1/20/17: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

January 20th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Beaucoup Blue @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The Philly-based father-and-son acoustic blues duo is back. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Elvis Birthday Bash Band @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings celebrate the birth of the King of Rock & Roll with Ian Carlton, Mike Kelley, Mike “Chops” LaConte, Taylor Floreth and other special guests. 9pm.

THEATER/DANCE: Richard Move’s “XXYY” @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The choreographer-dancer-director offers a work-in-progress performance of a new collaboration with theater artist Alba Clemente and visual artist Paolo Canevari, exploring the chromosomal combinations that produce gender identity. 8pm. $8-$22. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Lucas Garrett @ the 190 Grille + Cinema, Glens Falls. CD release party for his new five-song EP, Evening’s Come, But It’s Not Dark. With Ivy Darling. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Mallett Brothers Band @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. With Becca Frame & the Tall Boys. 9:30pm. $15.

THEATER: “Urinetown” @ Schenectady Light Opera Company, Schenectady. Is it a mere coincidence that “Urinetown” opens on Inauguration Day? Marc Christopher directs the 2001 Tony Award winning musical comedy. 8pm. $18-$28. Through Sunday, January 29.

MUSIC: The Holly & Evan Band @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 9pm.

MUSIC: The Stockade Kids @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, Schenectady. 7:30pm. $15.

MUSIC: The Bremners @ the Low Beat, Albany. Happy hour with Rob Skane and Mike Lisi. 6pm.

MUSIC: Colorway @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. Led by singer/guitarist F. Alex Johnson (Drunk Stuntmen/Young at Heart Chorus). With Ferriday, Bye and Suburbs. 8pm.

MUSIC: Kyle Bourgault Band @ Trick Shot Billiards, Clifton Park. 9:30pm.

COMEDY: Mitch Fatel @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 7:30 & 9:30pm. $25. Through Saturday.

THEATER: “Southern Comforts” @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Barry Streifert directs Circle Theatre Productions’ performance of Kathleen Clark’s romantic play about second chances at love late in life. 8pm. $18: $10 under age 18. Through Sunday, January 29.

MUSIC: The Eric Johnson Trio @ the Twisted Vine, Delmar. 8pm.

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LIVE: Ballroom Thieves @ Caffe Lena, 1/12/17

January 19th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Photograph by Glenn Kaplowitz

Following six months of major renovations, Caffe Lena re-opened just three weeks ago, and the venerable coffeehouse’s facelift has been astounding patrons ever since.

It’s been one sold-out show after another, from post-modern one-man-band the Suitcase Junket (on the grand re-opening night) to local Gypsy jazz kingpins the Hot Club of Saratoga.

Add the Ballroom Thieves to the list of jam-packed, sold-out shows. Last Thursday night the Caffe was packed with a crowd mesmerized by the eclectic, electrifying music created by guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters and drummer Devin Mauch.

And there’s still more top-notch entertainment on tap at the Caffe this weekend with the Philly father-and-son Beaucoup Blue on Friday; a Local 518 all-star tribute to the music of Tom Waits on Saturday; and the retro Americana of Ramblin Jug Stompers debuting their new train time show, “The Last Boxcar” on Sunday…

FIVE FIRSTS: Mitch Elrod

January 19th, 2017, 2:30 pm by Greg

NAME: Mitch Elrod
BAND AFFILIATION: Elrod & MotherJudge. Caroline and I have finished our 10-years-in-the-making duo recording. It’s titled Egregious Angel, and we’re promoting ourselves as Elrod & MotherJudge. Recording to be released in 2017.
INSTRUMENT: Guitars, vocals mainly, but I love to play piano and sax.

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … After a few Beatles 45s, I think the first album I got was Led Zepplin’s first album. I was hooked on rock music.

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A Princess Named Fred, 20 Mattresses and a Pea [Berkshire on Stage]

January 19th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara
Don Dolan, Cathy Lee-Visscher, Sam Reilly and Erin Harwood (photo by Cindy Smith)

Don Dolan, Cathy Lee-Visscher, Sam Reilly and Erin Harwood (photo by Cindy Smith)

The Ghent Playhouse is conjuring up a hilarious Once Upon a Mattress – and making it a musical comedy for the entire family.

After all what else will you get when you mix one pea, 20 mattresses and a princess-to-be named Fred? You get one most unlikely musical love story, based on the popular fairytale, The Princess and the Pea. Join Queen Aggravain (played by Cathy Lee-Visscher, Playhouse Artistic Director and on-stage favorite) and King Sextimus the Silent (you will remember Don Dolan from last season’s The Weir) as they rule a small medieval kingdom in 15th Century Europe.

Once Upon a Mattress opens on Friday (January 20) and runs through Sunday, February 5 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm.

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JANUARY 19: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

January 19th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Black Taxi @ Jillian's1/19/12 (photo by Brian Tromans)

By Greg Haymes
Photograph of Black Taxi @ Jillian’s, 1/19/12 by Brian Tromans

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 January 19 concerts through the years…

2016: Joe Bonamassa @ Ulster Performing Arts Center, Kingston
2015: Sean Rowe, Anthony Prezio @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2014: Swear & Shake, Anthony Da Costa @ Club Helsinki, Hudson
2013: Yung Wu, East of Venus, Wild Carnation @ BSP Lounge, Kingston
2012: Black Taxi, Wild Adriatic, Around the World & Back @ Jillian’s, Albany
2011: The Last Sons, Surface, A Day Like Sunday @ Savannah’s, Albany
2010: The Twisted String Band @ Jose Malone’s, Troy
2009: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany
2008: Terry Allen @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2007: So Percussion @ RPI’s Academy Hall, Troy
2006: Clasiq, Kingscastle, Katrina Marie @ Red Square, Albany
2005: Planet Smashers, Public Access, Kicking Sicily @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2003: Nogoodnix, Plastic Jesus, Two Dollars Short, Mr. Wednesday @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2002: Shemekia Copeland, Olu Dara @ The Egg, Albany
2001: Frank Black & the Catholics @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2000: Kevin Thompson @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
1999: Smith & West, 3-Eyed Willie @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
1998: Sergio Sericolo @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
1997: Dash Rip Rock, Queer for Astro Boy @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1996: Smokehouse Prophets, Swingset @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1995: O.Z. Willis, Bone Box @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
1994: Lowen & Navrro, Billy Falcon @ Bogie’s, Albany
1993: Snaggletooth Blues Band @ Mother Earth’s Cafe, Albany
1992: Jimmy Rogers @ The Egg, Albany
1991: EDO, Very Pleasant Neighbor @ Godfrey’s, Albany
1990: Artie Traum, Amy & Leslie @ RPI McNeil Room, Troy
1989: The Chesterfield Kings, Immaculate Hearts @ QE2, Albany
1988: Taj Mahal @ QE2, Albany
1986: Stomplistics, Chefs of the Future @ Bogie’s, Albany

ArtBeat: What To See

January 19th, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara


Lorna Bieber: Three Birds (Front View) @ The Hyde Collection

Lorna Bieber: Three Birds (Front View) @ The Hyde Collection

Lorna Bieber: Forces of Nature @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. Large photo murals and montages by Lorna Bieber, who reinterprets the natural word to evoke a sense of collective memory. Opens Saturday, January 21. (Through May 14)

Portia Munson: Cardinal  @ Mandeville Gallery

Portia Munson: Cardinal @ Mandeville Gallery

Radical Kingdoms @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. An overview of natural history illustration by early practioners such as John James Audubon, J. Sowerby, Mary Peart and Georg Dionysius Ehret as well as works by contemporary artists including George Boorujy, Portia Munson, Juan Fontanive, Amy Ross and Anne Siems. Opens Saturday, January 21. Reception: Thursday, January 26, 5-6:30pm. (Through June 18)

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Garry Tallent Teams Up with Eddie Angel & Hits the Road

January 19th, 2017, 9:30 am by Greg

Now Garry Tallent is The Boss…

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is the last remaining charter member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and over the years, he’s been content to play bass and stay in the background.

But last year he finally stepped up to the microphone to record his debut solo album, Break Time, with Los Straitjackets’ Eddie Angel enlisted as co-producer. Chockfull of Tallent’s own songs that resonate with the energy of early rock & roll, from Cajun to rockabilly, from honky-tonk to R&B, the album also features guest appearances by Doug Kershaw, Duane Eddy, Kristi Rose and E Street Band mate Nils Lofgren.

Tallent will, of course, be part of Springsteen’s Australia / New Zealand tour that begins next week and runs through February, but now he’s also finally found time to hit the road for his first-ever solo tour in April and May, and guitarslinger Eddie Angel will be leading the band behind him.

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1/19/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

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

FILM/TALK: John Cleese @ Proctors, Schenectady. Following a screening of “Monty Python & the Holy Grail” Python alum John Cleese engages in conversation and a Q&A session with the audience. 7:30pm. $50-$200.

MUSIC: Lesli Sanders @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany. With Mike Trash, Ike’s Wasted World and Brother T. 8pm.

TALK: Meet The Alt @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy presents a conversation with David Howard King, editor of the new weekly. 4pm. FREE.

COMEDY: Mitch Fatel @ the Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs. 7:30pm. $10. Through Saturday.

MUSIC/JAM SESSION: Pro Jam @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Featuring Randy Ciarlante, Jay Collins, Bruce Katz, Chris Vitarello, Rick Knapp and Sonny Rock. 8pm.

MUSIC: Three Quarter North @ LT’s Grill, Niskayuna. 6:15pm. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

READING/OPEN MIC: Third Thursday Poetry Night @ Social Justice Center, Albany. Hosted by Dan Wilcox with novelist Harvey Havel as the featured reader. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm reading. $3.

FILM: “Gimme Shelter” @ the Madison Theater, Albany. A screening in conjunction with the Albany Institute of History & Art’s exhibition “Rock & Roll Icons.” With an introduction by College of St. Rose’s Andrew Mckenna Lee. 7pm. $10; $8 students & seniors.

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