Hold onto your wallet. Thieves seem to be everywhere around Nippertown this weekend…
Earlier this week, Chicago-based indie rockers Company of Thieves grabbed the spotlight at Jillian’s in Albany, and the band is comin’ around again on Saturday night, this time at the Colony Cafe in Woodstock, playing a benefit concert for the Dyson Center For Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Showtime is 9pm; admission is $15.
Meanwhile, Caravan on Thieves rolls into Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Sunday ($14 in advance; $16 at the door), followed by a tour stop at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton at 7pm on Monday ($10 in advance; $13 at the door). Led by the husband and wife team of Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, the band takes an off-center approach to acoustic Gypsy swing music featuring some unlikely cover tunes…
The Hometown Get Down takes over the Colony Cafe in Woodstock on Sunday with more than two dozen of Woodstock’s finest homegrown musical talents taking the stage over the course of just eight hours – which makes this event the perfect smorgasbord of the contemporary Woodstock music scene. And, of course, this being Woodstock, you never know who might drop by to sit in.
Suggested donation is $10 at the door, and all proceeds from the festival will support youth and community activities at the Woodstock Music Shop and Woodstock Youth Center.
Festivities kick off at 2pm with a reception featuring light food and drinks, as well as music from DJ Brian Shapiro & Jeff.
The live music gets underway at 4pm, and here’s the line-up:
VISUAL ART/LECTURE: G.C. Haymes talk and opening reception for “Collected Works” @ The Yates Gallery, Siena College, Loudonville: No, we’re not above a little shameless self-promotion. Nippertown writer showcases his visual art side with an exhibition curated by Sergio Sericolo. Artist talk/interview with arts critic Timothy Cahill at 4pm; opening reception 4:30-6pm. Free.
MUSIC: Terra Naomi with Jon Sandler @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany: Local girl makes good. Singer-songwriter wins the first-ever YouTube Award for Best Music Video. Signs major label deal with Island Records. Plays in front of like 80,000 people in London’s Wembley Stadium as part of worldwide Live Earth festival. Records album for Island – hates it. Leaves Island Records. October 20, 2009: New EP, “You For Me,” available on iTunes. Naomi lands at Valentine’s for a homecoming concert. Now yer up to date… 8pm. $10.
OPEN MIC: The Eighth Step Open Mic Night @ Proctors’ Robb Alley, Schenectady: Hosted by singer-songwriter Cathy Winter, the Eighth Step’s open mic night takes place on the first Thursday of each month at Proctors’ Robb Alley (across from the Muddy Cup). Come on down and strut your stuff, and sit back and listen to new emerging talent. 7pm. Free.
MUSIC: Maria Muldaur @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock: Long before she was riding the hit parade with “Midnight at the Oasis,” the lovely Maria Muldaur was making funky acoustic music with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Even Dozen Jug Band. On her new album, “Maria Muldaur and Her Garden of Joy,” she revisits her roots with guest performances by her former bandmates John Sebastian, David Grisman and the late great jugmeister Fritz Richmond. (She’ll also be at the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Friday, November 6.) 8pm.
We love movies. We love music. And we really love movies about music.
When you host a film festival in a town named Woodstock, the collision of movies and music is – well, let’s just say – pretty much unavoidable. Here are a few of the music-related movies that are slated to be screened at the Woodstock Film Festival this weekend:
The year was 1967. Peppy Castro was just 17 years old, and he was touring the country with a Top 10 hit single.
That’s right, his band was the Blues Magoos, and their breakthrough hit was “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet.”
After churning out albums with such mind-expanding titles as “Psychedelic Lollipop” and “Electric Comic Book,” the Blues Magoos called it quits in the ’70s. Castro went on to star on Broadway in “Hair,” formed such major-label bands Barnaby Bye and Balance and wrote advertising jingles for Diet Dr. Pepper, Wendy’s, Campbell’s Soup and Baby Ruth candy bars.
At 8pm Saturday, June 13, Castro steps into the spotlight at the Colony Cafe in Woodstock.
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