Belleayre Music Festival Announces Summer Concert Season

April 18th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

Tickets are now on sale for the summer 2013 season of the Belleayre Music Festival at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount. The concerts range from classic rock to opera, from comedy to jazz, from country to Broadway.

Here’s the schedule for the summer of 2013:

Saturday, July 6, 8pm
Tent: $56, $66, $76 & $95
Lawn: $26

Saturday, July 13, 8pm
Tent: $36, $46, $56 & $66
Lawn: $26

Saturday, July 20, 8pm
Tent: $56, $66, $76 & $95
Lawn: $26

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Randy Jackson, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

August 28th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson

“`Meet the Beatles.’ And the first concert I ever went to was a Beatles concert down in New Orleans. And I remember the girl who bought me the single, `I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ and `I Saw Her Standing There.’

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Jazz Up Your Weekend

August 10th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

There are an awful lot of festivals stacked up this weekend, including moe.down at Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin; WordXWord Festival in Pittsfield; and the Hudson Music Festival, the Basilica Music Festival and Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, all in Hudson.

And if you’re a jazz fan, you can put together your own festival this weekend, but you’d better gas up before you head out ’cause there’s some driving involved.

Here are some of your A-list jazz destinations for the weekend:

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Diane Schuur, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

August 2nd, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
Diane Schuur

Diane Schuur

“No, I don’t remember the first record that I actually bought, but I remember the first record that was given to me by my mother when I was about seven or eight years old. It was Dinah Washington’s ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Makes.’

My mom bought me a few other records, too, like Earl Bostic, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and George Shearing.

Believe it or not, I still have some of those old, scratchy Shearing albums.”

Two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz singer-pianist Diane Schuur teams up with vibraphonist Warren Wolf and a 12-piece band for a special concert, “Celebration of Lionel Hampton,” at the Belleayre Music Festival at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount at 8pm on Saturday (August 4). Tix are $25, $36, $46 & $56. NOTE: Warren Wolf replaces Jason Marsalis, who was originally announced to perform, but has since cancelled his appearance.

Be Here Now: The Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount

June 5th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Belleayre Music Festival brings a diverse array of concerts and other performances to Belleayre Mountain at Highmount once again this summer.

Except where noted below, ticket prices are $36, $46, $56 & $66; lawn $25.

Here’s the performance schedule for the summer of 2012:

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse…

July 19th, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg

La Traviata

The Belleayre Music Festival (Warning: automatic music playing website) at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Highmount is hosting a production of Verdi’s classic opera “La Traviata” at 8pm on Saturday. Directed by Don Westwood, the opera features a cast of 50 singers and musicians – many from major international opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the NYC Opera and La Scala) – supported by the Community Chorale of the Catskills.

Reserved tent seating tix are $46, $56 and $66; lawn admission is $25.

Here’s the cool part: Belleayre Music Festival is offering a money-back guarantee. Their latest press release proudly proclaims, “If you buy a tent ticket to our Saturday, July 23 performance of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata,’ and you do not experience a wonderful evening of theater, we will refund your ticket price!”

k.d. lang, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

June 28th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

k.d. lang

“Yes, I remember the first record album that I ever bought, but you know, I can’t believe that you’re going to make me tell you.

It was Bobby Sherman… but I have a good reason, though.

It was because of my swimming instructor. Her name was Julie, and I had a total crush on her. And Bobby Sherman had that song, ‘Julie, Julie, Julie, do you love me?’

That’s why I bought it.”

In support of her new album, “Sing It Loud,” the sublime vocalist k.d. lang and her band, the Siss Boom Bang, kick off the 2011 summer concert season at the Belleayre Music Festival at Belleayre Mountain in Highmount at 8pm on Sunday. The Belle Brigade opens the show. Tix are $47, $57, $67, $77 and $97; lawn tix $25.

Drawing by Charles Haymes.

Charles Neville, What Was the First Song You Ever Performed in Public?

September 3rd, 2010, 2:03 pm by Greg

Charles Neville

Charles Neville performing with The Neville Brothers at Alive @ Five, 8/06/09 (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

“As a youngster, I was inspired to play the saxophone after I heard Louis Jordan & His Tympani Five.

But I think that probably the first song that I ever played in a band was ‘Harlem Nocturne,’ back when I was in school.”

No, it’s not the full Neville Brothers line-up, but two Neville brothers together can still make some mighty beautiful music. The Aaron Neville Quintet will feature saxophonist Charles Neville in the final concert of the summer at the Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount at 8pm on Saturday. Tix are $35, $45, $55 and $65.

(Related stories: Neville Brothers concert review; Aaron Neville, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?)

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