday (November 27). That’s all you really need to know. But just in case you want to know more, we’ll let Howe Glassman – head honcho of both Grainbelt and the Low Beat – fill you in on the back story, a few salient updates… and a line-up surprise, too:

Read the rest of this entry »

COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

November 25th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

Led by frontman Matt Bishop, the Seattle-based chamber pop band Hey Marseilles hits the stage at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Thursday, February 4. Tickets are $18. Also coming up at The Linda is the Mexo Americana duo David Wax Museum featuring David Wax and Suz Slezak, who return to Albany at 8pm on Friday, March 25. Tickets are $18.

POSTPONED: Due to injuries suffered during a recent tour bus accident, Hinder has postponed their concert that was slated for tonight (Wednesday, November 25) at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park. The concert has been re-scheduled for 8pm on Friday, January 15, and all tickets purchased for the original date will be honored on the new date.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Classic rockers Journey and the Doobie Brothers will be teaming up for the San Francisco Fest 2016 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center next summer. Opening the show will be Dave Mason. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday, December 5.

The New York Times describes his music as a “boldly surreal aural experience.” Brooklyn composer Daniel Wohl celebrate the release of his new CD Holographic with a concert at MASS MoCA in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday, January 16. He’ll be joined by Mantra Percussion and the Holographic String Quartet for a multimedia performance at the museum’s Hunter Center. Tickets go on sale at 11am on Monday, December 14, priced at $12 in advance; $18 at the door; $8 students; $22 preferred.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany announced four new concerts – Allman Brothers tribute band Live at the Fillmore, the tandem of slide guitar greats Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar, contemporary Brazilian singer Bebe Gilberto and the newgrass pioneering Sam Bush Band. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Tuesday (December 1).

It’s been just over a year since Albany’s Madison Theater transformed one of its movie theaters into a live performance venue, and the folks there have beefed up their music schedule with the addition of a number of upcoming concerts, including Phyllis Chapell & Siora World Jazz at 8pm on Saturday (November 28) ($12); guitarslinger Mike Campese rips it up at 8:30pm on Saturday, December 5 ($10); Christmas with the Canjo 10’s & Friends at 7pm on Friday, December 18 ($10); the Country Jamboree at 8pm on Saturday, December 19 ($17 in advance; $20 at the door); blues guitar great Albert Cummings at 8pm on Friday, January 8 ($20); and veteran NYC rocker Garland Jeffreys at 8pm on Friday, January 15 ($20).

Beatles tribute band 1964 plays a New Year’s Eve concert at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 8pm on Thursday, December 31. Tickets go on sale on Friday (November 27), priced at $25, $35 & $50.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey carry on the musical legacy of their iconic ’60s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary in concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 8pm on Saturday, October 1. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday (November 30).

Read the rest of this entry »

11/25/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

November 25th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Tommy Stinson’s Friday Night Is Killing Me @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The co-founder of the legendary post-punk outfit the Replacements and a touring member of Guns n’ Roses inaugurates a new performance series of events that he will host featuring an array surprise musical guests. The shows will have an informal, off-the-cuff feel and will emphasize plenty of musical and verbal give-and-take between Stinson and company. 8pm. $10 & $25. GO HERE for more info…

FILM/TALK: “Alice’s Restaurant” @ the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the events that inspired his classic Thanksgiving Day song, Arlo Guthrie attends a screening of his 1969 film, followed by an onstage interview and Q&A session moderated by WAMC-FM’s Alan Chartock. 7pm. $10. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Jill Hughes & the High Rollers @ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy.The super jazz/blues singer teams up with blues guitarslinger Matt Mirabile and a first rate band. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Hamell On Trial @ the Low Beat, Albany. 6pm.

MUSIC: The North & South Dakotas @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. 9pm.

MUSIC: Murphy’s Law @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. With Murderer’s Row and a special reunion of the Bruise Brothers. 7pm. $15.

MUSIC: Stellar Young @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Side Saddle and the LateShift. 8pm. $10.

MUSIC: Hinder @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their smash hit debut album, Extreme Behavior. With Shaman’s Harvest and Within Reason. 8pm. $20. UPDATE: Due to injuries sustained during a recent tour bus accident, this show has been postponed til Friday, January 15.

MUSIC: Half Step @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With High Peaks Band. 9:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ Clapper’s Glass Bar, Schoharie. 8pm.

Read the rest of this entry »

LIVE: Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White & Friends @ The Egg, 11/15/15

November 24th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

You play a different kind of music as you get older. Unless you’re stupid. You relax, leave the gunslinging to the kids and surrender to the ancient beauty of the groove. Ricky Skaggs gets that. So does Ry Cooder.

The gents gathered, with family and friends, Sunday night at The Egg’s Hart Theatre for a concert that was good. Morally good. Like a Carter Family show.

Both played with charm and elan, with mirth and wit, and neither felt the need to prove a single damn thing. I’ve seen Skaggs on his own, and Cooder, too. They can rip it up. But Sunday night was not about ripping it up. It was about letting it flow.

Read the rest of this entry »

SPAC Announces Another New Concert

November 24th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

Just last month, multi-platinum, multi-talented recording artist Josh Groban rolled into Albany’s Palace Theatre in support of his new album, Stages.

Now Live Nation has announced that he’ll be returning to Greater Nippertown next summer for a concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs.

And opening the show will be Sarah McLachlan, who is also headlining her own concert at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston at 7:30pm on Sunday (November 29).

The Josh Groban/Sarah McLachlan concert at SPAC is slated for 7:30pm on Monday, July 25.

Priced at $45, $65, $85 & $149.50 for reserved amphitheater seats and $35 for lawn general admission, tickets are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, December 11.

The Egg Announces Four New Concerts

November 24th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Egg in Albany has announced four new concerts for the new year.

Tickets for the new shows are currently available exclusively to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Tuesday (December 1).

Here are the details:

Saturday, January 23, 8pm
The Allman Brothers tribute band celebrates the 45th anniversary of ABB’s classic 1971 live album, At Fillmore East.

Read the rest of this entry »

Cartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!Hudson SoundsArtist Charles HaymesThe LindaLeave Regular Radio BehindBerkshire On StageAlbany PoetsKeep Albany BoringThe Law Office of Paul Rapp