LIVE: Josh Ritter @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 12/5/09

December 8th, 2009, 10:33 am by Greg


Playing to what looked like about a half-full Troy Music Hall on Saturday night, Josh Ritter was no less enthusiastic for it. Before a truly “all ages” audience, Ritter and his band generously wove their way between quiet, acoustic moments and full-out rocking ‘n’ rolling, delivering a jewel of a show in a setting that echoed that perfectly.

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Livingston Taylor, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

November 19th, 2009, 3:48 pm by Greg

LivingstonTaylor“The first record album I ever bought…

Well, I don’t know if this is exactly it, but certainly it was one of the earliest ones. I may very well have purchased records before this, but when I was 14 or 15 years old, I bought an album by Dionne Warwick, an album of songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David because their songs were absolutely destroying me. They were so good.

‘Do you know the way to San Jose? I’ve been away so long, I might go wrong and lose my way…’ They just did some absolutely great writing.”

Livingston Taylor makes a tour stop at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy on Sunday (November 22).

Beatles vs. the Dead: A Tribute Battle of the Bands, 11/6/09

November 4th, 2009, 11:33 am by Greg

Maybe it’s a generational thing.

Maybe it’s just a matter of “the song, not the singer.”

But the whole concept of the “tribute band” thing has always left me scratching my head. Maybe it’s because most of the bands that I’ve really loved over the years never became popular enough to demand that some bunch of musicians would go out on the road and play nothing but Doll by Doll songs. Or deal exclusively with the catalog of Manfred Mann. Or Chris Whitley, Jeff Buckley, Tindersticks

Heck, there weren’t a whole lot of people going out to see those real-deal folks when they were still out there on tour – and, yes, some of them still are.

But apparently there are ticket-buyers out there willing to drop hard-earned cash to see Dark Star Orchestra pretend that they’re the Grateful Dead. Or 1964 The Tribute serving up a faux Fab Four performance. Hey, it’s a free country… isn’t it?

Anyway, if that’s the kind of thing that floats yer boat, you’ve got a decision to make on Friday (November 6):

Dark Star Orchestra at the Palace Theatre in Albany
1964 The Tribute at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy

Which one are you going to see?

Or am I being just too harsh?

LIVE: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/20/09

October 23rd, 2009, 10:04 am by Greg

Steve Martin – comedian, actor, author, star of TV and movies – is also a really good 5-string banjo player. For reasons not fully explained, he has recorded a CD, “The Crow,” of original songs and instrumentals, and he’s touring with the established bluegrass quintet the Steep Canyon Rangers as his backup band.

Now let’s give him some credit here: this is not some rich guy hiring gunslingers and trying to play the big shot rock star – this is an acoustic string band. There is no stretch limo, and the M&Ms are only brown.

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Real Good For Free: Music @ Noon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

October 13th, 2009, 9:12 am by Greg

For more than 20 years now, the legendary Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has been opening its doors for free monthly matinee performances by some of the region’s finest musical talent from a wide range of musical genres.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s Music @ Noon concert series kicks off the 2009-2010 season with a performance by theater organist Ned Spain, who will perform show tunes and old standards, played on an Allan Digital Theater Organ at 12noon on Tuesday, October 13.

Spain is well known throughout Nippertown as the organist at Proctors in Schenectady, where he performs on Goldy, a 1931 Wurlitzer pipe organ. For a decade, Spain also performed summer concerts on the historic 1840 Ferris pipe organ at the Round Lake Auditorium.

Here’s the complete schedule of upcoming Music @ Noon performances at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The monthly concerts take place at 12noon on the second Tuesday of each month. Admission is free and no tickets or reservations are required. Bring your lunch, as you like:

October 13: Ned Spain (theatre organ and show tunes)

November 10: The Cumming Duo (classical piano and violin)

December 8: The True Tones (popular songs)

January 12: Frederic Hellwitz (classical guitar)

February 9: Annie & the Hedonists (eclectic mix of folk, blues and more)

March 9: Findlay Cockrell (a Chopin 200th birthday celebration)

April 13: Andre Laurent O’Neil and William Carragan (viola da gamba and harpsichord)

May 11: Phil Minissale (acoustic blues)

Real Good For Free: Quintessence (Weekends)
Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (10/15/09)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

Troy Music Hall Tix Deal

September 25th, 2009, 9:20 am by Greg

Paco Pena

Paco Pena

In conjunction with tonight’s monthly Troy Night Out arts walk, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is offering a special offer on tickets for flamenco guitar great Paco Pena‘s performance, “A Compas! In the Rhythm,” on Thursday, October 1.

For two hours only – 5-7pm tonight – you can purchase two $31 tickets for the price of one at the Troy Music Hall box office at 30 Second St. The buy-one, get-one-free ticket offer is only available in person at the box office and is not valid for telephone or internet sales.

Comin’ soon…

September 16th, 2009, 12:39 pm by Greg

Thomas, of Hammer Of The Gods, doing his very best Robert Plant

Thomas, of Hammer Of The Gods, doing his very best Robert Plant

Heads up! Country music legend George Jones is headed into the Glens Falls Civic Center on Tuesday, November 17. Meanwhile, comedian-ventriloquist Jeff Dunham has added a second show at GFCC on Saturday, October 24. In addition to his previously announced 8pm show, he will also serve up a 3pm performance that same day.

Some newly announced concerts at The Egg in Albany include Renaissance with Jann Klose (Tuesday, October 13), the Robert Cray Band (Friday, November 6), Al Di Meola’s World Sinfonia (Saturday, January 30). Tickets go on sale to the general public of Friday, September 18. Also recently added, Hammer of the Gods will be whipping out their best Led Zeppelin impersonation at The Egg on Saturday, March 13. And the Infamous Stringdusters have been added as the opening act for the Del McCoury Band on Sunday, November 15.

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Comin’ Soon…

September 9th, 2009, 11:45 am by Greg

David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience

David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience

The Man in Black is back? Well, not quite. But recently added to the concert calendar at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is tribute act, “David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience,” on Sunday, October 11. How good are they? Well, I don’t really know, but they had the cojones to go to San Quentin Prison and do their thing earlier this year on the 40th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s legendary concert (and subsequent live album).

The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock welcomes Steve Kimock on Friday, November 6 and Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams on Friday, November 27.

The fall concert series at Old Songs in Voorheesville will include performances by Brian McNeill (Thursday, September 24), Beppe Gambetta (Friday, October 2), Patrick Ball‘s “The Flame of Love” (Friday, October 30), “The Visitors” featuring Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn, Joe Bruchac, John Kirk, more (Saturday, November 7) and the Jeremy Kittel World Band (Saturday, November 21).

The return of interplanetary metalheads GWAR is always cause for much excitement – and lots of consternation, too – so we’re happy to report that the ever-popular scumdogs of the universe will be stepping back into the spotlight at Northern Lights in Clifton Park in support of their 25th anniversary album, “Lust in Space,” on Friday, December 11. GWAR at Christmastime?!? More fun than a dozen Andy Williams holiday specials.



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