MUSIC: Emeline Michel with Beverly Teixeira @ MCLA’s Church Street Center, North Adams, Mass.: Popular Haitian singer-songwriter Michel returns to MCLA in support of the latest of her nine albums, “Reine de Coeur.” 7:30pm. $12; students $5.
LECTURE: Max Brooks @ Sage College of Albany‘s Kahl Campus Center Gym, Albany: Son of the legendary Mel Brooks and author in his own right, Brooks delivers a lecture/reading/Q&A/book-signing of “The Zombie Survival Guide,” “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” and the new “Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.” 9pm. $5.
MUSIC: The Michael Flower/Chris Corsano Duo with the Andy Crespo-Ron Schneiderman Duo @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Drummer Chris Corsano has fueled the percussive drive for such forward-thinkers as Thurston Moore, Bjork and Nels Cline. Now he’s teaming up with Michael Flower on shaahi baaja (a kind of Japanese banjo). 7:30pm. $5.
FILM: “Art 21: Systems” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy: A special screening of the fourth episode from season five of the award-winning PBS-TV series, featuring Julie Mehretu, John Baldessari, Kimsooja and Allan McCollum. 7:30pm. Free.
FILM/MUSIC: “The Unknown” with Eric Halder @ Albany Public Library, Albany: For the final installment of the Silent Film Spectacular series, classically trained guitarist Eric Halder (of the Ashley Pond Band) performs his newly composed soundtrack to accompany the screening of 1927’s “The Unknown,” starring Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford. 7pm. Free.
MUSIC: Gregory Douglass @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs: Burlington, Vermont-based singer-songwriter Douglass returns to the Lena stage in support of his latest album, “Battler.” 7pm. $5.
Even at the age of 70, Happy Traum hasn’t slowed down since he and his late brother Artie emerged as one of the most influential acoustic guitar duos of the Greenwich Village folk movement of the 1960’s. Bob Dylan and the Band, John Sebastian and the Lovin Spoonful and the Eagles, among many others, were inspired by the brothers’ mixture of acoustic blues, bluegrass and traditional folk music.
On Wednesday evening as part of the Crandall Public Library 2009 Music Series, Happy Traum sang and played songs by Dylan, Woody Guthrie and Mississippi John Hurt. His own self-penned “Golden Bird,” Brownie McGee’s “The Sporting Life Blues,” and Pete Seeger’s classic “Kisses Sweeter then Wine” were particular standouts, drawing appreciative applause from the Glens Falls audience. Dipping into the Catskill Songbook, Traum’s warm rendition of George Edward’s “Friends and Neighbors,” caputured the timeless spirit of the evening.
With a smile on his face and an acoustic guitar on his knee, Traum’s captivating performance underscored the fact that old folk and blues songs dealing with joblessness, homelessness, poverty, love and politics are still just as relevant today as they were so many years ago.
Up next at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, area favorites Rick Bolton and the Dwyer Sisters roll into the Community Room on Thursday, September 17 for an evening full of folk, blues, rock and original tunes delivered with endearing three part harmonies.
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