On Thursday (March 30) at 8PM, interactive-electronics artist and writer Andrew Schneider will offer a preview of his new work-in-progress, FIELD, at EMPAC at RPI in Troy. Admission is free and open to the public. Due to limited capacity, however, we suggest audience members arrive early.
This performance will cap the third in a series of production residencies at EMPAC, during which Schneider has worked on the follow-up to YOUARENOWHERE, the winner of an Off-Broadway Theater Award (Obie) in 2015. The new show will receive its soft launch at EMPAC in fall 2017 before premiering in New York City.
Singer-songwriter Dan Bern – who’s appearing at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on Friday night (March 31) – exercises his creative muse in so many different directions that if he were an athlete he’d be a musclebound Olympian. He writes songs for films, adult TV shows, kids’ TV shows and has released 24 albums in 20 years. He’s a published novelist. He’s exhibited his paintings. And he’s recently released a book of poetry titled “Reconsidering Nixon.”
On “Luke The Drifter,” from his 2012 CD Drifter, Bern mixes the mundane with the classic, mentioning Dylan in the same breath as 18th century poet Alexander Pope: “And maybe you’re thinking Dylan, but to me it’s just that shit Alexander Pope was running.” He explains: “He (Pope) was running a scam like all of us.”
On his 2015 album Hoody, he has a minute-and-a-half song called “Waffle House” about the difference between the north and south. On “Merle, Hank & Johnny,” he sings: “Got our records up at the hardware/Spent every last dime on rock ‘n roll/But on the radio it was Merle and Hank and Johnny/Buck Owens, Jimmy Rogers and George Jones.” And he’s not being condescending or satirical.
In a modern world where underground cartoonist R. Crumb rubs shoulders with da Vinci, Bern fits right in. “I’ve always had trouble with the let’s call it ‘museum’ side of folk music. You know, the preservationists. To me, the guys who were doing it right were Woody certainly. This is just turf that Bob (Dylan) winnowed out for all of us. He was playing on such a huge playing field, and he gave himself permission to do anything and to juxtapose anything and to have high art and low art in the same line next to each other. So, I guess to me a lot of it was already set out, so that was the path I found myself on naturally.
Massachusetts folk-rockers Parsonsfield slip into Newberry Music Hall in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, May 13 with openers Animal Years kicking off the evening at 9pm. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park has rolled out announcements about some new concerts including Fates Warning with the Final Sleep and Winter’s Burden at 7pm on Tuesday, June 13 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door) and Thou with Cloud Rat, False and Moloch at 8pm on Saturday, July 1 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The line-up of bands for the Lake George Arts Project’s free, two-day Jazz at the Lake festival in Shepard Park have been announced, including Cynthia Hilts, Ola Onabule, the Cookers, Camille Thurman, Orrin Evans, Emilio Solla and Dave Liebman’s tribute to John Coltrane.
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany welcomes Knox Hamilton with Fenech Soler at 8pm on Tuesday, May 2 ($10.27 in advance; $15 at the door); Mona with Flagship at 9pm on Wednesday, May 10 ($10.27 in advance; $12 at the door); and for your post-Tulip Fest pleasure, Hollis Brown with Lost Leaders at 9pm on Saturday, May 13 ($9.77 in advance; $12 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Just like they did last year, Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows are teaming up for a joint summer tour, and just like they did last year, they’ll be making a stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center again this summer. Rivers & Rust will open the upcoming show.. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (March 31).
In support of his latest album, Wheelhouse, guitar hero Greg Howe invades the Van Dyck in Schenectady for two shows – 7 & 9pm – on Friday, August 4. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $22 in advance; $26 at the door.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Swedish metalheads Ghost are bringing their satanic sounds to Albany’s Palace Theatre, and tickets are slated to go on sale at 10am on Friday (March 31).
The annual spring concert by the Empire Jazz Orchestra at Schenectady County Community College’s Taylor Auditorium in Schenectady will feature special guest trombonist-composer John Fedchock in program of selections by Gerry Mulligan, Tadd Dameron/Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, Phil Allen and others. The concert will be held at 8pm on Tuesday, April 18, and tickets are available now, priced at $20; 46 for students.
Swedish metalheads Ghost are headed out on tour with Iron Maiden this summer, but now Papa Emeritus and his ghoulish band of masked minions have also announced that they’ll be squeezing in a bakers’ dozen of their own headlining shows in between those Iron Maiden dates.
And the first of Ghost’s headlining shows is slated for the Palace Theatre in downtown Albany at 8pm on Tuesday, June 6.
Priced at $35 & $75, tickets for are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, March 31.
CIRCUS: Les Doigts de la Main @ Proctors, Schenectady. The Montreal-based circus ensemble performs “Cuisines and Confessions,” more than just cookin’ and cartwheels. 7:30pm. $20-$50.
THEATER: “REBEL/Sister” @ UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany. It’s the world premiere of the new rock musical by Chad Larabee, Jonathan Michael Weber and Anna Ebbesen. Inspired by Sophocles’ “Antigone,” the musical follows two sisters as they find the courage to face a powerful opponent during a post-apocalyptic civil war. 7pm. $20; $15 students & seniors. Through Wednesday, April 5.
THEATER: “An Iliad” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s adaptation of Homer’s great epic tale fuses words and music in a spare, modern production starring David Barlow. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, April 2.
Amy Helm has got a whole lot more going for her than just the good music genes that were passed on to her by her parents, Levon Helm and Libby Titus.
She made her Cohoes Music Hall debut a year ago, when the renovated hall had just recently re-opened, and she rocked the hall once again recently with a knock-out Americana show backed her band, the Handsome Strangers.