Posts Tagged ‘Troy’

Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood: The Dustin Mele Memorial Concert

Monday, April 21st, 2014
(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

The inaugural Dustin Mele Memorial Concert was held at Brown’s Revolution Hall in Troy on Sunday, March 30 as a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A plethora of Nippertown musicians – including Dustin’s dad, veteran Troy guitarslinger Joe Mele – pitched in, donating their time and talent to the cause.

Last week, Dustin’s parents presented a check to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Capital Region NY Area Director Laura Marks at Troy’s City Hall with Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan in attendance. The check represents all cash and check donations raised at the concert (with additional money collected online and through credit card donations to be presented at a later date).

And save the date: The second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert is slated for Sunday, March 29, 2015…

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Win FREE Tickets to Great Guitars @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

One big night…
Four great guitarists…
Twenty-four sparkling strings…

On Saturday night (April 19), the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is hosting a concert that lives up to its name – Great Guitars, featuring four of the leading acoustic guitarists of their generation.

Combining Martin Taylor’s award-winning finger style with Frank Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique, Vinny Raniolo’s energetic playing and Peppino D’Agostino’s classically-inspired artistry, this evening will feature solo, duet, trio, and quartet performances by four masters of the acoustic guitar. Together, they will present an evening of virtuosity, humor and musical fireworks. The show begins at 8pm on Saturday, and tickets are available, priced at $20, $22, $28 & $34.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (April 18), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

LIVE: Johnny Clegg @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 4/5/14

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

He’s a superstar in his South African homeland, but Johnny Clegg – also known as the White Zulu – had his biggest American success nearly a quarter century ago with his band Savuka and their album Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World. And the last time that he made a tour-stop in Nipperland was way back in 1990 when Savuka shared the stage with Tracy Chapman for a double-bill at SPAC.

But his music – which seamlessly blends South African township and more traditional Zulu folk music with a wide range of urban, contemporary pop styles – remains as delightfully infectious as ever. And at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last weekend, the sheer joy that poured from the stage during his performance was undeniably contagious.

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LIVE: The Catbirds @ the Ale House, 4/5/14

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
The Catbirds

The Catbirds

Photographs by Joseph Deuel

Chandler Travis roared back into town last weekend, this time around fronting the Catbirds as they ripped up the Ale House in Troy. And once again the getting-a-little-less-reclusive Pete LaBonne was sharing the bill as the opening act and joining the Catbirds in some five-piece musical mayhem.

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Five Firsts: Joanna Palladino of Off the Record

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Off the Record

Off the Record

NAME: Joanna Palladino
BAND AFFILIATION: Off The Record (trio)- Capital District 1960′s Rock n’ Roll Lounge Band
INSTRUMENT: Vocalist

I decided to be honest and answer everything as accurately as I could. It was a great exercise to reflect on influences, and it’s no wonder why I’m drawn to ’60s music. I also realized that although I front our trio, the guys in the band (Bob Resnick and Lou Sansivero) are far more interesting and cool.

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … While not technically an album, I can remember the first cassette tape I purchased myself which was the book soundtrack to The Magic of Herself the Elf through my elementary school’s Scholastic Book program in 1983. I can remember listening to the music on the cassette tape and found out years later that the music was sung and performed by Judy Collins. (Slightly embarrassing, but true.)

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LIVE: Luisa Maita @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3/30/14

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Video and photographs by Tim Raab
Additional photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy and Jonathan Flanders

Long overdue, spring finally came wafting into Nippertown this week. Was it merely some meteorological climate change? Or was it the warm tropical sounds of Brazilian songstress Luisa Maita in concert at Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media that melted hearts as well as the snow on Sunday night?

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LIVE: Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/27/14

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Review by Bokonon
Video and photographs by Timothy Raab

In the first few years of her career, Shawn Colvin was devastating. Remember, she was already 33 when “Steady On” was released in 1989, a fully developed artist who had advanced beyond a mere Joni Mitchell fascination to carve out her own hard, smooth territory.

The propulsive, open-tuned guitar, the flinty, percussive lyrics and a terrifying gift for melody — all of which were nurtured by a relationship with John Leventhal — joined with a preternatural onstage confidence, making Colvin something more than powerful, but mesmerizing.

But around the time she finally hit it big, with “Sunny Came Home,” in 1997, the demons started creeping out of her songs and into her life. Depression cracked the façade and her performances became scattered, sometimes downright weird.

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Festival Fever: Hudson Valley Guitar Festival @ HVCC on Friday and Saturday

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Hudson Valley Guitar Festival

Here’s your chance to jam with Super 400
Join in an Open Mic session hosted by Caroline MotherJudge
Get rockabilly guitar tips from the Lustre Kings’ Mark Gamsjager
Or simply enjoy concerts by Mirk and the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet

On Friday and Saturday (April 4&5), Hudson Valley Community College in Troy is playing host to the Hudson Valley Guitar Festival, a celebration of electric, steel and nylon-string guitar styles and bass guitar. Workshop facilitators, guitarists and luthiers have been selected exclusively from throughout the Local 518. All festival events will take place at HVCC’s Siek Campus Center, featuring a wide variety of musical styles including blues, bluegrass, classical, flamenco, Gypsy jazz, metal, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, roots, rockabilly and western swing.

Guitar Festival Tickets:
General Admission: $20 (entry to all events both days)
Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet Saturday evening concert only: $10
Tickets are available online and in Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 267 or call (518) 629-8071.

Here’s the complete schedule for the two-day Hudson Valley Guitar Fest:

FRIDAY (APRIL 4)

10am: Parkway Music/Madison Peruzzi Guitar Setup & Maintenance Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

10am: Thomasina Winslow Acoustic Blues Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

10am: Blues Jam with Super 400
Siek Campus Center’s Maureen Stapleton Thetare
Be a part of this special opportunity to jam with Lori Friday, Kenny Hohman and Joe Daley — or just come by to listen.

11am: Parkway Music/Madison Peruzzi Guitar Effects & Pedals Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

11:30am: Bernie Mulleda Gypsy Jazz Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

12noon: Mirk in Concert
Siek Campus Center

1pm: Chris Gotzen-Berg Classical Guitar Recital
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

1:30pm: Chris Gotzen-Berg Classical Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

2pm: Open Mic hosted by Caroline MotherJudge
Siek Campus Center’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre
All musical acts welcome – solo, duo or band. Sign up in advance to secure your spot or join us on the day of the event.

2pm: Graham Tichy American Roots Electric Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

3pm: Joe Lowry Electric Blues Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

SATURDAY (APRIL 5)

10am: Michael Dimin Electric Bass Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Maureen Stapleton Theatre

10am: Parkway Music/Madison Peruzzi Guitar Setup and Maintenance Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

10am: Ray Andrews Baroque Guitar Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

11am: Parkway Music/Madison Peruzzi Guitar Effects & Pedals Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

11:30am: Maria Zemantauski Flamenco Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Maureen Stapleton Theatre

11:30am: Mike McMann Bluegrass Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

12:30pm: Chris Chapman Metal Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

1pm: Gary Celluci Rock & Contemporary Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 204

2pm: Mark Gamsjager Rockabilly Workshop
Siek Campus Center, Room 150

2pm: More Than Just Wire & Wood, The Fine Art of Guitar Building
Siek Campus Center, Maureen Stapleton Theatre
Michael Collins presents this workshop with special guest luthiers David LaPlante and Eric Marczak.

6pm: Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet in Concert
Siek Campus Center, Maureen Stapleton Theatre
Featuring Joel Brown, Brett Grigsby, Sten Isachsen and Paul Quigley

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2014:
Roots Music Festival @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, Albany, 4/5/14
Knickerbocker Film Festival @ various locations, Albany, 4/21-24/14
MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, Albany, 4/25-27/14
Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/5-8/14
FLY-92 Summer Jam @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 6/7/14
The Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, 6/27-29/14
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Festival, Saratoga Springs, 6/28&29/14
The Hudson Project @ Winston Farm Saugerties, 7/11-13/14
WGNA’s CountryFest 2014 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, 7/12/14
FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/19-21/14

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