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Tom & Matt’s Open Mic @ Emack & Bolio’s, Guilderland

Monday, August 31st, 2009

OK, back in June, the open mic night at Albany’s Muddy Cup went belly-up.

Early this month, Chase Billows tried to revive it in conjunction with

And now it appears that former Muddy Cup open mic hosts Tom Teta and Matt Delgado have found a new home for their weekly open mic sessions, too.

It’s at Emack & Bolio’s ice cream emporium in Guilderland on Monday evenings, and yes, it starts tonight. Sign up begins at 7:30pm; music gets underway at 8pm.

Can there be too many open mic nights? I think not. Encouraging begineers is crucial to the future of any music scene. And providing a low-pressure outlet for more seasoned performers to experiment with new material and ideas is just as important.

Long live the open mic night! No matter who’s in charge…


Open mic night is back at the Muddy Cup

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Yes, after a brief hiatus, the Albany Muddy Cup is once again hosting a weekly open mic night. It kicks off tonight.

Those wishing to perform are encouraged to sign up online at prior to the date of the open mic night. (Obviously, that’s no help for tonight.) Although, there will also be sign-up sheets at the Cup on the evenings of the open mics for latecomers and luddites.

The Albany Muddy Cup open mic nights will run from 8-11pm on Mondays, while the Schenectady Muddy Cup open mic nights – which will also be run through the Albany Open Arts website – will take place from 7-10pm on Sundays.

LIVE: River Street Festival Wrapup

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

A little rain never hurt anybody. And it certainly didn’t keep many folks away from downtown Troy for the sixth annual River Street Festival on Saturday, June 20.

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Although armed with only an acoustic guitar, Rob Dickinson somehow managed to conjure up the massive wall of sound of his old band, the Catherine Wheel.

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Chris Barron declared, “Yes, I’m that guy from the Spin Doctors,” as he delivered a solo performance of Spin Docs classics and tunes from his new solo album, “Pancho and the Kid.”

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Mike Doughty wasn’t the headliner, but you’d never have known it from the enthusiastic crowd reaction. Barefoot violinist Caroline Pook joined him for most of his rain-soaked set.

Straight outta Connecticut, the Alternate Routes served up the festival’s opening set.

The festival’s second stage showcased a lot of Nippertown’s homegrown musical talent, including Simple Theory.

“Whip it…

…whip it good!”

And of course, no festival on River Street would ever be complete with a sidewalk chalk painting competition. Among the entries were dog portraits, Van Gogh wanna-bes, cartoon characters, landscapes, trippy abstracts and more…



And in addition to presenting the massive exhibition of the Fence Show artwork in the galleries, the Arts Center of the Capital Region also hosted performances by Eddie Ade Knowles and Ensemble Congeros:

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

Now that’s what I call some percolating percussion…

On The Screen, In The Air

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Former heavyweight boxing champion/ex-con/Nippertown legend Mike Tyson makes a serious break-through in his film career this week. Maverick filmmaker and compulsive gambler James Toback – who earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his screenplay for 1991 best picture Academy Award nominee “Bugsy” – has had a serious thing for Tyson. Over the years, he’s brought the tattooed champ onto the big screen in such compelling films as 1999’s “Black and White” and 2004’s “When Will I Be Loved.” Tyson is seriously loved in Toback’s new documentary, “Tyson,” which opens at the Spectrum Theatres on Friday, May 29.

But Tyson isn’t content with just ONE new movie. You can also catch him in action in the new buddy/comedy, set-in-Las Vegas-movie “The Hangover,” slated to open on Friday, June 5. And yes, it’s a film in which Tyson not only punches people, but he also exhibits his singing skills, dishing up his best rendition of “In the Air Tonight,” the first solo single from former Genesis drummer/singer Phil Collins.

Here it is – but be warned.

Prog It Up!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

As the unofficial mayor of Nippertown, I do hereby declare this to be Prog Rock Week! Yes, oh yes, this just might be the single most progressive-rock heavy week since the lamb first lied down on Broadway.

We start off with live-local, shred-national fretburner Mike Campese, who lands at Hot Shots in Glens Falls on Monday. The mighty, mighty guitar god Allan Holdsworth graces us with a performance at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, sporting the A-list rhythm section of drummer Chad Wackerman and bassist Jimmy Johnson. Also on Tuesday, the one-man, mandolin-and-sequencer sonic assault team known as the Disposable Rocket Band blasts off at Valentine’s, opening the show for Steve Gaylord/Gay Tastee and the Destroying Angel.

The Big Bash implodes on Friday night – the Montreal-based prog-rock band/theater company the Musical Box, who have made a career out of slavishly recreating the music and live performances of (yes, let us all now bow down) Genesis. At the Mainstage at Proctors they’ll be firing up “A Trick of the Tail,” which sadly enough means that we’ll all be pining for the Peter Gabriel vibe bigtime. Nippertown prog heroes Fear of Flying launch the evening. Also on Friday, Brit power-metal juggernaut DragonForce breathes sonic fire at Northern Lights. Also blasting away at yer eardrums at NL will be the legendary Flordia prog-thrashers Cynic, who are back in the saddle once again.

And wrapping it all up on Saturday night at the Bearsville Theate in Woodstock, guitarmeister Joey Eppard melts his frets as hometown boys 3 pull back the curtains for a sneak preview of their new Metal Blade Records release. Just as cool, the Dear Hunter opens the show.

Oh my goodness gracious, honey, let’s slip into our silver platform boots and wrap those matching faux-silk scarves around our necks. Gas up the car. We got some shows to see…

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