MAY 26: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

May 26th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg
C. Ryder Cooley (photo by Ed Atkeson)

C. Ryder Cooley @ Club Helsinki, 5/26/11

Photograph by Ed Atkeson

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 May 26 concerts through the years…

2014: The Head & the Heart, Elliott Brood @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
2013: Old Crow Medicine Show, Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys, Driftwood @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown
2012: Bettye LaVette @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
2011: C. Ryder Cooley’s “Xmalia” @ Club Helsinki, Hudson
2010: Chuck E. Costa, Swing Caravan, the Brilliant Inventions @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
2009: Nightmare River Band, Jared Funari @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2007: Alta Mira, Black Fuel @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany
2006: Jettisun, Standard of Living @ Northern lights, Clifton Park
2005: Sum 41, Unwritten Law @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2004: My Morning Jacket, M. Ward @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2002: Super 400, John Brodeur @ the Larkin, Albany
2000: The Staziaks, Bryan Thomas @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany
1999: Zebrahead, Wetwerks, Funkshop Loomis @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
1997: Mark Eitzel, Tuatara, the Minus Five @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
1996: Dan Dobek @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1995: Lonesome Val @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
1994: Cowboy Junkies @ Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton
1993: Jawbreaker, Terrorcake, Beef @ QE2, Albany
1991: John & Mary, Soul Guardians @ QE2, Albany
1990: Robin Trower, Bedrock @ Saratoga Winners, Cohoes
1989: Jack Smith & the Rockabilly Planet @ Pauly’s Hotel, Albany
1984: Mirinda @ Empire State Plaza Convention Hall, Albany


Indie Rockers Luna Return to Kick off MASS MoCA’s Summer [Berkshire on Stage]

May 26th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Indie-rock quartet Luna.

Indie-rock quartet Luna

Storied indie-rock quartet Luna — led by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, seen most recently at MASS MoCA as a duo performing “13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” in 2009 — returns after a 10-year hiatus. With its 1999-era full-band line-up (also featuring Sean Eden and Lee Wall), the band sounds as strong as ever and is back with a sweet vengeance to open the summer season on Saturday (May 28) at 8pm in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams.

Described as “one of indie rock’s most beloved live acts” by Rolling Stone, Luna pairs poignant songwriting with wistful, weaving electric guitar riffs and chugging bass lines — ’90s nostalgic pop-rock at its best. Following the break-up of Wareham’s band Galaxie 500, Luna was formed in New York in 1991 by Wareham with Stanley Demeski of the Feelies and Justin Harwood of the Chills. After releasing its debut album Lunapark in 1993, the band underwent a handful of line-up changes throughout the decade — Sean Eden joined in 1994, Lee Wall took Demeski’s place on drums in 1997, and Britta Phillips replaced Harwood on bass in 2000. The group still produced five studio albums amidst all the changes: Bewitched (1994), Penthouse (1995), Pup Tent (1997), The Days of Our Nights (1999), and Romantica (2002). In 2011, Rolling Stone named Penthouse #99 on its “100 Best Albums of the Nineties.”

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FEST: Mass Gathering @ Ski Butternut on Memorial Day Weekend

May 26th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

Mass Gathering is a combination of races and music fest that takes place in the Berkshires during Memorial Day weekend. The races include a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, trail race and more in the morning on Saturday & Sunday (May 28 & 29).

The races on both days are followed by an afternoon festival of music featuring such bands as Deer Tick, Matisyahu, Gin Blossoms and more at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington.

GO HERE for more info on the races.

Tickets for the music fest are available for $35 per day; $60 for both days. VIP tickets and overnight camping tix are also available. Kids age 10 and under are FREE.

And here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2016 Mass Gathering:

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ArtBeat: What To See

May 26th, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara


Leigh Palmer: Opening No. 54 @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

Leigh Palmer: Opening No. 54 @ Carrie Haddad Gallery

25th Anniversary Exhibition @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. The gallery’s anniversary exhibit marking 25 years in Hudson includes new paintings by Leigh Palmer, color field panels by Ginny Fox, sculpture by Leon Smith and photographs by Dale Goffigon. Artists’ reception: Saturday, May 28, 6-8pm. (Through July 10)

Freya Powell: Active Turn @ Art Omi

Freya Powell: Active Turn @ Art Omi

Summer 2016 Exhibition @ Art Omi, Ghent. This year’s annual summer exhibition includes new works in The Fields by Charley Friedman, Folkert de Jong, Freya Powell, Rob Fischer and Andreas Savva. Visitors will also get a special in-progress preview of Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder’s performative architecture piece, ReACTOR, which will open in the Omi Architecture Field later this summer. Also on display, in the Charles B. Benenson Gallery, is a solo exhibition of Charley Friedman’s indoor work featuring prints, drawings and mechanical sculpture of whirling beach balls, through July 24. Opening day celebration: Saturday, May 28, 1-4pm.

Nina Katchadourian @ MASS MoCA

Nina Katchadourian @ MASS MoCA

Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. New and existing works by 23 international artists, each touching on certain facets of wonder, including: the perceptual/visionary, the technological/scientific, the philosophical/meditative, time/cosmos, and illusion/fear. Opening reception: Saturday, May 28, 5-6:30pm.

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FREE: Bands Announced for Albany’s Dad Fest

May 26th, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

Last summer, the City of Albany launched the inaugural Dad Fest, a new variation on the annual Father’s Day concert. And next month the free fest returns for its second year, but it’s moving to a new location.

The sophomore Dad Fest will be held on Sunday, June 19 at the Washington Park Parade Grounds, the same site as the Tulip Festival Main Stage. (If it’s good enough for Mother’s Day, it’s good enough for Father’s Day, too.)

Here’s the schedule of band for the 2016 Dad Fest:

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5/26/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

May 26th, 2016, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Le Vent du Nord @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. The award-winning Quebec-based folk quartet features button accordion, guitar and fiddle, but band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even their most buoyant dance tunes. 8pm. $35.

CABARET: Charles Busch @ the 801 Supper Club at the Mansion Inn, Rock City Falls. The inimitable award-winning performer and writer serves up “The Lady in Question Is Me.” $60 includes three-course dinner and the show. 6pm dinner; 8pm show.

MUSIC: The Strawbs @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Veteran British folk-rock pioneers bring their electric show to town, playing their album Hero & Heroine – named “one of the 50 greatest prog rock albums of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine – in its entirety, followed by a set of Strawbs favorites. 7pm. $30.

MUSIC: Factory Radio @ the Low Beat, Albany. With Ferriday and Antecedent. 8pm.

THEATER: “Presto Change-O” @ Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. The new musical by Eric Price and Joel Waggoner tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather causes real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family. 3 & 7:30pm. Through Saturday, June 11.

MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: In Memory of Danny Ward @ Carney’s Tavern, Ballston Lake. With music by Matty Finn, the tavern remembers Danny Ward, who bartended there for 30 years before he passed away in 2009. Ten percent of all proceeds of the night will be donated to the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School scholarship in Ward’s memory. 6pm. FREE.

MUSIC: David Kraai @ Uncle Willy’s, Kingston. Throughout the years, legends like Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Jorma Kaukonen and Paul Butterfield have all taken the stage at Uncle Willy’s. Now it’s Kraai’s turn as he kicks off a month-long residency. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Sonny & Perley @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

LIVE: Underground Jazz Jam @ the Falcon Underground, 5/10/16

May 25th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Aaron Goldberg, Ira Coleman and Adam Nussbaum

Aaron Goldberg, Ira Coleman and Adam Nussbaum

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Jam sessions…

Often these are behind-closed-door sessions that are played strictly for fun – or the musicians’ own amusement – in the late, late evening/early morning times in after-hours lofts and bars.

But that’s not necessarily so in the Hudson Valley.

Tony Falco, the owner of The Falcon in Marlboro has recently renovated the basement of his building, and it’s now open as a separate performance space. Eventually, it will also become a beer garden featuring New York State craft brews and spirits known as the Falcon Underground.

On this occasion, the jam session started early – even before the sun went down. Children were welcome and well represented in the audience. Falco introduced the musicians who were the core of the session – Adam Nussbaum on drums, Ira Coleman on bass and Aaron Goldberg on piano, all first-call musicians on the NYC jazz scene.

Before the set started, Nussbaum asked, “Have we played together all at once before?” Nobody seemed to remember, but it didn’t seem to matter. Standards – such as “Body and Soul,” “I Mean You,” “All Blues” – were performed as though the trio had been playing together for years. Heck, they interacted as if they could read each others thoughts.

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Berkshire Jazz Collective Plays Benefit Concert for the Richie duPont Award [Berkshire on Stage]

May 25th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Sara
Berkshire Theatre Group Holds 11th Annual Richie duPont Award Event featuring The Berkshire Jazz Collective to Raise Funds for BTG PLAYS! Camp Scholarships

Berkshire Theatre Group Holds 11th Annual Richie duPont Award Event featuring The Berkshire Jazz Collective to Raise Funds for BTG PLAYS! Camp Scholarships

Berkshire Theatre Group is planning the 11th Annual Richie duPont Award Event featuring the Berkshire Jazz Collective on Friday (May 27) at 7pm at The Garage in Pittsfield. Anchored by Andy Wrba, Bill Chapman and Benny Kohn, the Berkshire Jazz Collective is the choice jazz band of the Berkshires. The BJC has featured special guests including Charles Neville (saxophone), Benito Gonzales (piano), Marisa Massery (vocals), Armen Donelian (piano) and more of the regions finest musicians.

Tickets to the 11th Annual Richie duPont Award Event are $15 for adults, and $10 for ages 18 and under in advance; and $20 for adults and $15 for ages 18 and under the day of show. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444, or online at The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

All proceeds benefit BTG’s Richie duPont Award. The Richie duPont Award started in memory of the talented young actor and member of the BTG Community, Richie duPont. The fund was established in 2005 to enable children to pursue their dreams of being on stage and afford them the opportunity to attend one of BTG PLAYS! camp sessions.

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