Madcap Time Again as the PantoLoons Take Ghent Playhouse Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

November 25th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
The Pantoloons take a bow in last year’s panto “SleepFrog” at The Ghent Playhouse. (photo: Daniel Region)

The Pantoloons take a bow in last year’s panto “SleepFrog” at the Ghent Playhouse. (photo: Daniel Region)

Opening Friday (November 28) and running through Sunday, December 14, the Ghent Playhouse will present the PantoLoons’ fifteenth production. This year, the madcap troupe will present “Ali Baba and the Four Tea Thieves,” a new, heretofore untold, version of the Two Thousand and One Nights story of Ali Baba. The number of PantoLoons in the company necessitated this adaptation, thus Four Tea Thieves instead of Forty. Thus tea becomes the prize commodity instead of oil, leaving plenty of room for commentary on today’s mores.

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Bands Announced for Capital Area Music Awards Show

November 25th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Cammys

As we’ve noted earlier, the second annual Capital Area Music Awards show – aka, the Cammys – is slated to take place at The Linda in Albany at 5pm on Saturday, January 25.

Now the organizers have announced the list of bands who will be performing live at the ceremonies:

RICH ORTIZ (singer-songwriter)
HAIR BAND RIOT (rock covers)
FORMULA 5 (jam band)
SOUL SKY (blues)
FITTED (hip-hop)

Tickets for the awards ceremony/show are $12.50 in advance; $15 at the door.

NOTE: If you’re a Local 518 musician or band who would like to be considered for a nomination at the Capital Area Music Awards show, the deadline for submissions is Sunday (November 30).

Tanglewood Announces New Pop Concert

November 25th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Earlier this month, we announced a batch of new pop and rock concerts for the 2015 summer season at Tanglewood. Now the Lenox shed has bolstered its season with another concert announcement.

Tony Award-winning singer-actress Idina Menzel — the Broadway star of “Rent,” “Wicked” and “If/Then,” as well as the singer of the ubiquitous “Let It Go” from the hit Disney animated film, “Frozen” – is slated to return to the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood for a concert at 7pm on Saturday, August 29. Menzel previously performed at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops during the 2010 season.

Ticket prices for Menzel’s upcoming concert run from $24.50 for lawn general admission to $149.50 for premium reserved seating in the amphitheater. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 5.

Obviously, Menzel’s come a long, long way since making her Nippertown debut at Valentine’s Music Hall in support of her debut album, Still I Can’t Be Still, way back in 1998…

Idina Menzel, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

11/25/14: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

November 25th, 2014, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Slayer @ the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany. With Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus. 7:30pm. $40.

MUSIC: WGNA Secret Star Acoustic Jam @ Proctors, Schenectady. Secret Star Acoustic Jam is an intimate performance with three Superstars; who are ONLY revealed once they take center stage! The stars are introduced one by one, each taking a moment to interact with the crowd, then performing one of their many hit songs… Once all three Stars are on stage, they each take a turn performing their hits and interacting with the audience in a very unique setting. 7pm. $29. GO HERE for more info…

THEATER: “The Secret Garden” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s opening night! Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved book comes to life in the Tony Award-winning musical about an orphan girl who transforms a dead and wasted garden into a paradise where hearts can grow and miracles can happen. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. 7:30pm. $20-$55. Through Sunday, December 21.

MUSIC: Connor Kennedy @ the BSP Lounge, Kingston. The guitarslinger wraps up his weekly Tuesday night residency. With special guests Elijah & the Moon. 8pm. FREE.

READING: Celebration of the Poetry of James Laughlin @ UAlbany Science Library’s Standish Room, Albany. The New York State Writers Institute celebrates the life and poetry of the founder of New Directions press and revolutionary publisher who brought to the attention of the American public the work of such writers as Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Jorge Luis Borges, Herman Hesse, William Saroyan, Delmore Schwartz, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Merton, John Hawkes, Denise Levertov, James Agee, Bertolt Brecht, Celine, Cocteau, Karl Shapiro, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Vladimir Nabokov, and the single biggest-selling author published by the press – the playwright Tennessee Williams. Guests include biographer Ian S. MacNiven (author of “Literchoor Is My Beat: A Life of James Laughlin”) and Peter Glassgold (editor of “The Collected Poems of James Laughlin”). 4pm. FREE.

PARTICIPATORY MUSIC: Left of the Dial @ the Low Beat, Albany. It’s live punk rock karaoke time with Nick Bisanz and friends. Grab the mic and sing with the band. 7pm.

FILM: “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch (Robin Williams) and his family of misfits. 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30pm. $5. Through Wednesday.

LIVE: The Stray Birds @ Caffe Lena, 11/19/14

November 24th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

The Stray Birds

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Back in April the Pennsylvania-based Stray Birds trio swooped down to perch on the stage of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs to create quite a lovely ruckus of rural Roots-Americana sounds. Afterward they flew off to entertain in other parts of the country, only to return to the region and land this past June at the Old Songs Festival at the Altamont Fairgrounds.

Migrating back to Caffe Lena on a recent, cold Wednesday night, the room was busting at the seams with people and songs. Celebrating the release of Best Medicine, their new album – yup, it’s available on vinyl, too – the fab folk trio of Maya de Vitry (vocals, guitar, banjo & fiddle), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitar, resonator & fiddle) and Charles Muench (vocals, bass & banjo) dazzled the audience with their three-part harmonies and instrumental prowess.

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17 Maple Avenue in Saratoga Closes… Again

November 24th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Nuevo-Latino restaurant Javier’s, which opened on Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs in April, 2013, closed its doors on Sunday (November 22), and its future is uncertain.

The building was formerly Chianti, and before that the Metro and before that simply 17 Maple Avenue (which was the birthplace of those merry rock pranksters Blotto).

Steve Barnes’ story at Table Hopping

LIVE: The Phryg / Oobleck @ the Low Beat, 11/6/14

November 24th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Phyrg

The Phryg

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Brooklyn-based progressive funkateers the Phryg roared into the Low Beat earlier this month, detonating a mighty funk bomb. And sharing the stage was the Local 518′s own Oobleck, who upped the funk ante considerably.

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LIVE: The Lawn Sausages / Off the Record @ the Hangar, 11/7/14

November 24th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg

Review by Fred Rudofsky

A perfect amalgam of good and bad influences, the Lawn Sausages delivered an “aporkalypse” of music and mayhem to an appreciative Friday night hometown crowd spanning three generations at The Hangar in Troy.

Off the Record, “a ’60s futuristic trio” from Albany, covered all the groovy bases in their impressive 16-song opening set. Sporting a red beehive and Ann-Margret-like figure poured into a black dress, singer Joanna Palladino was easy on the eyes. Backed by Lou Sansiero on Epiphone guitar and vocals and Bob Resnick on various forms of percussion, she was also soothing and rousing to the ears. The classic girl groups (the Crystals, the Dixie Cups, the Ronettes) and iconic female singers (Eydie Gormé, Nico, Nancy Sinatra) were featured, but perhaps most impressive were the forays into soul, garage and pop-rock gems.

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