NAME: Eric Halder
BAND AFFILIATION: Charmboy; Tom McWatters & the Philo Beddoe Band; Guiltless Cult
INSTRUMENT: Guitar & Vocals
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I was lucky to have grown up with an older brother that was into ’70s hard rock and had a nice record collection. This gave me very early exposure to the likes of AC/DC, Foghat, Alice Cooper, KISS, etc… The first album I ever bought with my own hard-saved cash though, was “2112” by Rush on vinyl. I had no idea what I was getting into there but had probably heard my brother mention that title at some point. In retrospect, I think the programmatic concept approach was a good one for getting my young ears deeply immersed in the music. I’m not the biggest Rush fan on the block these days, but I’ve still got a soft spot for that one and “Moving Pictures,” which was actually my second purchase!
MUSIC: Emeline Michel with Beverly Teixeira @ MCLA’s Church Street Center, North Adams, Mass.: Popular Haitian singer-songwriter Michel returns to MCLA in support of the latest of her nine albums, “Reine de Coeur.” 7:30pm. $12; students $5.
LECTURE: Max Brooks @ Sage College of Albany‘s Kahl Campus Center Gym, Albany: Son of the legendary Mel Brooks and author in his own right, Brooks delivers a lecture/reading/Q&A/book-signing of “The Zombie Survival Guide,” “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” and the new “Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.” 9pm. $5.
MUSIC: The Michael Flower/Chris Corsano Duo with the Andy Crespo-Ron Schneiderman Duo @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Drummer Chris Corsano has fueled the percussive drive for such forward-thinkers as Thurston Moore, Bjork and Nels Cline. Now he’s teaming up with Michael Flower on shaahi baaja (a kind of Japanese banjo). 7:30pm. $5.
FILM: “Art 21: Systems” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy: A special screening of the fourth episode from season five of the award-winning PBS-TV series, featuring Julie Mehretu, John Baldessari, Kimsooja and Allan McCollum. 7:30pm. Free.
FILM/MUSIC: “The Unknown” with Eric Halder @ Albany Public Library, Albany: For the final installment of the Silent Film Spectacular series, classically trained guitarist Eric Halder (of the Ashley Pond Band) performs his newly composed soundtrack to accompany the screening of 1927’s “The Unknown,” starring Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford. 7pm. Free.
MUSIC: Gregory Douglass @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs: Burlington, Vermont-based singer-songwriter Douglass returns to the Lena stage in support of his latest album, “Battler.” 7pm. $5.
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