Festival Fever: WILDWOODstock @ the Parting Glass on Sunday

April 22nd, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
Low And Lonesome

Low 'n Lonesome

The seventh annual WILDWOODstock benefit festival will be taking place at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, April 27. The all-ages fest will feature eight bands performing throughout the day, beginning at 12noon with the acoustic blues ‘n’ ragtime duo Low ‘n Lonesome.

The all-day benefit bash is a fundraiser for Wildwood Programs, a non-profit organization in Schenectady that provides comprehensive services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, complex learning disabilities and other developmental disabilities. Tickets are just $5 in advance; $10 at the door; FREE for kids age 12 and under.

Here’s the complete schedule for WILDWOODstock 2014:

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“The Voice” Recap: Dani Does Pink

April 22nd, 2014, 9:00 am by Greg

Last night on “The Voice,” Nippertown native Dani Moz entered the live round of competition with Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason.” Was it strong enough to keep her in the competition and move onto the next round? Or will she be one of the two singers to be eliminated?

Did you vote?

The voting period continues through 12noon today (Tuesday, April 22), and the results will be revealed on WNYT-TV’s “The Voice,” airing at 8pm tonight…

“The Voice”: Nippertown Native Dani Moz Moves On to the Next Round
Albany Native Dani Moz Dukes It Out in the Second Battle Round of “The Voice”
Could Dani Moz Be “The Voice”?

4/22/14: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

April 22nd, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

Happy Earth Day!

MUSIC: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. Fabulous fretboard fireworks from two free-thinking, genre-bending acoustic guitarists – Julian Lage (of the New Gary Burton Quartet) and Chris Eldridge (of the Punch Brothers). 7:30pm. $20.

MUSIC: Secret Star Acoustic Jam @ Proctors, Schenectady. An intimate performance by three country music stars, whose identity is revealed only when they step into the spotlight. 7pm. $25.

FILM: Knickerbocker Film Festival @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany. An evening of selected entries into the film festival, along with a Q&A with filmmakers. 6:30pm. $10.

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SPAC Announces New Concert

April 21st, 2014, 4:47 pm by Greg

The summer concert season announcements are far from over…

Newly announced for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center are the Kings of Leon, who are bringing their Mechanical Bull Tour to the Spa City at 7pm on Sunday, August 10. Opening the show will be Kongos (who just happen to also be playing at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Saturday, May 10 for the post-Tulip Fest after party) and Young the Giant.

Ticket prices for the SPAC concert are $39.50 & $65.50 for reserved amphitheater seats; $29.50 for lawn general admission. Tickets are slated to go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 25).

LIVE: B.B. King @ the Palace Theatre, 4/17/14

April 21st, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Not necessarily a review by Fred Rudofsky

In a music discussion, many would likely equate a reference to “The King” to Elvis Presley.

Not I – ever since I was in high school, “The King” has been the King of the Blues, B.B. King, my favorite musician. I own dozens of his albums; posters of him deck the walls of my home and classroom. I have seen B.B. King in concert over 20 times. I have even met him four times; once, I even got to talk with King for a half hour on his tour bus about music, women, radio, education and the state of the world. When I told him after a show in Albany that an excerpt from his autobiography, “Blues All Around Me,” had been featured on a recent NYS Comprehensive English Regents Exam, King was stunned, but quickly joked to one of his bandmates, “Hey, did New York State pay me for that?”

Yet I cannot help invoking Elvis when I think of B.B. King’s erratic, disquieting performance at the Palace Theatre last Thurday night (April 17). It was as tragic as a scene from “King Lear,” as surreal as dialogue from an Ionesco play or images in a Fellini film. It was the blues without the catharsis of the blues. It made me think of how Elvis must have been in twilight of his career, the nadir of his health, which was sadly the case in his early 40s. Presley was surrounded by handlers who did not have his well being and dignity at the top of their priorities. At 88, with over 15,000 performances in his career, the King of the Blues deserves better, too.

I wonder, “Who is taking care of the King?”

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LIVE: Howard Alden All-Star Trio @ the Van Dyck, 3/22/2014 [Albany Jazz]

April 21st, 2014, 3:00 pm by Sara
Jon Burr and Howard Alden

Jon Burr and Howard Alden (photo: Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Those that came for the 7pm full-house show of the Howard Alden All-Star Trio performing at the Van Dyck in Schenectady that Saturday night in March probably had a great time, but those 14 who were there for the 9:30pm show had the show of their life. It was more intimate: it was grand, and it made you feel like these three legends were playing just for you in the middle of your living room.

It doesn’t get any better then that!

Bassist Jon Burr, a ten-year veteran of Stephane Grappelli’s band, held down the bottom end while Howard Alden, one of the finest guitarists playing within the jazz idiom today, was pulling double-duty as both rhythm and lead on his instrument.

But the central focal point of the night was legendary trumpeter Warren Vache.

Click to read the rest at Albany Jazz.
Click to see more of Andrzej Pilarczyk’s photographs at Albany Jazz.

Palace Theatre Announces Second New Concert of the Day

April 21st, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Albany’s Palace Theatre is really cranking up their concert calendar lately. With one new concert announcement already this morning, now they’re back with their second concert announcement of the day. The Australian Pink Floyd Show is bringing their Set the Controls Tour to the Palace at 8pm on Friday, October 17.

Taking its tour title from the song “Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun” from the A
Saucerful of Secrets
album, APFS will be performing a Pink Floyd tribute concert with a twist – fans are able to vote for the songs that they would like to hear live by visiting the band’s website and taking part in the online poll. The top songs will then be played each day.

Priced at $25, $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 & $69.50, tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday, May 3.

Restauranteur Daniel Osman is “Fully Committed” to the Stage, Too [Berkshire on Stage]

April 21st, 2014, 1:30 pm by Sara
Daniel Osman is fully committed to his own restaurant business. (photo: Enrico Spada)

Daniel Osman is fully committed to his own restaurant business. (photo: Enrico Spada)

The proprietor of Dream Away Lodge in Becket, Daniel Osman, will play 40 roles in Fully Committed by Becky Mode.

This comedy about the restaurant business is being undertaken by New Stage Performing Arts and will be directed by Laura Margolis at the Mixed Company Theatre in Great Barrington from Thursday (April 24) through Sunday, May 11.

The show itself centers on an out-of-work actor named Sam, who is a reservationist at a trendy restaurant in New York City. The humor comes when Sam has to deal with the hilarious but often insane phone calls from the patrons, restaurant staff and his family in this one-man show, where the phones never stop ringing.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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