9/16/14: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

September 16th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Chris Isaak @ The Egg, Albany. Chris Isaak has wowed audiences worldwide with moody ballads like “Wicked Game” and rockers like “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing.” Expect to hear the hits plus tunes from Beyond the Sun, his latest album paying tribute to the roots of rock n’ roll. 8pm. $59.50, $64.50 & $75.

MUSIC/TALK: Composer and Conductor in Conversation @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. David Lang, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and the co-curator of the current exhibition “I was a double,” will engage in a discussion with David Alan Miller, the Grammy-winning music director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. 6:30pm. FREE.

THEATER ON FILM: “A Streetcar Named Desire” @ Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Tennessee Williams’s timeless masterpiece will be broadcast from London’s National Theatre. Starring Gillian Anderson as Blanche; Ben Foster as Stanley; and Vanessa Kirby as Stella. 2pm. $18; $15 students.

ARTIST TALK: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith @ Union College’s Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. 5pm. FREE.

READING/PERFORMANCE: Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam @ the Low Beat, Albany. 7pm sign-up; 7:30pm open mic; 8pm slam. $5; $3 students.

MUSIC: The Matt Daniel Band @ Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield. 7pm. FREE.

THEATER: “Menopause the Musical” @ the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black-lace bra… and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. 7pm. $45, $50 & $55. Through Thursday.


LIVE: King Crimson @ The Egg, 9/9&10/14

September 15th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review by Bokonon

Breowrr bah-duh-dah bumpa, brrawwr brawwr…

Take your own stab at spelling it out, but the opening strains of “21st Century Schizoid Man” sent yet another thrilling shiver through The Egg last Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Another? Well, geez, it was competing with the performance premiere of “One More Red Nightmare” (40 years on from its vinyl bow), the barbed art crunch of “Red” and the righteous skronk of “Sailor’s Tale” (itself last heard live in 1984).

King Crimson was in the house and it was any prog fan’s wet dream. Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant… pussies all compared to — Jack Black, back me up here — the majesty of King Crimson.

While the other blokes his age were bluesing it up through the late ’60s, Robert Fripp was getting his Henry Purcell on, forging a baroque jazz metal weirdness that festers to this day.

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LIVE: The Fray @ the Palace Theatre, 9/9/14

September 15th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Fray

The Fray

Radio station 99.5 The River hosted its “Fall Night In” concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre this past Tuesday night, and while King Crimson was churning up a massive night of prog-rock over at The Egg, the Palace took on a more pop-oriented triple-bill with the Fray headlining the evening’s festivities in support of their latest album, Helios.

But it was A Great Big World – keyboardist-vocalist Ian Axel and vocalist-trumpeter Chad Vaccarino with their backing band – who all but stole the show with their omni-present hit, “Say Something” (co-written by Albany High grad Mike Campbell).

Pop singer-songwriter Andy Grammer opened the show, and brought out a bunch Local 518 friends and contest winners to sing along with him onstage for “Back Home.”

Tom Templeton’s review at The Times Union

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Love! Passion! Deception! Get All Twisted Together in “Private Eyes” at S&Co [Berkshire on Stage]

September 15th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
The cast of “Private Eyes” at Shakespeare & Company. (photo: Kevin Sprague)

The cast of “Private Eyes” at Shakespeare & Company (photo: Kevin Sprague)

It may be true that Caroline Calkins and Marcus Kearns played opposite each other in the appealing roles of Romeo and Juliet earlier this season at The Mount, but this hilarious thriller directed by Jonathon Croy is nothing like that. In fact, Private Eyes, written by Steven Dietz, has been described as a romantic comedy in which what’s real inevitably turns out to be an illusion. It’s a play within a play, within a play, within a play within a psychiatrist’s office — a Chinese box full of tricks and surprises.

Who can doubt that Croy is the perfect kind of director for this sort of mind-bending take on romance?

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Win FREE Tickets to 1964: The Tribute at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday

September 15th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

This year marks Beatlemania2K, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles taking the music world by storm. Already this year, Nippertown has been graced by concerts from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, but the celebration continues at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday (September 19) with a concert by 1964: The Tribute.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the best Beatles tribute band on Earth,” 1964: The Tribute focuses on the Fab Four’s pre-Sgt. Pepper-era, recreating the songs, sounds and excitement of the Beatles’ early years.

The band features Mark Benson as John Lennon, Mac Ruffing as Paul McCartney, Tom Work as George Harrison and Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr. Benson says, “1964 shows the audience what it was like to attend a Beatles concert in the early ’60s and generates the same feeling of happiness that is still generated by the music of The Beatles.”

1964: The Tribute takes the stage at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 8pm on Friday (September 19). Tickets are priced at $25, $30 & $35, as well as $15 Test Drive tickets for Music Hall first-timers.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE tickets to Friday night’s concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter in 12noon on Friday (September 19), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck!

The Egg Announces New Concerts

September 15th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg
The Zucchini Brothers

The Zucchini Brothers

The Egg in Albany has announced the schedule of performances in its Family Wonders series, which includes the annual holiday concert by Local 518 faves the Zucchini Brothers, as well as a chance to sing-along with a Grammy Award winner.

The Zucchini Brothers Christmas show has been an annual tradition at The Egg for more than a decade, and it will be returning once again at 2pm on Sunday, December 14. Tickets are $12.

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Song o’ the Week: Polysonic Joy’s “Sudden Sun”

September 15th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Story and video by Joel Patterson

Some songs are just downright peculiar. Where they’ve come from, what they mean, why they mesmerize us – all questions destined to linger in the air without answers. As opposed to what you might call “storytelling” songs with narratives and recognizable characters and events torn from today’s headlines or torn from the musings of an artist, these mystical songs are more like dreams: stream of consciousness impressions and references that skirt any explanation, and yet haunting and revelatory all the same. Their power lies in their obscurity and suggestiveness.

You can catch Polysonic Joy in action at 8pm Friday (September 19) at the Gypsy Joynt Cafe in Great Barrington.

9/15/14: Today’s Tips: Monday

September 15th, 2014, 8:07 am by Greg

MUSIC: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany. Raisin’ a rollickin’ roots-music ruckus, Bowtie, Cousin Clyde, Mister Eck and Wild Bill return to their home-away-from-home for another edition of their long-running third-Monday-of-the-month residency. 7:30pm. FREE.

FILM: “Nashville” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Robert Altman’s alternately hilarious and harrowing examination of several days in the life of Music City. Starring Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Lily Tomlin and lots more… 1:30, $:30 & 7:30pm. $5.

MUSIC: Raul Midón @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The singer-songwriter-guitarist’s unique style showcases the influences of jazz, blues, R&B and folk. With Russell Kaback. 7pm. $20.

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