The Flecktones are a crack team of instrumentalists who are all among the best in the world at their particular instrument. Or, in the case of Futureman who plays primarily an instrument of his own invention, the best and only proponent.
The band has undergone various line-up changes, but their recent reunion performance at The Egg saw a return to the original quartet featuring bandleader and banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck joined by Howard Levy on piano and harmonica, legendary bassist Victor Wooten and his brother Futureman on drums and drumitar (think keytar with drum pads).
Craig Black and Emily Proctor of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (photo: Rosalie O’Connor)
Jacob’s Pillow in Becket launches its 84th annual season today (June 22) with the exciting contemporary dance company Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presenting a diverse program in the Ted Shawn Theatre through Sunday (June 26).
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is dually-based in New Mexico and Colorado and led by Artistic Director Tom Mossbrucker and Executive Director Jean-Philippe Malaty. Exhibiting masterful technique and powerful performances, the company brings stirring works by a roster of esteemed choreographers including Alejandro Cerrudo’sSilent Ghost, Fernando Melo’sRe:play and Cayetano Soto’sHuma Rojo.
“I am thrilled to welcome Aspen Santa Fe Ballet back to the Pillow, where they are so beloved by our audiences,” says Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge. “The breadth and diversity of the program promises something for everyone and a fabulous opening week for Festival 2016.”
Former Kiss guitar great Ace Frehley and his band (featuring former Nippertonian Chris Wyse on bass) rumble into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Saturday, October 8. Tickets are $25 in advance; $28 at the door. And Pennywise takes the stage on Saturday, October 15, performing About Time in its entirety and more. Support acts include Strung Out, Unwritten Law and Runaway Kids. Tickets are $20 in advance; $23 at the door. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 24). Newly announced shows already on sale at UCH include Twiztid with Mac Lethal, Zodiac and Mprint at 7pm on Tuesday, October 18 ($22 in advance; $25 at the door), as well as Clutch with Zakk Sabbath (Zakk Wylde performing an all-Black Sabbath set) and Kyng at 8pm on Saturday, October 29 ($29 in advance; $32 at the door).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall announced two new concerts – the Texas troubadour double-bill of Lyle Lovett with Robert Earl Keen, as well as a night songs by the blues great Willie Dixon performed by Big Head Todd with Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch and Ronnie Baker Brooks. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (June 24).
Apparently three upcoming shows at Putnam Den aren’t enough for Michelle Shocked, so she’s added a fourth show at Newberry Music Hall in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Saturday, July 23. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20.
CHANGES: At Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Chaka Khan has cancelled her headlining appearance scheduled for Saturday (June 25); the Isley Brothers have been tapped as her replacement. GO HERE for the complete updated performance schedule of dates and start times for each band…
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Quite a few new free summer concert series have been announced in the past week, and the Riverlink Park concert series in Amsterdam is one of the best of them with a line-up that includes the Revelers, the Lustre Kings with Billy Eli, Roomful of Blues, the Caleb Klauder Country Band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Robin & Linda Williams and more.
The Record Company spins into Albany’s Hollow Bar + Kitchen at 9pm on Thursday, October 20. Priced at $15 in advance; $17 at the door, tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 24).
CHANGE OF VENUE: Kiss tribute band Kiss Army was originally slated to play the Palace Theatre on Saturday night (June 25), but due to “unforeseen circumstances” the show has been downsized to the Hollow Bar + Kitchen just down the street. Palace tickets will be valid at the Hollow.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: And another first-rate free summer concert series takes place at Riverfront Park in Athens, where such national acts as the Pat Travers Band, the Artimus Pyle Band, the Weight, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes and more are all scheduled to play.
Returning to the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont, the 36th annual Old Songs Festival will host a wide variety of folk and other acoustic performers during its three-day run this weekend, Friday-Sunday, June 24-26.
The family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic, world music and dance is well known throughout the northeast for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, hands-on experience and participatory nature. In addition to three main stage concerts, there will be 120 daytime workshops led by the fest’s performers. Also featured are a juried craft show, food and instrument vendors, and a well-run children’s activity area.
The fest will kick off at 3:30pm on Friday with a batch of workshops. The Friday and Saturday night Main Stage concerts will be followed by an 11pm contra dance. And, of course, on-site camping is also available.
Here’s the line-up of performers for the 2016 fest’s Main Stage concerts:
Back in October, the latest spin-off incarnation of the Grateful Dead launched their inaugural tour with a concert at Albany’s Times Union Center. The pieces didn’t quite all fit together perfectly, but there was no doubt that the new line-up of Dead & Company – featuring Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann augmented with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti – definitely showed promise.
On Tuesday evening (June 21), the band returned to Greater Nippertown for their debut at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where the Grateful Dead still hold the record for the biggest concert crowd. And this time around, they lived up to the promise…
MUSIC: Lucius @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Fronted by the stylish and compelling look-alike twosome of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Lucius has come a long way since stealing the show at the 2013 Solid Sound. With Margaret Glaspy, who opened for the Milk Carton Kids in Troy just last month. 8pm. $15.
MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Lake George Arts Project’s Summer Sunset Cruise @ the SS Adirondac at Shoreline Cruises, Lake George. A benefit for the Lake George Arts Project, the two-hour luxury cruise will feature tasty food from several area restaurants, a silent auction featuring seasonal items and dining certificates, a raffle, and live music by PJ Ferguson. 6:30pm boarding; 7pm sail. $30.
MUSIC: Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. The made in the Shade of The Egg lunchtime concert series continues with the charismatic singer-guitarist whose music is rooted in vintage 1930’s Mississippi blues, then shaken and stirred with such genres as soul, funk, and reggae and backed by her band. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…
MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ Riverfront Park, Troy. Rockin’ on the River keeps on rollin’ along… With MaryLeigh Roohan. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…
MUSIC: Sirsy @ Freedom Park, Scotia. The dynamic alt-pop duo of Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti return to kick off the Freedom Park summer season. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…
THEATER: “Island Song” @ Wood Theater, Glens Falls. It’s opening night! Adirondack Theatre Festival kicks off its season with the new musical from Sam Carner and Derek Gregor examining the struggle of finding love, the struggle of finding success, and above all, the struggle of finding yourself in a big city where everyone seems somehow interconnected. Directed and choreographed by Marlo Hunter. 7:30pm. $32, $38 & $45.