LIVE: “Hearts 4 Haiti” @ the Palace Theatre, 2/11/10

February 17th, 2010, 2:02 pm by Greg

David Malachowski and the Woodstock Allstars

David Malachowski and the Woodstock Allstars

The music was great.

A batch of some of Nippertown’s finest homegrown musical talent graced the stage at the Palace Theatre on Thursday night. Slick Fitty kicked off the evening’s festivities by steamrolling through some gritty, roots-oriented rock & roll. Sirsy was in the number two slot, and the dynamic duo of Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti had no problem filling the theater, as they ripped through the title track of their latest album, “Revolution,” and served up new ones like “Goner” as well.

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Hearts For Haiti, Now With More Hearts

February 10th, 2010, 9:45 am by Sara

The Hearts for Haiti benefit concert at the Palace Theatre on Thursday has been expanded to include acoustic sets by six local musical acts. “Busking From The Balcony” will present these performers from the balcony overlooking the main lobby during breaks between performances on the main stage.

Here’s the schedule:

6:30pm: The Velmas

7:35pm: Beth Zaje

8:15pm: Matt Durfee

8:55pm: Courtney Blackwell

9:35pm: Red Haired Strangers

In addition, the Washington Park Drum Band will provide house music in the main theatre from 6:30pm to 7pm.

Beauty and Sadness in Haiti

February 4th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Sara

Nick Whalen: scene outside National Cathedral during the funeral of Haiti Archibishop Joseph Serge Moit and Vicar General Charles Benoit, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Saturday, January 23, 2010.

Via Berkshire Living, Berkshire photojournalist Nick Whalen has spent most of the past year in Port-au-Price, Haiti documenting the UN’s efforts to restore order after the ousting of former president Jean Bertrand Aristide. After the recent earthquake, he returned to document the rescue efforts. His photographs are beautiful and utterly heart-wrenching.

Here’s his photoblog of recent events in Haiti, and here’s his portfolio with photographs from the past year.

It’s Contest Time! Win A Copy of David Malachowski’s new CD

February 3rd, 2010, 11:50 am by Sara

David Malachowski: The Secret Life of Colonel DavidDavid Malachowski and the Woodstock Allstars (including special guests Marshall Crenshaw and Stacy Wilde) are headlining a benefit concert for Haitian relief next Thursday, February 11 at the Palace Theatre in Albany. Also on the bill are Jill Hughes, Sirsy, Slick Fitty and The Audiostars. All proceeds will go directly to Partners in Health to help the earthquake victims in Haiti.

We have two copies of David’s new CD, The Secret Life of Colonel David, that we’re going to give away – just send an email (include your mailing address) to We’ll draw two names at random and announce the winners next week.

LIVE: “The Last Hurrah” @ Jason’s Upstairs Bar, 1/30/10

February 1st, 2010, 12:20 pm by Greg

The Last Conspirators rip it up at Jason's Upstairs Bar (photo by Al Goldberg)

The Last Conspirators rip it up at Jason's Upstairs Bar (photo by Al Goldberg)

Another one bites the dust…

Over the weekend, Jason’s Upstairs Bar in Hudson shuttered its doors for good, but not before kicking out the jams one final time on Saturday night. The big send-off throwdown featured performances by Mother Fletcher, the Last Conspirators, Young Paris, Lady Moon, Musty Chiffon and others.

And while it was certainly sad to see Hudson’s premier nightclub close, the farewell bash was rocking’, rollickin’ affair.

The best news of all is that “The Last Hurrah” raised $1,469 for Doctors Without Borders and their Haitian earthquake relief effort.

Dave Matthews Band’s Haitian Benefit CD Includes SPAC Track

January 29th, 2010, 1:10 pm by Greg

The Dave Matthews Band today released “The Haiti Relief Project” EP, the proceeds of which will benefit the Bama Works Haiti Relief Fund.

The digital EP features five previously unreleased live tracks, including “Lying in the Hands of God,” which was recorded in concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on June 12, 2009.

Also featured on the EP are a solo version of “Butterfly”; a 2004 recording of “Cry Freedom,” featuring the band’s late saxophonist LeRoi Moore; and two more tracks recorded during last year’s summer tour – “Out of My Hands” and “Dive In.”

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More Haitian Relief Benefit Shows

January 26th, 2010, 3:20 pm by Greg

We are pleased and grateful to see so many musicians, venues and promoters from all around Nippertown doing their part to help out those in desperate need in Haiti.

Here are a few of the newly announced upcoming benefit performances. If you’re aware of others, please let us know:

Northern Lights in Clifton Park is hosting “To Love A Child” at 3pm Saturday. The six-hour benefit concert will help in the rebuilding of a destroyed orphanage in Haiti. Bands include Garland Nelson & Soul Session, Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers, Cryin’ Out Loud, Vivid. Admission is $10; children 10 and under free.

Hudson’s premier live music venue Jason’s Upstairs Bar is closing at the end of this month, but its final bash promises to be one for the record books, with more than eight hours of non-stop music, featuring The Last Conspirators, Young Paris, Lady Moon, Musty Chiffon, Mother Fletcher and DJs Gio, Abel and P. Josh spinning into the wee hours of the morning.

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Haitian Benefit Concert @ the Colonial Theatre

January 26th, 2010, 10:02 am by Greg

The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. has announced that it will be hosting a special Haitian relief benefit concert at 7pm on Sunday, February 14.

The Valentine’s Day show is appropriately named “A Concert for Loved Ones in Haiti,” and musicians from throughout the Berkshires are banding together to raise funds.

Here’s the line-up of performers who are donating their talents:

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
The Mammals
Bobby Sweet
Tift Merritt
Meg Hutchinson
Kris Delmhorst
The Guthrie Family

Tickets for the benefit concert are currently available for $15 and $25.

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