Farewell to CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda

August 25th, 2010, 10:10 am by Greg

On Monday evening, CRUMBS head honcho Mike Guzzo posted the following on the CRUMBS blog:

Crumbs Nite OutNite Out at The Linda: The Last Gig – CRUMBS Nite Out at the Linda saw a slew of great bands come through the door. This Thursday will mark three years of Nite Out events with the Linda. Be sure to stop by for a farewell event as we get back to focus on CRUMBS Cafe. We’ll miss you Howard, Adam, and Kristen.”

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CD: John Scarpulla’s “Before the Streetlights Come On”

June 22nd, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

John Scarpulla: Before the Streetlights Come On(JohnScarpullaMusic.com, 2010):

Soulful singer-songwriter John Scarpulla is back with his new album, “Before the Streetlights Come On,” the follow-up to his fine 2008 album, “Blue Ruin.” And it’s a big album – 14 original songs clocking in at 64 minutes long.

If there’s a touchstone in Scarpulla’s music, it’s unquestionably Van Morrison – bluesy, poetic and obsessive. The Morrison influences shine brightest and most obviously on “This House,” “Naturally,” “Stumblin’ Into the Arms of June,” “Coffeehouse” and the album’s title track (fueled by Kristina Johnson’s sensual sax). Of course, if you’re gonna wear your influences on your sleeve, you could certainly do a whole lot worse than Morrison.

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“Moonlight Falls” Trailer

April 6th, 2010, 11:58 am by Greg

Some of you may know Vincent Zandri as the drummer for Nippertown rockers the Blisterz, but he’s also the author of such acclaimed thriller/suspense novels as “As Catch Can,” “Godchild” and “Permanence.”

His latest thriller is “Moonlight Falls,” and there’s a nifty new trailer for the book to help spread the word:

Zandri will be talking about his books, as well as playing some acoustic tunes with the Blisterz at the next CRUMBS Nite Out on Thursday, April 22 at The Linda in Albany. Admission is free.

Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda, 10/22/09

October 20th, 2009, 9:35 am by Greg

By now, you should already know about the free monthly CRUMBS Nite Out sessions at The Linda in Albany. The evenings start out with a musician or band playing for an hour with host Howe Glassman jumping onstage with them to conduct short interview segments between songs.

Then there’s a brief intermission to mingle and network with the local music scenemakers, then on to a panel discussion about some aspect of the Capital Region’s music scene, conducted by entertainment lawyers Paul Rapp and Paul Czech.

Matthew Loiacono was scheduled to perform on Thursday (October 22), he is now otherwise engaged, so the fine funk-bomb band Jocamo will be stepping in to keep the music in the pocket. Jocamo has just released their new album, “The New Funk Order,” and you can go here to read our review.

Thursday’s panel discussion concerns local radio stations and how to get your music played on the air. Panelists will include Dave Michaels (WEXT), Jason Irwin (WEQX), Howe Glassman (WAMC) and Russell Jones (WRPI). Paul Rapp is otherwise engaged – perhaps he’s hanging out somewhere with Loiacono? – so I’ll be stepping in to help out Paul Czech as co-moderator.

Music gets underway at 7pm, and admission is free.

Real Good for Free: Laurel Masse @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 10/20/09
Real Good for Free: Silent Film Spectacular
Real Good For Free: Music @ Noon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (second Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Quintessence (Weekends)
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 (10/15/09)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

Real Good for Free: Railbird

May 26th, 2009, 12:20 pm by Greg

If you haven’t caught up with Railbird yet, you’ll have a couple of chances this week to see them play for free. The Saratoga-based combo serves up a slightly more blues-oriented sound than when they were known as the jazz-tinged Sarah Pedinotti Band. I haven’t yet heard the band’s new EP, “The Flower From California,” but with someone as charming and gifted as Pedinotti at the microphone, you know it’s gonna be good.

Railbird is the featured band at this month’s free CRUMBS Nite Out show at the Linda at 7pm Thursday. Following the band’s performance, Paul Rapp leads a panel discussion with Matthew Loiacono and Alex Muro on recording collectives.

And Railbird will also be spreading their musical wings on Saturday morning at Freihofer’s 31st Run for Women at the Empire State Plaza. The gun goes off for the big 5K run at 10:15am, while Railbird hits the stage at 10:45am and 12:30pm.

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