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10/28: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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.


LIVE: Happy Traum @ Crandall Library, 9/9/09

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Happy Traum

Happy Traum

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.

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Real Good for Free: Castleton Library

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Castleton Library is hosting a free Music on the Lawn concert series this month.

Showtime is 6pm on Thursdays, and here’s the schedule:

August 13: El Duke and The McNair Family
August 20: The Hurleys
August 27: The Tri-County Banjo Band

Real Good for Free: Sonny Landreth @ Mountain Park, 8/15
Real Good for Free: Riverfront Park, Athens (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park (Sept. 12)
Real Good for Free: The Fabulous Folk Fest @ Bolton Landing (Sept. 6)
Real Good for Free: Spencer Day in Hudson(Friday, August 21)
Real Good for Free: Big Soul Ensemble @ Tess’ Lark Tavern (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: :30 Live! @ Berkshire Fringe (Mon / Wed)
Real Good for Free: Lake Luzerne (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: The Crossings in Colonie (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Rensselaer Riverfront Park (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Kids’ shows in Troy (Wednesdays at noon)
Real Good for Free: Valatie’s Glynn Square (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Brunswick Community Center (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Thurman (Mondays)
Real Good for Free: Sharon Springs (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Bethlehem Public Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: East Greenbush Comm. Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Stony Creek Town Park (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: RiverLink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Chestertown (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem (Saturday mornings)
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park (Sunday afternoons)
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay (Thursdays at noon)
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Guilderland (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5 (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Powers Park (Saturdays)

Christine Lavin, What Was the First Song That You Ever Performed in Public?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009


“It was a hootenanny at Peekskill Military Academy, where my dad was a teacher. It was a song that I wrote called ‘The World Is Coming to an End.’ I was 13 years old, but they liked it.

I can only remember one verse:

‘You’ve got a big date for the dance
And you’ve got a hole in your pants
The world is coming to an end’

It was about world-ending scenarios as seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old. I guess it was shades of things to come.”

Christine Lavin will perform – although probably not that song – at the Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance at the Altamont Fairgrounds in concert on Saturday and at workshops throughout the weekend.

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!The LindaLeave Regular Radio BehindBerkshire On StageAlbany PoetsHudson SoundsArtist Charles HaymesMohawk Hudson Humane Society