According the Spinner, Sunday’s U2 show at the Rose Bowl drew 2.5 million web viewers.
You can watch the concert here in its entirety, all 2 hours and 21 minutes. It’s a little jerky (and forget about full screen mode unless you want to view a slideshow) but compelling nonetheless, and, you know, they’ve got some pretty good songs.
Let’s see now…
There’s lots of great music.
It helps raise money for the American Cancer Society.
And there’s ice cream involved.
OK, count us in.
On Saturday (October 24) both Nippertown locations of Emack and Bolio’s (366 Delaware Ave., Albany and Town Center Plaza, 1704 Western Ave., Guilderland) are hosting “Ice Cream that Rocks,” an all-day benefit show for the American Cancer Society.
Nearly two dozen musical acts will be participating in the event, which begins at 12noon and continues straight through til at least 10pm.
Less than a month ago, the fabulous jazz vocal group Manhattan Transfer rolled into The Egg to celebrate the release of their latest album, a tribute to the music of Chick Corea.
At 12noon on Tuesday, October 20, Laurel Masse – a founding member of Manhattan Transfer – will offer a free performance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Troy to kick off this season’s Tuesdays @ Noon free concert series, which takes place at the church on the third Tuesday of each month. Admission is free, although donations are welcome. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their lunch.
NOTE: Not to be confused with the Troy Savings Band Music Hall’s Tuesdays @ Noon free concert series, which takes place on the second Tuesday of each month.
This summer, the new group JaLaLa made its recording debut with “That Old Mercer Magic” on Dare Records, a tribute to the music of Johnny Mercer. The group features Janis Siegel (of Manhattan Transfer), Laurel Masse and Lauren Kinhan (of New York Voices fame).
For more than 20 years now, the legendary Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has been opening its doors for free monthly matinee performances by some of the region’s finest musical talent from a wide range of musical genres.
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s Music @ Noon concert series kicks off the 2009-2010 season with a performance by theater organist Ned Spain, who will perform show tunes and old standards, played on an Allan Digital Theater Organ at 12noon on Tuesday, October 13.
Spain is well known throughout Nippertown as the organist at Proctors in Schenectady, where he performs on Goldy, a 1931 Wurlitzer pipe organ. For a decade, Spain also performed summer concerts on the historic 1840 Ferris pipe organ at the Round Lake Auditorium.
Here’s the complete schedule of upcoming Music @ Noon performances at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The monthly concerts take place at 12noon on the second Tuesday of each month. Admission is free and no tickets or reservations are required. Bring your lunch, as you like:
October 13: Ned Spain (theatre organ and show tunes)
November 10: The Cumming Duo (classical piano and violin)
December 8: The True Tones (popular songs)
January 12: Frederic Hellwitz (classical guitar)
February 9: Annie & the Hedonists (eclectic mix of folk, blues and more)
March 9: Findlay Cockrell (a Chopin 200th birthday celebration)
April 13: Andre Laurent O’Neil and William Carragan (viola da gamba and harpsichord)
Renowned music educator Andy Jaffe and co-leader Bill Lowe, noted bass trombone player and tubist, bring their fresh and energetic big band, comprised of many of the finest players from all over the Northeast, to Williams to perform entirely original repertoire, mainly composed and arranged by leader Andy Jaffe, who for years has been among the vanguard of writers pushing the art of arranging and composition for big band into new frontiers, within the context of the tradition.
In this endeavor he fully exploits the colors available on his palette, continuously mixing them to create new shades and moods that can caress ears or raise hackles. Featuring full trumpet, trombone, and reed sections, French hornist John Clark as well as a rhythm section including faculty member Freddie Bryant on guitar and vocalist Nik Mathis, this is a rare opportunity to hear what a professional ensemble can do when it is unleashed to play the kind of music these musicians clearly love.
Here’s a vintage clip of the Big Band performing in 1988 for the opening of the Connecticut Legislature Office Building:
Although nobody seems willing to officially confirm (or deny), the rumors are flying fast ‘n’ furious that a fall Phish tour will bring Trey and boys back to the Times Union Center in Albany for shows on Friday and Saturday, November 27-28 during the Thanksgiving Day weekend.
The third annual Chowderfest on the 400 block of River Street (just north of the Green Island Bridge) in Troy takes place on Sunday, September 20 from 11am-4pm. More than 30 different Nippertown restaurants will be offering $1 cups of chowder with partial proceeds going to the Troy Boys and Girls Club.
But in addition to the food, there’s plenty of free music, too, and musically speaking, Chowderfest takes on quite a country flavor this year, as you can see by the schedule of performers:
11am: The Twisted String Band
12:30pm: Renee Lussier and Branchwater
2:30pm: Loose Cannon Live
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