Posts Tagged ‘fest’

IBMA Names Grey Fox as Best Bluegrass Fest

Monday, October 5th, 2009

If you want to hear the best bluegrass music, see the best bands and have the best bluegrass festival experience then the place to go isn’t down in North Carolina. Or the hills of Tennessee. Or some backwoods holler in Kentucky.

No, the best bluegrass event of the year took place right here in Nippertown – the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival at the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill (Greene County).

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LIVE: Beware! The Other Head of Science @ LarkFest, 9/19/09

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Confetti filled skies: Richard Nolan Jr., Seth Tillinghast, Matt Ferguson

Confetti filled skies: Richard Nolan Jr., Seth Tillinghast, Matt Ferguson


Beware! the Other Head of Science took the Townsend Park Stage of LarkFest, almost blithely unaware of the festivities occurring simultaneously on Lark Street. Beware! were in their own adjacent universe. Illustrating this point, the gang of six wore matching, dept. of public works-orange t-shirts hand-stenciled with the words, “Larp Fest 09.”

Proud purveyors of electro-pop, Beware’s ploy to steal your retinas was just as quickly followed by a compelling and successful attempt to steal all ears. The frenetic band exploded with energy, confetti and music. The set was littered with clever numbers like “Monster Song” about Lake Champlain’s Champ and “Winter Coats” (slang for beards).

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Homegrown shorts @ Woodstock Film Festival

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

We recently told you about some of the locally made feature films slated to be screened at the tenth annual Woodstock Film Festival from Wednesday, September 30-Sunday, October 4.

In addition, quite a number of homegrown short films that will also be showcased during the fest, including these:

“The 4th of July Parade” (World Premiere): is a touching mother and daughter story directed by Miranda Rhyne and filmed in Woodstock, Saugerties, Kingston, Catskill.

“A Horse is Not a Metaphor”: An award-winning experimental film by Woodstock resident Barbara Hammer explores the trials of surviving and thriving with cancer. Music by Meredith Monk.

“The Bell” (World Premiere): Directed by Erik Weigel, the movie was filmed at the Woodstock Day School and narrated by Martin Sheen.

“Knife Point”: Directed by Delaware County native Carlo
Mirabella-Davis, the film was shot in East Meredith, Delhi, Oneonta, and Hamden.

“Love and Roadkill”: Produced by James Ivory and directed by John David Allen, the movie was filmed entirely in Columbia
County.

“Music We Are”: Filmed entirely in Catskill, director Mirav Ozeri documents the creative process of Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Perez and John Patitucci as they record their latest album.

“OOOM: Out of Our Minds”: A mythical, musical journey conceived by Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole/Smashing Pumpkins) and filmed by Tony Stone, this mini-epic movie was shot in the Hudson Valley on high definition video fueled entirely by solar power.

“Stooge” (World Premiere): Director Mickey Breitenstein explores relationships, monogamy and infidelity in this movie filmed in a Woodstock barn.

Real Good for Free: LarkFEST!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Holy shit!

There have certainly been any number of great LarkFEST performances over the past 27 years, but we’re thinking that the musical line-up for LarkFEST 2009 is shaping up as the one of the all-time best.

Ever.

So we say THANKS to the Lark Street Business Improvement District, who is co-sponsoring the street fest with the City of Albany.

On Lark Street in Albany at Washington and Madison avenues, the two main stages (presented by Willobee and the fine folks at WEQX-FM) will feature national headlining acts Moby, Bell X1, Matt & Kim and Company of Thieves, as well as Vermont’s Burnham Bros. Band, in addition to Capital Region faves Lunic, Ten Year Vamp and a reunion of Queer for AstroBoy.

For the second consecutive year, the Albany Barn is sponsoring the Townsend Park Stage on Washington Avenue between Henry Johnson Blvd. and Central Avenue. Performing in Townsend Park will be Barrons in the Attic, Matthew Loiacono, We Are Jeneric, Scientific Maps, Beware! The Other Head of Science and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned.

Meanwhile on the Hometown Stage, singer-songwriter MotherJudge will be hosting an eclectic mix of music, poetry and visual art featuring the Albany Poets, Rick Whispers, the fashions of Discard Avant Garb, Marcus Ruggerio and the Ameros.

The 28th annual LarkFEST will be held between 10am-5:30pm on Saturday September 19.

See you there.

Previously:
Real Good for Free: Castleton Library (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Sonny Landreth @ Mountain Park, 8/15
Real Good for Free: Riverfront Park, Athens (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park (Sept. 12)
Real Good for Free: The Fabulous Folk Fest @ Bolton Landing (Sept. 6)
Real Good for Free: Spencer Day in Hudson(Friday, August 21)
Real Good for Free: Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: :30 Live! @ Berkshire Fringe (Mon / Wed)
Real Good for Free: Lake Luzerne (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: The Crossings in Colonie (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Rensselaer Riverfront Park (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Kids’ shows in Troy (Wednesdays at noon)
Real Good for Free: Valatie’s Glynn Square (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Brunswick Community Center (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Thurman (Mondays)
Real Good for Free: Sharon Springs (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Bethlehem Public Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: East Greenbush Comm. Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Stony Creek Town Park (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: RiverLink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Chestertown (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem (Saturday mornings)
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park (Sunday afternoons)
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay (Thursdays at noon)
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Guilderland (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5 (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Powers Park (Saturdays)

Real Good for Free: Canalfest @ Mabee Farm

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

As part of Canalfest, Locks 7-12, the historic Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction hosts two days of free music and other activities. The fest takes place between 12noon-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, August 8-9.

On Saturday, August 8, you can hear Pat Wictor, Mike & Ruthy, Scott Ainslie, the Riverview Ramblers and Annie & the Hedonists.

The Sunday line-up, meanwhile, features Red Molly, Black Creek and the Mariaville Cattle Company.

Previously:
Real Good for Free: Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Hats Off Music Festival, Saratoga (7/31-8/1)
Real Good for Free: :30 Live! @ Berkshire Fringe (Mon / Wed)
Real Good for Free: Lake Luzerne (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: The Crossings in Colonie (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Rensselaer Riverfront Park (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Kids’ shows in Troy (Wednesdays at noon)
Real Good for Free: Valatie’s Glynn Square (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Brunswick Community Center (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Thurman (Mondays)
Real Good for Free: Sharon Springs (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Bethlehem Public Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: East Greenbush Comm. Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Stony Creek Town Park (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: RiverLink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Chestertown (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem (Saturday mornings)
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
Real Good for Free: The Clark @ Williamstown (Tuedays)
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park (Sunday afternoons)
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Rockin’ on the River, Troy (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay (Thursdays at noon)
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Guilderland (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5 (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Powers Park (Saturdays)

Be Here Now: SAW Fest @ Salem, 7/25

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

If you’ve never been to SAW Fest before, you probably wouldn’t expect that the relatively sleepy little town of Salem could host such a fine, funky, edgy musical festival.

The “SAW” in SAW Fest stands for the Salem Art Works, which is hosting its annual outdoot music festival on Saturday, July 25. The line-up features many of Nippertown’s best and most adventurous bands, including Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, Railbird, the Mathematicians and Beware! The Other Head of Science.

Suggested donation for the evening festival is just $15, which also includes overnight camping in the sculpture park.

Get there early on Saturday and catch the opening reception for two new exhibitions. “Remix” features the multimedia, installations, sculpture and paintings of the Glens Falls collective UpstART, while “January Girls” features the installations and paintings of Alexis Grabowski and Emily Gray, co-associate directors of Salem Art Works.

The gallery reception is from 4:30-6pm, and admission is free.

Comin’ soon…

Friday, July 17th, 2009

The Berkshire Women’s Muse Fest celebrates the art of female musicians with a day-long music festival on Saturday, August 15 at Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, Mass. Two stages will provide non-stop music by such performers as Suzanne Vega, Cheryl Wheeler, Gretchen Peters, Melissa Ferrick, Sonia, Sarah Bettens, Pamela Means, Lindsay Mac, Nervous But Excited and Amy Petty.

The Egg in Albany continues to bolster its concert calendar with newly announced performances by Arlo Guthrie (Friday, November 13), Crooked Still (Friday, January 8), DBR & the Mission (Friday, January 22) and Shawn Colvin (Friday, March 19). In addition, the late storyteller Spalding Gray – a frequent performer at The Egg – will be remembered with “Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell,” a four-actor performance of Gray’s works directed by Lucy Sexton on Friday and Saturday, November 13-14. Tix will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, July 28.

Spin Doctors frontman Chris Barron slips into the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Saturday, August 22 in support of his recently released solo album, “Pancho and the Kid.”

Be Here Now: Old Songs Fest @ Altamont Fairgrounds

Friday, June 26th, 2009

It’s time once again for the fab Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance. The 29th edition of the fest rolls into the Altamont Fairgrounds on Friday-Sunday, June 26-28.

The music flows all day long and most of the night, too, at a variety of workshops, mini-concerts, song-swaps and of course campground picking, as well. You can get the whole schedule here.

As for the major concerts each day, here’s the line-up:

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 7PM
Lea Gilmore
Lissa Schneckenburger Trio
Little Toby Walker
Nanne & Ankie and the Hudson Crew
Galitcha
Asterisk
Double Decker String Band
Reveillons!
MC: George Ward

SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 7PM
Bill Harley
Elizabeth LaPrelle
Josh White, Jr.
Peggy Seeger
Vanaver Caravan
Bua
Christine Lavin
Jez Lowe & Kate Bramley
MC: Bill Vanaver

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 3:30 PM
Bill Smith & Don Woodcock
John Roberts & Tony Barrand
Jimmy & Ada McCown with Red Hen
Michael Cooney
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
Lou & Peter Berryman
MCs: Bill Spence & Roger the Jester

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