Posts Tagged ‘Schenectady’

LIVE: The Holly & Evan Band @ Cafe NOLA, 2/13/15

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Holly & Evan Band

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

It was Friday the 13th. It was the eve of Valentine’s Day. But most importantly, when the Holly & Evan Band cranked up their batch o’ blues at Cafe NOLA in Schenectady earlier this month, it was the kick off the big Mardi Gras weekend. And fresh from recent big bashes like First Night Saratoga and the Capital Area Indie Fest, singer-guitarist Holly Taormina, bassist Evan Conway and drummer Rob Morris certainly do know how to throw down a party.

You can catch the Holly & Evan Band at 9pm tonight at Sharp Shooters Billiards in Amsterdam, where they’re sharing the stage with pop-rock duo Sirsy. Admission is $5.

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Win FREE Tickets to Celebration of Rhythm at Proctors on Thursday

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Veena Chandra

Veena Chandra of North Indian Music

Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady is gearing up for its second annual Celebration of Rhythm Concert Series curated by Local 518 percussionist-around-town Brian Melick. The series kicks off at 7:30pm on Thursday (February 26) with a globe-hopping musical journey that stretches from India to Jamaica.

The internationally flavored homegrown musical talents slated to be showcased on Thursday are North Indian Music featuring the mother-son sitar-and-tabla duo of Veena and Devesh Chandra, as well as Robanic with the Caribbean Sound led by Aston “Robot” Ellis.

Tickets to the general admission concert are $15.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Wednesday (February 25), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

Robanic

Robanic with the Caribbean Sound

Five Firsts: Andy Meixner of Z

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Andy Meixner

Andy Meixner

NAME: Andy Meixner
BAND AFFILIATION: Z
INSTRUMENT: Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASAround the World in a Day by Prince & the Revolution

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Five Firsts: Caroline Shaw of Roomful of Teeth

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw

NAME: Caroline Shaw
BAND AFFILIATION: Roomful of Teeth
INSTRUMENT: voice, alto

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Billy Joel’s River of Dreams

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Five Firsts: Martha Cluver of Roomful of Teeth

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Martha Cluver

Martha Cluver of Roomful of Teeth

NAME: Martha Cluver
BAND AFFILIATION: Roomful of Teeth
INSTRUMENT: soprano and whistler

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Vanilla Ice’s single “Ice Ice Baby” on cassette. Wow…

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Bill Champlin, What Was the First Record You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Bill Champlin

Bill Champlin

“Actually, I think that the first record that I bought was when I was in grade school, probably second grade. It was a Little Richard record, and the guy stills sings great. He’s a piece of work. His personality is so flamboyant that a lot of people don’t get past that, but the guy can really, really sing.”

Singer-keyboardist Bill Champlin joins his son Will Champlin (from Season Five of NBC-TV’s “The Voice”) and fellow alum of the band Chicago, drummer Danny Seraphine, to lead California Transit Authority in concert at Proctors in Schenectady at 8pm on Saturday (January 31). Tickets are $20-$50.

Real Good for FREE: Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series @ Schenectady Public Library

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
January 18: Musicians of Ma’alwyck

January 18: Musicians of Ma’alwyck

The Friends of Schenectady County Public Library are presenting their annual Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series on Sundays once again in 2015. The concerts take place at 2:30pm Sundays in the Schenectady County Public Library’s McChesney Room. Admission is free.

Here’s the schedule of concerts for 2015, beginning on Sunday (January 4):

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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith @ Union College’s Mandeville Gallery [Get Visual]

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Jaune Quick-to-See

This contemporary take on the Sisyphus myth, titled “Sissy and the Plutocrats,” is, at six by eight feet, the largest painting in the Jaune Quick-to-See Smith show at Union College.

Review by David Brickman

A fine, small show of paintings and prints by the Native American artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith fills Union College’s Mandeville Gallery, situated in the extraordinary Nott Memorial in the center of the college’s campus green. Smith is internationally known for the skillful way she combines primitive, symbolic imagery with modern painterly style, and as an articulate voice for women and Native Americans.

I’ll admit I was not familiar with this artist before hearing about this show, but it lived up to expectations in a number of ways. First, Smith is a mature artist who knows her way around a canvas, and who maintains a sense of humor while addressing socially- and politically-charged issues. Second, the selection presented here is limited in scope, while still being broad enough to satisfy a first-time viewer. So it clearly communicates her vision and messages without being overwhelming.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

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