Bang a Gong! Drummers on the Local 518 Beat This Week


There’s a parade of percolating percussion goin’ on around Greater Nippertown this week, with drums galore and so much more on tap at a number of area performance venues.

Here’s a round-up of don’t-miss events:

The Van Dyck, Schenectady
Saturday (November 11), 6:30 & 8:30pm
$18 in advance; $22 at the door
OK, this is not strictly a percussion event; it’s a full band concert, but the Peter Gabriel tribute band is driven by master drummer Jerry Marotta, who has has recorded and toured with Peter Gabriel, the Indigo Girls, Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Cher, 10,000 Maniacs, David Sylvian, Robert Fripp, Robbie Robertson, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLachlan, Tony Levin, Todd Rundgren, Los Lobos and Stevie Nicks, to name only a few.

The Excelsior Pub, Albany
Sunday (November 12), 4pm
Not a performance, but rather a listening party celebrating the release of Greater Nippertown veteran drummer Al Kash’s new solo album, Spectrum Bateria. Kash, of course, is probably best known as the heartbeat of The Units/Fear of Strangers, but he’s played with more Local 518 bands than we can count, including such current combos as Playing with Fire, the Magdalens and Nite Train.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Tuesday (November 14), 12noon
Marimba player Jane Boxhall and pianist Rose Chancler offer a varied program for the Music Hall monthly lunchtime Music@Noon concert series.

Troy Kitchen, Troy
Wednesday (November 15), 5:30pm
An hour-long panel discussion featuring members of Ricochet Duo and So Percussion, as well as Greater Nippertown percussionist-educators Cliff Brucker and Brian Melick.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Wednesday (November 15), 7:30pm
$29 & $34
The quintessential modern percussion ensemble has been praised by The New Yorker for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam.” Having recorded works by forward-thinking composers from John Cage to Steve Reich and collaborated with bands from the Kronos Quartet to The National, the quartet has recorded more than 20 widely acclaimed albums.

With the Hop City Hellcats
The Low Beat, Albany
Saturday, November 18, 8pm
So what has Paul Rapp (aka drummer F. Lee Harvey Blotto) been up to since the indefinite hiatus (or is it the apparent demise) of Blotto? Well, following a brief excursion as a columnist for The Alt, he’s back behind his drum kit once again fueling a new band featuring former the Last Conspirators, who are making their debut at the Low Beat. And, yes, that’s Ted Potrikus behind the kit for the Oneonta-based Hop City Hellcats.

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