Comin’ soon…

September 23rd, 2009, 1:01 pm by Greg

Here are a few newly announced shows that you might want to add to your personal concert calendar:

Peter Yorn

Peter Yorn

Up in Saratoga Springs, Caffe Lena has a bountiful harvest of concerts on tap in October, highlighted by jazz master Mose Allison (Sunday, October 4), guitar virtuoso Peppino D’Agostino (Friday, October 9), the double-bill of Bread & Bones with Hungrytown (Friday, October 16) and singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis (Sunday, October 25). But the big show of the month promises to be a very special “Celebration of the Life of Lena Spencer” on Sunday, October 11, hosted by Addie & Olin-Unleashed! and featuring performances by Terri Huxtable & Liz Hood, Frank Orsini & Peter Davis, Linda Schrade & David Kiphuth, Greg Clarke and George Ward.

Popmeister Pete Yorn – whose duet album with Scarlett Johansson, “Break Up,” was recently released on Atco Records – makes a tour stop at The Egg on Wednesday, November 4.

The University at Albany has a pair of notable concerts on its back-to-school schedule this fall. Jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney brings his quintet into the UAlbany Campus Center Ballroom on Friday, September 25. And there’s a big double-bill with Girl Talk and Reel Big Fish slated for Thursday, November 5 on campus, but unfortunately that one’s a students-only affair.

Davy Jones (left) and Peter Noone

Davy Jones (left) and Peter Noone

In this corner, it’s British cutie Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits. And in this corner, it’s cuddly toy Davy Jones of the Monkees. yes, it’s a Trans-Atlantic Battle of the ’60s Teen Heart-Throbs at the Sixties Spectacular concert on the Mainstage at Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday, March 27. Rounding out the bill are the Grassroots featuring Rob Grill and American Cafe led by Trish Anderson.

Tribute band the Pink Floyd Experience returns to the Palace Theatre in Albany on Saturday, February 20.

And straight outta the wilds of Duluth, Minnesota comes the bluegrass ‘n’ more band Trampled by Turtles. They’ll land at the Ale House in Troy on Saturday, October 17.


Odds and Ends @ the End of the Week

August 14th, 2009, 4:36 pm by Sara


I love this sculpture created from vinyl photograph records: “Soundwave” by Jean Shin (thanks, Matt Loiacono)

The North Adams Artists’ Co-Op Gallery announces a JURIED CALL for “Elements”

Fine and applied artists in all media are invited to submit work for consideration in “Elements”, a juried exhibition at the NAACO Gallery. Submitted works may be literal interpretations of the topic, such as a representation of one or more of the four natural elements, objects that are elements of a whole, or perhaps the periodic table of elements. Non-traditional interpretations of the subject, such as an exploration of what is truly “elemental” to your work are also encouraged. Submissions will be juried from actual work and are due no later than Monday, August 24th. Entries may be delivered and picked up during gallery hours Exhibition will run from August 26 through September 20, with the opening reception held Thursday, August 27, 2009 from 6-9 PM held concurrently with all other “DownStreet Art Thursday” programming. NAACO Member Artists are exempt from entry fees. All nonmembers are required to pay an entry fee of $15 for up to two entries for consideration by the jury, and which may not exceed 24″ in any direction. Entry forms are downloadable from For further information, email, or call during gallery hours Wednesday-Saturday, 11-6, Sunday 11-4, 413-664-4003.

Bob Irwin of My Fair Planet (photo by Tim Livingston)

Bob Irwin of My Fair Planet (photo by Tim Livingston)

Sundazed Music head honcho Bob Irwin is renowned for showcasing the music of others, but at 1pm on Saturday, his own band My Fair Planet performs at the Altamont Fair, which continues through Sunday.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center is asking area artists to show off their artistic skills beginning at 6pm on Saturday, August 15 as part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s “An Evening with Degas” program. Participating artists who arrive with an easel and chair will receive free lawn admission to the Orchestra performance for themselves and a guest.

Artists wishing to participate in An Evening with Degas are asked to:

  • notify SPAC of their interest prior to the August 15 performance;
  • bring their own easel and chair;
  • set up on SPAC’s upper lawn at 6pm
  • continue painting or sketching until approximately 8pm

Those who wish to sign up for the event are asked to contact Veronica Mynders at SPAC at 518-584-9330×101 or

breakupYou can now check out the official video for “Relator,” the first single from Peter Yorn and Scarlett Johansson’s upcoming album Break Up, slated for release September 15, and it also includes a cover of Big Star’s “I Am The Cosmos.”

So did everyone else but us already know this? Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is the son of Sun Ra Arkestra saxophonist Laurdine “Pat” Patrick.

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