LIVE: Tom Chapin & Friends @ the Guilderland Performing Arts Center, 7/28/11

August 4th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin

Tom Chapin and his friends Jon Cobert and Michael Mark played an evening of family-friendly, original folk music at the Guilderland Performing Arts Center in Tawasentha Park in Guilderland last Thursday. Chapin, brother of the late Harry Chapin, drew quite a crowd of families with children eager to hear selections from Tom’s latest CD, “Give Peas A Chance,” songs about good food.

Some of the families were pleased to hear requests they had made on Tom’s website dedicated to them, such as “You’re Not The Boss Of My Brain” from Chapin’s Grammy-nominated CD, “Making A Good Noise.”

He also featured songs for grown-ups from “Broadsides,” his new collaboration with John Forster, including “Let The Bad Times Roll.” Along the way, he and the band also covered Steve Goodman’s “City Of New Orleans” and his brother Harry’s classic hit, “Cats In The Cradle.”

Chapin recently hosted the 35th annual benefit for “Why Hunger,” an organization started by his late brother and Bill Ayres to help find solutions to hunger and poverty.

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson


Real Good for Free: The Guilderland Performing Arts Center

June 14th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys

Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys (photo by Rich Pagano)

The Guilderland Performing Arts Center is back for its 32nd season of summer fun in Tawasentha Park in Guilderland. GPAC has a full slate of concerts showcasing the best of Nippertown, as well as presenting a couple of excellent national acts, including award-winning children’s entertainer Tom Chapin and the contemporary a cappella quartet the Bobs.

Here’s the complete schedule of what’s happening at the Guilderland Performing arts Center during the summer of 2011:

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LIVE: Warren Bernhardt @ Putnam Den, 6/11/10

June 16th, 2010, 4:05 pm by Greg

Warren Bernhardt

From his early days recording as a bandleader for Columbia Records right up to his current participation with Steve Gadd, Mike Maineri, Tony Levin and David Spinozza in L’Image, veteran jazz musician Warren Bernhardt has always been a pianist’s pianist.

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Real Good for Free: Guilderland

May 22nd, 2009, 8:08 am by Greg

Tucked away in Tawasentha Park, the Guilderland Performing Arts Center is one of Nippertown’s hidden treasures.

The concerts take place at 7:30pm Thursdays unless otherwise noted.

Here’s the summer 2009 schedule:

June 18: Fear of Flying
Friday, June 19, 6pm: The Nervosity Battle of the High School Bands
June 25 (also July 16 and August 6): The Guilderland Town Band
July 2: Red Grammer
July 23: The Riverview Ramblers
July 30: The Georgie Wonders Orchestra
August 13: Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra
August 20: Hair of the Dog


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