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Manitoga’s Artist Residency Program and Annual Performance were launched in 2014 to invoke designer Russel Wright's legacy of experimentation and celebration of place at Manitoga – his home, landscape and creative muse.

The 2018 Annual Performance "United by Nature Concert Celebration" will take place on Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m. featuring Grammy Award winning percussionist Jeff Haynes and Friends. Jeff Haynes is a world-renowned multi-genre percussionist who has toured extensively with Jazz, World Beat and Pop artists. He is a multi-genre percussionist and a multifaceted talent and resource in the Hudson Valley.

Live Music @ Opalka presents John Vanderslice on Saturday, September 29 at 8 p.m. Located on the Sage College of Albany campus, the live-acoustic set is part of Vanderslice's Living Room Tour, a house and small venue tour that the California-based musician is on this late summer into the fall. The tour is facilitated by Undertow Music.

Vanderslice is a singer-songwriter, record producer, and recording engineer and is the owner and founder of Tiny Telephone, an analog recording studio with locations in San Francisco Mission District and North Oakland.

Jacqueline Schwab
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On Thursday, September 20 the Guilderland Public Library in Guilderland, New York will present the concert “I Lift My Lamp: Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America” performed by Ken Burns’ pianist Jacqueline Schwab. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Calling ahead for reservations is advised - (518) 456-2400.

Jacqueline Schwab is noted for her evocative playing on the soundtracks of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ “Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Mark Twain,” “Frank Lloyd Wright,” “The War” and others. She has long played for English country dancing with the Bare Necessities quartet; has released four solo recordings; and has performed concerts of vintage American music in almost every state of the Union.

MASS MoCA will present the 8th Annual FreshGrass Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept 14-16.

FreshGrass is a wonderland of traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass, tucked into the 19th-century factory turned 21st-century museum that is MASS MoCA. An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is family-friendly and brimming with the brightest talent.

This year’s festival features Flogging Molly, Trampled by Turtles, Indigo Girls, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck, Rhiannon Giddens, and many more artists – along with awards, workshops, tributes, FreshScores, and more!

Sue Killam and Jodi Joseph joins us to tell us more. Sue is the Managing Director for the Performing Arts and Film at MASS MoCA and Jodi is the museum's Director of Communications.

Now in its seventh year, Basilica SoundScape is a weekend of music and art, taking place this year from Friday, September 14 to Sunday, September 16 at Basilica Hudson in Hudson, New York.

The festival is curated by Brandon Stosuy and Basilica Hudson co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone. Chicago creative studio Varyer joins the event as co-presenters to provide creative direction. Headed by long-time visual and design director of SoundScape, and former Pitchfork Creative Director Mike Renaud, Varyer creates work inspired by and built around collaboration. SoundScape 2018 also features the talents of two guest collaborators, author Jenn Pelly and head of Sacred Bones Records Caleb Braaten.

Basilica SoundScape will feature a performance by Grouper, a reading by poet Hanif Abdurraqib , an orchestral piece composed by Sunn O)))'s [sun’s] Stephen O'Malley and performed by Bard College's 76-piece orchestra The Orchestra Now; performances by Lightning Bolt , a one-time collaboration between The Haxan Cloak and Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, and will feature a multidisciplinary bill of visual artists who will present immersive, large-scale, site-specific installations.

Melissa Auf der Maur joins us.

Ellis Marsalis
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Internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and educator Wynton Marsalis brings the Wynton Marsalis Quintet to the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on Saturday, September 1, at 7 p.m., as part of the closing weekend of the 2018 Tanglewood season.

The concert will also include a very special guest performance by the Ellis Marsalis Quintet, featuring the patriarch of the Marsalis family, New Orleans-based modern jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis. As a leading educator at several universities, Ellis Marsalis has influenced the careers of countless musicians, including his four musician sons: Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason.

Ellis Marsalis joins us.

courtesy of the Billy Name Estate

Bibbe Hansen, pop cultural icon, performance artist, musician, and actress known for her work with Andy Warhol will visit the University at Albany for as part of “The Creative Life: Conversation Series” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5 at the University Art Museum on UAlbany’s Uptown campus.

The Creative Life series is a major arts initiative of the University Art Museum, New York State Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in conjunction with us here at WAMC and with major support from the University at Albany Foundation.

Bibbe Hansen first achieved prominence as a protégé of American pop artist Andy Warhol. She collaborated on several films with Warhol, including “PRISON,” which she starred in alongside Marie Mencken and Edie Sedgwick. From 1990–1995 she operated Troy Café, which became the center of a multicultural renaissance in downtown Los Angeles and was home to a generation of musicians, comedians, artists, and filmmakers. Today Bibbe creates artwork and is represented by Gracie Mansion Gallery in New York City. She recently completed the first draft of her memoirs, and lectures frequently on art and the creative process.

Steve Martin and Martin Short
Anna Webber

Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short have joined forces for their hit show "An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life" and they will bring it to Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on September 2. They'll be joined by the Grammy Award winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko.

Audiences can expect an evening of nonstop laughs as the duo recall their iconic careers, creative influences and most memorable encounters, uniquely presented though a blend of stand-up, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "The Spy Who Dumped Me"

Upcoming:

  • "Annie" - Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, opens Thursday 8/23 at 2 and 8 PM; through Sept. 2
  • Blue Öyster Cult - Empire State Plaza, Albany, Thursday 8/23, 5:30-8:30 PM
  • Dick Dale - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Thursday 8/23, 7 PM
  • The Blasters - Hangar On the Hudson, Troy, Friday 8/24, 8 PM
  • The Wailin’ Jennys - Calvin Theatre, Northampton, Saturday 8/25, 8 PM - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 8/26, 7:30 PM
  • Crystal Clear Acoustic Concert Series: House Sparrow - Thomas Schutte installation at Stone Hill, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Sunday 8/26, noon-2 PM
  • Borromeo String Quartet; music of Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn, Ned Rorem - Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, Sunday 8/26, 4 PM
  • "Guardians of the Galaxy" - Outside the Times Union Center, Albany, Monday 8/27, 6:30 preshow/7:30 movie
  • "Sharon Bates: Exhibit B" - Opalka Gallery, Sage Colleges, Albany, opens Tuesday 8/28 through Oct. 13; opening reception Sept. 7

New movies: "Operation Finale," "Papillon," "Skate Kitchen," "The Happytime Murders"

Aretha Franklin
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This morning on the Roundtable at 11, Aretha Franklin's six decade long career is recalled by music documentarian Paul Ingles and a panel of music writers and commentators in the wake of Aretha's death at the age of 76.

Please note: WAMC does not have the rights to upload the special to our website. 

The 413Heart Music & Arts Festival at The Stationery Factory in Dalton, Massachusetts is celebrating its third year bringing an exciting mix of art to the Berkshires. The festival runs this Thursday through Sunday, August 16-19.

Michael Dowling is a Berkshire-based playwright and screenwriter. His play “Tamarack House” is a comedy/drama about five men struggling to stay afloat when they discover the run-down boarding house they call home is suddenly put on the market. There will be a staged reading of the play at The Stationery Factory on Saturday, August 18.

Our pal Johnny Irion has a new solo record entitled “Driving Friend” – he’ll headline the 413Heart Festival on Friday, August 17.

Joshua Bell
http://joshuabell.com

With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. In addition to being a highly sought after soloist, Bell is the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.

He will be at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, New York this week for two very special programs with The Philadelphia Orchestra. On Friday, August 17, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct a program featuring Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, and Bell playing a Bruch Violin Concerto.

On Saturday, August 18, Joshua Bell and the orchestra, led by Michael Stern, will play John Corigliano’s Academy Award winning score to the film “The Red Violin” as the film, released in 1998 and directed by François Girard, plays in SPAC’s Amphitheater. Bell was the solo violinist on the soundtrack and was a violinist double in the film.

Blondie
Alexander Thompson

New wave rock icons Blondie will perform in Joe's Field at MASS MoCA on North Adams, Massachusetts on Friday, August 3 with special guests And The Kids.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and their recent album, "Pollinator," was named one of Rolling Stone's 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017.

The legendary Debbie Harry joins us.

Steve Katz
Photo courtesy of the artist

Steve Katz, founding member of the legendary Blood, Sweat & Tears, and The Blues Project, will be at Hevreh in Great Barrington, Massachusetts presenting a humorous discussion about his first hand experiences with folk songs of the 60’s and the Greenwich Village scene at the time.

Steve will perform songs from that period. His stories include anecdotes about many of the musical icons of the folk, rock, jazz and blues idiom, including his performance at Woodstock.

Katz is best known as a member of the rock-pop-jazz group Blood, Sweat & Tears. Katz was an original member of the rock bands The Blues Project and American Flyer. As a producer, his credits include the 1979 album "Short Stories Tall Tales" for the Irish band Horslips, and the Lou Reed albums "Rock 'n' Roll Animal" and "Sally Can't Dance."

Based on the story, “Tarzan of the Apes” by Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Disney film, “Tarzan,” the stage musical version of “Tarzan” features a book by David Henry Hwang and music and lyrics by Phil Collins. The Berkshire Theatre Group presents “Tarzan” at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts through August 16.

“Tarzan” follows the story of an orphaned boy, raised by gorillas in the jungle. Struggling to find balance between his human instinct and animalistic education, Tarzan's life is altered forever when he encounters his first human, the curious and wonderful, Jane. Directed by Travis Daly, the BTG production features over 100 talented Berkshire youth.

Travis Daly joins us along with Tim Jones who plays Tarzan and Haley Aguero – one of the actors playing Jane.

Greg Farley
Alex Knapp

Greg Farley is a Hudson Valley born-and-bred musician playing several shows in our region in the coming months -- this Friday, July 27 he’s playing The Egremont Barn in South Egremont, Massachusetts; on Thursday, August 2 he’ll be at Side Bar in Burlington, Vermont; and on Saturday, August 4 he’ll be at Parish Public House in Albany, New York. He’s also playing shows in Woodstock, Kingston, and Rosendale between now and the end of the year.

Farley is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who has spent the last decade touring and recording with The Felice Brothers and has recently set out on his own. His solo-LP “Taker Easy” will be released in the Fall.

Obie-Award winning performance group, The Secret City, will be making their annual return to Woodstock with the Secret City Art Revival, a weekend festival of site-specific performance, installation, community gathering, parade and artistic tent revival - Thursday, July 26th-Sunday, July 29th, 2018.

Guests for this summer’s revival include Amanda Palmer, puppeteer Paul Zaloom, troubadour Andru Bemis and more. The Secret City Art Revival invites locals and visitors to share in the special creative spirit and the extraordinary cultural legacy of Woodstock. The New York Times calls The Secret City, “Sort of a Salon, Sort of a Church...[it] has grown into a half-irreverent, half-earnest blend of revival meeting and group meditation session.”

Artistic Director and Revival creator Chris Wells; revival committee members: lead artist Nancy Deweir Geaney and Secret City Singer Jess Lunt join us.

The Badilas are a close-knit family of artists whose incredible talent and community spirit have made them a household name in Hudson. The Badila’s unique blend of Central and West African traditions and popular culture resonates at home, and reverberates on the world stage. Elombe and Pamela Badila united to create a family and legacy of education and performance that celebrates their heritage. Elombe passed away in 2012 and his family continues this mission.

Hudson Hall presents a series of Badila family events this weekend. 

We learn more from each of them but do want to make sure it’s clear that there are many other siblings and participants celebrating and performing in Hudson this weekend.

"Spirit of the River" will be performed at Hudson Hall on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Milandou Badila (aka Young Paris) creates Afrobeat hip-hop music with an electronic injection on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. His most recent album is “My Tribe.” Lady Moon and The Eclipse perform on Saturday at 7pm - their EP "Believe" is available now and they are working on their first LP.

Rory Block
Sergio Kurhajec

PS21 in Chatham, New York presents Rory Block’s Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend, Friday-Sunday, July 20-22. 

This year the weekend focuses on “Power Women of the Blues.” The three-day festival kicks off this Friday night with an intimate solo concert by living legend Rory Block, followed by powerhouse singer Diunna Greenleaf and her band Blue Mercy on Saturday night, and on Sunday afternoon the Strait Way Ministries Gospel Choir.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Ant-Man and the Wasp," "Sicario: Day of the Soldado"

Upcoming:

  • Big Daddy Kane, plus DJ Trumastr, Und3standing, DJ Supreme - Alive at 5, Jennings Landing at the Corning Preserve, Albany, Thursday 7/12, 5 PM
  • Miranda Sings Live . . . No Offense with Colleen Ballinger - The Egg, Albany, Friday 7/13, 7:30 PM
  • Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 7/13, 9 PM
  • Frances Day ( A community open house) - Tang Teaching Museum & Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 7/14, 2-6 PM
  • Gabacho Marco - Agnes MacDonald Music Haven, Central Park, Schenectady, Sunday 7/15, 7 PM
  • Imani Winds with Andrew Russo: Bastille Day in Paris—Celebrating the World of Josephine Baker - Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, Saturday 7/14, 8 PM
  • New York City Ballet: All Balanchine - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, Tuesday-Wednesday 7/17-18, 8 PM
  • Toots and the Maytals, with special guests Victory - Empire State Plaza, Albany, Wednesday 7/18, opens 5:30 PM

New movies: "Sorry to Bother You," "Leave No Trace," "Three Identical Strangers," "Skyscraper," "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation"

The Green River Festival has hosted dozens of legendary performers from many genres of music from folk to indie rock, reggae to Cajun & Zydeco, Alt. Country to blues and everything in between.

This year’s festival takes place July 13-15 at Greenfield Community College and hosts a celebration of world class music, great local food, beer and wine, a handmade craft fair, family games and activities, and four hot air balloon launches and a balloon glow.

Jim Olsen is the President and co-founder Signature Sounds Presents.

Note: Full-festival and Saturday passes are sold out but there are tickets available for Friday and Sunday.

Yidstock 2018

Jul 10, 2018

Now in its seventh year, Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music celebrates the best of Klezmer and new Yiddish music with a wide-ranging lineup of concerts that demonstrate the diversity and breadth of the genre, along with workshops, talks, and other programs.

Yidstock takes place, rain or shine, at The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts July 12-15. Yidstock Artistic Director Seth Rogovoy, author of The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover's Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music is here to tell us more along with Lisa Newman – Director of Communications at the Yiddish Book Center.

Frances Young Tang was a businesswoman, philanthropist, and 1961 Skidmore College graduate who died in 1992. In her memory, the Tang family made a substantial donation that led to the Tang Teaching Museum becoming a reality in 2000. Frances Day honors Frances Young Tang’s legacy of creativity and philanthropy with a day of free activities.

The museum’s fifth annual Frances Day, a community open house from 2 to 6 pm is on Saturday, July 14th. Visitors can experience multiple contemporary art exhibitions, art-making activities, tours, food, music, and more. Ian Berry is the Dayton director of The Tang.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"

  • Water Ski Show and Americana Fireworks night featuring Rusticator - Freedom Park, Scotia, Friday 6/29, 7 PM (water ski show), 8 PM (music)
  • Opera Saratoga’s "The Merry Widow" (season opener) - Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, opens Friday 6/29, 7:30 PM
  • "Damn Yankees" - Park Playhouse, Albany, opens Friday 6/29, 8 PM
  • Tuck & Patti - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Friday 6/29, 7 PM; Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Saturday 6/30, 6:30 PM
  • Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers - SPAC, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 6/30, 7:30 PM
  • Opening Night Celebration and Revue - Vanaver Caravan Dance, accordionist Guy Klucevsek, comedian Hilary Chaplain, Parsons Dance, more - PS21, Chatham, Saturday 6/30, 8 PM
  • Ry Cooder featuring The Hamiltones, Emmylou Harris, plus local opener Hayley Sabella Tanglewood Shed, Lenox, Mass., Sunday 7/1, 2:30 PM
  • Trio Con Brio Copenhagen - music of Beethoven, Per Norgard, Tchaikovsky - Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, Sunday 7/1, 4 PM
  • New York State’s 4th of July Celebration - Smash Mouth, NYS Army National Guard Color Guard, Moriah Formica, Soft Spoken - Empire State Plaza, Albany, Wednesday 7/4, 3 to 10 PM (fireworks 9:15-ish)

New movies: "Hearts Beat Loud," "Sicario: Day of the Soldado," "Uncle Drew"

Neko Case: "Hell-On"

Jun 27, 2018
Neko Case
nekocase.com

This Friday, June 29, Ray LaMontagne’s "Part Of The Light" tour will take the stage in Joe’s Field at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts with very special guest: Neko Case. They will also perform at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York on Wednesday, July 4.

Neko Case, a member of The New Pornographers and power-trio case/lang/veirs with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs, put out a new solo-album out this month. “Hell-On” was released by ANTI- Records on June 1. It’s largely self-produced full of new stories and new sounds from the reliably fantastic musician.

John Simon playing at The Linda in Albany in 2016.
Ian Pickus / WAMC

One of the top record producers of the 1960s and 1970s, John Simon joins Vox Pop to discuss music. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Chris Thile
Devin Pedde

This coming Saturday, American Public Media's “Live From Here” (formerly “A Prairie Home Companion”) will be broadcast live from Tanglewood’s Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, Massachusettes.

Host Chris Thile will be joined for his 2 hour radio variety show by Lake Street Dive, Aoife O'Donovan, comedian Gary Gulman, and Thile’s own band, Punch Brothers. Thile is a mandolinist and composer best known for his masterful participation in Nickel Creek, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, and the aforementioned Punch Brothers. He was the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2012.

 

Here we speak with him about putting "Live from Here" together, writing a new song for each broadcast, and Punch Brothers' new album "All Ashore" (out on Nonesuch 7/20).

Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels "The Book That Matters Most," "The Obituary Writer," "Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine," "The Red Thread," and "The Knitting Circle," as well as the memoir "Comfort: A Journey Through Grief." She has won two Pushcart Prizes as well as a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, two Best American Food Writing Award, and a Best American Travel Writing award. A regular contributor to the New York Times, Hood's short stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including Ploughshares, Tin House, Traveler, Bon Appetit, O, More, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, and others.

In her new book "She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah)," the year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: The Beatles.

Sally Taylor, daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon, curates "Come to Your Senses" in MASS MoCA’s Kidspace gallery and art-making studio, which will include new music by both of her parents. A program of Taylor’s long-running "Consenses" project, "Come to Your Senses" asks visual artists, poets, dancers, musicians, perfumers, chefs, and sculptors to use one another’s art as a catalyst to create their own work.

At Kidspace, the initial works of art, through which all other works were inspired, were created by 5th grade students in North Adams and Northern Berkshire schools. Come to Your Senses is the capstone of Kidspace’s “Art 4 Change” project. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 23, at from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kidspace.

To celebrate the opening of "Come to Your Senses," Sally Taylor will present an intimate one-night-only concert in The Hunter Center at MASS MoCA at 7 p.m.

Harry Connick Jr.
Gavin Bond

Harry Connick Jr.'s career has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world. He has received Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements in film and television and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer.

The foundation of Connick's art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of 5 and he will bring his New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration Tour to Tanglewood in Lenox, MA on Saturday, June 23.

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