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LIVE: The Fray @ the Palace Theatre, 9/9/14

Monday, September 15th, 2014
The Fray

The Fray

Radio station 99.5 The River hosted its “Fall Night In” concert at Albany’s Palace Theatre this past Tuesday night, and while King Crimson was churning up a massive night of prog-rock over at The Egg, the Palace took on a more pop-oriented triple-bill with the Fray headlining the evening’s festivities in support of their latest album, Helios.

But it was A Great Big World – keyboardist-vocalist Ian Axel and vocalist-trumpeter Chad Vaccarino with their backing band – who all but stole the show with their omni-present hit, “Say Something” (co-written by Albany High grad Mike Campbell).

Pop singer-songwriter Andy Grammer opened the show, and brought out a bunch Local 518 friends and contest winners to sing along with him onstage for “Back Home.”

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Tom Templeton’s review at The Times Union

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LIVE: Jackson Browne @ the Palace Theatre, 8/14/14

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Jackson Browne

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

One guy…
One baby grand piano…
One massive display of nearly two dozen guitars…
And two sprawling solo sets that spanned nearly two-and-a-half hours…

It’s one thing to keep your options open, as Jackson Browne did as he glided through a concert at the Palace Theatre in Albany last week – especially a solo show, where he was free to radically alter his set list on a whim – or the crowd’s demand… and the crowd was mighty demanding, yelling out requests at every opportunity.

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LIVE: Queens of the Stone Age @ the Palace Theatre, 7/13/14

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age

Review by B. Patrik
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

As fantastic as last year’s Queens of the Stone Age comeback album …Like Clockwork was (and I’d argue it was the best album of 2013, bar none), it came nowhere close to the exuberance, energy and raw rock ‘n’ roll thrill of the band’s performance Sunday night (July 13) at the Palace Theatre in Albany.

In fact, none of the band’s six studio records can hold a candle to its live show, and that’s saying something. For more than a decade now, QOTSA guitarist, vocalist and mastermind Josh Homme has collaborated on record with some of the best in the business. …Like Clockwork alone featured stellar performances from Foo Fighter and drummer extraordinaire Dave Grohl, former QOTSA and Kyuss bassist Nick Oliveri, the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Mark Lanegan, Trent Reznor and Elton John.

For nearly two hours the five-piece band slammed away at songs from throughout its career, including a whopping eight of the 10 cuts from …Like Clockwork. And not only was nothing lost in the translation of these songs­­­ – in most instances, something was gained.

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LIVE: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band @ the Palace Theatre, 6/10/14

Friday, June 13th, 2014
Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

Review by Wayne Williams
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Additional photograph by Stanley Johnson

It makes some kind of odd sense that “Oye Como Va” would be the best song of the night at a Ringo Starr concert. After all, what says Ringo more than a deep Latin groove, Spanish lyrics and an undeniable guitar lick.

Since kicking off his parade of motley All-Starr bands, Mr. Richard Starkey has made it abundantly clear that the group’s shows are not just about him. It’s smart marketing, given his limited vocal range and limited catalog, but it’s also brave and generous.

On one hand, it would be easy to dismiss Tuesday’s show at Albany’s Palace Theatre as a visit to the assisted living center of rock and roll, but the evening did have its moments.

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Win FREE Tickets to “America’s Test Kitchen” Live at the Palace Theatre on Sunday

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Christopher Kimball, host of America's Test Kitchen

Christopher Kimball, host of America’s Test Kitchen

The Palace Theatre is gonna be cookin’ on Sunday… literally.

Yes, the live version of the popular PBS-TV cooking show, “America’s Test Kitchen,” takes over downtown Albany’s Palace Theatre at 3pm on Sunday (April 13), host Christopher Kimball and Dan Souza (ATK test cook and senior editor of Cook’s Illustrated) step out of the studio kitchen and onto the Palace stage to fire up a variety of cooking demos, tests and plenty more fun for foodies.

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Palace Theatre Announces New FREE Concert

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Gospel Gala 2014 @ The Palace Theatre

In honor of Black History Month, the Palace Theatre is playing host to its annual Gospel Gala, “Every Praise Is to Our God,” at 7pm on Friday, February 21. The evening is directed by Dennis Lee Edney and emceed by Pastor Roxanne and Rev. Antonio Booth.

Admission is free, and the concert will feature choirs and performing groups from all throughout Nippertown, including:

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LIVE: “Once Upon a Dream Starring the Rascals” @ the Palace Theatre, 11/24/13, Take Two

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
The Rascals

The Rascals

Review and photograph by Ted Were

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. The only distractions were a muddled initial house mix, which was resolved after 15 minutes or so. The other was the rear projection screen used for the video presentation. It was like a drive-in screen comprised of many panels. These were maybe one-foot square, perhaps 40′ high by 60′ wide. A few of these had been replaced and were super bright when compared to the rest of the screen. The placement of these panels was, unfortunately, positioned in the narrator’s face. Annoying, given the concept of the show, but didn’t detract from the live music.

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LIVE: “Once Upon a Dream Starring the Rascals” @ the Palace Theatre, 11/24/13

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Review and video by Joel Patterson

The disembodied voice that came booming over the loudspeakers before the show was right up my alley. It encouraged me to, in fact, leave my cellphone ON, take out my camera, and in short, “Do whatever the fuck you want!” So I started to bootleg the show, and the results are here:

But I got bored after about the first seven minutes and twenty six seconds. I might not be the reporter to watch a reunion of pudgy, pot-bellied guys pretending to be the Rascals – even if they ARE the Rascals! There’s something inalterably pathetic about it. Extra-special for a group “formerly known as” the Young Rascals, eh? Scions of youth culture grown all haggard and bloated.

In pauses between the band performing onstage, a “television documentary” narrative with interviews explained the whole Rascals career and phenomenon, and then “artsy” photo and abstract color collages accompanied the songs they played. Nothing but young people, slim and slender dancers, in the vintage ’60s clips. By the end, a dozen people were up and swaying, and the half-full house (not half-empty!) was roaring in solidarity and joyous affirmation, a sea of white hair and balding heads.

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