5/25/17: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

May 25th, 2017, 7:11 am by Greg

MUSIC: Ozere @ Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center, Glens Falls. Led by violinist Jessica Deutsch, the Canadian band seamlessly blends bluegrass, Celtic, Balkan, pop and chamber music, creating a fresh new folk sound. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Bob & Joy @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. Duo of Caffe fave Bob Warren with Joy McKenzie. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Bob Dylan Birthday Tribute @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Former Levon Helm & the Barnburners guitarist Pat O’Shea and special guests pay tribute with an evening of all-Dylan, all night. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Guitar Night Boys @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 7pm.

MUSIC: L.O.C.H.HDown #3 @ the Low Beat, Albany. Lords of Chaos Hip-Hop Collective showcase featuring Simply the Rabbit, Eulogy tha Lionhart, ATG featuring Zae Biggz, Mike Arson, JB aka Dirty Moses, Young Trae Boogy & Trey Magic, Bags, Ozymandias, AirlineJay. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: Hey Nineteen @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. 11-piece Steely Dan tribute band. With Peter J. Newland & RadioXile. 8pm. $30.

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LIVE: Rock Against Racism @ Troy Innovation Garage, 5/20/17

May 24th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg

Mystery Girl

Mystery Girl

Photograph by Paul Jossman

You could hear the music down the street before you got to the Troy Innovation Garage, and once you did, there was a sandwich board on the street telling what was going on inside…

It was a Rock Against Racism concert taking place on Saturday afternoon (May 20) to benefit the Madison family of Schodack, whose home was damaged and garage destroyed by racist graffiti and an alleged arson attack less than a week earlier.

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LIVE: The Branford Marsalis Quartet With Kurt Elling @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 4/27/17

May 24th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Photographs by Tim Raab

Here are a few quick photos from the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s Gala Concert with the Branford Marsalis Quartet and guest vocalist Kurt Elling. And a quick closing shot of Branford and fan at the reception…

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THEATER REVIEW: “Kunstler” @ Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

May 24th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg
Jeff McCarthy as William Kunstler (photo: Carol Rosegg)

Jeff McCarthy as William Kunstler (photo: Carol Rosegg)

Review by Barbara Waldinger

KUNSTLER: A showman’s portrayal of a showman

In this year of political unrest, Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield has elected to open their 2017 season with the story of William Kunstler, the renowned radical lawyer and civil rights activist. Jeff McCarthy, a longtime Associate Artist with Barrington Stage who plays Kunstler, describes him in a WAMC-FM interview as a “wild and woolly character” accused of being a “showboater and a grandstander.” In fact, Kunstler himself acknowledged: “I’ve been accused of being a showman, to which I plead guilty.” His aim was to use his notoriety to attract attention to his clients’ causes. McCarthy, in a perfect blend of physicality and verbal dexterity, resurrects the colorful Kunstler in body and spirit.

Produced by Saratoga Springs-based the Creative Place International/AND Theater Company, Kunstler was first performed at the Hudson Stage Company in 2013, followed by a sold-out run at 59E59th, and will go on to a national tour with Jeff McCarthy in 2018/19.

More than two decades after his death, the subject of the play still provokes conversation and controversy, in which BSC does not shrink from taking part. Playwright Jeffrey Sweet appeared at the theater to discuss the process of writing Kunstler in a talk-back following the May 20 evening performance. On June 3, Karin Kunstler will engage in Barrington’s “Conversations With” series, delivering an “Up-Close Portrait” of her father. It’s a family industry: two other daughters, Emily and Sarah Kunstler, have produced a documentary about their father titled, “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe,” screened at Sundance in 2009.

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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

May 24th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

In support of their latest album, The Name of the Band Is…, rambunctious drummer-frontman Fred LeBlanc leads the hot-wired New Orleans rockers Cowboy Mouth into King Neptune’s Pub in Lake George at 8pm on Friday, June 16. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $10.

OK, we didn’t see this one comin’… Hollywood sleaze-rockers Faster Pussycat pounce on Chrome in Waterford on Wednesday, July 26. The Erotics and Ike’s Wasted Life opening the show at 8pm. Priced at $15, tickets go on sale at 8am on Friday (May 26).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Local 518 openers Let’s Be Leonard will kick off the 2017 season of Albany’s Alive at Five free concert series, which are back at the Corning Preserve’s Jennings Landing again this summer.

We previously announced two new concert series coming to ProctorsThe Passport Series: Music Haven at Proctors and One Night Only: The Cabaret Series at Proctors, but the Schenectady theater complex has also announced quite a few additional concerts and performances for its 2017-2018 season. Upcoming at Proctors are the string quartet Well-Strung (September 16), the Sachal Jazz Ensemble (October 28), the King’s Singers (November 7), the Beach Boys (November 14), Gobsmacked! (November 17), the Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe (February 16), the Chieftains (March 13) and Classic Albums Live: Pink Floyd Wall (April 12).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Made in the Shade of The Egg outdoor concert series on the Empire State Plaza will spice up your lunch this summer with a baker’s dozen of free shows, including Joe Louis Walker, the Soul Rebels, the Sweetback Sisters, the New Breed Brass Band, Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, Roosevelt Dime, the Big Takeover and lots more.

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

May 24th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

A medley of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bass lines… played with an actual red hot chili pepper.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

May 24th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg
Joseph Deuel (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Joseph Deuel

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

From Saratoga Today: Thomas Dimpoloulos interviews Joseph Deuel, native Saratogian, Caffe Lena soundman, photographer, Nippertown contributor and all-around good guy…

From UAlbany Magazine: Steve Barnes chats with UAlbany alum Nora Lum (aka, stand-up comedian/rapper Awkwafina) about her featured role in “Ocean’s Eight,” the upcoming all-female spin-off of the “Ocean’s 11” film series.

From The Spot 518: Michael Hallisey profiles Local 518ers the Holly & Evan Band.

From SMU National Center for Arts Research: Hudson was named one of the Top 5 Small Cities (10,000-50,000 people) on the list of Most Vibrant Arts Communities in America.

From Thrillist: More kudos for Hudson. In “The Best Small Towns to Visit in All 50 States,” Hudson tops the list for New York; Northampton for Massachusetts.

From WEXT-FM: Andrew Gregory is back with his quarterly update, The Local 518 Music (and More) Report for the first quarter of 2017. Bet you didn’t know there was so much Local 518 music…

From All Over Albany: The Downtown Albany BID is asking you to vote for the movies that you’d like to see screened outdoors this summer for their Bites Camera Action series in Tricentennial Park at 8:30pm on Mondays from July 10-August 14. Deadline to vote is 12midnight on Friday, June 2.

From WeAllWantSomeone.org: Bryan Lasky’s photo gallery of Catfish & the Bottlemen and the Worn Flints in concert at the Upstate Concert Hall earlier this month.

From Paste: Bonnie Stiernberg’s story, “What We Can (And Can’t) Learn From the Downfall of PWR BTTM,” who played Skidmore College’s Falstaff’s in Saratoga Springs just last month.

From The Alt: After writing a cover story/rave review of PWR BTTM’s concert at Skidmore last month, Eli Enis shares his “disappointment, frustration and betrayal”

FEST: Strange Creek Campout @ Camp Kee-Wanee

May 24th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Still lookin’ for something fun to do for the upcoming holiday weekend?

The 15th annual Strange Creek Campout takes over Camp Kee-Wanee in Greenfield from Friday-Monday (May 26-29).

It’s not just a festival; it’s an invasion featuring more than 70 bands over the course of the Memorial Day weekend.

All-fest tickets are on sale now, priced at $145 through Wednesday (May 24); $160 at the gate. Early bird tickets for Thursday (starting at 3pm) are $30; Sunday-only tickets are priced at $60.

Here’s the complete list of bands for the 2017 Strange Creek Campout:

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