OK, it’s a cliche. I know it’s a cliche. And I pretty much just hate it when a concert reviewer says something like “Hearing them play (insert name of fave song here) was worth the price of admission all by itself.”
But this time I can’t help it because it’s true. So true…
I would have easily paid the price of admission – $15 at the door with a discount to advance tix buyers – to hear the Capital Region’s two finest singer-songwriters join forces for a song – pretty much any song.
And on Saturday night, Rosanne Raneri and Bryan Thomas did just that. But not before they each served up exquisite solo sets. Neither one of them performs in concert very often – which is a crying shame or downright criminal, depending on your point of view – but the intimate setting of the Steamer was the perfect setting for the sublime music of these two uber talents.
Over the course of the past two decades, the Steamer No. 10 Theatre has become one of Albany’s prime destinations for children’s entertainment. But every once in a while the intimate little theater plays host to some fine grown-up entertainment, too.
In celebration of the theater’s 20th anniversary, guest producer Michael Eck is presenting a new Electic Performance Series at the theater, a slate of six exciting evening concerts aimed at adult audiences and featuring some of the area’s finest musicians both past and present. Among the upcoming performers are Hamell on Trial, Sean Rowe, the Star Spangled Washboard Band, Val Haynes & Todd Nelson, Rosanne Raneri, Bryan Thomas, Rosary Beard, Winterpills and Frank Jaklitsch.
“The two of us started a side-project together called the Pleasants, and that record will be out by the end of the year,” proclaims Rogers. “We are very excited!” The Pleasants begin making their music at 6pm tonight (Friday, November 20) and you can expect to hear selections from their upcoming debut album, as well as Rogers’ latest album “Heartwood,” her upcoming album “Hope from the Forgotten Woods” and the Sketchy Indians album as well. Admission is free.
Relief from the catastrophic Eggo Waffle shortage! Make your own waffles? What a great idea! Perhaps it’s time for Cathy Frank to revive Cathy’s Waffle Store and come to the rescue…
First up is the Children’s Christmas party and lunch from 12noon-2pm. Children’s admission is one new unwrapped toy.
Then the adult rockin’ begins at 3pm. In the lounge, you can hear Winchester & Young (3pm) and the UPG (6pm). On the main stage, you can check out Acoustic Trauma (3pm), Tetonka (4:30pm), the All Paul Show (6pm), Ohms Law (8pm), 28N (9:15pm) and Wylder (10:30pm). The admission charge – just $10 plus one new unwrapped toy – also includes a four-hour buffett and draft beverages.
Ok, what phase of the moon IS it? Unless you’re dead, you’ve heard that the new film Twilight: New Moon opened last night at midnight.
But did you know that folk diva Rosanne Raneri (who is also a professor of Theatre Arts at HVCC) is directing Moonchildren, a comedy with bite about a group of college seniors in the mid 60’s on the threshold of the “real world:” It runs through Sunday at the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, Campus Center, HVCC. General Admission $5/Free with valid HVCC student ID
Aaaand on Saturday afternoon, you can see a 3-hour matinee musical marathon of Lady Moon and friends live @ Jason’s Upstairs Bar.
Coincidence? Oh, we don’t think so.
Bjork celebrates her 44th birthday on Saturday (November 21) and so do we!
Also celebrating birthdays this weekend: Richard Genest of Schenectady’s Moon & River Cafe, Kevin Bartlett, Adam Clairmont of WAMC-FM and Sarah Pedinotti of Railbird. Here’s to you!
The latest installment of the “My Favorite Songwriter” concert series took place at Mare in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, July 26, with host (and Nippertown favorite) Rosanne Raneri and the Boston-based Mieka Pauley sharing the stage for a teriffic evening of heartfelt acoustic music.
If you missed Pauley in Saratoga, you can catch her at the Mission Bar in Pittsfield, Mass. on Saturday, August 22. Raneri, meanwhile, isn’t scheduled to step back into the spotlight again until Friday, September 25 at the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes.
Ryan Berney: Loyal NT visitor and lover of live jazz :)
Richard Brody: Great news on another dreary March day. It’s always a fabulous way to put a cap on summer.
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