Posts Tagged ‘Capital Region’

14 Years Ago: The Inaugural CAMA Hall of Fame Inductees

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

As we noted on Tuesday, it was 14 years ago this week that the now-defunct Capital Area Music Association held its first Hall of Fame inductions with an awards show and musical performances at The Egg in Albany.

There were a dozen nominees, but only six were elected to the CAMA Hall of Fame that first year.

And who were those inital inductees?

Blotto, pop-rock parodyists (“I Wanna Be a Lifeguard,” “Metal Head”) and early MTV stars of the early ’80s

Nick Brignola, Grammy nominated baritone sax giant of the jazz world

John Carabella, composer and founder of the Albany Symphony Orchestra

Charlene Shortsleeve, manager of such pivotal alt-rock nightclubs as 288 Lark, Duck Soup and QE2

Lena Spencer, founder, owner and manager of venerable Saratoga Springs coffeehouse Caffe Lena

Ernie Williams, veteran blues musician and the catalyst for the Capital Region’s blues scene revival

Here’s Michelle Solomon’s preview of the induction from the Times Union.

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Real Good for Free: Capital Region’s Got Talent @ Revolution Hall, 10/8/09

Monday, October 5th, 2009

CRGT top eleven contestants (front left to right): Courtney Biondo, Sharon MacPherson, JT Maple, Victoria Minucci, Danielle Gaudin, Katrina Marie, James Dowen, Collete McComb, Benjamin Uytiepo, Danielle Mozeleski and Eric Margan.

CRGT top eleven contestants (front left to right): Courtney Biondo, Sharon MacPherson, JT Maple, Victoria Minucci, Danielle Gaudin, Katrina Marie, James Dowen, Collete McComb, Benjamin Uytiepo, Danielle Mozeleski and Eric Margan.

Surprise.

At the beginning of last week’s round of the Capital Region’s Got Talent singing competition there were 20 contestants, and at the end of the night, only 10 of them were scheduled to remain in the competition. But -surprise – 11 semi-finalists were still standing, thanks to audience voting, which selected Collette McComb as the wild card entry.

The ten semi-finalists are: Courtney Biondo, Katrina Marie Burg, James Dowen, Danielle Goudin, Sharon MacPherson, J.T. Maple, Eric Margan, Victoria Minucci, Danielle Mozeleski and Benjamin Uytiepo.

All 11 remaining contestants will perform on Thursday, October 8 at Revolution Hall in Troy. The theme for Thursday’s competition is the Bealtes, and each semi-finalist will perform two songs from the catalog of the Fab Four.

At the conclusion of Thursday’s competition, the judges will select five finalists, and the audience will once again select a wild card entry to move onto the final night of Capital’s Region’s Got Talent at Revolution Hall on Friday, October 16.

Previously:
Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (Various days)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

Be Here Now: The Shakin’ Bakers @ ACCR, 9/18/09

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Shakin_Bakers“Shake me…
Bake me…
Don’t let me sleep too long”

Yes, there’s yet another new band of old faces on the Nippertown scene.

Jump blues band the Shakin’ Bakers make their official debut on Friday, September 18 in concert at the intimate theater at the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Leading the charge are master guitarslinger Graham Tichy (Rocky Velvet) and blues harp howler Ted Hennessy (the Doornails, Rockin’ Bonnevilles) with bassman John Ellis and drummer Pete Tumbaco holding down the rhythm end of things. Now that’s a mighty combo…

The band will be stepping into the spotlight at 8pm Friday, but if you can get there early, instructor Jason Fenton is offering free swing dance lessons beginning at 7pm.

Weekend Roundup

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

This just might be the single busiest weekend of the year, so we really don’t want to hear a single peep out of anyone complaining that there’s nothing to do in Nippertown. Seriously.

Here are just a few suggestions:

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Lecture and opening reception for Jennifer Dalton‘s “Is It Just Me?” @ the Teaching Gallery @ Hudson Valley Community College, Troy (FREE)
“Capital Region’s Got Talent” @ Revolution Hall, Troy (FREE)
Colleen Pratt & Friends @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady (FREE)
3rd Thursday arts walk @ various locations in Pittsfield, Mass. (FREE)
Los Lobos with Jonah Smith @ the Calvin Theater, Northampton, Mass.
Discussion with Annea Lockwood, Margaret Cogswell and Ian Berry @ the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs (FREE)

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Real Good for Free: Capital Region’s Got Talent @ Rev. Hall

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

OK, we’ll admit it. We don’t really know what to expect here, but Revolution Hall and Time Warner Cable have concocted this competition, and we’re definitely curious to see what happens.

The name – Capital Region’s Got Talent – is something of a misnomer, though. It’s a singing contest, not a talent contest, so you won’t be seeing any of those ventriloquists or fire jugglers or dance troupes or whatever that seem to poulate “America’s Got Talent.”

No, Capital Region’s Got Talent is more of an “American Idol” thingie. During the audition phase of the competition, contestants get two minutes to belt it out – a cappella, with their own instrumentation, with the in-house pianist or with a pre-recorded track.

We have no idea who’s signing up to have a go at the top prize of $5,000. When we checked YouTube over the weekend, there was only one video. But it was Eric Margan (of our fave chamber pop ensemble Eric Margan & the Red Lions) singing the Beatles’ “For No One.” Now that’s a damn good start.

The first round of auditions for Capital Region’s Got Talent takes place at 7pm Thursday, September 10, followed by another on Thursday, September 17. At Revolution Hall, of course. And, yes, admission is free.

Previously:
Real Good for Free: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Spencertown Academy Festival of Books ( Sept. 12-13)
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: Albany Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park (Sept. 12)
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)

Capital Region Entertainment Hall of Fame

Friday, August 28th, 2009

On Saturday, September 19, the Grand Opening Gala at Proctors in Schenectady not only celebrates the 2009-2010 season of shows and events at Proctors, but it also serves as the induction ceremony for the class of 2009 into the Capital Region Entertainment Hall of Fame.

What? You didn’t know there was a Capital Region Entertainment Hall of Fame? Well, that’s understandable because this is only the second annual induction. And we couldn’t even find a website for it, either.

Well then, who’s being inducted this year? Well, the Capital Region Entertainment Hall of Fame inductees for 2009 are:

Bruce Jordan & Marilyn Abrams (producers of “Shear Madness,” a stage comedy with more than a thirty-year run)

Gregory Maguire (award-winning author of the book “Wicked,” which launched the blockbuster stage musical of the same name)

Maureen O’Sullivan (actress and star of stage and screen)

Vicarious Visions (brothers Guha and Karthik Bala developers of world-renowned video games including “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock”)

Hosted by the Theatre Guild at Proctors, the Grand Opening Gala celebrates the new inductees and the new season of shows with an evening of entertainment, dining and dancing. Tickets are $175. To make a reservation, please contact Judy Decker at 518.382.384 x134 or jdecker@proctors.org

Inductees at last year’s grand opening ceremonies included Francis Frederick Proctor, Ernst F.W. Alexanderson, Kirk Douglas, Monty Wooley, Maureen Stapleton, television station WRGB and radio station WGY. The first inductee to the Hall was film director-screenwriter John Sayles in 2006.

Fall events @ ACCR in Troy

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The Arts Center of Capital Region has announced its fall season of concerts, performances and other events.

Here’s how it shapes up:

Wednesday, September 16, 7pm
“Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief + Gratitude”
Area writers included in this best-selling poetry anthology will read from the collection and related work on the subject of death, mourning and gratitude for lost loved ones.
Free

Friday, September 18, 8pm
The Shakin’ Bakers
Formed from the ashes of Rocky Velvet, the Rockin’ Bonnevilles and other area roots-rock staples, this jump blues supergroup features guitar hero Graham Tichy, blues harpiest Ted Hennessey, bassist John Ellis and drummer Pete Tumbaco. This show marks their very first public appearance! Free swing dance lesson at 7pm with instructor Jason Fenton.
$12; members $10

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