Saturday’s CD Release Parties


Even the Halloween ghosts and goblins can’t keep the weekly Saturday night CD release party parade from marching through the concert calendar.

Here’s info on some of the CD celebrations going on around Nippertown on Saturday night:

Chris and Lolly Swicegood at Club Helsinki Hudson in Hudson: Texas singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Chris Swicegood relocated to Hudson earlier this year, and along with his wife Lolly, he recently recorded his new album “Lila,” with producer Henry Hirsch (longtime Lenny Kravitz co-hort, who has also worked with everyone from Mick Jagger and Madonna to Karl Denson and Greg Laswell). 9pm Saturday. $15.

Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra at The Linda in Albany: Bronx-born bassist and bandleader Alex Torres has been churning out red-hot salsa sounds since 1980, which means that Saturday’s show at The Linda is not only a celebration in honor of the band’s new album, “Anejo,” but also a 30th anniversary bash for the sizzling, Amsterdam-based 13-piece band. Don’t expect a concert. This is gonna be one serious dance party. 8pm. $11.

The Luis Bonilla Quintet at the Greenville High School Auditorium, Greenville: Grammy Award-winning jazz trombone master Luis Bonilla was in the spotlight at The Egg in Albany just two weeks ago, sliding through a knockout concert as a member of the all-star SFJAZZ Collective. (Read our review) Now he’s celebrating the release of his own quintet’s new CD, “Twilight,” on the Grammy Award-winning, Catskill-based label, Planet Arts Recordings. With the Mike Benedict Quartet (featuring pianist Yuko Kishimoto) opening the show. 7:30pm. $10; seniors $7; students $5. (More details here)

Billy G and the Blue Zone @ the Wahconah Country Club, Dalton: The band’s members live in three different states, but after getting together a year and a half ago, they’ve worked together with a single focus. Led by Stephentown guitarist-vocalist Billy Gilbert, the Berkshires-based blues-groove funk band fires up the dance floor for a celebration of their 15-track debut disc, “No Time for the Blues.” The album features a number of special guests, including wailin’ harmonicat Ted Hennessy (of the Doornails). 9pm. $5.

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