Posts Tagged ‘Troy’

High School Drop-out Paula Poundstone Is One of the Funniest People Ever [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Paula Poundstone

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy welcomes comedian Paula Poundstone on Saturday (April 18). 25 years ago, Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country — stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.” She tours regularly, performing stand-up comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany of The Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.” Audience members may put it a little less elegantly: “I peed my pants.”

While there is no doubt that Poundstone is funny, the thing that probably separates her from the pack of comics working today and that has made her a legend among comics and audiences alike is her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd. Poundstone says: “No two shows I do are the same. It’s not that I don’t repeat material. I do. My shows, when they’re good, and I like to think they often are, are like a cocktail party. When you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves. Then, someone says, “Tell that story you used to tell,” and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them. No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five.”

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LIVE: Ryder Cooley & Hazel @ the Tavern Bar at Peck’s Arcade, 2/27/15

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Photographs and video by Timothy Reidy

At last month’s Troy Night Out, Ryder Cooley (of the Dust Bowl Faeries) inaugurated the Tavern Bar at Peck’s Arcade in Troy with a performance of her new multimedia work, “Revival,” which combined live music, film, recorded sound, projections, shadows and movement. Further enlivening the evening’s festivities was Richard Lovrich with his offbeat, short short stories.

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LIVE: Dustin Mele Memorial Concert @ Revolution Hall, 3/21/15

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Johnny Rabb

Johnny Rabb

Photographs by Gene Sennes

Brown’s Brewing Company’s Revolution Hall was jam packed with an all-star line-up of Local 518 musicians and plenty of their fans last Saturday (March 21) for the second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert. And, yes, even some heavyweight politicos stopped by to lend their support for the benefit concert for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Dustin’s father, ace guitarslinger Joe Mele, led the charge onstage with veteran rockers Emerald City, and the roster of musicians donating their time and talent to the cause read like a who’s-who of the Nippertown music scene – Super 400, Johnny Rabb, Luke McNamee, Matt Mirabile, Tony Perrino’s Killer B, Jocamo, Blue Machine, Roland Gendron & Jeff Dooley, the El Dorados and soooo many others…

The final tally of funds raised is still TBA, but there was certainly plenty of fun raised. GO HERE if you couldn’t make it to the concert but would still like to donate to the cause.

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Be Here Now: The Second Annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert @ Revolution Hall on Saturday

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

After last year’s inaugural Dustin Mele Memorial Concert, Dustin’s parents, Joe Mele and Patti Quade, 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 (1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

In a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert will be held at 6pm on Saturday (March 21) at Revolution Hall at Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy.

In an effort to bring attention to and raise funds for suicide awareness, and celebrate Dustin’s life, the annual memorial concert was conceived last year by Dustin’s father, veteran Nippertown guitarslinger Joe Mele. Fellow musicians, family, friends and a contingent of local businesses rallied around the event last year and promise to make it a truly memorable event again on Saturday.

Minimum donation at the door is $10. If you can’t attend the concert but would like to donate, GO HERE.

Here’s the line-up of Local 518 musicians and bands shceduled to perform, all of whom are donating their time and talent:

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LIVE: Caladh Nua @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/11/15

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Review by Brett Williams
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Videos and photographs by Timothy Raab

As she finished an a cappella passage during the first set of Caladh Nua’s Wednesday night show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, lead singer Lisa Butler looked slowly, wonderingly up from her microphone, apparently delighted by the legendary acoustic quality of the Capital Region’s most under-appreciated venue. Though she probably couldn’t see it, staring back at Ms. Butler was an audience equally delighted with the performance put on by one of Ireland’s best young traditional music ensembles.

Midway through a tour of the Midwest and Northeast, quintet Caladh Nua became the latest installment of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s annual pre-St. Patrick’s traditional Irish music concert which has, in recent years, featured the likes of the Chieftains and Danú. And while Caladh Nua – which translates roughly to “New Haven” – may lack the stateside name-recognition of those other acts, that takes nothing away from their playing, which was as technically good as it was stirring – by turns lilting and melancholy, contemplative and rousing. Everything, in short, traditional Irish music should be.

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DD Dorvillier’s “Extra Shapes” at EMPAC Combines Sound, Light & Dance – But Doesn’t Blend [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Dance at RPI’s EMPAC in Troy, New York.

Dance @ EMPAC at RPI in Troy

Picture a carton of Neapolitan ice cream: three bands of strawberry, vanilla and chocolate perfectly proportioned, separated, juxtaposed. Each flavor retains its unique character and might be tasted alone, but, when taken as a triad, the dessert reveals its simple elegance through complementation not combination. This is the working analogy for choreographer and performer DD Dorvillier’s Extra Shapes, which treats the mediums of sound, light and movement in a similarly autonomous manner. The EMPAC-commissioned work will premiere at EMPAC at RPI in Troy at 8pm on Friday (March 20).

For Extra Shapes, the stage itself is the ice cream carton. Within that space, works of sound, light and dance occupy the three horizontal bands. According to its parts, the piece is a concert for loudspeakers (by composer Sebastien Roux), a light show (by lighting designer Thomas Dunn) and a performance for moving figures (created by Dorvillier with the performers Katerina Andreou and Walter Dundervill).

Staged in the EMPAC Theater, Extra Shapes consists of a 17-minute sequence which is repeated several times. The audience, seated along the sides of the rectangle, moves to a new side after each iteration in order to experience very different perspectives. The idea is to present the three mediums simultaneously but separately and to propose a new way of experiencing abstraction in the context of live performance.

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LIVE: FAQ Circus’ “Running” @ Gasholder Building, 2/21/15

Friday, March 13th, 2015

FAQ Circus

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Have you ever imagined starting a new life? FAQ Circus’ production of “Running” was an exploration into what it means to leave behind the familiar and explore the unknown. Running from the mundane to the cadence of mystery, every step a discovery beating the drum of possibility. Running towards an alternative reality, free to forge a new identity. Running wild…

Created and directed F.A.Q. co-founder and Round Lake native Aaron M. Marquise, the hour-long modern circus show combined acrobatics, theater and dance in the fabulously funky, circular and minimally heated Gasholder Building in Troy, for three performances during one of February’s legendary cold spells, but judging by the crowds, it was well worth braving the way-below-freezing temperatures.

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LIVE: The Fleshtones @ the River Street Pub, 3/8/15

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Peter Zarema of the Fleshtones

Peter Zarema of the Fleshtones

Review by Ross Marvin
Photographs by Ed Conway

The unfettered, unfiltered cool of the Fleshtones

Here’s an America that’s nearly impossible to imagine: Andy Warhol has a TV show on MTV. On the show is a garage revival band called the Fleshtones. They play a sinewy, melodic dirge and their young, statuesque singer Peter Zaremba flips his long bangs across his forehead as he taps a tambourine. Then, in the foreground of your not-so-flat TV set, appears a pre-Gandalf, pre-Magneto, but no less magnetic Sir Ian McKellan. He starts reciting a Shakespearian sonnet. No, I’m not having a bad trip. Here’s the proof, just one click away in YouTube land.

Hard to believe, right? MTV, and not a pregnant teenager in sight.

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