Posts Tagged ‘Steamer No. 10 Theatre’

LIVE: Stephen Clair & the Millionaires @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 11/15/14

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Stephen Claire and the Millionaires

Stephen Clair and the Millionaires

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Carl Smith

“Skinny jeans, vasectomies, memory loss. I mean, who are we?” were the first words that Stephen Clair sang last Saturday night.

Back in the ’90s, Clair (aka Steve Ferguson) was a major mover ‘n’ shaker on the Albany music scene, playing in a variety of bands (Glaze, Cactus Loveseat, Wag, Sabotage & the Wrecking Crew, to name a few), publishing books of poetry, editing and publishing the audio-cassette magazine Talk Work, running the Central Avenue music venue Godfrey’s and more.

After rumbling around the country, he finally settled just downriver, where he’s ignited a vibrant music scene in Beacon – not only as a musician, but also as a concert producer (as Local 845) and music school founder/teacher (Beacon Music Factory).

Last weekend, when Clair returned to Albany for his first concert in recent memory, he was almost unrecognizable as he stepped out onstage at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre. But, yes, that was him wielding his guitar under underneath a wild-maned, electric blue woman’s wig.

No, he hasn’t gone glam…

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FIVE FIRSTS: Stephen Clair

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Stephen Clair

Stephen Clair

NAME: Stephen Clair
BAND AFFILIATION: Stephen Clair & the Millionaires
INSTRUMENT: Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Beatles’ Second Album — at Jamesway. I was in fourth grade. At the beginning of that school year, a new family had moved in across the street from me. The parents looked and acted nothing like my parents. They had Beatles posters in every room of the house. Who were these Beatles? That’s where it started for me. So, in fourth grade I proceeded to buy every Beatles album. Mostly at Jamesway. Some at Barkers.

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LIVE: Bear Grass @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 10/3/14

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany hosted an all-Local 518 triple-bill earlier this month as part of its continuing Eclectic Performances concert series.

Led by Katie Hammon, Bear Grass held down the headlining slot. In addition to Hammon, the band featured Ian White,
 Stephen Stanley, 
Tommy Krebs 
and August Sagehorn (the latter two formerly of Alta Mira).

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Win FREE Tickets to Bear Grass at Steamer No. 10 Theatre on Friday

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Katie Hammon’s marvelous and moody combo Bear Grass headlines an evening spotlighting Nippertown’s ever-cross-pollinating music scene in an intimate theater setting at 8pm Friday (October 3) at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany.

Joining Bear Grass in concert at the Steamer will be the hypnotic instrumental duo Rosary Beard (who held their CD release party at the Steamer back in 2012) and the Firs.

And, oh, what a tangled, homespun web we weave…

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Real Good for FREE: Albany’s Upper Madison Street Fair on Sunday

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Landfill Mountain Boys

Landfill Mountain Boys

LarkFest isn’t the only street fair taking place in Albany this weekend. On Sunday afternoon (September 21), the western end of Madison Avenue from South Allen to West Lawrence will be blocked off to traffic as the annual the Upper Madison Street Fair takes over the asphalt with music, dancing, art, food and plenty of fun for all ages. And, of course, admission is FREE.

The fest runs from 12noon-5pm and will feature a variety of Local 518 vendors featuring arts & crafts, non-profit organization info tables, fabulous food, dancing & drumming, a silent auction and Kids Zone activities, including storytelling, art making, face painting, games, drumming and more.

And as with LarkFest, one of the main attractions of the UMSF is the live music. Here’s a schedule of who’s playing when on Sunday:

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Five Firsts: Doug Williams of Wild Ponies

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Wild Ponies

Wild Ponies


NAME: Doug Williams
BAND AFFILIATION: Wild Ponies
INSTRUMENT: Guitar and vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Geez, I THINK it was probably an R.E.M. record. Oh, actually, it was a Dead Kennedys record. My first job was building skateboards when I was 14 or so.

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LIVE: Michael Eck @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 4/19/14

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Michael Eck

Michael Eck

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Tom Lindsay

Ten years ago for his 40th birthday, singer-songwriter-musicman about town Michael Eck was honored with a surprise party at Valentine’s Music Hall in which a big batch of his musician pals and bandmates (past and present) took the stage to sing his songs back at him.

Last Saturday, Eck stepped out on the stage of the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany and reclaimed the songs for his own with a combination concert/birthday celebration.

From rough and tumble spitfire (“The Gossip Train,” “Exit Wound”) to tender ballads (“Yellow Ribbons,” “The weight of the World”), Eck ran the musical and emotional gamut, as he served up two generous sets of original tunes culled from his rich, four-album solo catalog.

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LIVE: The Zucchini Brothers @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 2/21/14

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The Zucchini Brothers

Review and photographs by Tim Mack

Once again during this February school break, the drawbridge at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany brought dozens of kids, parents and grandparents straight to Zucchiniland. The Friday morning show with the Zucchini BrothersJack, Sam and Steve – was exactly what audiences have come to expect from the trio that’s been making kids’ music since the ’90s – a comical mix of harmony, silliness, improv and health advice (“If you eat too much cheese, you’ll get wobbly knees!”).

It’s hard to disappoint when you’ve got songs like “Green Teeth” and “You Are What You Eat,” and those classics were exactly what the crowd was there to hear. It was an enthusiastic group of pre-school and elementary-age fans eager to play along with the Brothers, wherever the music took them. The intermission was as exciting as the first set for a lot of the kids, who got to climb on stage and meet the stars (Sam Zucchini is a particular favorite; apparently he’s the Ricky Nelson of the group).

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