Are you ready for a serious rock & roll trip down memory lane?
Well then, let’s jump in the Way-Back Machine, Sherman, and head over to the the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Sunday (November 29). The event is the Analog Fog, 1967, and if you were a Local 518 music fan back in the ’60s, you might be experiencing a mind-bending flashback, as members of such fave ’60s rockers as the Bougalieu, Cathedral, Whitney Sunday, the Sundowners, the Sabres and more all take the stage.
The Gray Things – featuring original members Billy Cioffi (lead guitar/vocals), Mike Olesko (keys/vocals) and Steve Colfer (drums/vocals) joined by Jimmy Hyde (bass) and Ron Alvaro (rhythm guitar) – will be reuniting for a 14-song 50th anniversary performance of ’60s nuggets, including their hit “Charity.”
As Last Vestige’s Jim Furlong raved in the 1980 premier issue of his short-lived but influential music fanzine Blue Lunch, “There are some songs that linger in the mind for long periods of time. You never hear it anymore, maybe, but it’s lurking thru your skull and every once in a while it sings in your inner ear. Well, the song for me is ‘Charity’ by a great local band called the Gray Things. When talking about a gem of punk vinyl from the sixties, this local hit (it reached No. 5 on the charts and fared well regionally) had all the ingredients that made it a punk classic!”
At the Hollow, the Section – featuring guitarist Bernie Mulleda, keyboardist Andrew Costa, drummer Joey Rocco, bassist Lester Figarski and organist Tony Perrino – will be backing many of the performers and leading the wailing Capital District All-Star Jam finale.
Mary Travers passed away in September, 2009, but surviving members Yarrow and Stookey continue to carry on the legacy of ’60s folk music icons Peter, Paul & Mary, who racked up won five Grammy Awards, 13 Top 40 hits (including six that shot into the Top 10), eight gold and five platinum albums throughout their ground-breaking musical career.
The concert is being co-sponsored by WMHT-TV and tickets to the concert will be offered to viewers as a way of saying thank you when making a contribution in support of the public broadcasting station.
Priced at $35, $45 & $57, tickets are also currently available to Music Hall members and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday (November 30).
FILM: “The Assassin” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien won Best Director honors at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with his wondrous, awe-inspiring take on the traditional martial arts film. 2:30, 5 & 7:30pm.
TELEVISION ON STAGE: “MythBusters: Jamie & Adam Unleashed” @ Proctors, Schenectady. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” promise an evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories.
There is a long-held view that Greater Nippertown jazz fans are not risk takers – that they prefer their jazz like they prefer their roads: Straight and narrow. I was reminded of this maxim by a fellow attendee of the Tani Tabbal Trio’s titanic set at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy. It wasn’t just the fact that the Hudson Valley native’s decidedly outside-the-box music had been booked that had my friend shaking his head; it was the fact that there wasn’t an empty seat in the place, and the sold-out crowd was howling and cheering throughout the night.
Mind you, there is evidence to support the gentleman’s initial claim. I can recall more than a few shows I’ve attended where the headliner didn’t tread familiar musical ground, and when showtime came around I looked around and openly declared, “Where is everybody?” The thing is, though, the Sanctuary has always booked musical acts that sail outside the mainstream, and in the last year, the marvelously repurposed space has had its foundation rocked by mind-bending, genre-shaking jazz from Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence and Myra Melford & Ben Goldberg. The compositions on Tani Tabbal’s latest CD Mixed Motion are heavily influenced by the music of the late avant-jazz icon Ornette Coleman, so Tabbal definitely fits Sanctuary’s “no box required” creative profile.
Tabbal’s drum kit may have been at the back of the elevated stage, but the dreadlocked leader literally got right out front from the jump, launching into a martial solo that he quickly expanded on, and then expanded on it once again. This was the explosive overture to “March For Gloria,” which suddenly appeared as Tabbal brought his solo down to a head-bobbing groove, bassist Michael Bisio rolled out a nice phat floor figure, and altoist Adam Siegel hit the hypnotic melody. The Albany native earned applause on this stage earlier this year when he sat in with Joe Barna’s Sketches of Influence, but that quick blast didn’t prepare us for what was to come on this night. Starting slowly and building systematically, Siegel’s lines got more complex and more intense with each passing chorus, eventually blasting out screaming notes that had us screaming right along as he took his alto as high as it would go.
For a guy who only started playing guitar in 2002, singer-songwriter Joshua Radin has quickly come a long way, releasing a half-dozen studio albums and landing a number of his tunes in a variety of TV shows and films.
He made his way into The Egg’s Swyer Theatre earlier this month in support of his latest album, Onward and Sideways, released earlier this year.
The Oregon-based collective – which can swell to as many as 20 members at their hometown gigs – featured a core touring group of five – count ’em, 5 – cellists at the Madison, which converted one of its movie theaters into a live performance venue a year ago. And if you have an aversion to genre-jumping, well, this wasn’t the place for you.
“The Mahaiwe team is very happy to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with two special community classic films,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “We also invite the public to participate in the StoryCorps’ ‘Great Thanksgiving Listen’ by interviewing family elders over the holiday weekend and to help local families and pets in need by bringing contributions to the donation bins in the Mahaiwe lobby.”
The Mahaiwe is partnering with the People’s Pantry and the Berkshire Community Diaper Project to help provide for families in need this holiday season, including accepting pet food donations. From now until the end of the year, donation boxes will be available in the theater lobby between the hours of 12noon-6pm, Wednesday-Saturday. Non-perishable food items, as well as paper/cleaning products and disposable diapers (which are not covered by WIC or food stamps) can be dropped off during these hours.