It’s National Kazoo Day!

January 28th, 2010, 9:55 am by Greg

Yes, today is National Kazoo Day, and this year the humble kazoo celebrates its 160th birthday.

So grab your kazoos, and start humming your favorite song. If you need some inspiration, here’s Mister Tim kazooing his way through Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”:

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Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week

October 2nd, 2009, 5:29 pm by Greg

EXTREME MAKEOVER, BRIDGE EDITION: The Walkway Over the Hudson is scheduled to open to the public at 3pm on Saturday (October 3), with a weekend-long celebration that features fireworks, parades, music, a night circus, biking and of course, walking. The former Poughkeepsie-Highland Railway Bridge has been transformed into a linear pedestrian park, connecting the city of Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County to the town of Lloyd in Ulster County. There are the numbers: The bridge is 6,767 feet long (approximately 1.25 miles). The top of the bridge deck is 212 feet above the water and the width expands from 24 feet over land, to 35 feet over the Hudson River. It is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. Pretty cool…

SAD NEWS: It seems as though musicians and nightclub owners are natural born enemies, but that certainly wasn’t the case with Peter Paquet, who owned and ran the Metro in Saratoga Springs throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. Formerly known simply by its address – 17 Maple Ave. – the nightspot hosted lots of great local talent (soul singer Jill Hughes practically lived there) as well as national stars (Joan Osborne turned in some of the most electrifying performances I’ve ever seen there) before Paquet decided to leave the nightclub business behind and devote himself fulltime to making art in 1996. Peter Paquet died on Monday after a lengthy, brave battle against cancer. Jill Hughes and Peter’s wife Melissa are organizing a memorial service at Skidmore College on Sunday, October 11. “I’d like to get the word out to the many musicians who played at the Metro in the hopes of making his memorial a musical event,” says Hughes. Contact her at

A collage by Pam Hollinde

A collage by Pam Hollinde

BAD DOGGIE. NO, GOOD DOGGIE: When artist Pam Hollinde had a secret collaborator to help her with the new work that she’s exhibiting at the Albany Art Room.

“Early last spring, I was feeling that artistically I was in a rut so I began pulling out old prints and watercolors for ideas,” Hollinde recalls. “I left the pile on my studio floor only to come home the next day to find my dog had torn many of the pieces up. I sat on the floor amid the torn work and began to reassemble and play with the pieces. I added handmade paper; the texture and color complimented the torn edges of the images. Suddenly, this happy accident helped me see many new possibilities and directions that my work could go in. It was as if the icons I had created in my prints had been freed from the page they were trapped in.”

Hollinde celebrates the opening of her new exhibit, “Serendipity” with a reception at the Albany Art Room from 5-9pm tonight in conjunction with the monthly First Friday arts walk.

HEY, WHO’S THAT GUY?: If you check out Solid Smoke at the Ale House in Troy on Saturday (October 3), you might do a double-take at the bandstand. (If there was actually a bandstand, of course.) Yup, that’s Boston-based saxman Sam Kininger of Soulive sittin’ in with Nippertown’s own solidly smokin’ funk ‘n’ soul combo.

Comin’ soon…

September 23rd, 2009, 1:01 pm by Greg

Here are a few newly announced shows that you might want to add to your personal concert calendar:

Peter Yorn

Peter Yorn

Up in Saratoga Springs, Caffe Lena has a bountiful harvest of concerts on tap in October, highlighted by jazz master Mose Allison (Sunday, October 4), guitar virtuoso Peppino D’Agostino (Friday, October 9), the double-bill of Bread & Bones with Hungrytown (Friday, October 16) and singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis (Sunday, October 25). But the big show of the month promises to be a very special “Celebration of the Life of Lena Spencer” on Sunday, October 11, hosted by Addie & Olin-Unleashed! and featuring performances by Terri Huxtable & Liz Hood, Frank Orsini & Peter Davis, Linda Schrade & David Kiphuth, Greg Clarke and George Ward.

Popmeister Pete Yorn – whose duet album with Scarlett Johansson, “Break Up,” was recently released on Atco Records – makes a tour stop at The Egg on Wednesday, November 4.

The University at Albany has a pair of notable concerts on its back-to-school schedule this fall. Jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney brings his quintet into the UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom on Friday, September 25. And there’s a big double-bill with Girl Talk and Reel Big Fish slated for Thursday, November 5 on campus, but unfortunately that one’s a students-only affair.

Davy Jones (left) and Peter Noone

Davy Jones (left) and Peter Noone

In this corner, it’s British cutie Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits. And in this corner, it’s cuddly toy Davy Jones of the Monkees. yes, it’s a Trans-Atlantic Battle of the ’60s Teen Heart-Throbs at the Sixties Spectacular concert on the Mainstage at Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday, March 27. Rounding out the bill are the Grassroots featuring Rob Grill and American Cafe led by Trish Anderson.

Tribute band the Pink Floyd Experience returns to the Palace Theatre in Albany on Saturday, February 20.

And straight outta the wilds of Duluth, Minnesota comes the bluegrass ‘n’ more band Trampled by Turtles. They’ll land at the Ale House in Troy on Saturday, October 17.

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