Hump Day Unusual Moment

January 28th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

Of course, you know about Bass & Drums. But have you heard Broom & Shovel?


1/28/15: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

January 28th, 2015, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Dale Watson & His Lonestars @ The Hangar, Troy. Texas honkytonk legend Dale Watson is on tour for his most recent release, El Rancho Azul, his first official recording with His Lonestars, his regular touring band. Dubbed “the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin’, Lone Star Beer drinkin’, honky-tonk hellraiser” by The Austin Chronicle, Austin’s hometown hero Watson has flown the flag for classic honky-tonk for over two decades and 20 albums. With Rosie Flores. 8pm. $25. GO HERE for more info… UPDATE: Rosie Flores will not be performing tonight due to weather-related travel problems. Dale Watson & His Lonestars will perform as scheduled.

EVENT/FUNDRAISER: Spirit of the Valley @ the Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. Celebrate the history of distilling and the blossoming boutique distillery movement in the Hudson Valley. Savor samples from some of the finest local distilleries, including Albany Distilling Company, Black Dirt Distillery, Hillrock Estate Distillery and Tuthilltown Spirits. 6pm. $25.

COMEDY: Jamie Kennedy @ the Comedy Works, Albany. Setting himself apart from his contemporaries as an actor, writer and producer, Jamie Kennedy co-wrote and starred in the movie “Malibu’s Most Wanted,” which finds him once again portraying the character, B-Rad, who he created for his WB television series “JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.” 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: The Syracuse/Siegel Trio @ Catskill Mountain Pizza Company, Woodstock. The bass-and-drums rhythm section of Rich Syracuse and Jeff Siegel is joined by saxman Brian Patneaude. 9pm.

MUSIC: Erin Harkes @ LAX on Lark, Albany. 8pm.

THEATER: “How Water Behaves” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. The world premiere of Sherry Kramer’s zany comedy about the tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Directed by Gordon Greenberg. 2 & 7:30pm. $20-$60.

MUSIC: The Lazy Suns @ BarVino, North Creek. All-American roots ‘n’ roll. 7pm.

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. 10pm.

MUSIC: Grahm Sturz @ the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge. A little bit folk, a little bit rock ‘n roll. 8pm.

BEST OF 2014: Timothy Reidy’s Top 10 Albany Concerts

January 27th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

Rubblebucket @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen

Story and photographs by Timothy Reidy

YES @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre (July 6): Great instrumentation and a winner show. Switching songs worked in first album, too.

STELLAR YOUNG @ the Washington Avenue Armory (June 7): During P.A.N.D.A. Take Back Tour. Short set was very sweet.

RUBBLEBUCKET @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen (September 14): This had fun all over.

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On Saturday, MASS MoCA Offers a Free Day of Wonderment for All [Berkshire on Stage]

January 27th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Sara


On a day when their galleries teem with visitors and activities, you can take a peek behind the scenes in every aspect of the North Adams museum. MASS MoCA Director Joseph Thompson elaborates on the history of our campus. Art fabricators break down the process of taking a project from concept to completion, and you can watch their tech crew build a concert light show. Enjoy elevator music (played live), art-making, dance performances, story time, treasure hunts, and all the usual Free Day fun. MASS MoCA’s Free Day goes down on Saturday (January 31) from 11 am to 7 pm. A dance party follows later on with Nomandic Massive, a ticketed (not free) event.

Ever wonder how a 12-ton phoenix got into the museum or what it takes to put on a dance performance? Free Day visitors are encouraged to engage with museum staff who lead specialized talks and tours to answer all your MASS MoCA questions. Hear Richard Criddle, Director of Fabrication and Art Installation; Sue Killam, Managing Director of Performing Arts; and Joseph Thompson, Director, talk about: The History of MASS MoCA; The Technology Behind Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor; How It’s Made: an inside look at the exhibition installation process; The Show Must Go On: a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the performing arts at MASS MoCA; and a detailed overview of the long-term Sol LeWitt Retrospective. Additionally, gallery tours that discuss museum history and art run every half hour from 11:30am to 6pm. Family-focused tours are available at 12pm and 2pm, and family activities are ongoing throughout the day.

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LIVE: Better Pills @ the Low Beat, 12/26/14

January 27th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
Better Pills

Better Pills

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the club…

The Low Beat was rockin’ with an all-too-rare performance by Brent Gorton’s Better Pills, along with Slowshine and Russel the Leaf

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Bill Champlin, What Was the First Record You Ever Bought?

January 27th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg
Bill Champlin

Bill Champlin

“Actually, I think that the first record that I bought was when I was in grade school, probably second grade. It was a Little Richard record, and the guy stills sings great. He’s a piece of work. His personality is so flamboyant that a lot of people don’t get past that, but the guy can really, really sing.”

Singer-keyboardist Bill Champlin joins his son Will Champlin (from Season Five of NBC-TV’s “The Voice”) and fellow alum of the band Chicago, drummer Danny Seraphine, to lead California Transit Authority in concert at Proctors in Schenectady at 8pm on Saturday (January 31). Tickets are $20-$50.

Real Good for FREE: The New Music & Cultural Symposium @ UAlbany

January 27th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Marianne Gythfeldt and Ray Furuta

Marianne Gythfeldt and Ray Furuta

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center will host the New Music and Culture Symposium from Thursday-Saturday (January 29-31). Organized by Max Lifchitz – composer, musician and long-time UAlbany faculty member – this SUNY-wide conference will celebrate and highlight the artistic accomplishments of SUNY-affiliated composers and musicians with a weekend of nine public concerts, four lecture/recitals, two panel discussions and a master class. All of the festival’s events are free and open to the public.

A total of 29 composers representing eight different SUNY schools from around New York State will showcase their works during the three-day event.

Highlights include performances by the Buffalo Ensemble, the Stony Brook Contemporary Players and the New York City based North/South Consonance Ensemble. Among the distinguished soloists slated to perform are soprano Martha Herr (an American singer residing in Brazil), baritone Joseph Han, Canadian violinist and Stony Brook grad Claudia Schaer, oboist Karen Hosmer, trumpeter Allyson Keyser, French horn player Ann Ellsworth, percussion virtuoso Tom Kolor and guitarists James Budinich and Zane Merritt.

And in addition to several premieres and recent works employing new technologies, the festival will also showcase new electronic instruments such as the Soundplane (performed by William Pfaff) and the Theremin Cello (performed by Jonathan Golove).

Here’s the schedule of concerts and other event for the New Music & Cultural Symposium:

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Eight Musicals – Including “Rent,” “Hairspray,” “The Producers,” “Xanadu” – Primed for Mac-Haydn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

January 27th, 2015, 10:00 am by Sara
The Mac is where you find big musicals in an intimate space.

The Mac is where you find big musicals in an intimate space.

Music, action, excitement and fun are all part of the freshly announced Mac-Haydn Theatre 2015 season. It’s a summer that includes eight musicals. Five of them – yes, FIVE – are brand new to MHT shows! The most requested show from several past seasons and two other favorites are also in the schedule, which includes six Tony Award winning musicals.

Music and musicals are what Mac-Haydn is all about, and this year the sounds will range from 1920’s crooning to 1960’s musical theater hit songs to contemporary sounds. Action: from tempestuous romance to tipsy plot twists to gang rivalries to integration to roller skating – yes, we said roller skating right on Mac-Haydn’s theatre-in-the-round stage. Excitement: just in case roller skating isn’t exciting enough, there will be plenty of dynamic dancing and tap numbers, plus non-stop laughs and delightful romance. Fun: add all of that together on an oversized pizza-platter shaped stage and you get a summer full of fun – and hair-raising adventure, too – at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham.

The Baker’s Wife – The season begins with sweet music on May 21 with The Baker’s Wife, a story that serves up a tasty mix of life’s necessities: bread, love and life. A baker and his young, lovely wife come to a village that has been without bread. The villagers question the pairing – surely she is too young for him, and so it proves as the wife is wooed away. Tender love overcomes tempestuous romance in the end, life becomes different and new for all. “Meadowlark” and “Proud Lady” highlight the beautiful score. The Baker’s Wife will be performs through May 31.

The Drowsy Chaperone – A wistful man’s favorite musical recording comes to life in the ‘play within a play’ The Drowsy Chaperone, which won Tony’s for Best Score and Best Book. ‘Drowsy’ in this case means ‘tipsy,’ as the chaperone describes in “As We Stumble Along.” She’s in charge of keeping the bride and groom-to-be apart until the wedding, but instead falls under the spell of a gigolo sent to stop the nuptials who thinks he’s seducing the bride. Meanwhile, the happy couple share a kiss – but the blindfolded groom thinks he’s kissing someone else. Add in gangsters disguised as pastry chefs, a Follies producer who wants to keep the bride in his show, a ditzy hopeful star, an aviatrix to perform the wedding(s) – well, you get the idea, it’s nothing but fun from start to finish, with tap dancing, roller skating, non-stop laughter – and “Love Is Always Lovely in the End.” New this year, The Drowsy Chaperone plays June 4-14.

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