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Real Good For Free: Summer Concerts in Lake George

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

We know that it’s still April, but we’re already filling up our calendars with those free outdoor summer concert series that pop up all around Nippertown each year when the weather warms up.

One of our faves is the Wednesday night series sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project that takes over Shepard Park in Lake George each week during the months of July and August. Showtime is 7:30pm, and all performances are free.

They haven’t filled in all of the blanks on their schedule yet, but here’s what we know so far:

Wednesday, July 7: Bobby Dick & the Sundowners
Wednesday, July 14: Crooked Still
Wednesday, July 21: Red Molly
Wednesday, July 28: Big Medicine
Wednesday, August 4: Los Straitjackets
Wednesday, August 11: Robert Michaels

Performers for Wednesdays August 18 and 25 will be announced soon.
UPDATE: The remainder of the schedule has been announced:
Wednesday, August 18: The Tichy Boys with Commander Cody
Wednesday, August 25: The Lustre Kings

Previously:

Real Good For Free: Jazz On Jay

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Real Good for Free: Jazz on Jay

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Jazz On Jay – the weekly mid-day concert series in downtown Schenectady – is back again for another summer season. The free outdoor concerts take place on Jay Street at 12noon on Thursdays throughout the summer. In case of rain, the concerts will move indoors to the Muddy Cup in Proctors Arcade.

Here’s this summer’s schedule of performers:

June 3: Skip Parsons
June 10: Brian Patneaude
June 17: Joe Finn featuring Dan Faulk
June 24: Jazz Machine
July 1: Sketches of Influence with Joe Barna
July 8: Tommy Verrigni
July 15: Michael Benedict
July 22: The Chronicles led by Bryan Brundige
July 29: John McIntosh
August 5: Keith Pray
August 12: Sensemaya
August 19: Mo Rancourt
August 26: Sonny & Perley

Pretty scary, eh kids? Spookfest @ UAG

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Upstate Artist Guild s running a Halloween Horror Cinema Spookfest Fundraiser all this week. Your $5 donation includes popcorn and you’re free to BYOB.

Wednesday (tonight) 6pm: Rosemary’s Baby, hosted by Adam

Thursday 6pm: The Nightmare Before Christmas, hosted by Ben and Clio

Friday 8pm: Begotten, hosted by Jason (silent film presentation with live improvised music from Grab Ass Cowboys, Fossils from the Sun, and Exhalations of the Octopi)

Previously:
Pretty scary, eh kids? Haunted Cave @ Howe Caverns 10/30/09
Pretty scary, eh kids? It Came From Schenectady Presents Halloween Horrors (10/31)
Pretty scary, eh kids? Zombie Fighting Tips @ Sage College (10/28)
Pretty scary, eh kids? Halloween Heroes Blood Drive (10/30)
Pretty scary, eh kids? Halloween Costumes
Pretty scary, eh kids? Halloween For Geeks
Pretty scary, eh kids? Headless Horseman Hayride and Haunted House
Pretty Scary, eh kids? Paper Skulls…
Pretty scary, eh kids? Massacre Mansion Haunted House
Pretty scary, eh kids? Build your own vampire hunting kit
Pretty scary, eh kids? Ghost Hunting in Downtown Albany
Pretty scary, eh kids? Haunted Capitol Tours

Real Good for Free: Laurel Masse @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 10/20/09

Monday, October 19th, 2009

LaurelMasseLess than a month ago, the fabulous jazz vocal group Manhattan Transfer rolled into The Egg to celebrate the release of their latest album, a tribute to the music of Chick Corea.

At 12noon on Tuesday, October 20, Laurel Masse – a founding member of Manhattan Transfer – will offer a free performance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Troy to kick off this season’s Tuesdays @ Noon free concert series, which takes place at the church on the third Tuesday of each month. Admission is free, although donations are welcome. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their lunch.

NOTE: Not to be confused with the Troy Savings Band Music Hall’s Tuesdays @ Noon free concert series, which takes place on the second Tuesday of each month.

This summer, the new group JaLaLa made its recording debut with “That Old Mercer Magic” on Dare Records, a tribute to the music of Johnny Mercer. The group features Janis Siegel (of Manhattan Transfer), Laurel Masse and Lauren Kinhan (of New York Voices fame).

Previously:
Real Good for Free: Silent Film Spectacular
Real Good For Free: Music @ Noon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (second Tuesdays)
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)

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

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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)

Previously:
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)

Real Good for Free: Quintessence

Friday, October 9th, 2009

quintessenceYou know, we’re not sure if we ever really fully understood that phrase “everything old is new again,” until now. Quintessence in Albany – one of our fave, funky, old-school-diner converted into a delicious neo-retro dining ‘n’ drinking spot – is back again.

Back in the ’80s when it was one of the most happening Nippertown-at-night spot, Quintessence brought plenty of great music to the house, including blues veteran Charlie Smith and Woodstock veteran Bert Sommer.

And the good news is that now live music is coming back to Quintessence again, too, and that’s a sweet, sweet thing.

On Saturday, October 10, you can drink ‘n’ dine to the sounds of the classic rock duo Double Take. And on Sunday, October 11, the mood gets a little jazzier with the Nat Phipps/Pete Toigo Duo.

And that seems to be the pattern: pop and rock on Saturdays (beginning at 10:45pm), and jazz on Sundays (staring earlier at 8pm).

Here’s how Quintessence’s music calendar is filling out so far:

Saturday, October 10: Double Take (classic rock acoustic duo)
Sunday, October 11: The Nat Phipps/Pete Toigo Duo (jazz piano/bass)
Saturday, October 17: Bicycle Mary (indie alt-rock)
Sunday, October 18: The Keith Pray Trio (jazz saxman)
Saturday, October 24: The Heaters (classic rock)
Sunday, October 25: The Mike Lamkin Trio (jazz organ)
Saturday, October 31: Yellow Dog (acoustic rock duo)
Sunday, November 1: The George Muscatello Trio (jazz guitar)

Previously:
Real Good For Free: The Bill Lowe-Andy Jaffe Repertory Big Band @ Williams College (10/9/09)
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)

Pretty scary, eh kids? Psycho @ The Palace Theatre 10/5/09

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

psychoAlbany’s Palace Theatre is screening Psycho on Monday, October 5 as part of their classic movie series. Here’s your chance to see this Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece on the big, big screen.

The Master’s most notorious film is still terrifying after all these years, as the larcenous Janet Leigh picks the wrong place to spend a night – The Bates Motel, run by a peculiar little man and his crotchety “mother.” Hitchcock’s murder set pieces are so potent, they can galvanize (and frighten) even a viewer who has seen them before! Bernard Herrmann’s legendary and endlessly imitated score only adds to the thrill and excitement!

Here’s the rest of the schedule of the Monday night series. All films begin at 7 PM with classic trailers and cartoons.

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Real Good for Free: Albany’s September in the City Art Fair

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

The City of Albany is keeping the free outdoor music going downtown for another month.

No, the Alive at Five concert series hasn’t been extended.

Instead, you can get some free mid-day sounds in Tricentennial Park at the corner of Broadway and Columbia St. (where Alive at Five used to be held until it moved down to Riverfront Park).UPDATE: the location has been change to West Capital Park.

The September in the City Art Fair will take place from 11:30am til 2pm each Wednesday this month, showcasing the art work of folks like Gwen Stander, Jim Miller, Grady Burkett, Milton McPherson, the Broadway Arts Center and others.

In addition to the visual art on display and for sale, you can also enjoy free live lunch-time music at each of the art fair dates. Here’s the schedule of performers:

September 2: El Duke
September 9: Spiral Tango
September 16: Jann Klose
September 24: Tequila Mockingbirds
September 30: The Musicians of Ma’alwyck

Previously:
Real Good for Free: Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers @ Powers Park (9/5/09)
Real Good for Free: The Final Stretch Festival @ Saratoga (September 5-6)
Real Good for Free: Lake George Jazz Weekend (9/19-20)
Real Good for Free: LarkFEST!!!!!!!! (Sept. 19)
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: Thurman (Mondays)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)

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