“Taffeta Memories” Comes to Colonie’s Cook Park

June 15th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara

Take a spin back to America of Happier Days as we celebrate the reunion of the sister singing group, the Taffetas at the Village of Colonie Theater in the Park. These four sassy ladies will be performing Taffeta Memories, produced by the Farmer’s Market of the Village of Colonie. This production will be performed outdoors at the beautiful Frank A. Leak Amphitheater for the Arts in Cook Park tonight (June 15) through Sunday, June 18. Admission is FREE.

Directed by Michael C. Mensching, with musical direction by Alex Malsan, the musical comedy features The Taffetas, four singing sisters from Muncie, Indiana who in the were the talk of the town back in the 1950s. Now almost a half-century later, they are putting on a reunion show. However, their reunion is bittersweet, with a last minute departure of singing sister Deb. But never fear, this awesome alto didn’t storm out in a diva fit, but was presented a surprise opportunity for a major life-sustaining operation.

Please join us in sending thoughts and prayers to that Swinging Sister, and in welcoming baby sister Jane, fresh from a solo tour and ready to join her older sisters and create a wonderful reunion event. Gosh, it’s just like when little-now-all-grown-up Janet Jackson toured with the Jackson Five…

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FREE: The Crossings Summer Concert Series

July 1st, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg
Thursday, July 2: Bluz House Rockers

Thursday, July 2: Bluz House Rockers

The Crossings of Colonie is hosting a free summer concert series throughout the months of July and August.

The concerts take place rain or shine at 6:30pm on Thursdays, beginning with the Bluz House Rockers on Thursday (July 2).

Here’s the complete schedule of concerts for 2015:

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FREE: Colonie’s Cook Park Concert Series

June 8th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

Frank A. Leak Amphitheater for the Arts in Colonie’s Cook Park is hosting its annual free summer concert series once again, beginning on June 9 with the Beatles tribute band Across the Pond.

All concerts will take place at 6:30pm on Tuesdays through the end of August.

Here’s the complete 2015 schedule of free concerts at Cook Park:

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David Bourgeois: A Man on the Move

February 20th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Anna and David Bourgeois

Anna and David Bourgeois

Interview and story by Bob Girouard

In today’s highly competitive entertainment industry, success often depends on both the preparedness and the vibe (i.e. a look, sound, image or energy that separates the artist from the average public). Producer/drummer David Bourgeois has that vibe. His position as President and Creative Director of White Lake Music & Post (a full-service production facility: recording studios w/rehearsal space) and Bridge Road Entertainment (specializing in performing artist development) makes him a very unique and very busy man.

WLM&P (named after their home on White Lake in the Adirondacks) is not your average mom-and-pop business. David and his wife, Anna (herself a multi-talented individual in both the creative and business sides of the industry), have run the business since 2010 at their current location at 26 Vly Road in Colonie. Bridge Road Entertainment now has two artists signed exclusively to their roster: The sister-and-brother team of Jocelyn & Chris Arndt (who were featured at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah earlier this month) and Myron James, an indie-pop artist currently recording his debut album.

Nippertown recently sat down with David and Anna to discuss their hard-earned success and how it came about:

Q: Anna, let’s get to the how’s and why’s of this unique venture?

AB: Well, David has always worked in recording studios and written music, so it was a natural progression. We’ve worked together from the ground up, and we’ve been here since 2010. I went to school for radio, television and film. I also worked previously at the NBC affiliate in Utica and PBS here. I handle staff, payroll and human resources.

DB: Yes, I could NOT function without her.

AB: Well, yes you could, but nobody would get paid! (Laughs)

DB: Back when we started, I was hopping around as a producer and drummer for hire for anyone that would have me, including the talented Ted Hyland, who now works with me here and is a member of my staff. Anna and I have similar likes, especially regarding music and musicians. It wasn’t a grand master plan as much as it was an evolution. Prior to being at this location, we spent eleven years in Schenectady.

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Real Good for FREE: Thursday Night Concerts @ the Crossings, Colonie

June 25th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Trish Anderson of The Bluz House Rockers

Trish Anderson of The Bluz House Rockers

The annual Thursday Night Concerts series returns to the Crossings of Colonie in Loudonville on Thursday (June 26) with Trish Anderson & the Bluz House Rockers.

All concerts take place in the Gazebo rain or shine at 6:30pm on Thursday. Bring along your lawn chairs, blankets, families, dancing partners and picnics.

Here’s the full schedule of 2014 Thursday Night Concerts at the Crossings:

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Real Good for FREE: Tuesday Nights in the Park

May 16th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Across The Pond

Across The Pond

The Tuesday Nights in the Park weekly summertime concert series returns to Cook Park’s Frank A. Leak Amphitheater in Colonie once again this year.

All concerts take place at 6pm on Tuesdays, and, of course, admission is free.

Here’s the 2014 schedule of Tuesday Night in the Park concerts:

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LIVE: Albany Musicians’ Association Jazz Gala @ Colonie Elks Lodge, 4/13/14

April 25th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Dave Lambert of Ragtime Windjammers

Dave Lambert of the Ragtime Windjammers

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and the folks at the Albany Musicians’ Association held their annual Jazz Gala at the Colonie Elks Lodge in Latham on a recent Sunday afternoon in celebration. The music was as wide-ranging as the term “jazz” – from the traditional sounds of the Ragtime Windjammers to the decidedly more contemporary sounds of trumpeter Chris Pasin and his quartet.

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Five Firsts: Mike Lisi of C. Jane Run, Rob Skane 3, the Bremners

August 1st, 2013, 2:30 pm by Greg

Mike Lisi

Mike Lisi

NAME: Mike Lisi
BAND AFFILIATION: Currently vocalist/bassist with the Rob Skane 3; also gigging with the Bremners (duo with Rob Skane); Mersey Beat (acoustic rock). And a reunion show with C. Jane Run on August 3.
INSTRUMENT: Vocals, bass guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles. Bought it with Christmas money. That Christmas, I got Revolver and Magical Mystery Tour, too, so it was a really good holiday!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Doobie Brothers, Syracuse War Memorial, 1978.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A really cool Strat knock-off guitar. It was red with a silver pick guard that my cousin, Vic, got for me. He was a roadie for the Todd Hobin Band, a local Syracuse band at the time.

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