Real Good for FREE: North Greenbush Summer Concerts

July 20th, 2012, 10:04 am by Greg

The Tichy Boys

Sunday, July 29: The Tichy Boys

North Greenbush is hosting a free concert series this summer at the Town Hall Gazebo on Main Avenue.

The concerts will take place at 6pm on Sundays through August 12.

Here’s the line-up of concerts for the 2012 summer season:

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Five Firsts: Caroline MotherJudge

January 24th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Caroline Motherjudge (photo by Gary Marron)

Caroline Motherjudge (photo by Gary Marron)

NAME: Caroline MotherJudge
BAND AFFILIATION: Host of “The Best Damn Open Mic EVER!”; owner-operator of North Albany Studios
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Flatt & Scruggs, vinyl, purchased at Woolworth’s 5 & 10 in the early ’70s. Around the same time I bought “The Candyman” by Sammy Davis, Jr. on 45rpm. Yes, that’s right. “The Candyman.” I think it was released in conjunction with the original “Willy Wonka” film, so that’s 1971.

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WEXT’s Exit Dome 5 Bands Are Announced

December 5th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg
Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned

Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned performing at The Putnam Den in August, 2011 (photo by Timothy Reidy)

The line-up for the fifth Exit Dome benefit concert for WEXT-FM has been announced. The concert – which is slated to take place at the WMHT-TV Studio in the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush on Saturday, January 28 – will once again feature a batch of some of the finest musicians of the Local 518.

Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned – who also played at the inaugural Exit Dome concert back in January 2009 – will headline the bash. Other featured bands on the bill for next month include MaryLeigh & the Fauves, the City Never Sleeps, MotherJudge and Rosary Beard.

M.R. Poulopoulos playing in the lobby prior to the start of the show, as well as in between the acts.

Doors open at 7pm, and the concert officially starts at 7:30pm.

Tix are currently available here – a pair of tix for each $50 donation to WEXT-FM.

Real Good for Free: North Greenbush Summer Concerts

July 15th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Slick Fitty

Slick Fitty

North Greenbush is hosting a concert series of free performances at the North Greenhouse Town Hall Gazebo this summer.

Country music favorites Aged In the Hills take the stage on Sunday. All concerts take will held at 6pm on Sundays.

Here’s the schedule for the 2011 summer season:

July 17: Aged in the Hills
July 24: Renee Lussier & Branchwater
July 31: The Best Bet Band
August 7: Rick Bolton & the Dwyer Sisters
August 14: Slick Fitty


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LIVE: Exit Dome IV @ WEXT/WMHT Studios, 1/29/11

January 31st, 2011, 4:55 pm by Greg
Brendan Pendergast of the Charlie Watts Riots

Brendan Pendergast of the Charlie Watts Riots (photo by Jason Lehr)

Round IV of WEXT-FM’s Local 518 benefit concert series not only attracted a standing-room-only crowd of fans to the WMHT-TV studios in North Greenbush on Saturday night, but also drew a delightfully diverse crowd of musicians who kept the music flowing freely – on stage and off – for more than four and a half hours.

If you weren’t already aware of the decidedly incestuous nature of the Nippertown music scene, you might have had a somewhat difficult time figuring out just which band was onstage at any given time during the evening.

Kicking off the main stage festivities, Slender Shoulders – the indie-folkster duo of vocalist-guitarist Katie (who also performs solo as Bear Grass) and guitarist Rick Spataro – went with a more-is-more philosophy, their ranks swollen to a quintet that included bassist Eric Margan and the ubiquitous Matthew Carefully on drums. (Carefully’s performance was his third in the four Exit Dome concerts – each with a different combo).

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Return to Exit Dome: Part IV

November 16th, 2010, 1:00 pm by Greg
Bryan Thomas (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Bryan Thomas

WEXT-FM has announced the details of their next upcoming Local 518 Exit Dome benefit concert. The performance will take place at the Exit Dome (aka, the WMHT-TV studios) in North Greenbush at 7:30pm on Saturday, January 29.

The line-up of performers includes Que Caro, Bryan Thomas, the Rodeo Barons, Nancy Walker, Slender Shoulders and the Charlie Watts Riots.

Tix are available only by making a donation to the public radio station.

In other news from WEXT-FM, The Latin Alternative – co-hosted by Ernesto Lechner and Nippertown native Josh Norek and broadcast on WEXT at 8pm on Saturdays – has gone national and can now be heard at National Public Radio’s website.

Real Good for Free: North Greenbush’s Music at the Gazebo

July 16th, 2010, 12:30 pm by Greg

The second annual North Greenbush Concert Series will be taking place this summer at the gazebo behind the Town Hall. The concerts will take place at 6pm on Sundays through August 22.

Here’s the schedule:

July 18: The Best Bet Band
July 25: Whitewater
August 1: The Will Severin Band
August 8: Flynn 529
August 15: The Zucchini Brothers
August 22: Frank Jaklitsch


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Five Firsts: Broadway Blotto of Blotto

February 10th, 2010, 12:05 pm by Greg

Broadway Blotto

(photo by Martin Benjamin)

NAME: Broadway Blotto
BAND AFFILIATION: Blotto (Lifetime Member. Unless they kick me out. Again.) also the Sea-Monkeys
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, Ukulele, Accordion, Plunger, Keyboard

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles.” VeeJay Records had an early lock on the moptops in the US but couldn’t get anything happening when they released singles here in the summer of 1963. Then came Capitol Records with a many dollar promotion campaign, Ed Sullivan, Cassius Clay & the rest is hysteria.

So VeeJay, basically a little R&B label, jumped on the groupwagon & released what is essentially the lads 1st Parlaphone LP “Please Please Me” (Capitol released it in the U.S. about a year later as “The Early Beatles). It had a spooty fold-out album jacket with fotos & fun facts of the fab four. There was even a place where you could paste your picture under your favorite. But, I’ve said too much. See for yourself.

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