MUSIC: Bryan Thomas @ the Low Beat, Albany. Simply Nippertown’s finest singer-songwriter. With Dan Tedesco and the E Block. 8pm.
MUSIC: Steven Wilson @ The Egg, Albany. Perhaps best known as the lead guitarist/singer-songwriter for progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, he’s one of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music. He’s collaborated with Israeli superstar Aviv Geffen, Blackfield and Tim Bowness. And he lands at The Egg in support of his fourth solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase. 8pm. $31.50 & $36.50.
EVENT: RASA: A Celebration of Indian Culture & Music @ Bethlehem High School, Delmar. The mother-and-son musical duo of renowned Indian classical musicians, Veena and Devesh Chandra, have worked with students from many different classes to present this multi-disciplinary project of music, art, cooking, history and culture. 6-8pm. FREE.
Review by Jason Irwin
Phtographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
After catching a musical performance of a “little” different type (watching my son, Julian, and his classmates rocking out at the Abraham Wing School Spring Concert), I hopped over to the Glens Falls Civic Center to check out the action.
It was nice to see the arena FULL when I came in for the big Godsmack show — and it was early still, as opening act Hellyeah were just finishing their set.
More than 3,000 people attended the show, I was told.
It reminded me a little of the old Adirondack Red Wings days: Elbow to elbow — except the crowd attire was a little different, where the sea of red and white hockey jerseys were now traded for black concert tee-shirts.
The big music buzz around the Capital Region for the past couple of weeks has been about Sawyer Fredericks, the 16-year-old farmboy from Fultonville who has made quite a name for himself in the NBC-TV singing competition, “The Voice.” And rightfully so…
But of course, Fredericks isn’t the only small-town success story that the Local 518 has spawned over the years, and the night after Fredericks played to a jam-packed crowd at the Palace Theatre, Hal Ketchum – born and raised in Greenwich (Washington County) – took the stage at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre for a long-overdue homecoming concert of his own.
Long-overdue because the silver-haired, 62-year-old Ketchum was forced to cancel his two most recent concerts scheduled for The Egg – in 2009 and 2010 – while he battled Multiple Sclerosis. But he made made it to The Egg this time around night in support of his new album, I’m the Troubadour (his first album in six years), looking and sounding none the worse for wear throughout his 16-song set.
Some might say that at age 74 singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is entering her second childhood. She would argue that she never left her first. “I would say as a songwriter and an artist I’m kinda like the three-year-old I was way back then when I first discovered music and consequently creativity, how good it feels and how it’s not something you learn in school, but it’s real natural,” says the Canadian Cree Indian who was named Billboard Magazine’s Top Artist of 1964, the year the Beatles first conquered America.
“For me it’s always been a real natural development from the time I was three to right now,” explains Sainte-Marie, who returns to the spotlight at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday night. “The ’60s when I first got into show business were restrictive in a lot of ways if you’re thinking about careerism, but that’s not how I think of myself and never have. I really do relate to the three-year-old. As an artist I really do, and I think if you take the careerism away from artistry, careerism was harder, but it’s not really where I live anyway.”
She was one of Vanguard Records’ cadre of folk revival artists in the mid-’60s, but while Joan Baez and Judy Collins were singing traditional American folk songs in long flowing dresses and strumming on acoustic guitars, Sainte-Marie’s quivering pow wow chants came across like she was scatting lyrics from another planet and using electronic music to add even more texture to her sound.
Bearsville Theater in Woodstock is upping the ante with a new batch of concert announcements that includes Turkuaz at 9pm on Saturday, July 11 ($15); Langhorne Slim & the Law at 9pm on Monday, July 13 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door); Delicate Steve at 9pm on Saturday, July 18 ($15); Hiss Golden Messenger at 9pm on Saturday, July 25 ($15); Heartless Bastards with Alberta Cross at 8pm on Sunday, September 13 ($25); Mikal Cronin with Calvin Love, Ultimate Painting and the Cairo Gang at 8pm on Sunday, September 20 ($15).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Three new concerts have been announced for The Egg – Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion, Men at Work’s Colin Hay and a solo performance by Melissa Etheridge. Tickets go on Sale at 11am on Friday (May 22).
Following their show at the Van Dyck in March, the Levin Brothers – that would be bassmaster Tony Levin and keyboardist Pete Levin with drummer Jeff Siegel and saxman Erik Lawrence – are set to return to Nippertown, this time at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Friday, June 12. Tickets are $18. Also coming up at The Linda is Canadian singer-songwriter Bahamas at 8pm on Saturday, July 25 ($15) and Irish baritone Emmett O’Hanlon of Celtic Thunder at 8pm on Saturday, August 1 ($35; VIP $55 includes pre-show meet-and-greet).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The schedule of concerts and festivals for the Empire State Plaza’s Summer at the Plaza series has been announced, including Orleans, Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett, the Vaccines, the Features, Craig Wayne Boyd, Maxi Priest, Morgan Heritage, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Kim Waters, Alex Bugnon, Will Downing, Alex Matos, Cracker and lots more.
Frontman Ruban Nielson leads the Unknown Mortal Orchestra into the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 8pm on Sunday, June 21, in support of the new album, Multi-Love, due out on May 26 on the Jagjaguwar label.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Music Haven Concert Series has announced its 2015 schedule of free concerts in Schenectady’s Central Park, including Steeleye Span, Red Baraat, 11-year-old jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander, Novalima, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, “The Late Show With David Letterman” guitarist Felicia Collins and more.
For the third year, the Made in the Shade of The Egg performance series will take place on Albany’s Empire State Plaza near the plaza entrance to The Egg. The concerts will be held at 12noon on Wednesdays throughout the summer in conjunction with the Empire State Plaza Farmers Market. Admission to the outdoor performances is free.
Here’s the schedule of performers for the 2015 Made in the Shade of The Egg series:
With 10 No. 1 singles and over 25 Top 10 singles between them, millions of video streams and fans all over the globe, Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach have been dominating the airwaves throughout their careers.