Posts Tagged ‘SPAC’

LIVE: Counting Crows @ SPAC, 9/1/15

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Counting Crows

Counting Crows

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Led by lead singer Adam Duritz, Counting Crows winged their way back to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday night (September 1), with Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown opening the show.



LIVE: Joe Bonamassa @ SPAC, 8/10/15

Monday, August 31st, 2015


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

OK, raise your hand if you remember the days when Smokin’ Joe Bonamassa was a chubby prepubescent kid firing up his big, bad blues guitar licks at Local 518 clubs like Pauly’s Hotel and Bogie’s long before he was old enough to legally drink there?

Well, things have certainly changed for the Utica guitarslinger, who made his Saratoga Performing Arts Center debut earlier this month.

Bonamassa and his band – fueled by master drummer Anton Fig (who played with Felicia Collins at Schenectady’s Music Haven the previous night) and keyboardist Reese Wyans (a key member of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double trouble) – burned through their Three Kings show, a tribute to blues guitar giants Albert King, Freddie King and the one and only B.B. King.


LIVE: 5 Seconds of Summer @ SPAC, 8/26/15

Friday, August 28th, 2015
5 Second of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was the big boy-band bash of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s summer concert season. And it was a huge happy 24th birthday party for 5 Seconds of Summer drummer Ashton Irwin, who was enthusiastically serenaded by his bandmates and the largely young, female crowd.

Yes, the loooong wait was finally over (tickets for the concert went on sale more than a year ago), and the Australian pop-punk band had arrived in the Spa City with almost as much fanfare as American Pharoah.

Following an opening set from Hey Violet, 5SOS pumped out plenty of their hits, a sneak preview of their upcoming album Sounds Good Feels Good (highlighted by “Permanent Vacation” and their current single “She’s Kinda Hot”) and a few select covers (including Green Day’s “American Idiot” and an encore of the Romantics’ “What I Like About You”).

And what did the crowd like about 5SOS? Just about everything…


LIVE: Slipknot @ SPAC, 7/31/15

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It seems as though top-notch nights of headbangin’ have been pretty few and far between this concert season, but the Saratoga Performing Arts Center cranked up the volume for those masked metalheads Slipknot, as they came roaring into the Spa City on their Summer’s Last Stand Tour on the last day of July.

With Slipknot in the headlining slot, the four-band mini-fest bill also featured pummeling performances from Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White.

Now that’s what we call headbangin’ time…


SPAC Is the Best…

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

At least according to the readers of USA Today

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs was voted the Best Outdoor Music Venue in the country in a recent online voting poll conducted by USA Today. Surprisingly enough, SPAC beat out the Number Two selection – Red Rocks in Colorado.

Next up on SPAC’s 2015 summer season of performances is the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company at 8pm on Wednesday (June 17), followed by Train with The Fray and Matt Nathanson at 7pm on Friday (June 19).

And here’s how it all shook out for the Top 10 Best Outdoor Music Venues in USA Today’s month-long balloting:


Sawyer Fredericks to Play SPAC on Saturday

Monday, June 1st, 2015

He took the nation by storm by winning NBC-TV’s hit show “The Voice” last month, and now 16-year-old Fultonville farmboy Sawyer Fredericks is returning home to play at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Saturday (June 6) as part of FLY 92.3′s Summer Jam.

The local singer-songwriter has just been added to the all-star Summer Jam line-up which also features hitmakers Charli XCX, All Time Low, Walk the Moon, B.O.B, Echosmith and Jake Miller.

Saturday’s fest at SPAC startes at 2pm. Reserved amphitheater seats are priced from $20-$75; lawn general admission tickets are $20.

Dave Matthews Band Adds Very Special Guest for SPAC Shows

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Bela Fleck

Bela Fleck

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Dave Matthews Band has announced that banjo-man extraordinaire and longtime friend Bela Fleck will join them onstage when they make their annual summer tour stop at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Friday & Saturday, July 3 & 4.

Fleck is expected to join the band for a few songs as part of the bands’ two sets each night. The SPAC shows are one of only two DMB tour stops to feature Fleck as a special guest; the other is August 28 & 29 in Englewood, Colorado.

Reserved amphitheater tickets are sold out for both of DMB’s SPAC shows, although general admission lawn tickets are still available.

NYC Ballet Announces SPAC Programs: 17 Ballets from 7 Different Choreographers [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Justin Peck is bringing his own interpretation of Aaron Copland’s iconic Americana score Rodeo to SPAC this summer.

Justin Peck is bringing his own interpretation of Aaron Copland’s iconic Americana score “Rodeo” to SPAC this summer.

By Larry Murray

For dance lovers, there is lots to look forward to this summer in Saratoga as the New York City Ballet returns for two weeks of glorious ballet with live music at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Highlights include iconic ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and August Bournonville, as well as contemporary work by Christopher Wheeldon. The Balanchine favorites returning to SPAC during the residency include La Valse, Symphony in Three Movements and The Four Temperaments.

The announcement by the New York City Ballet, one of the world’s great dance companies, detailed the summer’s plans. When it returns to SPAC from July 7–18, it will present a diverse repertory of 17 extraordinary ballets, resuming its two-week summer residency in Saratoga. Featured works include the Saratoga premiere of Peter Martin’s La Sylphide, one of the oldest Romantic ballet productions still in existence; iconic ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Danish choreographer August Bournonville; and contemporary works by Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky and Justin Peck. Additional highlights of the programs include the Saratoga premiere of Peck’s newest work, R­ōdēō: Four Dance Episodes, set to Aaron Copland’s symphonic score; a gala tribute to some of the brightest choreographers of the 21st century; and the return of favorites not seen at SPAC in several years, including Bournonville Divertissements, Martins’ Symphonic Dances, and Balanchine’s La Valse.

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