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January 18th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

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The Egg Adds Another New Show

January 18th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Greg

The popular twice-monthly podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” brings its new “All Hail” show to The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Monday, April 10.

The show stars Cecil Baldwin with guests as well as live music by Dispatition and very special guest singer-songwriter Erin McKeown as “The Weather.”

Priced at $30, tickets go on sale to the general public at 12noon on Friday (January 20).

MORE OF TODAY’S NEW CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENTS:
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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

January 18th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

Club Helsinki in Hudson welcomes the roots music duo of Rhiannon Giddens & Dirk Powell at 9pm on Friday, March 3 ($45 & $55); Elise Testone at 9pm on Friday, March 24 ($12); and Bridget Kearney at 9pm on Saturday, April 22 ($15).

Hollis hip-hopster Ja Rule grabs the spotlight at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Saturday, March 4. Tickets are priced at $25 in advance; $25 at the door. And last September they played SPAC as the Zac Brown Band’s opening act, but on Friday, May 19, Drake White & the Big Fire will be returning to Greater Nippertown for a headlining show at UCH. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10am on Friday (January 20).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Alt-pop singer-songwriter Aimee Mann is headed into The Egg in Albany in support of her upcoming album, Mental Illness. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (January 20).

WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany, has added several new concerts to their calendar, including the black tie, catered dinner and EP release party for the Young Noble Gentlemen’s Lee Reh solo debut at 6pm on March 4 ($49.99); singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky at 8pm on Saturday, March 11 ($20); and the return of Garland Jeffreys at 8pm on Saturday, May 6 ($18).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Third Eye Blind’s 20th anniversary tour is slated to make a stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer, and the band will play their self-titled debut album in its entirety. Silversun Pickups open the show. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday, January 26.

Led by the big blues-rockin’ behemoth, the Popa Chubby Band returns to the Van Dyck in Schenectady for shows at 7 & 9pm on Friday, February 17, in support of his new album, The Catfish. Tickets are $18 in advance; $22 at the door.

The fab husband-and-wife banjo greats Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn will be pickin’ and frailin’ at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Saturday, April 8. Tickets go on sale on Thursday (January 19).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: After being cancelled last yesr, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival is coming back to Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson this summer with a line-up that includes Los Lobos, Lake Street Dive, Alejandro Escovedo, Tommy Emmanuel, Toshi Reagon, the Suitcase Junket, Tom Paxton and lots more.

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A New Home for Albany Center Gallery

January 18th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

It was begun in 1977 by the late Les Urbach, tucked into a modest, unassuming space at the Capital District Psychiatric Center on New Scotland Avenue in Albany. Today (Wednesday, January 18), Albany Center Gallery is opening its doors for the first time at yet another new location – the fifth in four decades.

In 1982 the gallery moved to the former Albany City Arts Building on Chapel Street, and when that building was sold in 2002, ACG took over a room on the second floor of the Albany Public Library’s main branch on Washington Avenue. Five years later in 2007, ACG returned downtown to Columbia Street.

Now with director Tony Iadicicco at the helm, the new gallery – in the Arcade Building at 488 Broadway in Albany, just around the corner from ACG’s most recent incarnation on Columbia Street – will be the first home for the gallery that’s been designed specifically for the exhibition of art, rather than trying to adapt and retrofit an existing space into a room conducive to showcasing artwork. It’s also approximately 300 square feet larger than the Columbia Street location.

Albany Center Gallery is celebrating its 40th anniversary and inaugurating its new home with the opening of the annual Members Show featuring the art of more than 175 regional artists, including such Greater Nippertown art-scene mainstays as Lori Lawrence, David Brickman, Willie Marlowe, Mark McCarty, Mary Pat Wager and Charles Steckler. (See list below)

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SPAC Announces Another New Concert

January 18th, 2017, 9:30 am by Greg

Following yesterday’s announcement of the two-night stand by Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center has added yet another concert.

Third Eye Blind is bringing their Summer Gods Tour to SPAC on Saturday, July 1. Silversun Pickups will open the show at 7:30pm. (Both bands have previously played the free Albany Tulip Festival – Third Eye Blind in 2009; Silversun Pickups in 2013).

At SPAC, Third Eye Blind will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1997 self-titled debut album – which featured the alt-rock hits “Semi-Charmed Life,” “How’s It Going to Be” and “Jumper” – playing it in its entirety.

Priced at $39.95, $49.95 & $96 for reserved amphitheater seats and $20 for lawn general admission, tickets are slated to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Thursday, January 26.

MORE OF TODAY’S NEW CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Egg Adds Another New Show
COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

ROUND-UP OF SPAC’S 2017 SEASON SO FAR:
Friday & Saturday, June 16 & 17: Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Tuesday, June 20: Dead & Company
Tuesday, July 18: Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Tuesday, July 25: Chicago, the Doobie Brothers
Saturday, September 2: The Zac Brown Band

1/18/17: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

January 18th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Pat Metheny @ The Egg’s Hart Theatre, Albany. One of the day’s most popular, eclectic and innovative guitarists, Pat Metheny has won 20 Grammy Awards in 12 different categories to accompany his three gold records and his accolades as “Best Jazz Guitarist” in polls for nearly four decades. Recently inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame as its youngest member, Metheny will perform a range of music from throughout his career accompanied by bassist Linda Oh, pianist Gwilym Simcock and drummer Antonio Sanchez. 7:30pm. $35 & $40.

ART OPENING: Albany Center Gallery Members’ Show @ Albany Center Gallery, Albany. ACG celebrates its 40th anniversary with the grand opening of the new ACG exhibit space and the members show featuring the work of more than 175 regional artists. 5pm. FREE.

COMEDY/MUSIC: Stephen Lynch @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany. Is he a comedian who plays the guitar? Or is he a funny musician? Either way, you’re gonna be laughing… 8pm. $35.

JAM SESSION: Monthly Bluegrass Jam @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The monthly third Wednesday session is led by mandolinist Alan Epstein. 7pm. $5.

MUSIC: The VeeVees @ Parish Public House, Albany. Fresh from the recently wrapped-up season 11 of NBC-TV’s “The Voice,” the wailin’ Sophia Urista fronts the Brooklyn-based rockers in their Greater Nippertown debut. 8pm. UPDATE: This show has been cancelled…

MUSIC: The Deadbeats @ the Low Beat, Albany. If it’s Wednesday, it must be the Deadbeats… 10pm.

MUSIC: Roiger-Levin-Menegon Trio @ Annarella Ristorante, Saugerties. 6:30pm. FREE.

Is there an event that we overlooked? Add it to the comment box below…

Bands Announced for the Clearwater Festival

January 17th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive is headed to the Clearwater Festival in June

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After recovering from a financial crisis which forced the festival’s cancellation last year, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival is coming back at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson on Saturday & Sunday, June 17 & 18.

The festival features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming as well as a juried Handcrafters’ Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market and environmental education displays and exhibits.

Early-bird tickets are on sale now, priced at $70 per day ($63 for students & seniors) of $105 for an all-weekend pass ($94.50 for students & seniors). Children age 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

The first round of performers for the 2017 fest have just been announced, and the line-up is as strong as ever. Here’s a round-up of performers slated to take over one (or more) of the fest’s seven stage during the weekend festivities:

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HEARD: Playlist, 1/9-15/17

January 17th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Bill Evans & Don Elliott: Tenderly: An Informal Session (Milestone, 2001)
Robyn Miller: “Riven”: The Soundtrack (Virgin, 1998)
David Bowie: No Plan (Columbia, 2017)
Left Hand Shake: 8-Track Mind (Chin Music, 2017)
Ray Murray & the Bomb Squad: Murray (Ray Murray, 2016)
The Lazy Suns: The Lazy Suns (aka, Bar Hotel Music) (The Lazy Suns, 2016)
Dust Bowl Faeries: Dust Bowl Faeries (Dust Bowl Faeries, 2016)
John Rice: Walking Songs (John Rice Music, 2016)
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Placido Domingo, Piero Cappuccilli, more: Verdi’s Nabucco (Deutsche Grammophon, 1983)
Glenn Gould: Bach: The Goldberg Variations (CBS Masterworks, 1982)
Keith Jarrett Trio: Standards in Norway (ECM, 1995)
Dave Douglas: Witness (Bluebird, 2001)
Steven Mayer: Art Tatum: Improvisations (Naxos, 2004)
Chandler Travis Philharmonic: Waving Kissyhead, Vol. 2 & 1 (Iddy Biddy, 2017)
Philip Glass: Songs from Liquid Days (CBS, 1986)
Marilyn Crispell: Amaryllis (ECM, 2001)
Brad Mehldau: Largo (Warner Bros., 2002)
Patricia Barber: Cafe Blue (Premonition, 1994)

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