LIVE: Gregory Alan Isakov @ The Egg, 4/10/15

April 22nd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

Gregory Alan Isakov

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Colorado-based singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov brought his band into The Egg in Albany recently for his Nippertown concert debut. With songs that told the story of miles, landscapes and the search for a sense of place, Isakov focused primarily on selections from his most recent album, The Weatherman. Americana favorite Jolie Holland opened the concert.

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COMIN’ SOON: This Week’s New Concert Announcements

April 22nd, 2015, 3:06 pm by Greg
Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto

Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto

Hay, fans of prog-rock (and especially King Crimson)! Crimson alum Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto (and their friends) wrap up their week-long summer camp at Full Moon Resort with a concert at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 8pm on Thursday, August 13. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Out in Cooperstown, Brewery Ommegang bolsters its already line-up of the hippest summer concert series around Nippertown with the addition of Primus and Dinosaur Jr.

POSTPONED: Originally scheduled for tonight (Wednesday, April 22) at Proctors in Schenectady, the concert by veteran pop singer Paul Anka has been postponed due to 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 3. Tickets are now on sale for the new date.

Folk/Americana favorites Jay Ungar & Molly Mason – best known for their song “Ashokan Farewell,” the theme song for Ken Burns’ award winning 1990 PBS-TV miniseries “The Civil War” – perform a benefit concert at the Valatie Community Theatre in Valatie at 8pm on Saturday, May 2. Tickets are $20, with proceeds to benefit the theater.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Heart are slated to rock Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 1.

Club Helsinki in Hudson hosts a performance of the Platte Clove Nature Theater – a musical odyssey co-created by three visionary musician-performers: Fredo Viola, Luis Mojica and Ryder Cooley – at 8pm on Sunday, June 7. Tickets are $8 in advance: $12 at the door. And the Michael Powers Frequency fires up the blues at Club Helsinki at 9pm on Friday, June 19. Tickets are $18.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: They’re back! The subdudes are bringing their soulful, acoustic, roots-rockin’ Americana back to The Egg. Tickets go on sale on Friday (April 24).

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New Release Rack: Urban Gumbo’s “Hard Times for Love”

April 22nd, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

Urban Gumbo: Hard Times for Love

Review by Greg Haymes

Hard Times for Love
Beezer Records

Longtime Local 518 music fans will recall that Urban Gumbo had about a 10-year run on the Nippertown club scene back in the ’90s. They recorded a couple of albums – 11 Stories and Tea Time in Tokyo – before finally calling it quits in 1999. But as it turns out, that wasn’t the end of the story…

A couple of years ago, three of the band’s original members – drummer Bob Girouard, guitarist Rob Piorowski and bassist Gary Butts – recruited some new members and started playing out again – mostly at the River Street Pub in Troy.

And now they’ve just released their loooong-awaited third disc, Hard Times for Love, in celebration of their 25th anniversary.

Urban Gumbo is the perfect name for this band – while there’s an overall rowdy, party-time rock & roll vibe, they don’t stick to any one musical genre – but the songs stick in you ears.

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POSTPONED: Tonight’s Paul Anka Concert @ Proctors

April 22nd, 2015, 1:45 pm by Greg

Originally scheduled for Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm tonight (Wednesday, April 22), the concert by veteran pop singer Paul Anka has been postponed due to illness.

The concert has been re-scheduled for 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 3.

All tickets for tonight’s performance will be honored for the new November date. Ticket holders are asked to contact Proctors for refunds after 11am on Thursday (April 23) only if they cannot attend the new concert date.

Win FREE Tickets to Walter Salas-Humara @ the Low Beat on Saturday

April 22nd, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

Singer-songwriter Walter Salas-Humara returns to the Low Beat on Saturday (April 25) in support of his latest album, Curve and Shake. He’s been a regular on Nippertown stages with his rip-snortin’ band, the Silos, since the days of QE2, and his work with that band alone is enough to make this a must-see concert. (Following the release of the Silos’ sophomore album Cuba in 1987, they were voted Best New American Band in the Rolling Stone Critics Poll.)

But along the way, Salas-Humara has also been a member of the Setters (also featuring Alejandro Escovedo and Michael Hall), Woozy (with songwriter Dave Bassett) and I’m Not Jim (a collaboration with acclaimed novelist Jonathan Lethem). And he’s released three top-grade solo albums, too.

The Canjo 10s are slated to open the show at the Low Beat 8pm on Saturday. Advance tickets are available for $10.

BUT WAIT… there’s more. We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the concert to some lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (April 24). The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Win FREE Tickets to Landlady @ the Low Beat on Thursday
Win FREE Tickets to Pete Francis @ the Low Beat on Friday

FESTIVAL FEVER: 24-Hour Drone @ Basilica Hudson on Saturday & Sunday

April 22nd, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Brian Dewan

Brian Dewan (photo by Kirsen Ferguson)

Basilica Hudson, Hudson
3pm Saturday, April 25-3pm Sunday, April 26
$15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who? are presenting an immersive event and all-encompassing experience, featuring musicians from the region and beyond experimenting in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western and instrumental drone music for a full 24 hours of low-frequency fun, set in-the-round in Basilica’s Main Hall.

Here’s a round-up of some of the featured musicians:

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C-R Productions Says Goodbye to Cohoes Music Hall with Two Gala Shows This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

April 22nd, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara
Tony Rivera (l) and Jim Charles (r) at Cohoes Music Hall

Tony Rivera (l) and Jim Charles (r) at Cohoes Music Hall

After a dozen years of staging musicals at the Cohoes Music Hall, C-R Productions is closing the curtain on its main-stage shows to focus on its performing arts school and youth performances. Marking the end of one era and the beginning of another are two concerts to say goodbye on Saturday and Sunday (April 25 & 26).

The company has fallen on hard times in recent years and has found it impossible to financially maintain main stage shows at the venue in Cohoes. The gala benefit shows will also serve as the springboard for continuing its C-R Kids programs.

The company produced many memorable shows during its dozen years of operation, at one point even taking its production of the The Producers to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. But during recent years the quality of its productions and size of its audiences sagged and subscribers dwindled to just some 300. Many of them were older and not as receptive to new work as musical theatre has evolved. That is not enough to sustain a company that hires professional talent and has always tried to keep up with the evolving art form. Their operation also suffered from inadequate PR, often opening shows without detailed press releases or photos in sufficient time to generate advance stories that might have helped sell more tickets. Physical problems with the theatre itself – a leftover from the Victorian era – also drained valuable resources.

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The Egg Announces Another New Concert

April 22nd, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

Celebrating three decades as Canada’s foremost, ground-breaking independent artist with her Celtic-rooted blend of pop, folk and world music, Loreena McKennitt brings a rare and intimate tour to The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Friday, October 16. Performing in a trio format (which garnered her a 2012 Grammy nomination for Troubadours on the Rhine), she will be joined by longtime collaborators Brian Hughes and Caroline Lavelle.

McKennitt has sold more than 14 million albums worldwide, and her recordings have achieved gold, platinum and multi‐platinum status in 15 countries on four continents.

Priced at $49.50, $54.50 & $59.50, tickets for the concert are slated to go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (April 24).

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