LIVE: Jazz at the Lake @ Shepard Park, 9/20/15 (Day Two)

October 7th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Brian Carpenter of Ghost Train Orchestra

Brian Carpenter of Ghost Train Orchestra

Review and photographs by J Hunter
Additional photographs by Rudy Lu, Cheri Bordelon, Andrzej Pilarczyk

Usually, a “cool day” at Jazz at the Lake involves fleece, a hat and a couple of cups of coffee (or chili) from one of the vendors up at the top of Shepard Park. A “cool day” on this day had the previous day’s summer-like temperatures to compare to, so temperatures in the low 70s felt like maybe – just maybe – we might see fall sometime in October. What we had on tap for this day, though, was more blue skies, more cooling breezes off Lake George, and more sumptuous jazz… all presented in ways designed to challenge your definition of the word.

Let’s start with a “simple” concept: Accordion jazz. Sounds like the worst night you’ve ever spent at the VFW, right? Never mind that the accordion was a part of this music going back to the days of Django Reinhardt, or that Victor Prieto had already shown his axe’s affinity with the genre two years ago on this very stage, as a support player for Christian Howes & Southern Exposure. But rather than dive into the better-known creative depths plumbed by Reinhardt’s Quintette du Hot Club de France, Prieto’s goal was to meld Argentinian tango jazz with musical styles from the Galician region of northwest Spain where he grew up; that meant mashing up seemingly incompatible Celtic and Brazilian styles with sounds created by none other than Astor Piazzolla. On the compatibility front, Prieto explained that, in Galicia, “If you don’t play the bagpipes or the accordion, you are playing soccer!”

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LIVE: Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/6/15

October 7th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Outside on State Street in Troy, there were two big bright shiny tour buses and a huge tractor trailer. On stage inside the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, there were two straight-back chairs, four acoustic guitars and two sublime singer-songwriters. Heck, you could have fit it all into a station wagon.

Old friends Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt have been doing this sit-down, back-and-forth guitar pull thing for years. Before that, they did it as a trio with Joe Ely. And before that, it was a quartet of tunesmiths with Ely and Guy Clark. So it’s clear that they’ve honed in on each other in almost every way, and they know their onstage roles.

And make no mistake, their between-tune patter is as essential to their show as their songs. Dry as the Sahara and rarely cracking even a smile, Lovett plays the straight man/inquisitor, asking questions to the rubber-faced Hiatt, who steers his response to the comic side of the street and cracks up at the drop of a hat. Heck, I’d pay good money to see these guys together onstage even if they didn’t play a single song all night. They’re like the Rowan & Martin of the pre-Americana set.

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COMIN’ SOON: This Week’s New Concert Announcements

October 7th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

Sure, there are plenty of tribute bands roaming the earth these days, but there’s only one Tragedy: An All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond, who will be bringing their disco metal assault to the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany at 9pm on Thursday, Nov. 12 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door). Also new at the Hollow is the fab female triple-bill of indie harpist Mikaela Davis, Olivia Quillio and Blueberry at 9:30pm on Saturday, October 17 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Skeleton Keys: A Grateful Dead Keyboard Extravaganza at 9:30pm on Saturday, October 24 ($15); Iration at 9pm on Monday, October 26 ($10.27 in advance; $15 at the door); Consider the Source with Nickopotamus at 9pm on Friday, November 20 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); Cabinet with J.P. Biondo and Pappy Biondo at 10:30pm on Saturday, November 21 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door).

With the Gaslight Anthem on hiatus, apparently frontman Brian Fallon had enough time on his hands to write the songs for his debut solo album, Painkillers, slated for release in early 2016. And in support of the new album he’s hitting the road accompanied by the Crowes, a new combo featuring Gaslight Anthem guitarist Alex Rosamilia, the Horrible Crowes’ Ian Perkins and Molly & the Zombies bassist Catherine Popper, among others. The second stop on his debut solo tour will be at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Friday, January 8. Tickets are $22.50 in advance; $25 at the door. Also new on the Bearsville schedule is veteran Texas tunesmith Robert Earl Keen, who steps into the spotlight at 9pm on Friday, November 13. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door.

Remember the ’90s? As the headline act of the weekend-long Rocktoberfest celebration at King Neptune’s Pub in Lake George, Seattle rockers Candlebox unplug for an acoustic show on Friday night (October 9). Local 518 faves Flakjacket open the show at 9pm. Tickets are $20; $50 VIP with meet & greet.

Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs welcomes Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band at 7pm on Thursday, October 15 for a career retrospective concert. Tickets are $25 in advance; $27 at the door. Other highlights upcoming on the Caffe calendar are fiddler Sara Milonovich’s 20th anniversary concert at 8pm on Friday, October 16 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); the jazz guitar duo of Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo at 8pm on Saturday, October 17 ($25 in advance; $27 at the door); the double bill of Gathering Time and the Boxcar Lilies at 7pm on Sunday, October 18 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); Aztec Two-Step at 8pm on Friday, October 23 ($27 in advance; $29 at the door); the fifth annual Halloween fundraiser featuring Grainbelt, Jim Gaudet, the Lazy Suns, Kyle Carey, Kaatskillachia and the Wrecking Board at 8pm on Saturday, October 24 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door); Dan Berggren’s 30th anniversary concert at 7pm on Sunday, October 25 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); and the rollicking Spuyten Duyvil at 8pm on Friday, October 30 ($20 in advance; $22 at the door).

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The Mahaiwe’s All-Star Columbus Day Weekend [Berkshire On Stage]

October 7th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg
Lucinda Williams

The Mahaiwe welcomes Lucinda Williams on Saturday

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington will present singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams at 8pm on Saturday (October 10), and the Mahaiwe’s 10th Anniversary Gala at 8pm on Sunday (October 11) will star singer and actress Audra McDonald. The festive evening will benefit the Mahaiwe’s artistic and education programs and honor philanthropists Dena & Felda Hardymon.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Lucinda Williams and Audra McDonald to Great Barrington for their Mahaiwe debuts,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “Both women are music world icons, and we’re so fortunate to be able to feature them in the theater’s 10th anniversary season. I’m also happy that our Gala will honor the Hardymons, who have provided invaluable advice, encouragement and extraordinarily generous support to the Mahaiwe’s development and growth.”

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FREE FEST: Dick-a-Thon @ the Ale House on Sunday

October 7th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

For years now, Dick Quinn has been one of Greater Nippertown’s most devoted music fans. And it’s not been an easy task for him, hauling around his oxygen tank as he scrambles from one band’s gig to another on a regular basis. So Kevin Maul, Big Frank Novko and a big bunch of the Local 518′s finest (and funnest) musicians decided to thank him for his constant attendance and continued encouragement by getting together and all playing at one big show so that Dick won’t have to travel around to hear all the music he loves.

The nine-hour (at least) Dick-A-Thon is slated to kick off at 2pm on Sunday (October 11) at the Ale House in Troy where Dick Quinn will be seated at his usual table – upfront, stage left.

You’re invited to the party, too. Stop by after the Troy Chowderfest, catch some tunes and thank Dick because without fans like Dick Quinn, there really wouldn’t be a local music scene in Greater Nippertown.

Thanks, Dick!

Here’s the schedule of bands for Dick-A-Thon on Sunday:

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Bluegrass Music Awards Go to the Earls of Leicester, Bill Keith, Jesse Brock

October 7th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg
The Earls of Leicester

The Earls of Leicester

Fresh from their knock-out performance at FreshGrass at MASS MoCA in North Adams last month, Jerry Douglas & the Earls for Leicester were the big winners at the 26th annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Earls of Leicester swept with four wins: Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Add to that Earls of Leicester member Jerry Douglas’ win for Dobro Player of the Year and Earls member Shawn Camp’s Male Vocalist of the Year win. It was a good night indeed for the five-piece traditional bluegrass band.

Hosted by the Local 518′s own premiere bluegrass band the Gibson Brothers, the big bluegrass bash also inducted Woodstock banjo master Bill Keith into the the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

The Gibson Brothers – themselves two-time Entertainer of the Year award winners – were nearly shut out at this year’s ceremony, their lone trophy going to Jesse Brock as Mandolin Player of the Year. He had also won the award in 2009.

Here’s the complete list of winners of the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards:

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Explore Historic Fab Four Sites in NYC

October 7th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg
Strawberry Fields, Central Park

Strawberry Fields, Central Park

Carnegie Hall…
The Plaza Hotel…
The Dakota Apartments…
The Ed Sullivan Theater…
Strawberry Fields in Central Park…

Experience first-hand some of the most significant New York City sites in the musical history of the Fab Four on Saturday, October 17 on Rick Bedrosian’s Beatles New York City Walking Tour. A chartered bus will depart from Yankee Trails in Rensselaer at 7am and return at approximately 9:30pm.

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10/7/15: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

October 7th, 2015, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Nick Lowe @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Whether you prefer The Jesus of Cool or Pure Pop for Now People, there’s no denying the fine British craftsmanship of his songs. He drops into Hudson tonight for a solo show prior to going back out on the road with Los Straitjackets for another holiday tour in December. With Nashville-based folk-roots-pop singer-songwriter Josh Rouse. 8pm. $45 & $65.

Nick Lowe (photo by Ed Conway)

Nick Lowe (photo by Ed Conway)

MUSIC: Shania Twain @ Times Union Center, Albany. “Damn, I feel like a woman…” The pre-Taylor Swift country-pop crossover queen originally announced that the Rock This Country Tour would be her farewell, but now she seems to be hedging her bets. With Gavin DeGraw. 7:30pm. $46, $66, $86 & $136. UPDATE: This concert has been cancelled due to illness. GO HERE for more info…

FILM/MUSIC: Silent Film Spectacular @ Albany Public Library, Albany. The film is “Dementia” with an original score performed live by Blacklight Lighthouse. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: The Wood Brothers @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. If you missed ‘em at the Upstate Concert Hall last weekend, well, now you get another chance to catch ‘em live. In support of their brand new album, Paradise, recorded at Dan Auerbach’s East Eye Sound Studios. With Gill Landry. 7:30pm. $25 & $35.

THEATER: “4000 Miles” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. Amy Herzog’s Obie Award-winning odd couple dramatic comedy kicks off the 2015-16 season at Cap Rep. He’s a millennial, 21, a ball of energy and contradictions still taking shape with every word he utters. She’s his grandmother, a Greenwich Village lefty, 70 years his senior, and cut from even older cloth, wise enough to know when to hold her tongue. Directed by Stephen Nachamie. 2 & 7:30pm. $20-$50.

OPEN MIC: Poetry Open Mic Night @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. with featured readers Susan Fantl Spivack and James Schlett. 7pm. $5.

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