10/17/14: Today’s Tips: Friday

October 17th, 2014, 8:03 am by Greg

MUSIC: Mary Lambert @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany. OK, you know her from the transcendent chorus to Macklemore & Ryan’s double-platinum gay rights hit “Same Love,” which earned her a Grammy nomination. But Lambert’s brand new debut album, Heart On My Sleeve, is chockful of confessional-pop gems about love and empowerment. With Howie Day. 7:30pm. $30; $15 students.

MUSIC: Habana Sax @ The Egg, Albany. Featuring four saxophones and a percussionist, Habana Sax synthesizes Afro-Cuban, salsa, Latin and American jazz, venturing from mystical chant to rhythmic dance music to improvisational jazz. 7:30pm. $24.

FUNDRAISER: Fusion @ The Barn, Albany. It’s the third annual evening of urban art, architecture and fashion, but the first actually held at The Barn. Featuring creative cocktails and cuisine by Albany’s own “Chopped” champion, Chef Ric Orlando; custom couture, performances & installations by regional artists; live jazz and DJs. 6pm.

MUSIC: Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. The husband-and-wife duo has Americana music flowing their veins. While best known for his work with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm, Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Campbell has been a stalwart on the roots-rock scene since the ’70s, having produced, toured or recorded with everyone from Paul Simon to B.B. King, from Judy Collins to k.d. lang, from Willie Nelson to Hot Tuna. Teresa Williams has most notably created and toured the role of Sara Carter in “Keep on the Sunny Side.” They’ll be joined by bassist Byron Isaacs and drummer Justin Guip. 9pm. $25.

THEATER: “Newsies” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Last chance! Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the 2012 Tony Award-winning musical from Disney about a band of newspaper boys who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. 8pm. $20-$100. GO HERE to read review…

COMEDY: Steven Wright @ The Egg, Albany. The undisputed world champion of weird one-liners. 8pm. $35, $45 & $55.

MUSIC: North Sea Gas @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. One of Scotland’s most enduringly popular folk bands, boasting high spirits, manly three-part harmonies, and a repertoire of traditional & contemporary songs from beautiful ballads to pub-style foot-stompers. 8pm. $20.

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LIVE: Richard Thompson @ The Egg, 10/12/14

October 16th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Review by Erin Harkes
Photographs by Rudy Lu

I would never listen to Richard Thompson on Pandora or Spotify. I would probably end up being insulted by whomever they pick to be similar music. Because in my opinion, nothing compares to Richard Thompson.

As a professional musician, I never take a night off of work. No ‘vacation leave’ or ‘sick time’ when you’re self employed. But when Richard Thompson comes to town, I am there.

For his solo concert at The Egg last Saturday evening, he started softly with “Stony Ground” and “The Ghost of You Walks” before blasting us with “Valerie” in a manner that would make you think the concert was over – it was an encore caliber rendition. “Saving the Good Stuff For You” is one of his newer songs yet is reminiscent of a traditional Irish tune. It was my first time hearing it, and yet I was singing it to myself later that night.

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LIVE: Vintage Trouble @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 9/28/14

October 16th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review by Fred Rudofsky

Some would say the only thing more audacious than playing a club in Albany on a Sunday night is attending such a show the night before an open house, but hey, every night’s a school night when you’re a teacher. I needed a break from grading essays and quizzes, writing umpteen college recommendations and watching the Oakland Raiders wear out my allegiance
over leftovers. I’d read of Vintage Trouble yet not heard them, but promoter Greg Bell, a former teacher himself, had told me awhile back to witness their greatness for myself. I had to go.

A good-sized crowd of like-minded rocking soul and blues aficionados and folks eager to hear (and drink) something potent were in attendance at downtown Albany’s Hollow Bar + Kitchen. A good number had traveled more than two hours for the show. A couple from Connecticut even told me they had become “Troublemakers” the first time they had seen the band.

Some shows you just will never forget. This was one of them.

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LIVE: George Garzone Quartet @ A Place for Jazz, 9/26/14

October 16th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Boston-based tenor saxophonist George Garzone led his quartet into the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s Whisperdome in Schenectady recently for the second concert of A Place for Jazz’s fall concert series.

The veteran Garzone is a member of the Fringe, as well as the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, so there’s no question that he’s knows his way around tune. And in Schenectady, he wisely surrounded himself with a top-notch band of like-minded musicians – pianist Robert Marullo, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gulloti.

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Joy Behar to Talk It Up @ the Colonial Theatre on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

October 16th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara

Joy Behar

Comedian/talk show host Joy Behar brings her stand-up tour to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. With more than 30 years on stage and screen, Behar’s one-woman show takes us on a journey from her rollicking childhood in Brooklyn to center stage as one of America’s most notable talk show hosts and comedians. Behar comments, “It’s a good time to take stock of my shenanigans.”

Tickets to Joy Behar at 8pm on Friday (October 17) are on sale now for $35, $50 and $65. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

Behar is a comedic original and a leading woman both on stage and screen. She received an Emmy Award for her performance on The View, where she was a member of the cast for 16 years. She also hosted her own talk shows, The Joy Behar Show on HLN and Say Anything on Current TV.

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OCTOBER 16: On This Date in Nippertown Music History

October 16th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

It’s Throwback Thursday, so we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Day in Nippertown Music History. Check out our round-up of October 16 concerts through the years…

2011: The Levon Helm Band @ John Gill’s Farm
2010: The Black Crowes @ the Palace Theatre
2009: Steve Earle @ the Bearsville Theater
2008: “Experience Hendrix” @ the Palace Theatre
2005: Matisyahu @ Revolution Hall
2004: k.d. lang @ the Palace Theatre
2003: Sebastian Bach @ Northern Lights with Bad Rehab and Hypnotica
2002: Pat Metheny @ the Van Dyck
1999: Elvin Jones @ the Van Dyck
1998: Jimmy Heath @ A Place for Jazz
1997: Jonathan Richman @ QE2
1993: Jackyl and Mind Bomb @ Saratoga Winners
1992: Black Sabbath and Exodus @ the Palace Theatre
1991: Ray Charles @ Proctors
1990: Suzanne Vega with Dave Sharp and Strange Arrangement at Saratoga Winners
1987: LL Cool J, Whodini, Public Enemy and Eric B. & Rakim @ RPI’s Houston Field House

Three New Concerts Announced for Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

October 16th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has announced three more new shows to bolster its 2014-2015 concert calendar. Tickets for all three new shows are currently on sale.

Here are the details for the new concerts:

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ArtBeat: What To See

October 16th, 2014, 10:00 am by Sara


Works by George-Ann Gowan @ Morrison Gallery

Works by George-Ann Gowan @ Morrison Gallery

Coming Attractions @ Morrison Gallery, Kent. An exhibition featuring new assemblages by George-Ann Gowan. Opening reception: Saturday, October 18, 5-7pm. (Through November 16)

Eugene Speicher: Detail: Girl in a Coral Necklace (Joyce) @ New York State Museum

Eugene Speicher: Detail: Girl in a Coral Necklace (Joyce) @ New York State Museum

Along His Own Lines: A Retrospective of New York Realist Eugene Speicher @ New York State Museum. An exhibition of 39 paintings and 35 drawings and works on paper by the noted American realist and founding member of the Woodstock Artists Colony. Opening reception: Saturday, October 18, 1-2pm with an exhibit tour from 2-3pm. (Through March 22, 2015)

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