LIVE: Roger Noyes @ Albany Public Library, 2/25/15

March 2nd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Roger Noyes

Roger Noyes

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

At the Albany Public Library, Ralph Ellison’s classic 1952 novel “Invisible Man” was brought to life through readings of the novel and original music inspired by the novel by composer-guitarist Roger Noyes and his band.

The library’s program Reading Music showcases new, original music inspired by great works of literature. In previous installments, M.R. Poulopoulos tackled the works of William Kennedy and Michael Eck and Matt Durfee wrote songs in the spirit of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” but this was the first Reading Music program to feature jazz and a full band.

In addition to playing the Fats Waller composition, “Black and Blue,” which is seminal to the novel, Noyes & Co. also played three original compositions inspired by passages in the novel.

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“Reading Music”: Where Books Meet Songs

August 27th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
Matt Durfee

Matt Durfee (photo: Michael Hochanadel)

At 7pm tonight (Wednesday, August 27), the Albany Public Library is hosting its second “Reading Music” concert. It’s an evening of songs, readings and discussion based on John Steinbeck’s classic novel, “East of Eden.” The evening will feature nearly a dozen brand-spankin’ new original songs penned by Local 518 songsmiths Matt Durfee and Michael Eck. Admission is FREE.

Joining Durfee (vocals, guitar) and Eck (vocals, resonator guitar, resonator mandolin) will be August Sagehorn (bass), Tommy Krebs (drums), Roger Noyes (steel guitar), M.R. Poulopoulos (electric guitar) and Adam Prizio (readings).

You may recall the inaugural “Reading Music” performance back in April featured M.R. Poulopoulos and friends performing a number of original songs based on the novels of Albany’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy, who was in attendance.

Real Good for FREE: Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library

July 16th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Party Boat (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Party Boat

Photograph by Timothy Reidy

The Garage Bands in the Garage concert series returns to the Albany Public Library this summer with three special monthly shows from July through September. The all-ages, after-hours concerts feature live music by great Local 518 bands playing in the garage of the Main Library at the rear parking lot on Elk Street. All shows run on select Friday evenings from 6-8pm. and also feature a CD garage sale with $1 items.

The 2014 Albany Public Library Garage Bands concert line-up features:

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Guitar Time @ the Albany Public Library

April 1st, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

This is a guitar

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar, just head over to the Albany Public Library. On Tuesday evenings for the next three months, the library is hosting Music Matters: Guitar Time, a series of free, interactive and participatory sessions, with time for one-on-one instruction as well as group playing. It all gets underway at 7pm tonight (April 1).

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Hip-Hop Happening @ the Albany Public Library

January 13th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Sev Statik

Sev Statik

The next Music Matters workshop series at the Albany Public Library focuses on hip hop. Led by veteran Local 518 emcee Sev Statik, the series of six hour-long sessions gets underway at 7pm tonight (Monday, January 13). The sessions are free and open to anyone interested in learning the various musical aspects of hip hop, including tips and tricks to make your own beats and rhymes. No experience is necessary. Open to all ages.

The free sessions will take place at 7pm on Mondays on the following dates: Today (January 13) and January 27; February 10 and 24; and March 10 and 24

Real Good for FREE: Matt Durfee & Music Matters: Guitar 201 @ Albany Public Library

September 16th, 2013, 1:30 pm by Greg
Matt Durfee

Matt Durfee

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar, the Albany Public Library’s free Music Matters workshops are for you. Held in the Main Library’s auditorium, the classes are designed for teens and adults. No experience is necessary; the only requirement is a desire to make music. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Taught by Local 518 professional guitarists Tor Loney and Ben Himmelfarb, six 90-minute workshops will be held weekly at the library on Tuesday evenings beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, September 17) at 7pm.

As a special bonus, Local 518 singer-songwriter Matt Durfee will perform an acoustic set prior to each of the Music Matters sessions, beginning at 6pm. Durfee’s performances are also free and open to the public. You need not attend the guitar workshops in order to enjoy Durfee’s performances.

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Real Good for FREE: Garage Bands in the Garage @ Albany Public Library

June 11th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
The Mysteios (photo by Timothy Reidy)

The Mysteios @ The River Street Beat Shop in 2011 (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Your local public library offers you more books than you could ever possibly read in a lifetime. And since just about all of the video stores have disappeared by now, your library covers that end of your entertainment spectrum, too.

But what you might not realize is that the Albany Public Library is also a pretty damn fine music venue.

Back again for a another summer season is the Garage Bands in the Garage free concert series, held in the garage at the rear of the Washington Avenue main branch of the Albany Public Library.

The monthly concerts take place at 6pm on the third Friday of the month between now and September, and they’ve got some mighty fine bands lined up to play for you this year.

Here’s the 2013 schedule:

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Mystery Writer Vincent Zandri Brings Albany to Life in “The Concrete Pearl”

January 21st, 2013, 3:15 pm by Greg

Vincent Zandri: The Concrete PearlWith his talk “The New Publishing Model Demystified,” local author Vincent Zandri shares his insight into the new world of contemporary publishing, including eBooks at 7pm on Tuesday (January 22) at the Albany Public Library.

Also as part of his presentation, Zandri will read from his new novel “The Concrete Pearl,” a mystery-thriller about the underbelly of the construction business that’s set right here in the state capital of New York. Along the way, Zandri references Albany Medical Center, Channel 13, Waterford High School, radio station WGY, 677 Prime, The Times Union and more.

Key scenes in the murder mystery are set in such familiar locations as Tess’ Lark Tavern, the Miss Albany Diner, Dott’s Garage and the Thatcher Street Pub.

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