8/19/14: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

August 19th, 2014, 7:39 am by Greg

MUSIC: REO Speedwagon @ SPAC, Saratoga Springs. With Chicago and Rich Ortiz, too. Vintage heartland rock – “Can’t Fight This Feelin.” “Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?” “Keep On Loving You.” “Colour My World”… 7:30pm. $39.50, $49.50, $79.50 & $125; $22 lawn.

MUSIC: The Spinney Brothers @ Town Park, Stony Creek. 7pm. FREE> GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

THEATER: “Carousel” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. This year’s American musical at Glimmerglass is the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic that Time magazine called “best musical of the 20th century.” Conducted by Doug Peck and directed by Charles Newell, it tells the story of a carousel barker’s struggles to rise above challenging circumstances. 1:30pm. $26, $55, $78, $95 & $115; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

MUSIC: Get Up Jack @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Troy. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Sister City Jazz Ambassadors @ Clark Art Institute’s South Lawn, Williamstown. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule of concerts…

READING: WordXWord Feature Night @ the Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield. Featuring Omar Holmon, Thomas Fucaloro, Robbie Q Telfer, Franny Choi, Jive Poetic, Falu, Kori Alston, Dana Shahar and Natalia Whalen. 7pm. FREE.

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LIVE: Liz Longley / Barnaby Bright @ Caffe Lena, 8/13/14

August 18th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Liz Longley

Liz Longley

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Sarah Craig – who for nearly two decades has served as the general manager Saratoga Springs’ Caffe Lena, the most marvelous coffeehouse on the planet – must have had divine inspiration to book two of the most fantastic singer-songwriter acts in one fabulous evening last week.

The headliner, Liz Longley, was lovely to the ear and to the eye. Though young in years, she presented a seasoned and mature command of dynamics using her voice and guitar prowess. Whether playing a Van Morrison number(which dovetailed into Gershwin’s “Summertime”) or any of the songs from her heartfelt bag of originals, she beguiled the crowd, presenting an exemplary, hour-plus set of captivating music.

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LIVE: The Altamont Fair @ the Altamont Fairgrounds, 8/14/14

August 18th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Altamont Fair 2014 - photo by Michael Seinberg

Photographs by Michael Seinberg

Fun at the fair? Oh yeah, you bet…

And while the Altamont Fair has come and gone for a another year, but we’re still in the midst of county fair season, and there’s still plenty of fair fun to be had around Nippertown.

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LIVE: Bruno Mars @ the Times Union Center, 7/20/14

August 18th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Review by Greg Haymes

July was probably the biggest month of concerts in the history of the Times Union Center/Pepsi Arena/Knickerbockers Arena with knock-out, sold-out shows by Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake, but relative newcomer Bruno Mars held his own with those veteran pop heavyweights, roaring into the downtown arena later in the month for his blockbuster Albany debut.

The 28-year-old Hawaiian-born singer-songwriter has been onstage since he was a tyke, and it shows. He’s got charisma, musical talent, versatility and an unquenchable desire to please the crowd, and he used them all to wow the audience during his 95-minute concert, from the thumping opener, “Moonshine,” to the final sexually charged encore of “Gorilla.” He’s a natural born entertainer.

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LeeSaar’s “Grass and Jackals” Stunning Spectacle @ Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival [Berkshire on Stage]

August 18th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
LeeSaar The Company (photo: Denise Cerniglia)

LeeSaar The Company (photo: Denise Cerniglia)

LeeSaar The Company closes Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2014 with the captivating evening-length work Grass and Jackals, a sensual, inventive, and visually stunning spectacle of dance and light, presented Wednesday-Sunday (August 20-24) in the Doris Duke Theatre. Under the artistic direction of choreographers Lee Sher and Saar Harari, the New York City-based company presents provocative movement rooted in a bold contemporary dance aesthetic, marked by “emotional nakedness, free-associative logic and frank sensuality” (The New Yorker). With enchanting lighting design by Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi), widely known for his work with Batsheva Dance Company, Grass and Jackals pushes physical and emotional boundaries for both performers and audiences.

At once soundly human and strikingly primal, dancers of Grass and Jackals prowl in sleek bodysuits “like animals under fire…their pliant bodies…blown back, nearly blown apart, knocked out of their usual alignment into some twisted shape, with ribs way over here, and a leg way up there,” comments Brian Seibert of The New York Times. Supported by an eclectic, ambient score including indie-pop artist CocoRosie, Grass and Jackals evokes visceral reactions with powerful solos and inhibition-releasing movement, seething with energy in an emotionally rich and physically challenging performance. Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff describes LeeSaar as “vivid, daring dance-theatre.”

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Colonial Theatre Announces New Season of Concerts and More

August 18th, 2014, 12:15 pm by Greg

Berkshire Theatre Group has announced an array of new concerts and other offering for their fall 2014 season at the Colonial Theatre and the Garage in Pittsfield as well as the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

The season boasts an array of talent from 10,000 Maniacs and Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan to comedian Joy Behar, from the Kinks’ Dave Davies to country-rockers the Pure Prairie League, BlackHawk and the Outlaws and beyond… Tickets are now available to members only, but will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday (August 19).

Here’s the newly announced schedule of concerts and other shows:

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Five Firsts: F. Lee Harvey Blotto of Blotto

August 18th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg
F. Lee Harvey Blotto (photo by Gayle Miller)

F. Lee Harvey Blotto (photo by Gayle Miller)

NAME: F. Lee Harvey Blotto
BAND AFFILIATION: Blotto
INSTRUMENT: Drums

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Mr. Gasser (Big Daddy Ed Roth) and the Weirdos’ Hot Rod Hootenanny

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Festival Fever: The Bella Terra Festival @ Gardner’s Farm, 8/21-24/14

August 18th, 2014, 10:10 am by Greg

The Bella Ferra Festival returns to Gardner’s Farm in Stephentown this weekend for four days of non-stop music and fun.

The sixth annual fest features Conspirator, Hieroglyphics, Papadosio, Break Science, Keys N Krates, Rootz Underground, Minnesota, Abakus, the Pimps of Joytime, Turkuaz, Dr. Fameus, Night Moves, Mr. Lif, Otis Grove, Cinnamon Chasers, the Alchemystics, the Problemaddicts, the Indobox, AraabMuzik, the Kings, Jimkata, Run DMT, Formula 5, the Nephrok! Allstars, Codes, Craze, Gravity, the Rev Tor Band, the Fritz, Lucid, Knowledge, Capital Zen, Honeycomb, Leila, Digital Storm, the Mentally Ill, Redshift and lots more…

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