New Concert Announced for Times Union Center

July 21st, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg

Could there be a better concert announcement for Throwback Thursday?

The Times Union Center is slated to be a stop on the upcoming I Love the ’90s Tour. The 20th century nostalgia tour featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt N Peppa with Spinderella, Rob Base, Color Me Badd, Coolio and Tone Loc lands at the TU Center at 7:30pm on Thursday, December 1.

Priced at $59, $75 & $99 (definitely not ’90s prices), tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (July 22).


7/21/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

July 21st, 2016, 7:18 am by Greg

MUSIC: Freakwater @ the Low Beat, Albany. Alt-country pioneers Dave Gay, Catherine Ann Irwin, Janet Beveridge Bean and their cohorts make their long overdue Greater Nippertown debut in support of their new album, Scheherazade. With Drunken Prayer. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Bloc Party @ Tricentennial Park, Albany. The Alive at Five concert series continues with the London alt-rock foursome in support of their new album, Hymns. With Titanics. 5pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Bellstock @ East Jewett. The 22nd annual music fest in honor of Greg Bell’s birthday gets underway with performances by Rebel Darling, Olivia Quillio, Grassroots Rebels and Doug Cox Acoustic Dead. 2pm. GO HERE for more info and the day-by-day schedule…

MUSIC: Norah Jones @ Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. She swept the 2003 Grammy awards with her debut album Come Away with Me, and since then, she’s taken the road less traveled to carve out an interesting and varied musical career. With the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. 7pm. $65.

MUSIC: The Struts @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Vocalist Luke Spiller leads the British band as they proudly carry the glam-rock flag on their sparkling debut album Everybody Wants. With Dorothy. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Miracle Legion @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. If you missed them at The Linda, now you’ve got another chance to catch the reunited faves. With Fancy Trash. 7pm. $22.

THEATER: The Puppet People @ Barker Park, Troy. “Dig into Reading” to solve the mystery of Book Island and help the hero save the day! Go on a quest, dig for buried treasure – this “Shovel full of Fun” has loads of audience participation! 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Michelle Shocked @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. $20. UPDATE: Oh, this show is sooo cancelled…

MUSIC: Heard @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz on Jay concert series continues with keyboardist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and her world-beat jazz band. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: St. Paul & the Broken Bones @ Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. The six-piece soul band from Alabama raises the roof. 8pm. $25.

MUSIC: Blue Hand Luke @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Yes, Tommy Love is back in town… 7:30pm. FREE.

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LIVE: Don Byron & Friends @ the Van Dyck, 7/15/16

July 20th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
Don Byron

Don Byron

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Don Byron & Friends rolled into the Van Dyck in Schenectady last weekend pumping their way through “Do the Boomerang,” a soul-soaked R&B excursion focusing on the music of Junior Walker, but also dipping into the vast catalogs of other greats, including Ray Charles and James Brown.

They have been playing this music in the Greater Nippertown area for some time, including recent performances at The Falcon in Marlboro and Club Helsinki in Hudson.

Their Schenectady stand had more of a rock ‘n’ roll feel to it. The substitution of vocalist Jonny Rosch (of the Blues Brothers) for Dean Bowman gave the performance a more secular focus rather than leaning toward the gospel end of the R&B spectrum.

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“peerless” Premieres at Barrington Stage Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

July 20th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Sara


Jiehae Park’s comedy peerless will be seen for the first time in the Berkshires at the Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theater in downtown Pittsfield.

Directed by Louisa Proske, peerless begins previews on Thursday (July 21), officially opens on Sunday (July 24), and runs through Saturday, August 6 at BSC’s St. Germain Stage.

peerless tells the story of brilliant, ambitious twin sisters L and M when they realize that perfect academics and superb extracurricular activities aren’t enough to get into their dream college – so they decide to take matters into their own hands. peerless is a comedy…until it isn’t.

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July 20th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

By Don Wilcock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

As we careen through the most contentious presidential election in our lifetime, and every day brings another blood spattering example of carnage of cops killing blacks, blacks killing cops, and religious genocide around the world, it’s not surprising that even the Caffe Lena would present an artist whose show is being billed as The End of The World. But if you’re expecting a pessimistic or even apocalyptic vision from Saturday’s headliner Jean Rohe, think again.

Jean Rohe is a thought-provoking singer-songwriter who sings in three languages and fronts a five-piece band that doesn’t begin to fit into the box of “folk music” or even “Americana” for that matter. “It’s more rockin’ (than The End of the World). It’s very like drum-set and bass-oriented,” she explains.

The End of The World is the title of her latest album with cover art that features Rohe standing up in a tiny boat about to be obliterated by waves from all around her. It deals with the subject of global warming, but, she says, it is not the primary emphasis of her show Saturday night (July 22). “I’m going to do a lot of music from a newer project at Caffe Lena,” she says. “It doesn’t really have a name yet. It’s still the band, but it’s just a new body of songs.” The five-piece group features Rohe singing and playing guitar, accordion and keyboards. Also featured will be drums, bass, synthesizer and other percussion.

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“The Tempest” Comes to Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park [Berkshire on Stage]

July 20th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
(Photo by Haley Barbieri)

(Rehearsal photo by Haley Barbieri)

Shakespeare’s magical (and final) play, The Tempest, a story of revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island, opens soon in a free production outdoors on the First Street Common in Pittsfield. The Tempest is directed by Enrico Spada and features Berkshire theatre veteran Glenn Barrett as Prospero, leading a cast of professionals and young adult actors from across the Berkshires.

Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s third annual free production opens at 8pm on Thursday (July 21), following Pittsfield’s 3rd Thursdays street festival that evening, and runs Thursdays–Sundays at 8pm for 12 performances ending Sunday, August 7. Admission is free. Performances take place on Pittsfield’s First Street Common, located next to the Zion Lutheran Church. Audiences are invited to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the romance under the stars.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

July 20th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park has announced a diverse batch of new concerts, including rapper Danny Brown in support of his upcoming album Atrocity Exhibition due out later this year. He’ll be joined by Maxo Kream and ZelooperZ at 8pm on Saturday, September 17. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $22 in advance; $25 at the door. Also coming soon at UCH are Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls with Arkells and Will Varley at 8pm on Wednesday, November 2 ($22 in advance; $25 at the door), and the 10 Years in the Black Tour featuring headliners Asking Alexandria with Born of Osiris, I See Stars, After the Burial, Upon a Burning Body and Bad Omens at 6pm on Tuesday, November 15 ($25 in advance; $28 at the door).

Club Helsinki in Hudson welcomes back Justin Townes Earle at 9pm on Friday, September 9 ($25 & $35), and Chatham County Line celebrates Autumn with a CD release party at 9pm on Saturday, November 5 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door).

In Woodstock, Levon Helm Studios has pumped up its concert offerings with a pair of new top-notch shows. The Weight will be joined by special guests John Simon, Jackie Greene, Happy Traum and Larry Packer at 8pm on August 25 ($50) and singer-songwriters Billy Bragg and Joe Henry team up for an evening of music at 8pm on Friday, September 30 ($35 & $50).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Horror-rocker and filmmaker Rob Zombie is headed into Albany’s Palace Theatre in support of his new album, The Electric Warlock Acid With Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser. Zombie will be joined by DJ Ginger Fish. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (July 22).

Against Me roars into the Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton at 8pm on Tuesday, September 27. Tickets go on sale on Friday (July 22), priced at $20 in advance; $23 at the door.

Latin Grammy Award winner and one of the premier guitarists from Argentina, Quique Sinesi takes over the stage at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, September 17 with his unique blend of folk, tango, jazz and classical contemporary music. Tickets are on sale now priced at $15.

Down in Woodstock, the Bearsville Theater has bolstered its calandar with newly announced concerts by the David Bromberg Quintet at 8pm on Saturday, August 27 ($20, $35 & $45); the Wallflowers with Ragged Glory at 8pm on Friday, September 2 ($35, $48 & $58); and reggae legend Bunny Wailer at 9pm on Saturday, September 3 (ticket price TBA).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Thinking-man’s funny man Marc Maron brings his Too Real Tour (and his skewed sense of humor) to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall for a stand-up comedy show. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (July 22).

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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Bugs Bunny Does Tupac

July 20th, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg

Bugs Bunny lip-syncin’ Tupac’s “Hail Mary”… courtesy of Mylo the Cat

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