10/2/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

October 2nd, 2015, 8:02 am by Greg

MUSIC: Anonymous 4 with Bruce Molsky @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. After nearly 30 years of international touring and over 20 recordings on the harmonia mundi label (with over two million albums sold), Anonymous 4 is making the 2015-16 season its last. To cap off their amazing career, they will bid farewell with their Civil War program, the 1865 tour, taking their friend, renowned old-time fiddler-banjoist-guitarist-vocalist, Bruce Molsky, along. 8pm. $27 & $36.

MUSIC: Andy McKee @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. Andy McKee is among the world’s finest finger-style acoustic guitar virtuosos, and his crossover success to more than 150 million YouTube viewers underscores his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists. 7:30pm. $25; $15 students.

MUSIC: The Howard Fishman Quintet @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Guitarist-composer Howard Fishman explores the mysterious underground recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967 with “The Basement Tapes Project.” Considered one of the most agile interpreters of the American songbook, Fishman’s performance is more than a tribute – it’s a trip back through “old, weird America” to get to the very source of Dylan’s material. 8pm. $35. Also 8pm on Saturday.

MUSIC: Loudon Wainwright III’s “Surviving Twin” @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Featuring new material with many of his most well known songs as well as spoken word sections taken from the writing of his late father and esteemed LIFE Magazine columnist, Loudon Wainwright Jr., whose column, “The View From Here” was featured from 1963-1988. 8pm. $34. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC/MORE: Overit Studios Launch Event @ Overit Studios, Albany. Art, food and, of course, music are featured in the grand opening celebration of the new recording studio. Live music by Immaculate Heart, Stellar Young and Giant Gorilla Dog Thing. 5:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of bands…

PERFORMANCE: An Evening of Avant Garde Entertainment @ Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs. This eclectic, all-ages, multi-genre event kicks off with the Heavenly Echoes Gospel Singers, followed by a collaboration between composer/keyboardist Carl Landa, DJ/vocalist Jennifer Maher and modern dancers choreographed by Skidmore professor Deb Fernandez. 5-7:30pm. FREE.

MUSIC: vhvl + Daedelus + Ikonika @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. From three stylistically distinct corners of the global beat scene, a trifecta of dance-music heavyweights raise the roof with a concoction of hip-hop, house and techno. 9pm. $18; $13 students & seniors.

ARTS WALK: First Friday @ various locations, Albany. Visual art exhibits, music, food, fun… 5-9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Theo Hill Quartet @ Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, Schenectady. A Place for Jazz presents a homecoming concert by Albany native Theo Hill, who began his jazz piano studies with Lee Shaw at age 12. Since moving to NYC he’s worked with Dave Liebman, Nicholas Payton, Charles Tolliver, Gregory Porter and others. He released his debut CD in 2013. 7:30pm. $15; $7 students; FREE children under 12 accompanied by an adult.

FILM: “Lee’s 88 Keys” @ the Orpheum Theatre, Saugerties. The Woodstock Film Festival presents a screening of Susan Robbins’ feature documentary about Local 518 jazz piano queen Lee Shaw. With Q&A. 8:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: Soule Monde @ Parish Public House, Albany. Avant funk erupting from the syncopated minds of power drummer Russ Lawton and B3 wizard Ray Paczkowski of the Trey Anastasio Band. With Lord Electro. 9pm. $15.

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LIVE: Wishbone Ash @ the Van Dyck, 9/25/15 (Second Show)

October 1st, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Steven Stock

Nearly 45 years have passed since Wishbone Ash released their eponymous debut album, but the band’s latest incarnation had no trouble asserting their relevance and enduring appeal at the Van Dyck in Schenectady’s Stockade district last Friday.

Guitarist, lead singer and archivist (his memoir “Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior” is due October 20) Andy Powell is the only original member still touring, but the current quartet has been together for eight years – twice as long as the band’s seminal early-’70s line-up. While bassist Bob Skeat and drummer Joe Crabtree navigated tricky time changes without even a furrowed brow, Wishbone Ash’s music has always been dominated by a twin-guitar attack. Powell rather resembles an avuncular high school science teacher, while fellow axe-slinger Jyrki “Muddy” Manninen is a Scandinavian Rock God straight out of central casting. The unlikely-looking duo complemented each other musically as well as visually, each obviously delighted and inspired by the other’s playing.

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LIVE: Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza Convention Center, 9/12/15

October 1st, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Alex Matos

Alex Matos

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Saturday, September 12 was a huge day for festival-goers with three – count ‘em, 3 – free music festivals going on in downtown Albany alone. While the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival moved to its rather inhospitable rain site and festival-goers at PearlPalooza got soaked, the Hispanic Heritage Celebration was rain-free, wisely held indoors at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

The annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month paid tribute to Latin culture with a five-hour bash of dance, food, family-friendly activities and, of course, lots of music. Singer of salsa and pop ballads, headliner Alex Matos – the winner of the prestigious Casandra Award of the Dominican Republic in 2014 as “Salsero of the Year” – brought plenty of heat to the festivities, along with DJ Boy Boy, MW and George Lamond.

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Song o’ the Week: Loudon Wainwright III’s “Man & Dog”

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

At Nippertown.com, we’re crazy about dog videos, of course. And we also love veteran singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, who brings his new one-man show, “Surviving Twin,” to The Egg’s Swyer Theatre at 8pm on Friday (October 2). Tickets are $34.

Parade of Shoes: Holly Taormina of the Holly & Evan Band

October 1st, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara


Photograph by Matt Mac Haffie

Catch Holly Taormina in action with the Holly & Evan Band at McGeary’s Pub in Albany at 7pm tonight (Thursday, October 1). Admission is FREE…

FREE: Troy Music Hall’s Music @ Noon Concert Series Announced

October 1st, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Clarinet Marmalade (photo by Ed Conway)

Skip Parsons

Photograph by Ed Conway

For more than 25 years now, the legendary Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has been opening its doors for free monthly matinee performances by some of the region’s finest musical talent from a wide range of musical genres.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s Music @ Noon concert series kicks off the 2015-2016 season with a performance by clarinetist Skip Parsons and his long-running Riverboat Jazz Band at 12noon on Tuesday, October 13.

The monthly concerts take place at 12noon on the second Tuesday of each month. Doors open at 11am, and admission is free. Bring your lunch, as you like.

Here’s the complete schedule of upcoming 2015-2016 Music @ Noon performances at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall:

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ArtBeat: What To See

October 1st, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara


Gordon Parks: Gang Member with Brick, Harlem, New York @ Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Gordon Parks: Gang Member with Brick, Harlem, New York @ Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument @ Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. An exhibition focusing on Gordon Parks’ 1948 photo essay in Life magazine covering Harlem’s gang wars, featuring 45 prints alongside contact sheets, issues of the original publication and related ephemera that both contextualize the images chosen for the story and suggest the ways in which the editorial process shapes the narrative arc. Reception and lecture by curator Russell Lord: Friday, October 2, 5:30pm. (Through December 13)

George Guarino: Scripted Day @ Spectrum Theatre Lobby

George Guarino: Scripted Day @ Spectrum Theatre Lobby

Mouthful of Memory @ Spectrum 8 Theatres Art-Space, Albany. New digital collage works by George Guarino leave the construction of memory to the viewer. Opens Friday, October 2. (Through November 9)

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OCTOBER 1: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

October 1st, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

Janelle Monae (photo by Christopher Weigl)

Janelle Monae @ Skidmore College, 10/1/10

Photograph by Christopher Weigl

2014: Eric Paslay @ Vapor, Saratoga Springs
2013: Billy Joe Shaver @ the Ale House, Troy
2012: The Compact @ Club Helsinki, Hudson
2011: Jandek @ the Flywheel, Easthampton
2010: Janelle Monae, Eli Paperboy Reed & the True Loves @ Skidmore College’s Sports & Recreation Center, Saratoga Springs
2009: Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers @ The Egg, Albany
2008: Seether, State of Shock @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2007: Don Preston & the Akashic Ensemble @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany
2006: Tower of Power @ The Egg, Albany
2005: Tierney Sutton @ The Egg, Albany
2004: Wanda Jackson, the Lustre Kings @ The Linda, Albany
2003: Randy Newman @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
2002: Splender @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2000: Artie Traum, Eric Erickson, Blind Mice @ the Eighth Step at Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes
1999: Gary Lewis & the Playboys @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1998: Joshua Redman @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1997: Pour Joyce, Weep, Wailing Bones @ Bogie’s, Albany
1996: Dub Narcotic @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1995: Clay People, Acumen, Attica, Crawl @ QE2, Albany
1994: Bernadette Peters @ Proctors, Schenectady
1993: Pere Ubu, Black 47, They Might Be Giants, Cracker @ UAlbany, Albany
1992: EPMD, Das EFX, K Solo, Redman @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
1990: Joe Cardillo, Jim Caringi @ QE2, Albany
1989: 1313 Mockingbirdlane, Hypno Love Wheel @ QE2, Albany
1988: Pierce Pettis @ Mother’s Wine Emporium at RPI, Troy
1987: Warren Zevon, X @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
1984: Clive Pig @ the Half Moon Cafe, Albany
1983: Tower of Power @ The Chance, Poughkeepsie
1982: Blotto, Max @ the Mad Hatter, Guilderland

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