Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Real Good for Free: Local Harvest Festival @ Washington Park Lakehouse, 10/25/09

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Looking for some big family fun on a Sunday afternoon that doesn’t involve sitting around and watching football on TV?

Head down to the Washington Park Lakehouse on Sunday, October 25 for the Local Harvest Festival. Meet and greet local farmers, growers, bakers, chefs, restauranteurs and other foodies. Sample some food. Buy a bunch of food to take home with you. There’s a pumpkin carving contest, bike raffle and lots of children’s activities.

And lots of great music, too. Sponsored by the fine folks at Capital District Local First, Honest Weight Food Co-op and Metroland, the fest runs from 2-6pm Sunday with performances by such Nippertown faves as Ashley Pond, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, Railbird and Arm Fee.

And it’s all free.

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Real Good for Free: Emack & Bolio’s “Ice Cream That Rocks,” 10/24/09

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

emackAndBolioLet’s see now…
It’s free.
There’s lots of great music.
It helps raise money for the American Cancer Society.
And there’s ice cream involved.

OK, count us in.

On Saturday (October 24) both Nippertown locations of Emack and Bolio’s (366 Delaware Ave., Albany and Town Center Plaza, 1704 Western Ave., Guilderland) are hosting “Ice Cream that Rocks,” an all-day benefit show for the American Cancer Society.

Nearly two dozen musical acts will be participating in the event, which begins at 12noon and continues straight through til at least 10pm.

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Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda, 10/22/09

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

By now, you should already know about the free monthly CRUMBS Nite Out sessions at The Linda in Albany. The evenings start out with a musician or band playing for an hour with host Howe Glassman jumping onstage with them to conduct short interview segments between songs.

Then there’s a brief intermission to mingle and network with the local music scenemakers, then on to a panel discussion about some aspect of the Capital Region’s music scene, conducted by entertainment lawyers Paul Rapp and Paul Czech.

Matthew Loiacono was scheduled to perform on Thursday (October 22), he is now otherwise engaged, so the fine funk-bomb band Jocamo will be stepping in to keep the music in the pocket. Jocamo has just released their new album, “The New Funk Order,” and you can go here to read our review.

Thursday’s panel discussion concerns local radio stations and how to get your music played on the air. Panelists will include Dave Michaels (WEXT), Jason Irwin (WEQX), Howe Glassman (WAMC) and Russell Jones (WRPI). Paul Rapp is otherwise engaged – perhaps he’s hanging out somewhere with Loiacono? – so I’ll be stepping in to help out Paul Czech as co-moderator.

Music gets underway at 7pm, and admission is free.

Previously:
Real Good for Free: Laurel Masse @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 10/20/09
Real Good for Free: Silent Film Spectacular
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: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (10/15/09)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

Real Good For Free: Music @ Noon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

For more than 20 years now, the legendary Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has been opening its doors for free monthly matinee performances by some of the region’s finest musical talent from a wide range of musical genres.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s Music @ Noon concert series kicks off the 2009-2010 season with a performance by theater organist Ned Spain, who will perform show tunes and old standards, played on an Allan Digital Theater Organ at 12noon on Tuesday, October 13.

Spain is well known throughout Nippertown as the organist at Proctors in Schenectady, where he performs on Goldy, a 1931 Wurlitzer pipe organ. For a decade, Spain also performed summer concerts on the historic 1840 Ferris pipe organ at the Round Lake Auditorium.

Here’s the complete schedule of upcoming Music @ Noon performances at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The monthly concerts take place at 12noon on the second Tuesday of each month. Admission is free and no tickets or reservations are required. Bring your lunch, as you like:

October 13: Ned Spain (theatre organ and show tunes)

November 10: The Cumming Duo (classical piano and violin)

December 8: The True Tones (popular songs)

January 12: Frederic Hellwitz (classical guitar)

February 9: Annie & the Hedonists (eclectic mix of folk, blues and more)

March 9: Findlay Cockrell (a Chopin 200th birthday celebration)

April 13: Andre Laurent O’Neil and William Carragan (viola da gamba and harpsichord)

May 11: Phil Minissale (acoustic blues)

Previously:
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: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (10/15/09)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

Real Good for Free: Quintessence

Friday, October 9th, 2009

quintessenceYou know, we’re not sure if we ever really fully understood that phrase “everything old is new again,” until now. Quintessence in Albany – one of our fave, funky, old-school-diner converted into a delicious neo-retro dining ‘n’ drinking spot – is back again.

Back in the ’80s when it was one of the most happening Nippertown-at-night spot, Quintessence brought plenty of great music to the house, including blues veteran Charlie Smith and Woodstock veteran Bert Sommer.

And the good news is that now live music is coming back to Quintessence again, too, and that’s a sweet, sweet thing.

On Saturday, October 10, you can drink ‘n’ dine to the sounds of the classic rock duo Double Take. And on Sunday, October 11, the mood gets a little jazzier with the Nat Phipps/Pete Toigo Duo.

And that seems to be the pattern: pop and rock on Saturdays (beginning at 10:45pm), and jazz on Sundays (staring earlier at 8pm).

Here’s how Quintessence’s music calendar is filling out so far:

Saturday, October 10: Double Take (classic rock acoustic duo)
Sunday, October 11: The Nat Phipps/Pete Toigo Duo (jazz piano/bass)
Saturday, October 17: Bicycle Mary (indie alt-rock)
Sunday, October 18: The Keith Pray Trio (jazz saxman)
Saturday, October 24: The Heaters (classic rock)
Sunday, October 25: The Mike Lamkin Trio (jazz organ)
Saturday, October 31: Yellow Dog (acoustic rock duo)
Sunday, November 1: The George Muscatello Trio (jazz guitar)

Previously:
Real Good For Free: The Bill Lowe-Andy Jaffe Repertory Big Band @ Williams College (10/9/09)
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 (10/15/09)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

Real Good For Free: The Bill Lowe-Andy Jaffe Repertory Big Band @ Williams College, 10/9/09

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

The Bill Lowe-Andy Jaffe Repertory Big Band will perform on Friday, October 9 at 8 pm in the MainStage in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public but tickets are required and will be available one hour before the concert.

Renowned music educator Andy Jaffe and co-leader Bill Lowe, noted bass trombone player and tubist, bring their fresh and energetic big band, comprised of many of the finest players from all over the Northeast, to Williams to perform entirely original repertoire, mainly composed and arranged by leader Andy Jaffe, who for years has been among the vanguard of writers pushing the art of arranging and composition for big band into new frontiers, within the context of the tradition.

In this endeavor he fully exploits the colors available on his palette, continuously mixing them to create new shades and moods that can caress ears or raise hackles. Featuring full trumpet, trombone, and reed sections, French hornist John Clark as well as a rhythm section including faculty member Freddie Bryant on guitar and vocalist Nik Mathis, this is a rare opportunity to hear what a professional ensemble can do when it is unleashed to play the kind of music these musicians clearly love.

Here’s a vintage clip of the Big Band performing in 1988 for the opening of the Connecticut Legislature Office Building:

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

Real Good for Free: Capital Region’s Got Talent @ Revolution Hall, 10/8/09

Monday, October 5th, 2009

CRGT top eleven contestants (front left to right): Courtney Biondo, Sharon MacPherson, JT Maple, Victoria Minucci, Danielle Gaudin, Katrina Marie, James Dowen, Collete McComb, Benjamin Uytiepo, Danielle Mozeleski and Eric Margan.

CRGT top eleven contestants (front left to right): Courtney Biondo, Sharon MacPherson, JT Maple, Victoria Minucci, Danielle Gaudin, Katrina Marie, James Dowen, Collete McComb, Benjamin Uytiepo, Danielle Mozeleski and Eric Margan.

Surprise.

At the beginning of last week’s round of the Capital Region’s Got Talent singing competition there were 20 contestants, and at the end of the night, only 10 of them were scheduled to remain in the competition. But -surprise – 11 semi-finalists were still standing, thanks to audience voting, which selected Collette McComb as the wild card entry.

The ten semi-finalists are: Courtney Biondo, Katrina Marie Burg, James Dowen, Danielle Goudin, Sharon MacPherson, J.T. Maple, Eric Margan, Victoria Minucci, Danielle Mozeleski and Benjamin Uytiepo.

All 11 remaining contestants will perform on Thursday, October 8 at Revolution Hall in Troy. The theme for Thursday’s competition is the Bealtes, and each semi-finalist will perform two songs from the catalog of the Fab Four.

At the conclusion of Thursday’s competition, the judges will select five finalists, and the audience will once again select a wild card entry to move onto the final night of Capital’s Region’s Got Talent at Revolution Hall on Friday, October 16.

Previously:
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)

Be Here Now: Emily Quick Benefit @ Northern Lights, 9/27/09

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Eight-year-old Emily Quick is in the midst of a six-month regimen of chemotherapy to help her valiant fight against Langerhans cell histiocytosis, an extremely rare cancer of the bone marrow.

You can help defray the family’s mounting medical costs and have a good time at the same time by attending a benefit concert for Emily and her family at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Sunday.

Here’s the schedule of performances:
2pm: Blackcat Elliot
3pm: The Blisterz
4pm: Erin Harkes
5pm: Fluid Motion
6pm: Hour of Need
7pm: The Mariaville Cattle Company Band
8pm: The Ameros

Tina Dame from the ABC-TV series “Ex-Wives Club” will be making a special appearance. And there will also be games and silent auctions with products and services donated by many local businesses.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. If you can’t attend but would like to make a donation, you can contact Tony Leonardi of Fluid Motion at ajleonardi@verizon.net.

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