FREE FEST: The Lenox Apple Squeeze This Weekend

September 22nd, 2016, 9:30 am by Greg
James Felice

James Felice of the Felice Brothers, who play the Lenox Apple Squeeze on Saturday

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

I have know idea how it’s flown under my radar for so long, but the Lenox Apple Squeeze festival this weekend is most definitely worth checking out. I only just found out about this free fest this month, but it turns out that this Saturday & Sunday (September 24 & 25) marks the 37th annual Lenox Apple Squeeze…

Crafts, sculpture and original artwork will fill Main Street in Lenox, along with handmade jewelry, textiles, wood carvings, leather goods and hand-woven clothing. Enjoy foods, wines, craft beers and delicacies from around the world as local farmers display the bounties of this year’s harvest. Lots of children’s activities, too. And, of course, apples and all variety of imaginable apple recipes will abound.

But most of all is the music – including the Felice Brothers headlining Saturday’s festivities – which kicks off at 10am on both days.

Here’s the Main Stage schedule of music for the 2016 Lenox Apple Squeeze:

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9/22/16: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

September 22nd, 2016, 7:23 am by Greg

MUSIC: The Parlor @ the Low Beat, Albany. In an effort to make their already way-cool band more flexible,
bandleaders Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans have developed a new live set based on triggered samples and synth bass. With the Black Ships and Neighborhood of Make Believe. 8pm. $7.

THEATER: “Love Jones: The Musical” @ the Palace Theatre, Albany. The 1997 romantic drama movie has been transformed into a stage musical with an all-star cast that includes Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, Dave Hollister, Raheem DeVaughn and MC Lyte. 8pm. $35, $45, $65 & $85.

MUSIC: Wishbone Ash @ the Upper Room, Albany. With the Take It Back Tour, the band celebrates their 47th anniversary, playing their time-honored classics and deep tracks from their back catalog, as well as material from recent recordings. 8:30pm. $20 & $35.

MUSIC: Mabel Kwan @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy. The pianist performs “Trois Hommages” by Georg Friedrich Haas, dedicated to György Ligeti, Josef Matthias Hauer and Steve Reich – simultaneously on two differently tuned pianos. 7:30pm. $6-$18.

MUSIC: Jody Radez @ Wolf Hollow Brewing, Glenville. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Barrule @ Crandall Library’s Folklife Center, Glens Falls. Bringing the unique sound of traditional Manx music from the Isle of Man across the Atlantic, the award-winning trio offers a diverse evening, including rousing marches, jigs and reels, as well as sorrowful slow airs and beautiful ballads of unrequited love. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete concert series schedule…

MUSIC: Magic Beans @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The blues-funk-psych-grass band from Boulder, Colorado. With Space Carnival. 9:30pm. $15.

THEATER: “The Tavern” @ Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill. Steven Patterson directs George M. Cohan’s vintage melodrama as the first production on the Bridge Street Theatre’s new Mainstage. 7:30pm. $20; $10 students age 21 & under. Through Sunday, September 25.

MUSIC: Darol Anger & the Furies @ the Parlor, Northampton. The fab fiddler leads a wild cello-driven ensemble. 7pm. $25.

COMEDY: Gerald Kelly @ Funny Bone, Guilderland. 7:30pm. $10. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Blues Pro Jam @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Featuring guitar great Tas Cru, Ottawa-based guitarist Murray Kinsley, Chatham’s Leigh-Anne Stanton on bass, keyboardist Craig Keil and drummer Sonny Rock. 8pm.

THEATER: “American Son” @ Barrington Stage Co., Pittsfield. Christopher Demos-Brown’s explosive, award-winning drama examines our nation’s racial divide through the eyes of an estranged, interracial couple. Directed by Julianne Boyd, it had its world premiere at Barrington Stage earlier this summer, and now it’s back for an encore run. 7pm. $49. Through Sunday, September 25. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Halfstep @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. 9pm. FREE.

LIVE: Dervish @ Music Haven at Proctors, 8/14/16

September 21st, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After more than a quarter century together, Dervish concerts like last month’s performance at the Music Haven at Proctors offer a myriad of moods from high energy jigs and reels, played with fluidity and intuitiveness, to beautifully measured ballads; from charming lyrics of life and love, to inspiring melodies that lift audiences from their seats.

Led by the masterful voice, stories and stage presence of Roscommon-born Cathy Jordan, the acclaimed Celtic band – Tom Morrow (fiddle, viola); Shane Mitchell (accordion); Liam Kelly (flute, low whistle); Séamus O’Dowd (guitars, harmonica); Michael Holmes (bouzouki) and Brian McDonagh (mandola, mandolin) – is utterly captivating.

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Finn Wittrock to Star in Shakespeare & Co.’s “Hamlet” Reading [Berkshire on Stage]

September 21st, 2016, 3:00 pm by Sara
Finn Wittrock

Finn Wittrock

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox will present a staged reading of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, at 7pm on Saturday, October 8. Featuring Finn Wittrock – of American Horror Story and The Big Short – and other special guests, the reading will be presented in the Tina Packer Playhouse, and will be directed by Kevin G. Coleman, Shakespeare & Company’s Director of Education and a 2016 Tony Award nominee.

A star of stage, film and television, Finn Wittrock grew up with the Company. As a child he appeared in many of the Company’s outdoor Shakespeare productions at The Mount, as well as with Jonathan Epstein in Richard III at the Duffin Theatre in 1999.

Most recently, Wittrock was seen in the Oscar nominated film The Big Short, in which he starred opposite Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Steve Carell. Wittrock has been a part of the critically-acclaimed series American Horror Story for the last two seasons and he was nominated for an Emmy for his season four portrayal of Dandy Mott. This fall, Finn will be seen with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in the film La La Land for Lionsgate. Upcoming theatrical productions include Othello with Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo directed by Sam Gold and The Glass Menagerie with Sally Field.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

FEST: Eastbound Throwdown This Weekend in Salem

September 21st, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Greenwich-based “northern rock” band Eastbound Jesus launched their own festival last year, and this weekend it’s the second annual Eastbound Throwdown.

On Friday and Saturday (September 23 & 24), the countryside at Irwin Farm in Salem will be brimming over with great music from Eastbound Jesus, as well as the Blind Owl Band, the Mallett Brothers Band, Driftwood, the North & South Dakotas and lots more bands.

All-fest, two-day tickets are $50 in advance; $60 at the gate. All-fest tickets include camp-by-your car camping. Saturday-only tickets are $40 (no camping). No Friday-only tickets will be sold. Children age 14 and under are free.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for Eastbound Throwdown 2016:

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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

September 21st, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

Psych-blues-rock power trio SIMO led by guitarist JD Simo – returns to the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy at 8pm on Friday, September 30. Tickets are $10. Also newly announced for The Hangar are the 24th Street Wailers, who are slated to tear into the place at 9pm on Wednesday, October 5.

The Upper Room in Albany welcomes Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown at 8pm on Saturday, November 12. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20 & $35.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The King of Comedy, Louis CK, is stepping into the spotlight at Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau teams up with Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins at Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday, Oct 2 in support of his new album, North Dakota Impressions. Tickets are $12. Also new on Helsinki’s schedule are Triage with the Late Regulars at 9pm on Saturday, November 12 ($10) and Hayes Carll at 8pm on Thursday, December 29 ($25).

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams bring their surreal Americana to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Saturday, November 26. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

Melding an Ethiopian pop aesthetic with soul, funk and rock, the 11-piece Debo Band is slated to blow into Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday, November 5. Tickets are $8; $5 seniors; free for students and children.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tommy Emmanuel and the Jazz Ambassadors are headed into the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

The Capital Region Blues Network is bringing Williamstown guitarslinger Albert Cummings to The Linda in Albany on Saturday, November 5. The Andrew Wheeler Band opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Eighth Step’s upcoming fall concert season includes Holly Near, John McCutcheon, Dave Rowe, Joe Crookston, Christine Lavin, Don White, Brother Sun, Magpie and Kim & Reggie Harris.

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Fear of Strangers, 1978-1983… and Beyond: An Oral History

September 21st, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg


By Greg Haymes
Top photographs by Dave Suarez, Lynne Harty

The Units formed in 1978, quickly becoming one of Greater Nippertown’s most popular bands during the early days of the DIY era.

They released their debut single “Japan” b/w “I am Sorry” in December, 1979. And after changing their name to Fear of Strangers, they released their one and only album in 1982 on the Faulty Products label. But by 1983, they decided to call it quits.

Now the band is reuniting for a one-night only show at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany on Friday night (September 23). Original bandmembers Al Kash (drums), Todd Nelson (guitar), Steve Cohen (bass) and Val Haynes (vocals) will step into the spotlight, joined by guest keyboardist Mike Kelley.

We could go on, but why not let the bandmembers tell their own story? Let’s start at the beginning…

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

September 21st, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg

Another time-honored Hump Day Unusual Moment classic (and our favorite Spike Jones tune to boot)…

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