The Taste of Country Music Festival is returning to Hunter Mountain for three days next year, Friday-Sunday, June 9-11. And although the fest is still more than 250 days away, organizers have already announced two of the headliners – Jason Aldean and Sam Hunt.
And, yes, three-day, all-fest tickets are now on sale for $150…
MUSIC: Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. The two terrific Texas tunesmiths have been friends for 40 years, so expect plenty of juicy stories to go along with the songs. 7:30pm. $29, $59, $69 & $79.
MUSIC: Donna the Buffalo @ Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes. The band has roots in old-time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of Cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country. With the Nellies. 8pm. $30.
MUSIC: Blake Shelton @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The country music hitmaker and coach on NBC-TV’s “The Voice,” ambles into town in support of his latest album, If I’m Honest. With RaeLynn. 7:30pm. $39.75, $69.75 & $89.75.
DANCE: “One can make out the surface only by placing any dark-colored object on the ground” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. London-based artist Hannah Rickards applies the arctic navigational technique to the choreography of two performers and a flying camera. 7 & 8pm. $12; $10 seniors.
THEATER: “The Bakelite Masterpiece” @ the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. The American premiere. It’s the end of World War II, and Holland is in chaos. The artist Van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer to the Nazi leader, Hermann Goering. 7pm. Through Sunday, October 23.
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
The Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs hosted a free back-to-school concert earlier this month featuring the New York City-based Buscabulla, the Spanish language experimental pop project led by Raquel Berrios and Luis del Valle. Milwaukee-based rapper Milo opened the concert.
Photographs by Timothy Reidy
The Hudson Valley arts & lifestyle magazine Chronogram threw its fourth annual, free Block Party on Wall Street in Kingston last month, featuring food trucks, dunking booth, beer & wine garden and, of course, lots of live music.
Huichica East is the inaugural Hudson Valley incarnation of the Sonoma, California music, food and wine micro-fest. The two-day gathering is set at the expansive Chaseholm Farm in Pine Plains.
Single day tickets are $50; two-day tickets are $90. Children under age 12 are admitted free. Camping is also available.
Here’s the schedule of bands:
By David Brickman
My friend and fellow photographer Ben met me recently at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica to see the Steve McCurry exhibition there and to talk shop.
It was well worth the trip. McCurry is a supremely talented photographer who creates beautiful and compelling color images, often choosing them for their storytelling qualities. The show, titled “The World Through His Lens” and comprising 60 pictures from three decades, will hang through Saturday, December 31. I urge you to find time to go see it, especially if you are interested in this sort of thing, but also if you are a human being, as this work speaks directly to the human condition that we all share.
I’d like to add a suggestion that you go by Sunday (October 2) to see a joyful installation by Hartwick College painter and fused-glass artist Terry Slade, titled Dreams and Apparitions, as Slade’s work is always good fun, and this is one of his most ambitious efforts yet. A large-scale piece hanging in the museum’s interior sculpture court is “intended to evoke contemplation of our place as humans in the universe,” making it a fine companion piece to the McCurry show that hangs nearby.
By Greg Haymes
Ted Leo – leader of the Pharmacists and one-half of the Both (along with Aimee Mann) – is headed into the Low Beat in Albany on Sunday, November 20. Ian Sweet opens the show at 7pm. Advance tickets are on sale now, priced at $13.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian Brian Regan has slated a return to Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (September 30).
Legendary jazz-rock fusion pioneers Brand X – featuring John Goodsall (guitar), Percy Jones (bass) and Kenwood Dennard (drums) along with new recruits Chris Clark (keys) and Scott Weinberger (percussion) – have reunited and will perform material from their first three albums at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Saturday, October 29. Tickets are $20, $29 & $39 in advance; $5 more at the door. Meanwhile, the Security Project – the Peter Gabriel tribute band led by drummer Jerry Marotta and guitarist Trey Gunn – returns to Bearsville at 8pm on Sunday, October 30 with a new singer fronting the band – former Albany resident Happy Rhodes. Tickets are $20, $25 & $35 in advance; $5 more at the door. Other new shows at the Woodstock theater include the 14-piece Orquesta Victoria at 9pm on Saturday, November 5 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); the double-bill of Dopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at 9pm on Saturday, November 19 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); the Catskills’ own Felice Brothers at 9pm on Friday, November 25 ($25 in advance; $30 at the door); and jam-grass favorites Cabinet at 8:30pm on Thursday, December 1 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Palace Theatre added a second show for “Impractical Jokers” live. The originally announced show is at 6:30pm on Friday, December 16. The newly announced show – which goes on sale at 10am on Friday (September 30) – is the same night at 9:30pm.