Posts Tagged ‘Altamont’

New Release Rack: Harvest o’ Hip-Hop

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Three new homegrown hip-hop albums are dropping around Nippertown this weekend, and here’s the info on where the parties are:

JPLUS: TripolarJPLUS
Friday (October 18), 9pm
Red Square, Albany
$10 in advance; $13 at the door; first 50 will get the new albums by JPlus & Sin-City FREE
with Sin-City (see below), MIRK, the Ameros, Knowle’ge, Jaja Gibore, Ghostryder, Nerezza, Appocalypz
JPlus’ sixth solo album, Tripolar, explores the three personas J has created to survive his childhood in the post-industrial urban ghetto. Jessie is a hopeful, intelligent young man who wants to have the same opportunity to succeed, regardless of color, creed or culture. JPlus is entrepreneurial and confident — the Urban King — whose street-smarts allow him to escape the toils of the ghetto. Muzzle Off is the third, the darkest,and most ruthless, the metabolite of societal churning: he is a hateful monster who stews in blame — blame towards a world that stole his humanity and forced a personal choice between poverty or violent crime.

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Desolation Road Studios Slated to Shutter Its Doors This Fall

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Desolation Road Studios

Another one bites the dust…

I’ve written dozens live music venue obituaries over the years. It’s always sad, and it never gets any easier. So here’s the lowdown on the demise of Desolation Road Studios in Altamont from owner Jim Miller himself:

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LIVE: Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 9/14/13

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
That's a lot of apples.

That’s a lot of apples.

Photographs by Michael Seinberg
Additional photograph by Meg Seinberg-Hughes

A bountiful harvest was evident at the annual Capital Region Apple & Wine Festival, held last weekend at the Altamont Fairgrounds. But there was a whole lot more to the fest than just apples and wine…

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LIVE: Capital District Scottish Games @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 8/31/13

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Caber toss

The object of the caber toss is to get the caber to flip over completely and land directly in front of the thrower at exactly 12 o’clock (straight on from the thrower’s position). That’s considered a perfect throw.

Photographs by Michael Seinberg
Additional photograph by Meg Seinberg-Hughes

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Festival Fever: New York Freedompalooza @ Altamont Fairgrounds, 8/24/13

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Now that the Altamont Fair has come and gone for another year, the folks at the Altamont Fairgrounds are gearing up for their next event – the inaugural New York Freedompalooza, which takes over the grounds on Saturday (August 24).

Gates open at 11am, and the fest is scheduled to run from 11:30am til 7pm on Saturday. The entertainment focus is on country music. Tickets are $35 in advance; $45 at the gate; children age 12 and under free.

Here’s the line-up of musical performers for the New York Freedompalooza:

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LIVE: The Altamont Fair @ the Altamont Fairgrounds (Part II)

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Night on the midway

Photographs by Michael Seinberg

The big Altamont Fair wrapped up its week-long run on Sunday (August 18), and as far as we know, Ryan Gosling didn’t make a return appearance this year. But there was still plenty of fun to be had – from the midway to the animal exhibits, from the entertainment to the games of chance…

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LIVE: Altamont Fair @ the Altamont Fairgrounds

Friday, August 16th, 2013
The Midway

The Midway

Photographs by Michael Seinberg

The Altamont Fair opened its gates once again on Tuesday, and plenty of folks from all around Nippertown and beyond headed to the fair for fun-in-the-sun, frisbee-catching dogs, fried dough and more.

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INTERVIEW: Sheesham & Lotus & Son, No Batteries Required

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Interview and story by Don Wilcock

The Canadian group Sheesham & Lotus & Son – playing at the Old Songs Festival this weekend at the Altamont Fairgrounds – describe themselves as “at once ancient and refreshingly new.” They dress old timey and play fiddle tunes, ragtime, good-time blues and use old time vocal harmony applying “old techniques and new sonic ideas presented to the audience in a bombastic and friendly fashion.”

I can remember as a college student during the ’60s “folk scare” being totally put off by the movement’s reticence to accept fresh ideas for music that at the time was slavishly copying decades-old songs and resisting new technology and even original songs. Dylan’s going electric and San Francisco going psychedelic pushed the academic attitude off the table, and today anything goes. Sheesham & Lotus & Son are a Canadian group that, like the Carolina Chocolate Drops, are revising a style of music popular in the ’20s and ’30s that largely has been forgotten with the revisionist popularity of delta blues and modern folk idioms.

As Sheesham Crow explains it, there is no utility in resisting a euphonium or trumpet in an old timey band. “If I walked across the holler, and I happen to bring an accordion, (my friend) wouldn’t say, ‘Wow, I’m playing old time. You can’t play that accordion.’”

“The thing that bugs me is the gentrification of old time music. You can lose some of that crusty, wild energy that comes from the real old time music.”

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