LIVE: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, 9/15/17 (Day One)

September 19th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth

Photographs by Anthony Tassarotti

There was a great batch of music lined-up up to kick off the seventh annual FreshGrass festival last weekend. Railroad Earth, the Brothers Comatose, the Lil Smokies, the Last Revel and the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow each grabbed their moment in the spotlight at the various stages – both indoors and out at MASS MoCA’s sprawling North Adams campus – to live up to the fest’s slogan, “Great Music Uprooted.”

But it was the fest’s opener – the mega-taltented, multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Sarah Jarosz – who may have arguably been the highlight of the Day One festivities, as she launched into the world premiere of “Blue Heron Suite,” a new song cycle comissioned by FreshGrass and inspired by the symbol of peace, patience and strength that the Great Blue Heron has represented to Jarosz and her family during their travels to the Texas coast.

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LIVE: Super 400 @ Troy Pig Out, 7/15/17

September 19th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Super 400

Photographs by Stan Johnson

Greater Nippertown’s premier power trio Super 400 were among the bands providing the free entertainment at the tenth annual Troy Pig Out, along with Legacy, Rechorduroys, the Bryan Brundige Collective and M.R. Poulopoulos.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Old Turtle and the Broken Truth” @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region [Berkshire on Stage]

September 19th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara

Review by Roseann Cane

The Brooklyn-based educational theater company, Rebel Playhouse, visited Troy’s Arts Center of the Capital Region recently to present their musical allegory, Old Turtle and the Broken Truth. I attended their first show, at 7:30pm on Friday, and exited the theater feeling seriously frustrated.

I was frustrated because I had thoroughly enjoyed this delightful show, and its sparse audience of adults left me yearning to relive the experience with a theater filled with families and children. An evening performance doesn’t draw a family crowd, and I can only hope that their one matinee in this region, last on Sunday (September 17) drew a house packed with people of all ages.

Based on a book by award-winning children’s author Douglas Wood, Old Turtle and the Broken Truth tells the story of Little One (Sarah Vishnev), a brave and independent young girl who communes with the animals Crow (Johnny Segalla), Fox (Claire Anderson), Bear (André Sguerra), Raccoon (Reanna Roane) and Butterfly (director/choreographer Sarah Sutliff). One day, a Truth (in the form of a large chunk of crystalline rock) falls from the sky, breaking when it lands. The animals pick up and examine the Truth, and because they see it is broken, they discard it.

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The Egg Announces Free Concert

September 19th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

As part of the New York State Performing Arts Presenters’ annual Fall Arts Forum, The Egg will be hosting a Performing Arts Showcase of music and dance at 7:30pm on Monday (September 25). The performance is open to the general public, and admission is free.

Among the artists scheduled to perform are:

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FREE FEST: Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Albany on Saturday

September 19th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

September is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and you can celebrate the rich Latin culture with the free Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Empire State Plaza’s Convention Center on Saturday (September 23).

From 5-10pm on Saturday, the Convention Center will serve up a colorful pageantry of food, dance, family-friendly activities and, of course, plenty of live music headlined by the Puerto Rican salsa band Conjunto Imagen led by Ernie Acevedo, Luis “Campana” Hernandez and Junior Rivera.

Here’s the complete music schedule for the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Celebration:

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Parade of Shoes: Ana Popovic

September 19th, 2017, 10:00 am by Sara

After playing the Cohoes Music Hall back in May, the Serbian-born blues rockin’ guitarslinger Ana Popovic returns to Greater Nippertown at 9pm on Friday (September 22) for a concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson. Tickets are available, priced at $30 & $45.

Palace Theatre Announces New Concert

September 19th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Downtown Albany’s Palace Theatre welcomes Jennifer Nettles singing her biggest hits – from Sugarland and her solo career – as well as holiday favorites from her album To Celebrate Christmas at 8pm on Tuesday, December 12.

In addition to her country music hits, Nettles has also starred in “Chicago” on Broadway, acted in TV films and served as a celebrity judge on “American Supergroup.”

Tickets to Jennifer Nettles’ Palace concert are priced at $39.75, $49.75, $69.75 & $79.75 and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (September 22).

MORE OF TODAY’S NEW CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Egg Announces Free Concert
FREE FEST: Hispanic Heritage Celebration in Albany on Saturday

9/19/17: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

September 19th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Midnight North @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Grahame Lesh and the band are back in town in support of their new album, Under the Lights. With Space Carnival. 9pm. $15.

MUSIC: Ultraam @ the Half Moon, Hudson. Featuring Mercury Rev’s Sean “Grasshopper” Mackowiak. With Jerkagram and Slow Collins. 8pm. $5.

TALK/MUSIC: The Rochmon Record Club @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Each month Chuck Vosganian selects one ground-breaking rock or pop album and digs deep to create an entertaining, illuminating program of anecdotes, biographical and technical info and photos. Tonight it’s the Eagles’ Hotel California. 7pm. $5.

PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. 9:15pm sign-up; 9:30pm slam.

THEATER: Illuminate @ Troy Kitchen, Troy. Local actors perform published pieces, followed by a discussion center around the question, “What is diverse theater?” 7:30pm.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic with Cameron & Ryder @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Sign-up at 6pm; show at 7pm. FREE.

JAM SESSION: Gypsy Jazz Jam @ the Ale House, Troy. Listen, play, sing or strum along. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Ned Spain @ Proctors, Schenectady. It’s a lunchtime concert with Goldie, Proctors’ mighty Wurlitzer Organ. 12noon. FREE.

FILM: “Two Trains Runnin'” @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. The ultimate road trip movie, a history of White America’s embracing of the blues, and an examination of race relations in America, it’s a marvel of a movie peppered with historical performances both brilliant and chilling. 7pm. $5.

FILM: “Rooted in Peace” @ the Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Greg Reitman’s globally transformative, socially-conscious, environmentally-based film features Donovan, Deepak Chopra, David Lynch, Mike Love, Pete Seeger, Ted Turner, more. 7pm. $15.

THEATER: “Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. A new live kids’ show featuring musical performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish and more. 6pm. $28.50, $45.50 & $68.

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