Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

Albany’s Confetti Stage Kicks off New Year with “Waiting for Godot” [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Waiting for Godot features Patrick White and Stephen Henel as Didi and Gogo.

“Waiting for Godot” features Patrick White and Stephen Henel as Didi and Gogo.

Preview by Larry Murray

It’s been worth the wait, for ever since Confetti Stage, Inc. announced they were planning their own production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, we’ve been waiting, too, for all the details. It’s one of our favorite plays, and besides, it’s been a decade since they began, staging their inaugural production, ‘night, Mother, by Marsha Norman in January, 2005. Since then, the company has successfully brought to the stage over 40 productions, performing in several Capital Region communities.

The snarks say it’s a two-act play in which absolutely nothing happens.

Twice.

But that misses the point. Others say it is about waiting to die, “They’re actually waiting for God, can’t you see that in the title?”

Perhaps.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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A FEW MINUTES WITH… Sal Prizio of the Massry Center for the Arts

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Sal Prizio of the Massry Center

Sal Prizio of the Massry Center

Interview and story by J Hunter
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

I walked into Sal Prizio’s initial Capital Region venture – the Bread & Jam Café in Cohoes – in 2009, when Michael Benedict was throwing a drop party for his second Jazz Vibes disc, The Next Phase. He was being backed by what would become (for too short a time) the Joe Barna-Lee Russo Group, with Dave Gleason covering keyboards and Julia Donnarumma contributing vocals on two songs; a young sax player named Jeff Nania joined the band for the closing number. That was the first time I met Benedict, who I would come to know and respect as a player and educator, and the first time Gleason’s salsa-spicy piano attack would make me smile like a fool.

The afternoon was great, and so was the music, but the thing that stuck with me for days afterward was Bread & Jam itself, with its high ceilings, mismatched furniture, and decidedly good beverage options. I thought to myself, “If I lived in Cohoes, you’d find me here every afternoon!” Bread & Jam became a terrific alternate venue for jazz in very short order, hosting concerts by Ralph Lalama and Jerry Weldon and acting as a recording studio for Barna’s later venture, Sketches of Influence. I was supremely bummed when the personable Prizio closed the place in 2010; but unlike a lot of restaurateurs who got eaten by the economy, Prizio landed squarely on his feet, becoming Programming Manager for the College of St. Rose’s then-almost-brand-new Massry Center for the Arts.

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LIVE: Wild Adriatic / Conehead Buddha @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 2/6/15

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Video and photographs by Tim Reidy

Before heading down to the Lone Star State for a month-long Texas tour, Saratoga’s Wild Adriatic teamed up with Conehead Buddha for a jam-packed, sold-out night at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany.

Wild Adriatic will be releasing their new EP, Never Enough, on Tuesday, March 17. And you can GO HERE to hear the lead-off single, “Strange Persuasions”…

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Win FREE Tickets to This Weekend’s Bridge Jazz Festival

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
The Marcus Roberts Trio

The Marcus Roberts Trio

Two nights. Two different venues. Six diverse jazz bands heating up this long, cold winter… This weekend the inaugural Bridge Jazz Festival takes over the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday and the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts on Saturday.

FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 27), 7:30pm
at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Featuring the Marcus Roberts Trio, the Anat Cohen Quartet and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard
Tickets: $28, $36 & $42; $15 Test Drive tickets are also available to people who have not previously purchased tickets to the Hall.

SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 28), 6pm
at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany
Featuring the Fred Hersch Trio, Cécile McLorin Savant and Gretchen Parlato/Alan Hampton Duo
Tickets: $40; $30 students

All-festival tickets are also available for both nights priced at $60; $40 students.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE ALL-FESTIVAL TICKETS – that’s two tickets to Friday AND Saturday night. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (February 27), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck!

Here’s more about the musicians:

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Donnell Leahy, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Donnell Leahy and Natalie MacMaster

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

“No, I don’t remember the first album that I actually bought, but I remember having fiddle records given to me when I was a young lad, and I would learn to play the whole albums.

“There were four specific records that were given to me – the Scottish fiddler Gerry Holland, an Irish fiddler named Sean McGuire, the Canadian fiddler Graham Townsend and the French-Canadian fiddler Jean Carringnon – that were huge influences on me because I just learned all four of the records from start to finish.

“And they were four different, very distinct styles, and each style required a different technique.”

Donnell Leahy teams up with Natalie MacMaster (who also happens to be his wife) for a fab fiddle concert, “Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond,” at The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany at 7:30pm on Wednesday (February 25). They will be melding their individual fiddle styles into a whirlwind of traditional and contemporary music featuring their band and dancers. Tickets are $29.50.

LIVE: Genevieve @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 2/5/15

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Video and photographs by Tim Reidy

as the former lead singer with the now-defunct Chicago band Company of Thieves, Genevieve is certainly no stranger to the Albany Pearl Street club scene, having performed in recent years at Jillian’s, the Bayou Cafe and PearlPalooza.

Earlier this month, Genevieve made her Nippertown solo debut with her new band, playing the Hollow Bar + Kitchen and showcasing selections from her upcoming EP, Show Your Colors. Saratoga alt-rockers Better by Morning opened the show with plenty of snap ‘n’ pop.

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LIVE: Capital Area Indie Fest @ The Linda, 2/7/15

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Chris Dukes Band

Chris Dukes Band (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review and photographs by Ed Conway
Additional photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Linda was the scene of a wild musical party on a snowy Saturday night earlier this month. The occasion was the Capital Area Indie Fest, a fundraiser for the Columbia Arts Team and WEXT-FM. Organizer Andrew Gregory invited a diverse group of seven bands to share the stage. The performers ran the gamut from solo singer-songwriter to full out rock band, with each showcasing their own original songs. With seven bands in a finite time span, each band was limited to 25-30 minutes, but they made the most of it; unselfishly sharing the stage and supporting each other throughout the evening.

First up was co-organizer Sandy McKnight and his band the Idea, who set the tone for what was to become a rocking night. Next up was Legendary Losers, a power trio fronted by Dave Graham. Accents followed, calming things down slightly with wonderful harmonies during their set of Americana originals. The Holly & Evan Band heated things up again with a rocking set of blues-influenced indie rock, sprinkled with some brand new originals.

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LIVE: Jay Farrar @ The Egg, 2/7/15

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Jay Farrar

Jay Farrar

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Let’s face it, singer-songwriter Jay Farrar is not a charismatic performer. He doesn’t deliver any gyrations or gymnastics in the spotlight or on his guitar. He pretty much just stands there and strums his six strings at a deliberate, slow-to-mid tempo and sings his songs in a sweet, slightly clenched, country drawl.

He doesn’t talk much between tunes, either, which was a bit of a disappointment, as his concert at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany last Saturday night was billed as a career retrospective, and it would have been nice if he’d chatted just a bit about the hows or whys of any of the nearly two dozen songs that he churned his way through during his short, 75-minute performance. But that was not to be…

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