New Show Announced for the Colonial Theatre

March 4th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

Stand-up comedian Ralphie May – whose new comedy special “Unruly” has just been added to Netflix Instant Watch – is headed into the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 8pm on Saturday, April 25.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $35 & $45.


Solid Sound Festival 2015 Announces Line-Up of Bands

March 4th, 2015, 9:30 am by Greg

Signs of the City

Photograph by Greg Haymes

Solid Sound – the music and arts festival curated by Wilco and hosted by MASS MoCA in North Adams – has announced the line-up of bands, and once again it’s a mighty fine mix of music that stretches from jazz (the Charles Lloyd Quartet) to Afro-Beat (King Sunny Adé & His African Beats), from hip-hop (Shabazz Palaces) to Omni-Pop (NRBQ), in addition to comedy, film, theater and more…

The fest takes over the MASS MoCA campus with multiple performance stages for three days from Friday-Sunday, June 26-28.

Advance all-festival, three-day passes are currently available for $149. Three-day passes for children ages 7-10 are $50. For kids age six and under, admission is free.

Here’s a line-up of performers for Solid Sound 2015:

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3/4/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

March 4th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Justin Townes Earle @ The Egg, Albany. He was named Best Emerging Artist by the Americana Music Association in 2009 and he has since risen to be one of the day’s most prolific and acclaimed singer-songwriters in his own right. He returns to The Egg in support of his new albums, Single Mothers and Absent Fathers. Gill Landry of the Old Crow Medicine Show opens the concert. 7:30pm. $28. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “Souvenir” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, the comedy with heart is based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who rose to fame for her annual, sold-out, opera recitals at Carnegie Hall. Crowds went wild when she tackled the most difficult arias. The only trouble was that she could not sing. Not a note. 7:30pm. $20-$60. Through March 22.

MUSIC: Charlie Parr @ the Parlor Room, Northampton. The self-taught Minnesota guitarist-banjoman’s heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals are as authentic as they come. With J.D. Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers. 7pm. $15.

THEATER: “Annie” @ Proctors, Schenectady. “The sun will come out TOMORROW…” 7:30pm. $20-$85. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. 10pm.

FILM/DISCUSSION: “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” @ Spectrum 8 Theatres, Albany. Mary Dore’s film resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. With a post-screening Q&A with Marilyn Webb. 7pm. $10.25; $8.50 students; $8.25 seniors; $7.50 children.

LIVE: J.J. Grey & Mofro @ The Egg, 2/19/15

March 3rd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

J.J. Grey & Mofro

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: J.J. Grey & Mofro
WITH: The London Souls
WHERE: The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany
WHEN: Thursday, February 19

J.J. Grey – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Anthony Cole – drums
Andrew Trube – guitar
Anthony Farrell – piano, organ
Todd Smallie – bass
Dennis Marion – trumpet
Jeff Dazey – saxophone

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Festival Fever: SummerSound @ Tanglewood

March 3rd, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

This year the annual SummerSound festival at Tanglewood in Lenox kicks off the Berkshires summer season in a big way on Memorial Day weekend. In years past, the fest has focused primarily on local bands, but they’re definitely upping the ante in 2015.

The Indigo Girls will be headlining the fest on Saturday, May 23 with West End Blend joining in the festivities. Day Two (Sunday, May 24) will feature performances by the Pimps of Joytime, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Barefoot Truth and the Interlopers.

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THE DOZEN: March’s Must-See Concerts

March 3rd, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

You could call it Best Bets or Top Tips or whatever. We call it The Dozen, whereby we offer a monthly round-up of 12 (or so) of the shows around Nippertown that have got us jazzed the most. One entry per venue. Of course, your results may vary, so please feel free to weigh in on what you think we missed.

Here’s The Dozen for the month of March to kick off your case of cabin fever:

WEDNESDAY (MARCH 4): Justin Townes Earle @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. The second generation Americana star returns to Nippertown in support of his two new albums, Single Mothers and Absent Fathers. With Old Crow Medicine Show’s Gill Landry in support of his brand-spankin’ new self-titled album. 7:30pm. $28. GO HERE for more info…

SATURDAY (MARCH 7): St. Vincent @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. She’s making her Nippertown debut in support of her self-titled album, which won her the Grammy last month for Best Alternative Music Album. With the bold Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval. 8pm. $28. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out.

SUNDAY (MARCH 8): The Fleshtones @ the River Street Pub, Troy. The retrun of the Garage Rock Gods. With the Lawn Sausages and the Mysteios. 3pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

SUNDAY (MARCH 8): Charlie Parr @ The Linda, Albany. The self-taught roots music veteran rolls into town in advance of his upcoming new album, Stumpjumper. With the Legendary Shack Shakers’ J.D. Wilkes and Local 518 Man-About-Town Michael Eck.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12: Eric Church @ the Times Union Center, Albany. OK, we’re not big Eric Church fans. But Drive-by Truckers are opening the show. 7pm. $23, $38, $48 & $62.50.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14: Kat Edmonson @ MASS MoCA’s Club B-10, North Adams. Yes, she was on “American Idol,” but don’t hold that against her. Formerly of Austin and now of NYC, the jazz-pop singer wowed the crowd as a last minute replacement at Tanglewood Jazz Weekend back in ’09. 8pm. $16 in advance; $22 & $26 at the door; $10 students.

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Mahaiwe in March: Chinese Acrobats, Met Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, London’s National Theatre, More [Berkshire on Stage]

March 3rd, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

London’s National Theatre in HD presents David Hare’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”

There’s a variety of live and projected performances on stage and screen at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington for the month of March. Included are the Chinese acrobatic troupe Golden Dragon Acrobats and HD broadcasts of the Met Opera, London’s National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet, as well as classic movies and children’s theater by the Omaha Theater Company.

“We’re offering timeless fun for the whole family this month,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly.

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50 Bands Announced for MOVE Music Fest

March 3rd, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Wild Adriatic @ McGeary's (photo by Brian Tromans)

Wild Adriatic @ McGeary’s Pub, MOVE Music Fest, 2013

Photograph by Brian Tromans

The three-day MOVE Music Festival is taking over downtown Albany once again this spring. The fourth annual MOVE Music Fest is scheduled to take place Friday-Sunday, April 24-26 at 11 showcase venues throughout Albany.

In addition to showcasing approximately 100 bands, the fest will also feature interactive
roundtable discussions, industry panels, and a keynote speech by Tony Shimkin, songwriter for Madonaa, Taylor Dayne, Wild Orchid and others.

Venues hosting MOVE Music Fest showcases include Justin’s, McGeary’s Pub, Blue 82, the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, the Lark Tavern, the Fuze Box, the Barrel Saloon, Stout, the City Beer Hall, the Parish Public House and the Pearl Street Pub.

Three-day, all-fest tickets are currently available for $20.

MOVE Music Festival organizers have announced the first 50 bands performing at the fest:

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