Proctors Announces Concert Schedule for 2015-2016
Back in March, Proctors in Schenectady announced the line-up for their upcoming Broadway Series, but now they’ve also revealed the rest of their season of concerts, comedy shows and other special events.
Here’s the line-up of upcoming concerts and comedy for the 2015-2016 season:
THE LAURIE BERKNER BAND
Saturday, October 3, 11am
The best-selling, award-winning children’s musician has been a longtime fixture on TV’s Nick Jr. and Sprout channels. Listeners to SiriusXM Radio’s Kids Place Live channel know Laurie as the popular host of “Laurie Berkner’s Instant Party!” and “Laurie Berkner’s Garden: Eat, Play, Grow.” Her original songs, albums (nine so far, including the new The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection), DVDs, music videos, and books leave no doubt: Laurie Berkner is the uncrowned queen of children’s music and the power behind the progressive “kindie rock” movement.
THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA FEATURING WYNTON MARSALIS
Tuesday, October 6, 7:30pm
Hailed as “an extraordinarily versatile orchestra” by The Los Angeles Times, the orchestra is composed of 15 of jazz music’s leading soloists under the leadership of musical director-trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Drawing from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Marsalis, Ted Nash and other members of the orchestra, as well as the masterworks of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane and other great jazz composers, the big band are internationally critically acclaimed. “The finest big band in the world today,” said The Daily Telegraph.
THE ULTIMATE MICHAEL JACKSON EXPERIENCE
Friday, October 9, 8pm
Joby Rogers choreographs and stars in the Micahel Jackson tribute concert – a full stage, high-energy production in homage to the self-proclaimed King of Pop.
SOLID SOUL TOUR FEATURING MAVIS STAPLES AND JOAN OSBORNE
Friday, November 6, 8pm
Grammy Award-winning soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples has been a star with the iconic Staple Singers in the ’60s through to her current albums produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Joan Osborne is the widely celebrated singer-songwriter who dominated Top 40 radio with her hit song “One of Us” and whose albums have garnered seven Grammy nominations. She has also sung with the Dead and her current Americana band Trigger Hippy.
“VAMPYR!” WITH GARY LUCAS
Friday, November 13, 7:30pm
Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1932 horror classic is screended accompanied by an original solo guitar score, followed by Lucas’ solo concert “Cinefantastique” featuring themes from the films of Fellini, Hitchcock, Tati and other legendary film makers. Syracuse-born Lucas is the former guitarist of the legendary Captain Beefheart and bandleader of Gods and Monsters, alumni of which included Jeff Buckley, Jerry Harrision (Talking Heads), Billy Ficca (Television; Nona Hendrix) and Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers), Gary has performed or recorded with Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Amanda Palmer and many others.
“GROOVIN’: A ’60s & ’70s MUSICAL JOURNEY”
Saturday, November 14, 7pm
Friday, December 11, 7:30pm
Radically multicultural and poly-stylistic, New York City’s TriBeCaStan is one of contemporary music’s most vibrantly eclectic ensembles, using diverse instruments from around the globe to create an exotic palette of sonic colors and melodies. Led by co-founders/multi-instrumentalists John Kruth and Jeff Greene, the band features Claire Daly (New York’s baritone sax goddess), Kenny Margolis (keyboard and accordion with Willy DeVille) Premik Russell Tubbs on saxes and lap steel guitar (John McLaughlin, Sting, Carlos Santana) and Ray Peterson (bassist with jazz legend Eddie Harris).
“A CENTURY OF COLE PORTER”
Saturday, January 16, 7:30pm
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cole Porter’s first Broadway show, “See America First” (which premiered at the Van Curler Opera House in Schenectady), with a musical and theatrical revue.
MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
Friday, February 5, 8pm
The Mardi Gras celebration was an annual event at Proctors for years, and now it’s coming back with the double bill of Louisiana faves Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole.
“THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE” WITH LE TERRIBLE ORCHESTRE DE BELLEVILLE
Saturday, February 13, 8pm
The much beloved animated film is screened as composer Benoît Charest leads Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in the live performance of his original score for the film, including his Oscar-nominated best song. In the spirit of the film, Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville transports audiences to the exciting streets of 1920s Paris and Le Jazz Hot.
Saturday, February 20, 8pm
Beginning their 37th year as the “kings of disco,” Village People have sold more than 100 million recordings, including such ‘70s and ‘80s mega-hits as “San Francisco”/”In Hollywood,” “Macho Man,” “YMCA,” “In the Navy,” “Go West,” “Can’t Stop the Music” and more.
THE IRISH COMEDY TOUR
Friday, March 4, 7:30pm
Drop a shot of laughter into a pint of boisterous, belly-laughing hooligans straight out of a Dublin pub. Warning: stereotypes will be enforced and inhibitions released…
CAPITOL STEPS: MOCK THE VOTE TOUR
Saturday, March 5, 8pm
This comedic group began over 30 years ago and has been poking fun at bureaucrats on both sides of the aisle ever since.
Wednesday, April 20, 7:30pm
Since Justin Spencer formed the band in 1995, the band’s junk rock music has been heard at over 4,000 shows and over 400 corporate events in over 15 countries, And they became a national phenomenon week after week during their smash hit performances on “America’s Got Talent” in 2009.
Friday, April 22, 7pm
With musical direction by Reverend Elgin Joseph Taylor Sr., Pastor of Albany’s Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, it’s the fifth annual gospel celebration. full of joyous, inspirational music.
COLIN MOCHRIE & BRAD SHERWOOD: TWO MAN GROUP
Friday, April 29, 8pm
Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, the two comedians take to the stage to create hilarious and original scenes. Known by TV audiences for their work on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” the duo improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation.
THE NOBODIES OF COMEDY
Saturday, May 7, 8pm
Up-and-coming stand-up comics
RHAPSODY & RHYTHM: THE GERSHWIN CONCERT EXPERIENCE
Wednesday, May 18, 7:30pm