LIVE: Bear Grass @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 10/3/14

October 21st, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany hosted an all-Local 518 triple-bill earlier this month as part of its continuing Eclectic Performances concert series.

Led by Katie Hammon, Bear Grass held down the headlining slot. In addition to Hammon, the band featured Ian White,
 Stephen Stanley, 
Tommy Krebs 
and August Sagehorn (the latter two formerly of Alta Mira).

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Festival Fever: Festival of the Dead @ Washington Avenue Armory on Saturday

October 21st, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

Festival of the Dead
Albany’s sixth annual Festival of the Dead takes over every inch of Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory on Saturday night (October 25). That’s right, the entire Armory, including the main floor arena, all four ballrooms, even the basement, will each be hauntingly decked out with different themes and different music to suit everyone’s entertainment needs.

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CRBN’s Blues Band Showdown @ the Fuller Roadhouse Grille on Saturday

October 21st, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Blues Band ShowdownThe Capital Region Blues Network’s annual Blues Band Showdown will take place at the Fuller Roadhouse Grille in Albany at 7pm on Saturday (October 25).

The Blues Showdown pits four Local 518 blues bands against each other: Bent Rail Blues Band, Fade to Blues, JV & the Cutters and Sly Fox & the Hustlers. In addition, two acts will compete in the solo/duo category: Agape Blues Company and Leslie Barkman.

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10/21/14: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

October 21st, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Robin Trower @ The Egg, Albany. The veteran guitar hero performs live in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his historic album Bridge of Sighs – a collection of songs is in every budding guitarslinger’s reference library that has influenced a generation of musicians. Sly Fox & the Hustlers open the show. 8pm. $34.50, $44.50 & $49.50.

MUSIC: Purling Hiss @ BSP Lounge, Kingston. From Philadelphia, Drag City Records fuzz-masters rumble into Kingston in support of their new album, Weirdon. With Meatbodies. 9pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Phuss @ the Low Beat, Albany. With the Fire Trail. 9pm.

MUSIC: Ultimate Painting @ Bard College’s Smog, Annandale-on-Hudson. James Hoare (of Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (Mazes) in support of their self-titled debut album – slated for release next week – embark on their first U.S. tour.

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LIVE: TriBeCaStan @ The Linda, 10/11/14

October 20th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

If you want to set off one of my more epic rants, come at me with that old saw about “Smallbany” (“Oh, there’s NOTHING happening here…”), and then step back a few feet so you can watch me turn into the Tasmanian Devil without getting caught in the shock wave. It doesn’t take a lot of looking around to see the wealth of cultural goodness that’s coming to this area on a regular basis; I just wish more people had looked long enough to see TriBeCaStan was playing The Linda, because this eye-crossing music needs to be experienced.

“It’s great to be in Albania!” TriBeCaStan leader/multi-instrumentalist John Kruth enthused in a Borat-quality accent. Then he added drily, “We thought there might be more people in Albania…” The crowd may have been small, but their fervor for what this mammoth group dished out started big and grew exponentially. And I do mean mammoth, both in size and sound: A septet can put a pretty decent strain on The Linda’s limited stage space, and there were so many instruments and amplifiers stuffed onto that space, emcee Michael Eck had to play his opening solo-acoustic set on the floor in front of the stage. Mind you, most of those instruments were only played by two people – Kruth and his partner-in-madness Jeff Greene – but trust me, they all played a part in what I believe is a completely new genre: BIZARRO World Music!

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Upstate Concert Hall Announces Two Big New Concerts

October 20th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Although they’re not going to roll around on the calendar til March, the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park has announced a pair of new concerts worth waiting for:

With the Mahones and Blood or Whiskey
Monday, March 2, 8pm
Tickets: $30.50, on sale at 10am on Saturday (October 25)

Saturday, March 7, 8pm
Tickets: $25 in advance; $28 at the door; on sale at 10am on Friday (October 24)

LIVE: Brett Dennen @ The Egg, 10/18/14

October 20th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Brett Dennon

Brett Dennon

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Pop singer-songwriter Brett Dennen went back to basics for his latest album, Smoke and Mirrors, so it was no surprise that the supporting tour, which made a stop at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last weekend, was in the same vein – a solo acoustic concert. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, the red-head from northern California sported musical influences ranging from Paul Simon to Tom Petty to Neil Young, and the fans in the theater were enthusiastic, to say the least.

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“Stonewall” DIldine and the Mess at Shakespeare & Company [Berkshire on Stage]

October 20th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
Stonewall Dildine’s answer to all questions: “”We don’t discuss personnel matters.”

Stonewall Dildine’s answer to all questions: “We don’t discuss personnel matters.”

By Larry Murray

For more than a week, the board and management of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox have evaded every question about the sudden departure of artistic director Tony Simotes. It has also refused to give any indication of whether this signals a major reorganization of the theatre company, and just who is going to be next on the chopping block. The order to be silent has reverberated throughout the company and many of the founders and long-term members fear that if they open their mouth, they will lose their jobs. It seems that heads are going to roll soon, and that worries me as a veteran theater watcher who has a great love for this venerable company of actors.

Secrecy and stonewalling are a familiar form of corporate politics. Whether white collar workers or actors, using these sorts of wily tactics always backfires, and has already began to erode the company’s years of reputation and audience building.

Oddly, Shakespeare & Company chose to release the news of Simotes departure with hints of more changes to come in an after-hours news release (original story) late on a Friday night. They probably expected that few would print the news, or – most importantly – that few would notice that the popular Simotes was being unceremoniously ushered out months before his contract ends despite promises to the contrary. There were few details, just the usual meaningless niceties that accompany such corporate beheadings. My own attempts to glean more information were rebuffed even when such attempts were done using personal email rather than official ShakesCo email address which were undoubtedly being monitored for leaks.

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