LIVE: Blue Oyster Cult & Blotto @ Alive at Five, 8/6/15

August 25th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Eric Bloom, Richie Castellano and Buck Dharma (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Eric Bloom, Richie Castellano and Buck Dharma (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Rudy Lu, Stanley Johnson, Ed Conway, Tim Reidy, Richard Brody

The Blot & Blue Tour, back together again for one night only!

Blotto and Blue Oyster Cult originally teamed up for a tour that took place back in February and March of 1983. They reunited for one of the largest Alive at Five concerts in Albany’s Corning Preserve in August of 1996.

Earlier this month, the two bands shared the stage again, this time at Jennings Landing, wrapping up the 2015 Alive at Five concert season in front of the largest crowd of the summer.

From “Godzilla” to “Goodbye, Mr. Bond,” from “Don’t Fear the Reaper” to “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard,” the evening jam packed with rockin’ riffs, some hearty laughs and too much fun.

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LIVE: PigPen Theatre Co. @ MASS MoCA, 8/15/15

August 25th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes

Last summer the young, seven-member PigPen Theatre Co. brought their play, “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” to the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Times Union theater critic Steve Barnes hailed the production as “joyful,” “imaginative,” “delightful,” “engaging” and “utterly winning.”

Earlier this month the PigPen ensemble returned to the Berkshires, performing just down the road at MASS MoCA. But this time they weren’t showcasing a new play. Rather they were playing a captivating concert in support of their recently released sophomore album, Whole Sun. And those very same adjectives applied to their music.

Yes, they’re an award-winning theater company. (They took top honors for their plays two consecutive years at the NYC Fringe Festival.) And they’re an excellent folk-rock band, too. (Huffington Post named their debut album, Bremen, to their Top 10 albums list in 2012.) And oh yeah, they’re also writing a children’s book, and they made their feature film debut in “Ricki & the Flash.” Is there anything that they can’t do… and do well?

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ANSWER: JB’s Theatre Pop Quiz

August 25th, 2015, 2:01 pm by Greg

Yesterday (August 24) marked the 30th anniversary of the grand opening of JB’s Theatre, the concert venue that was located in the former roller rink behind Albany’s Westgate Plaza.

The Trivia Pop Quiz Question was, “How many bands can you name that played the opening weekend of JB’s Theatre?”

GO HERE for readers’ responses…

AUGUST 24, 1985: Squeeze, the Hooters, the Truth
AUGUST 25, 1985: R.E.M., the Three O’Clock

Yes, there was a sneak preview pre-opening bash on Friday, August 23. I don’t recall that Eric Burdon performed (as Mark Foster has noted), although he may have. According to my notes from the time, the bands that were scheduled to perform were the Sharks, Rip Roc Bop, Donnybrook Fair, the Fabulous Newports and Johnny Rabb. Can anyone verify who actually played that night?

The Egg Announces Three New Shows

August 25th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

The Egg in Albany has added three new shows to its 2015-16 performance schedule. Tickets are currently available to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Wednesday, September 2.

Here are the details of the three new shows:

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FEST: Camp Creek @ Indian Lookout Country Club This Weekend

August 25th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Max Creek

Max Creek

Camp Creek returns to the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville this week for three days of rock ‘n’ roll and all-around festival fun, Friday-Sunday (August 28-30).

The fest is anchored by Max Creek, the pioneering New England jam band that’s celebrating their 44th year as a band. The intimate camping festival also features performances by the guitar duo of Fred Tackett & Paul Barrere from Little Feat, the Ryan Montbleau Band and the Doors tribute band Riders On the Storm. In addition, Camp Creek 2015 features two increasingly popular Nippertown band, Eastbound Jesus and the Blind Owl Band, whose roots-based sounds mesh perfectly with the down-home vibe of Camp Creek.

Unlike many other festivals, the Camp Creek schedule is designed to let fans check out every band on the bill – none of the acts (on two stages) overlap. Attendees get to camp next to their cars on the spacious grounds of Indian Lookout Country Club, which Camp Creek has called home since 1994.

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“Lit” @ Albany International Airport Gallery [Get Visual]

August 25th, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara
Scott Nelson Foster, Real and Imaginary Houses 12 - oil on panel

Scott Nelson Foster, “Real and Imaginary Houses 12″ – oil on panel

Review by David Brickman

The sky was performing spectacularly at the end of a stormy day, which provided the ideal preparation for Lit, a theme show about phenomena of light at Albany International Airport Gallery that runs through Sunday, September 13. As with all the shows presented at this generous venue, Lit is intelligent and friendly, and features outstanding artists from the greater Capital Region as both a showcase of regional talent and an oasis of uplifting culture for weary travelers.

But you don’t have to be traveling to enjoy these exhibitions – the gallery area is open to the public, parking is free for the first half-hour, and the hours (7am-11pm daily) make it the most accessible high-quality art space anywhere. I was drawn to this show particularly by the inclusion of a few of my favorite artists from around these parts, but also by the theme. After all, without light, we wouldn’t exist.

Lit features six artists and a collaborative: a spare number, yet enough to cover a lot of bases here, including sculpture, industrial design, two extremely different approaches to photography, drawing, painting and projection. The work in the show is approximately evenly divided between color and monochrome, with most of the color coming from the palettes of sculptor Victoria Palermo and painter Scott Nelson Foster.

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Times Union Center Announces a New Concert

August 25th, 2015, 8:50 am by Greg
Bob Weir

Bob Weir

Photograph by Stanley Johnson

Dead & Company – the latest variation in the ongoing Grateful Dead saga – is headed to Albany.

Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will be joined by John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti will kick off their debut tour at the Times Union Center at 7pm on Thursday, October 29.

Priced at $50, $75 & $99, tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (August 28).

And if you aren’t able to snag a ticket to the band’s world premiere performance at the TU Center, well, tribute band Gratefully Yours is booked just down the street at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen on the same night…

8/25/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

August 25th, 2015, 8:06 am by Greg

MUSIC: Smokey Greene @ Town Park, Stony Creek. After 70 years of entertaining folks, the legendary Country and bluegrass veteran is playing his farewell tour this summer. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Mirk @ Dutch Apple Cruises, Albany. The Howlin’ on the Hudson three-hour concert/cruise series continues… 6:30pm boarding; 7pm leave the dock. $22.

MUSIC: Skeeter Creek @ Cook Park, Colonie. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Stray Dogs @ Brunswick Family Community Center Lawn, Troy. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete Brunswick concert schedule…

MUSIC: The Off Track Band @ the Parting Glass, Saratoga Springs. Johnny & Orion Kribs lead the rockin’ evening with a variety of special guests. 8pm.

MUSIC: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center @ SPAC’s Spa Little Theatre, Saratoga Springs. “Transfigured Night” featuring Paul Huang (violin), Sean Lee (violin), Arnaud Sussmann (violin), Danbi Um (violin), Mark Holloway (viola), Matthew Lipman (viola), David Finckel (cello) and Paul Watkins (cello). 8pm.

OPEN MIC: Open Mic with Cameron & Ryder @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. 6pm sign-up; 7pm show. FREE.

MUSIC: Carmine Dio @ Onderdonk Park, East Greenbush. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info…

COMEDY: The Low Beat Comedy Open Mic @ the Low Beat, Albany. With guest host Danny Rominelli. 7:30pm sign-up; 8pm show.

FILM: “The Smurfs” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. It’s not easy being blue… 1pm. FREE.

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