Tanglewood’s Labor Day Weekend offers Tony Bennett, Josh Groban and Boston Pops, plus Train [Berkshire on Stage]

August 28th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops return for the last time this season for an evening with Josh Groban.

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops return for the last time this season for an evening with Josh Groban.

Wrapping up a star-studded summer of great music, the Tanglewood Music Festival pulls out all the stops for the final weekend of music with some of the finest artists performing today. Here’s what’s on the calendar:

Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! opens the Labor Day weekend festivities at Tanglewood on Thursday, August 28 with a live presentation of the witty and fast-paced radio quiz program. This 8 p.m. performance, featuring hosts Peter Sagal and Judge and Scorekeeper Bill Kurtis, will be recorded for broadcast to its weekly audience of 3.2 million weekly listeners on more than 600 NPR stations nationwide. Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is presented Tanglewood at on August 28 in conjunction with NPR and NEPR. Tickets for Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Range from $24 to $120 and can be purchased at www.tanglewood.org, by calling 888-266-1200 or at the Tanglewood Box Office.

Grammy award-winning rock group Train helps close out the 2014 Tanglewood season this summer with their concert on Friday, August 29, at 7 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Train made its Tanglewood debut with a concert on August 8, 2011 and performed again at Tanglewood in August 2012. The multi-platinum band made its mark on music history with the Grammy Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles like “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels.”


Real Good for FREE: The Final Stretch Saratoga Music Festival, 8/30&31/14

August 28th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Scotty Mack and the Goldtops

Scotty Mack and the Goldtops

Can it be? Is it the end of the summer season already? Really? Really?!?

Yup. This weekend the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce presents the Final Stretch Saratoga Music Festival in downtown Saratoga Springs in conjunction with the final weekend of thoroughbred racing at the Saratoga Race Course.

The fest takes place at a variety of outdoor venues all around town from 7-11pm on Saturday and Sunday (August 30 & 31). Admission is free.

Here’s the complete schedule of who’s playing where:

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ArtBeat: What to See

August 28th, 2014, 11:00 am by Sara


Works by John Michael Byrd @ CONcourse Gallery

Works by John Michael Byrd @ CONcourse Gallery

Tonight (Thursday) is 2014′s final DownStreet Art, North Adams’ city-wide artswalk: Highlights include: Michael Chapman’s installation at 109 Main Street; oil paintings and gouaches by William Oberst and wall drawings by Jarvis Rockwell @ DIScourse Gallery; works by Sara Farrell Okamura and Hideyo Okamura @ MCLA Gallery 51; and Double Bubble @ PRESS Gallery, an exhibition of artwork of 18 artists, all from a 40 mile radius from Troy, NY or a 40 mile radius from Bennington, VT. Thursday, August 28, 5-9pm.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Imperialism @ Mandeville Gallery

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Imperialism @ Mandeville Gallery

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Works by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, who uses humor and satire to examine myths, stereotypes and the paradox of Native American life in contrast to the consumerism of American society. Opens Saturday, August 30. Artist talk and reception: Tuesday, September 16, 5-7pm. (Through November 30)

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Josh Groban, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

August 28th, 2014, 10:24 am by Greg
Josh Groban

Josh Groban

“The first album that I bought was the Pearl Jam Ten album.

“But before that, the first album that was given to me was the Paul Simon Graceland album, from my dad. That was a hugely influential album for me, even though it was very different for me. It was the music that made me very aware that there were no boundaries, and that there was such a big world out there with lots of different musics. Paul Simon made it OK to cross-pollinate sounds. His melodies and lyrics combined with the heartbeat of that African music was something that just brought me to a whole other level.”

Josh Groban – singer, actor and the host of yet another network TV singing competition – steps into the spotlight at Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at 7pm on Saturday (August 30) in support of his latest album, All That Echoes.

8/28/14: Today’s Tips: Thursday

August 28th, 2014, 8:33 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Del McCoury Band @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Simply the best in bluegrass – from the traditional high lonesome mountain sound to covers from the songbags of the Lovin’ Spoonful and Richard Thompson. With the Grant Gordy Trio. 8pm. $35 & $55.

MUSIC: The Griswolds @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. Led by singer-guitarist Christopher Whitehall, the Australian indie rock band lands in town in support of their new album Be Impressive. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Soul Jazz Revival @ Jay Street, Schenectady. The Jazz On Jay lunchtime concert series continues. 12noon. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete concert schedule…

ARTIST TALK: Carrie Will @ Sages Colleges’ Opalka Gallery, Albany. The art photographer whose camera always seems to aim at the people and the relationships in her life, past and present. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Wild Adriatic @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete concert schedule…

MUSIC/TALK: Bear Grass @ A.E. Diver Memorial Library, Schaghticoke. Not just an ordinary concert, Katie Hammon and her bandmates offer an intimate evening of songs and the songs behind them. 7pm.

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LIVE: Searson @ Riverlink Park, 8/9/14

August 27th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Stanley Johnson

The Canadian sisters Erin and Colleen Searson led their band Searson through a Celtic blend of high-energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing as they entertained the crowd at Riverlink Park in Amsterdam earlier this month.

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Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

August 27th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: LarkFest announced the line-up and schedule for the bands for next month’s big street fest…

The Both – the collaboration of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo – is slated to make a tour stop at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Friday, October 3. Tickets range from $29-$59.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Last year’s reunion bash was so successful that punks young and old will be gathering together again to play ScumFest 2014 in Duanesburg, including Lumpen Proles, Capitle, Sadistic Gerbils, Aggressive Response, Bourbon Scum, Chloroform Party and Phantom Signals.

The Low Beat in Albany has bolstered its upcoming concert calendar with a handful of strong new additions, including Hamell On Trial with Jefferson James at 8pm Saturday, September 6; Walter Salas-Humara of the Silos at 8pm Monday, October 6; and first wave British punks the Pork Dukes with Rotten, Bourbon Scum and Neutron Rats at 7pm Monday, October 27.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Country-popster Hunter Hayes is slated to return to the Times Union Center in Albany as a headliner, this time around. He’ll be joined by Dan + Shay and the Railers.

The Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park welcomes video-pioneering popsters OK Go for a concert at 8pm Tuesday, October 14. Limited tickets are available for $10.27; $15 in advance thereafter; $18 at the door.

The Vapor Nightclub in Saratoga Springs welcomes the Bounce Bus Tour on Saturday, September 13 featuring Will Sparks, Joel Fletcher and Timmy Trumpet. Opening the show will be NPG and Kip Chapman. Doors open at 9pm. Advance tickets are now available for $15.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: MASS MoCA in North Adams announced its line-up of concerts for the fall season, and in addition to previously announced gems as next month’s FreshGrass festival, the new schedule includes performances by People’s Champs, guitar guru Gary Lucas, Allen Toussaint & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Elska and more.

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LIVE: Holly & Evan @ Wiswall Park, 8/14/14

August 27th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

Holly & Evan

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The blues-and-more trio of Holly & Evan – bolstered by drummer Rob Morris – kicked out the jams earlier this month at Ballston Spa’s Wiswall Park.

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