11/3: Today’s Tips: Tuesday

November 3rd, 2009, 8:05 am by Greg

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany: Super saxman Keith Pray leads Nippertown’s swingingest big band into one of our favorite, intimate watering holes as they gear up for the impending release of their debut live album. What’s not to like? 9pm. Free; donations gratefully accepted.

FILM: “Deer Tick: To the City of Sin!” @ the Saratoga County Arts Center, Saratoga Springs: A screening of the documentary feature film about Providence alt-country-rock band Deer Tick. Also a reception with light refreshments and a Q&A session with director Cory Lovell and members of the band. 7pm. $10.

MUSIC: New York Funk Exchange with Jatoba @ Revolution Hall, Troy: Vocalist Serena Fortier fronts the eight-piece Brooklyn-based band of funkateers. Sharing the stage is the eclectic acoustic trio, Jatoba. Doors at 8pm. Free.

MUSIC: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band @ The Egg, Albany: One more large band lands in Nippertown on a busy big-band Tuesday. Teriffic Texas tunesmith Lovett leads his finely honed ensemble into town in support of his latest album, “Natural Forces.” 7:30pm. $74.50, $64.50, $59.50.

And don’t forget to vote!


LIVE: The Lake George Jazz Weekend, 9/19-20/09

September 23rd, 2009, 12:43 pm by Greg

Billy Harper

Billy Harper

The Lake George Arts Project launched its 26th Jazz At the Lake Festival, better known as the Lake George Jazz Weekend, on Saturday, September 19. Old friends greeted each other and found places to sit down in the Shepard Park amphitheater looking down the hill to the bandstand and the lake.

In the picturesque warmth of the day, veteran jazz pianist Bill Mays and his Inventions Trio presented a sparkling set of chamber jazz. Accompanied by famed trumpeter Marvin Stamm and newcomer cellist Alisha Horn, Mays’ mix of classical and jazz themes drew appreciative applause.

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Real Good for Free: Pittsfield’s 3rd Thursday arts walk, 9/17/09

September 17th, 2009, 8:14 am by Greg

Over in Pittsfield, Mass., the monthly 3rd Thursday arts walk takes place today from 5-8pm, boasting a whole bunch of free musical entertainment in addition to all of the usual artwork, shopping, people watching and aquatic-themed costume contest. (Yes, this month’s theme is “Splash!”)

The big news is that the Colwell boys – formerly known as Hector On Stilts – will be performing in their new incarnation as simply Colwell. Here’s their fresh-out-of-the-cutting-room music video for “Nite Atak”:

Slated for today’s 3rd Thursday celebration are performances by the following:

@ Palace Park: Colwell, Ben Karis-Nix, Moonshine Holler

@ Crowne Plaza: Unfulfilled Desires

@ City Hall: Gaia Roots, the Sweet Adelines, the Berkshire Choral Festival Chorus

@ St. Joseph’s Church: Berkshire Bateria, the Nagiowaci Fire Dancers

@ Hot Harry’s Burittos: the Rhythm B-Boys

@ the Senior Center: Chris and Woody

Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Eddie Money @ Monument Square (9/19)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: The Uncle Brothers @ East Greenbush Community Library (Sept. 26)
Real Good for Free: Capital Region’s Got Talent @ Rev. Hall (9/17)
Real Good for Free: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (Various days)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Albany’s September in the City Art Fair (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Lake George Jazz Weekend (9/19-20)
Real Good for Free: LarkFEST!!!!!!!! (Sept. 19)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)

David Brickman’s Fall Arts Preview

September 14th, 2009, 3:14 pm by Sara

Check this out: David Brickman has a boffo Fall Exhibition Preview newly posted on Get Visual.

And once that inspires you, Berkshire Creative has a rockin’ list of artist calls for submissions.

Upcoming concerts in Kingston

September 11th, 2009, 12:04 pm by Greg

Kingston isn’t all that far away, not for a real music fan. It’s just a short jaunt down Thruway from Nippertown, and the city’s two main concert halls – the Ulster Performing Arts Center and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House House – are hosting quite a few excellent concerts this season.

Sure, some of the acts – Ben Folds and Lyle Lovett, for instance – will also be coming to Albany for shows at The Egg. But it’s also looking like Kingston is as close as some of ’em – the Black Crowes and Lucinda Williams – might be getting this time around.

Anyway, we just thought you might want to know what’s happening in Kingston. So here are the schedules. Gas it up and go.

Friday, September 18, 8pm: The Black Crowes, Truth & Salvage Co.
Friday, October 9, 8pm: Ben Folds, Kate Miller-Heidke
Friday, October 16, 8pm: Lewis Black
Friday, November 6, 8pm: Jackson Browne
Sunday, November 15, 7pm: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band
Friday, April 9, 8pm: David Sedaris
Saturday, April 10, TBA: Hammer of the Gods

Thursday, October 8, 7:30pm: Lucinda Williams, Buick 6
Saturday, October 24, 8pm: Rickie Lee Jones
Sunday, March 28, 7pm: Los Lobos, Leo Kottke
Sunday, May 16, 7pm: Pat Metheny

Fall Festival Fever

September 9th, 2009, 3:15 pm by Greg

Yes, it’s sad but true.

Summertime has come … and gone … for another year.

But now ain’t the time for your tears. Outdoor music in Nippertown doesn’t just shut down after Labor Day. In fact, there’s still quite a cornucopia of festivals coming our way for the autumn season.

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights of what’s coming up in the next couple of weeks on the fall festival circuit:

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ArtBeat: Jump In!

September 3rd, 2009, 2:22 pm by Greg

jumpinHead first!
Feet first!
Heart first!

It doesn’t really matter which way you jump, but JUMP IN!

From 5:30-8pm on Friday, September 4, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield, Mass. hosts the opening reception for the group exhibition, “Jump In!,” celebrating water in the landscape.

Co-sponsored by the yet-to-be-built Housatonic River Museum, the exhibition features photographs, paintings, drawings, sculpture, writing and video inspired by the waters of the region.

“Jump In!” also serves as the premiere of “A Sound Map of the Housatonic River,” a commissioned sound installation by internationally acclaimed sound artist/musician Annea Lockwood.

Nearly two dozen other artists are represented in the exhibition, including Tim Prentice, Fern Leslie, Kevin Sprague, Laurie McLeod, Suzanne Howe-Stevens, Peter Kitchell, Michael Boroniec, Monika Pizzichemi and Leila Daw.

Water-related events and entertainment will compliment the artful offerings at the gallery.

The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, October 31.


Happy third birthday to First Friday!

September 1st, 2009, 4:45 pm by Greg

Albany’s First Friday arts walk celebrates its third anniversary on Friday, September 4.

And according to First Friday coordinator Michael Weidrich, the executive director of the Lark Street Business Improvement District, the free monthly arts event has become a rousing success.

Sponsored by the Upstate Artists Guild, the little arts night that was launched with just three galleries in the Lark Street area has grown enormously in three short years. Here are the numbers that Weidrich has come up with:

3 years
36 consecutive 1st Fridays
130 unique venues
1,000 shows
50,000 people

So come on out on Friday to see and hear and taste what’s going on around the Nippertown arts scene.

And don’t forget to cap off your First Friday stroll with a stop at Tess’ Lark Tavern. Proceeds from Tess’ will benefit the MarketPlace Gallery (also known as the Contompasis Gallery), which was the victim of a fire last month.

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