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Festival Fever: Hudson Valley Guitar Festival @ HVCC on Friday and Saturday

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Hudson Valley Guitar Festival

Here’s your chance to jam with Super 400
Join in an Open Mic session hosted by Caroline MotherJudge
Get rockabilly guitar tips from the Lustre Kings’ Mark Gamsjager
Or simply enjoy concerts by Mirk and the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet

On Friday and Saturday (April 4&5), Hudson Valley Community College in Troy is playing host to the Hudson Valley Guitar Festival, a celebration of electric, steel and nylon-string guitar styles and bass guitar. Workshop facilitators, guitarists and luthiers have been selected exclusively from throughout the Local 518. All festival events will take place at HVCC’s Siek Campus Center, featuring a wide variety of musical styles including blues, bluegrass, classical, flamenco, Gypsy jazz, metal, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, roots, rockabilly and western swing.

Guitar Festival Tickets:
General Admission: $20 (entry to all events both days)
Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet Saturday evening concert only: $10
Tickets are available online and in Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 267 or call (518) 629-8071.

Here’s the complete schedule for the two-day Hudson Valley Guitar Fest:

FRIDAY (APRIL 4)

10am: Parkway Music/Madison Peruzzi Guitar Setup & Maintenance Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

10am: Thomasina Winslow Acoustic Blues Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

10am: Blues Jam with Super 400
Siek Campus Center’s Maureen Stapleton Thetare
Be a part of this special opportunity to jam with Lori Friday, Kenny Hohman and Joe Daley — or just come by to listen.

11am: Parkway Music/Madison Peruzzi Guitar Effects & Pedals Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

11:30am: Bernie Mulleda Gypsy Jazz Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

12noon: Mirk in Concert
Siek Campus Center

1pm: Chris Gotzen-Berg Classical Guitar Recital
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

1:30pm: Chris Gotzen-Berg Classical Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

2pm: Open Mic hosted by Caroline MotherJudge
Siek Campus Center’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre
All musical acts welcome – solo, duo or band. Sign up in advance to secure your spot or join us on the day of the event.

2pm: Graham Tichy American Roots Electric Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

3pm: Joe Lowry Electric Blues Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

SATURDAY (APRIL 5)

10am: Michael Dimin Electric Bass Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Maureen Stapleton Theatre

10am: Parkway Music/Madison Peruzzi Guitar Setup and Maintenance Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

10am: Ray Andrews Baroque Guitar Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

11am: Parkway Music/Madison Peruzzi Guitar Effects & Pedals Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

11:30am: Maria Zemantauski Flamenco Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Maureen Stapleton Theatre

11:30am: Mike McMann Bluegrass Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

12:30pm: Chris Chapman Metal Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

1pm: Gary Celluci Rock & Contemporary Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

2pm: Mark Gamsjager Rockabilly Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

2pm: More Than Just Wire & Wood, The Fine Art of Guitar Building
Siek Campus Center, Maureen Stapleton Theatre
Michael Collins presents this workshop with special guest luthiers David LaPlante and Eric Marczak.

6pm: Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet in Concert
Siek Campus Center, Maureen Stapleton Theatre
Featuring Joel Brown, Brett Grigsby, Sten Isachsen and Paul Quigley

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2014:
Roots Music Festival @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany, 4/5/14
Knickerbocker Film Festival @ various locations, Albany, 4/21-24/14
MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, Albany, 4/25-27/14
Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/5-8/14
FLY-92 Summer Jam @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 6/7/14
The Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 6/27-29/14
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Festival, Saratoga Springs, 6/28&29/14
The Hudson Project @ Winston Farm Saugerties, 7/11-13/14
WGNA’s CountryFest 2014 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, 7/12/14
FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/19-21/14

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Real Good for FREE: HVCC’s American Music Celebration

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Thomasina Winslow

Thomasina Winslow

Hudson Valley Community College in Troy is hosting a three-concert American Music Celebration this fall, featuring some of Nippertown’s finest roots, blues and bluegrass musicians.

The hour-long lunchtime concerts take place on campus at 12noon on Thursdays. Admission is free.

Here’s the line-up of performers:

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Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week

Friday, November 20th, 2009

In conjunction with tonight’s Art Night Schenectady arts walk, the lovely and charming Vermont singer-songwriter Amanda Rogers teams up with Mike of the Sketchy Indians for a performance at Signatures Wine Bar in the Proctors Arcade in Schenectady.

“The two of us started a side-project together called the Pleasants, and that record will be out by the end of the year,” proclaims Rogers. “We are very excited!” The Pleasants begin making their music at 6pm tonight (Friday, November 20) and you can expect to hear selections from their upcoming debut album, as well as Rogers’ latest album “Heartwood,” her upcoming album “Hope from the Forgotten Woods” and the Sketchy Indians album as well. Admission is free.


CathysWaffleStoreRelief from the catastrophic Eggo Waffle shortage! Make your own waffles? What a great idea! Perhaps it’s time for Cathy Frank to revive Cathy’s Waffle Store and come to the rescue…


The annual Rock for Tots bash takes place on Saturday (November 21) at Costanzo’s Riverside Restaurant in Waterford.

It’s actually two events.

First up is the Children’s Christmas party and lunch from 12noon-2pm. Children’s admission is one new unwrapped toy.

Then the adult rockin’ begins at 3pm. In the lounge, you can hear Winchester & Young (3pm) and the UPG (6pm). On the main stage, you can check out Acoustic Trauma (3pm), Tetonka (4:30pm), the All Paul Show (6pm), Ohms Law (8pm), 28N (9:15pm) and Wylder (10:30pm). The admission charge – just $10 plus one new unwrapped toy – also includes a four-hour buffett and draft beverages.


Ok, what phase of the moon IS it? Unless you’re dead, you’ve heard that the new film Twilight: New Moon opened last night at midnight.

But did you know that folk diva Rosanne Raneri (who is also a professor of Theatre Arts at HVCC) is directing Moonchildren, a comedy with bite about a group of college seniors in the mid 60’s on the threshold of the “real world:” It runs through Sunday at the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Campus Center, HVCC. General Admission $5/Free with valid HVCC student ID

Aaaand on Saturday afternoon, you can see a 3-hour matinee musical marathon of Lady Moon and friends live @ Jason’s Upstairs Bar.

Coincidence? Oh, we don’t think so.


Bjork celebrates her 44th birthday on Saturday (November 21) and so do we!

Also celebrating birthdays this weekend: Richard Genest of Schenectady’s Moon & River Cafe, Kevin Bartlett, Adam Clairmont of WAMC-FM and Sarah Pedinotti of Railbird. Here’s to you!

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Real Good for Free: The Lustre Kings @ HVCC, 11/12/09

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

lustreKingsGretsch-toting Mark Gamsjager leads the rollicking, roots-rockin’ Lustre Kings into the Maureen Stapleton Theater at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy on Thursday (November 12).

But if you want to catch this merry band of honky tonkers, you’re gonna have to get there early. How early? 12noon.

That’s right, it’s a community college, so all the cool events happen during the day. And, trust us, they just don’t come any cooler than the Lustre Kings. The has four albums to their credit, but they’ve also earned their rockabilly badge of honor by playing with such bona fide rockabilly legends as Wanda Jackson, Robert Gordon, Bill Kirchen and Eddie Angel.

So wake up early, knock back a couple of cups of joe and head over to HVCC for a righteous rockabilly dance party by the Lustre Kings.

And, yes, it’s free.

Previously:
Real Good for Free: “Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell” @ iEAR at RPI, 11/11/09
How Much Is Your Art Worth? MCLA Artist Pricing Workshops
Real Good For Free: Blanket by Jeff Beck and Imogen Heap
Real Good For Free: JOHN BRODEUR’s “Slutty Nurse” EP
Real Good For Free: Philip Glass Download at Amazon
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: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

Real Good For Free: Arm-of-the-Sea Theater @ HVCC 10/8/09

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

WHAT: Arm-of-the-Sea Theater presents “Mutual Strangers: Henry Hudson and the River that Discovered Him
WHEN: Noon, Thursday, Oct. 8
WHERE: Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Siek Campus Center
FREE and open to the public. Designed for all ages.

Teme Gwitet with his pet crow, from Mutual Strangers (photo by Elijah Vanaver)

Teme Gwitet with his pet crow, from Mutual Strangers (photo by Elijah Vanaver)


A large-scale mask and puppet theater performance, “Mutual Strangers” marks the 400th anniversary of Hudson’s world-changing voyage in September 1609. A small ship sent from Europe to find a northern route to the Orient sails 150 miles up a river on the “unknown” North American continent. The events that transpire on that voyage – the encounters of European sailors and indigenous people and the information brought back to the Dutch East India Company in Amsterdam – prefigure the interaction of cultures that will shape a new nation. “Mutual Strangers” re-imagines from multiple points of view Hudson’s voyage on the river that now bears his name. The play is based on the log of first mate Robert Juet, and the oral traditions of the Lenape and Mahican peoples.

Previously:
Real Good for Free: Capital Region’s Got Talent @ Revolution Hall (10/8/09)
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 (Various days)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

LIVE: Elizabeth & the Catapult @ HVCC, 9/25/09

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Elizabeth Ziman and guitarist Pete Lalish

Elizabeth Ziman and guitarist Pete Lalish

Indie popsters Elizabeth & The Catapult rolled into Troy on Friday afternoon to play outdoors under the Student Pavilion canopy at Hudson Valley Community College. Led by singer-keyboardist Elizabeth Ziman, the quartet launched a matinee performance drawn primarily from the band’s recently released debut album, “Taller Children,” on the Verve/Forecast label.

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Weekend Roundup

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

This just might be the single busiest weekend of the year, so we really don’t want to hear a single peep out of anyone complaining that there’s nothing to do in Nippertown. Seriously.

Here are just a few suggestions:

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Lecture and opening reception for Jennifer Dalton‘s “Is It Just Me?” @ the Teaching Gallery @ Hudson Valley Community College, Troy (FREE)
“Capital Region’s Got Talent” @ Revolution Hall, Troy (FREE)
Colleen Pratt & Friends @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady (FREE)
3rd Thursday arts walk @ various locations in Pittsfield, Mass. (FREE)
Los Lobos with Jonah Smith @ the Calvin Theater, Northampton, Mass.
Discussion with Annea Lockwood, Margaret Cogswell and Ian Berry @ the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs (FREE)

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Holly & EvanCaffe LenaCartoonist John CaldwellThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysAdvertise on Nippertown!The LindaAlbany PoetsArtist Charles HaymesLeave Regular Radio BehindBerkshire On StageHudson SoundsArtist and Musician Michael Eck