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

His segment was preempted this week for special news coverage of Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifying before the House Intelligence Committee. 

Here is his list:

Seen: "Downton Abbey"

Upcoming:

  • "The Last Picture Show" - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Thursday 9/26, 7 PM
  • Troy Night Out: All About Animals (& Pets) with pet friendly welcomes at galleries, shops & restaurants; new exhibit at the Rensselaer County Historical Society; receptions at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Photographer Center of the Capital Region, much more. -- Downtown Troy, Friday 9/27, 5-9 PM
  • The Figgs - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 9/27, 8 PM
  • Kenneth Lonergan’s "Lobby Hero" - Capital Repertory Theatre, previews Friday 9/27 at 8 PM through 9/29; opens 10/1 at 7:30 PM
  • Duke Robillard - The Van Dyck, Schenectady, Saturday 9/28, 6:30 & 8:30 PM
  • Graham Nash & Band: Songs for Beginners, Wild Tales, more - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 9/28, 8 PM (also at Academy of Music, Northampton, Oct. 4)
  • Kandace Springs - Massry Center for the Arts, College of Saint Rose, Albany, Saturday 9/28, 8 PM
  • The Way Back featuring Boyd Tinsley - Putnam Place, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 9/28, 9 PM
  • Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra: Flamenco!, featuring music of Chabrier, Rimsky-Korsakov, De Falla; with flamenco dancers and mezzo-soprano Tascha Anderson - Glens Falls High School, Glens Falls, Sunday 9/29, 4 PM
  • Storm Large - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Sunday 9/29, 8 PM

New movies: "Judy," "Abominable"

    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: "After the Wedding"

Upcoming:

  • Boyfriend - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Thursday 9/12, 10 PM
  • Disney’s "Mary Poppins" (Staging Youths’ Futures production) - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Friday 9/13 at 7 PM; Sat 9/14 at 2 & 7 PM; Sun 9/15 at 2 PM
  • Steve Martin & Martin Short - SPAC, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Friday 9/13, 7:30 PM
  • "Friday the 13th Part 2" - Cinema Capitol, Rome, Friday 9/13, 10 PM
  • Frank Gambale - Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Friday 9/13, 9 PM
  • Todd Palmer Among Friends (Tara Helen O’Connor, June Han, James Austin Smith, Omer Quartet, Doug Balliett), music of Carl Maria von Weber, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saens, more Tannery Pond Concerts, New Lebanon, Saturday 9/14, 6 PM
  • Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show featuring Doug Smith - Proctors, Schenectady, Saturday 9/14, 8 PM
  • Imagination Movers - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 9/15, 1 PM
  • Clarion Concerts Presents: Xavier Foley - Hudson Hall, Hudson, Sunday 9/15, 3 PM

New movies: "Hustlers," "The Goldfinch," "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice," "Official Secrets; "Downton Abbey" (Thursday evening preview only)

    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: "Mike Wallace Is Here"

Upcoming:

  • "Winnie the Pooh" Park Playhouse Tykes, Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Thursday-Friday 8/22-23, 2 PM
  • Albany Berkshire Ballet - "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" - The Egg, Albany, Friday 8/23, 7:30 PM
  • Doc Severinsen and The San Miguel 5 - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday-Saturday 8/23-24 at 8 PM; Sunday 8/25 at 7 PM
  • Mamalama y Andes Manta - The Century House Historical Society, Rosendale, Saturday 8/24, 3 PM
  • KISS: End of the Road World Tour - SPAC, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 8/24, 7 PM
  • Miro Quartet (Mozart, Schubert, Kevin Puts) - Tannery Pond Concerts, New Lebanon, Saturday 8/24, 8 PM
  • Catskill Jazz Factory: The Spirit of Harlem - Hudson Hall, Hudson, Saturday 8/24, 7 PM
  • Cha Wa - MASS MoCA, Hunter Center or Courtyard C, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 8/24, 8 PM
  • Patrick Higgins - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Sunday 8/25, 7:30 PM
  • "My Fair Lady" - Capital Park After Dark Film Series, West Capital Park, Albany, Wednesday 8/28, 8 PM

New Movies: "The Peanut Butter Falcon," "David Crosby: Remember My Name," "One Child Nation," "Angel Has Fallen"

Doc Severinsen
Sean Turi

Grammy Award-winning Doc Severinsen has been celebrated as America’s favorite trumpet player for more than half a century. Welcomed into living rooms for nearly three decades as the leader of "The Tonight Show Orchestra," (with host Johnny Carson hailing him as ‘the greatest trumpet player in the world,’) his impeccable musicianship and charismatic presence still dazzles at 92 years old, with the iconic trumpeter performing his signature stylings of big band, pop, jazz, world, and classical standards, universally hailed as one of our national treasures.

He is playing three shows with his band The San Miguel 5 at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York on August 23, 24, and 25.

  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 Farewell"

Upcoming:

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra/Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch. with Wynton Marsalis - SPAC Amphitheater, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 8/15, 8 PM
  • Bridgman Packer Dance - (featuring “Table Bed Mirror,” “Voyeur”) - PS21, Chatham, Friday & Saturday 8/16-17, 8 PM
  • Jupiter & Okwess - MASS MoCA, Dre Pavilion or Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 8/17, 8 PM
  • Whiskey Myers, The Vagabonds - Pearl Street Night Club, Northampton, Mass., Saturday 8/17, 8 PM
  • Martha Graham Dance Company - The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., Sunday 8/18, 1 PM
  • Amernet String Quartet - (music of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Dvorak) - Maverick Concerts, Maverick Concert Hall, Sunday 8/18, 4 PM
  • Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company - Freedom Park Concert Series, Freedom Park, Scotia, Sunday 8/18, 7 PM
  • Jonas Brothers: Happiness Begins Tour - Times Union Center, Albany, Monday 8/19, 7:30 PM

New movies: "The Nightingale," "Mike Wallace Is Here," "Blinded By the Light," "Where’d You Go Bernadette," "Good Boys"

  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: Sword of Trust

Upcoming:

  • Tom Segura - Palace Theatre, Albany, Thursday 8/8, 7 PM
  • Tracy Bonham - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 8/9, 8 PM
  • Harry Connick Jr. - The Egg, Albany, Thursday 8/8 & Friday 8/9, 8 PM
  • Capitolfest - featured: films starring Frances Dee & Joel McCrea; silent film accompaniment by Ben Model - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Friday 8/9 through Sunday 8/11
  • "A More Perfect Union: New Works by Scout" - Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, opening reception Saturday 8/10, 4-6 PM, exhibit through 9/22
  • Laurie Anderson Presents: Lou Reed Drones with Stewart Hurwood - MASS MoCA, Hunter Center, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 8/10, 8 PM
  • Steve Gorn & Friends: Indian Ragas/Tribute to Ravi Shankar - Maverick Concerts, Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, Saturday 8/10, 8 PM
  • Hudson Jazz Works Concert with Armen Donelian, Marc Mommaas, Billy Drewes - Hudson Hall, Hudson, Sunday 8/11, 4 PM
  • Savion Glover with OUT’KNiGHTz - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 8/11, 7 PM
  • Beck, Cage the Elephant - SPAC Amphitheater, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Monday 8/12, 6 PM

New movies: "Maiden," "Them That Follow," "The Art of Racing in the Rain," "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," "Brian Banks"

  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: "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood"

Upcoming:

  • Marco Benevento, CTRL Control - Alive at 5, Jennings Landing, Corning Preserve, Albany, Thursday 8/1, 5 PM
  • The Regrettes - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, Thursday 8/1, 8 PM
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra: Songs of the Sea, featuring pianist Janice Carissa - (music of Britten, Ravel, Debussy) - SPAC Amphitheatre, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Friday 8/2, 8 PM
  • Black Arts & Cultural Festival featuring Mya, DJ Brian B, Gedeon Luke and the People, more - Empire State Plaza, Albany, Saturday 8/3, 2-7 PM
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 8/3, 8 PM
  • HMT To Go: "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 8/4 at 3 and 7 PM
  • Thornetta Davis, Tas Cru & His Band of Tortured Souls - Agnes MacDonald Music Haven, Central Park, Schenectady, Sunday 8/4, 7 PM
  • Herb Alpert & Lani Hall - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 8/4, 7:30 PM
  • Disney’s "Newsies" - Park Playhouse, Washington Park, Albany, opens Tuesday 8/6, 7:30 PM, through Aug. 24
  • “Just for Kids” Free Summer Movies Series: "Night at the Museum" - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Wednesday 8/7, 1 PM

New movies: "The Farewell," "Sword of Trust," "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw"

With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles' repertoire, The Fab Faux treat the seminal music with unwavering respect, and are known for their painstaking recreations of the songs (with emphasis on the later works never performed live by the Beatles).

The Fab Faux will performing “Abbey Road” in celebration of that album’s 50th Anniversary at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on Friday, August 2 at 8 p.m.

Bassist, former “Late Show with David Letterman” band member and founder of the group Will Lee joins us this morning to give us a preview.

LOUD Weekend is an expansion of Bang on a Can’s long-running Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA - tripling that programming from one day, to three days.

Over this coming weekend, more than 30 concerts will take place in at MASS MoCA’s vast galleries and throughout its collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues.

Over the past 30 years, Bang on a Can co-founder and artistic director Michael Gordon has produced a diverse body of work, ranging from large-scale pieces for high-energy ensembles to major orchestral commissions to works conceived specifically for the recording studio.

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: "Crawl"

Upcoming:

  • The Quebe Sisters - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Thursday 7/25, 7 PM
  • Brad Paisley World Tour, with Chris Lane, Riley Green - SPAC, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 7/25, 7:30 PM
  • Patton Oswalt - Palace Theatre, Albany, Thursday 7/25, 8 PM
  • Our Native Daughters: Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla, Amythyst Kiah - The Egg, Albany, Friday 7/26, 8 PM
  • The Pretenders - MASS MoCA, Courtyard D, North Adams, Mass., Friday 7/26, 8 PM
  • A Midsummer SLAY with Queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race - Palace Theatre, Albany, Friday 7/26, 8 PM
  • Juho Pohjonen, pianist (music of Rameau, Scriabin, Beethoven) - Tannery Pond Concerts, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, New Lebanon, Saturday 7/27, 8 PM
  • Clem Snide (Eef Barzelay) - Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany, Albany, Monday 7/29, 8 PM
  • Pedrito Martinez, Sten & Maria Z - Rockin on the River, Riverfront Park, Troy, Wednesday 7/31, 5 PM
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra opening night with dancers of Philadanco: Festive Fireworks - (music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius/Ravel, Tchaikovsky) - SPAC, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Wednesday 7/31, 7 PM

New movies: "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," "Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love"

The Secret City Art Revival in Woodstock, New York is a weekend of art, community and celebration throughout the town. This year’s event is entitled “Back to The Garden.”

Events take place July 25-28 and include parties, concerts, puppeteer-led hat-making; house events that include poetry readings, jazz house concerts, site-specific dances, art salons; brunch, karaoke, a Community Processional and – the culminating event – The Artistic Tent Revival.

The Secret City is an Obie Award winning arts organization that programs regularly in New York, Los Angeles, and Woodstock with guest appearances in other parts of the country and a weekly radio show in Kingston, New York.

We are joined by Secret City Founding Artistic Director Chris Wells and Lead designer of the Sunday processional and the Sunday revival Nancy Geaney.

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: "Spider-Man: Far from Home"

Upcoming:
French Cancan - Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., Thursday 7/18, 2 PM
Jonatha Brooke - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 7/18, 7 PM
John Mayer - Times Union Center, Albany, Friday 7/19, 7:30 PM
Bettye Lavette - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 7/19, 9 PM
Taj Mahal Quartet: Giant/De Ole Folks at Home 50th Anniversary Concert - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 7/20, 8 PM
Catalyst Quartet with pianist Daniel Gortler (music of Bach, Glass, Brahms, Franck) - Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, Sunday 7/21, 4 PM
Heart, Sheryl Crow, Lucie Silvas - SPAC, Amphitheater, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 7/21, 7 PM
Godsmack - Cool Insuring Arena, Glens Falls, Sunday 7/21, 8 PM
"Finding Nemo" (Free Summer Movie Series) - Palace Theatre, Albany, Tuesday 7/23, 1 PM (doors at noon)
Stephen Marley - Empire State Plaza, Albany, Wednesday 7/24, 5:30 PM

New movies: "The Lion King," "The Art of Self-Defense"

Earth Wind & Fire
earthwindandfire.com

Earth, Wind & Fire are a music institution. Over a five-decade history, they have sold out concerts all around the globe, scored eight number one hits, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. They have released 23 albums, eight of which went double platinum and hit the Top 10, making them one of the best-selling artists of all time. They have won an impressive nine Grammy Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement. In 2000, Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

They will play Tanglewood tonight (June 28, 2019). 

Philip Bailey spoke with us about Earth Wind & Fire's enduring popularity and his recent solo album "Love Will Find A Way."

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: "Echo in the Canyon," "The Dead Don’t Die," "Men in Black: International," "Rocketman"

Upcoming:

  • Quiet Riot, Bad Mothers - Alive at 5, Jennings Landing, Corning Preserve, Albany, Thursday 6/27, 5 PM
  • Buck Meek - Hangar On the Hudson, Troy, Thursday 6/27, 8 PM
  • Madison VanDenburg, Moriah Formica - Times Union Center, Albany, Friday 6/28, 7:30 PM
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket - The Egg, Albany, Friday 6/28, 8 PM
  • Old Songs Folk Festival - 30+ performers including Emma’s Revolution, Bill Staines, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train - Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, Friday 6/28, 2 PM-1 AM; Saturday 6/29, 9 AM-1 AM; Sunday 6/30, 9 AM-7 PM
  • The Boxcar Lilies, Carolann Solebello - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Saturday 6/29, 7 PM
  • Heather Maloney: Soil in the Sky Album Release Show - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday 6/29, 9 PM
  • Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, Amphitheatre & Discovery Stage, SPAC, Saratoga Springs - Saturday 6/29, noon: George Benson, James Carter Organ Trio; Sunday 6/30, 11 AM: Norah Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Joshua Redman Quartet
  • Opera Saratoga, Spa Little Theater, SPAC, Saratoga Springs - Saturday 6/29, 7:30 PM: "The Daughter of the Regiment;" Sunday 6/30, 3 PM: Ellen West
  • Shanghai Quartet (music of Dvorak, Tan Dun, Beethoven) - Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, Sunday 6/30, 4 PM

New movies: "Yesterday," "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," "You Can Choose Your Family"

Established in 2010 - the Solid Sound Festival kicks off at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts on Friday evening. The art and music festival is curated by Chicago-based rock band, Wilco, and features an eclectic line-up of music, art, comedy, food, and family activities.

John Stirratt has been Wilco’s bassist since the band was founded in 1994. He’ll be on hand at Solid Sound to play with Wilco, and his other band, The Autumn Defense will play an acoustic set with strings on Sunday in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center. Stirratt is also one partner responsible for Tourists, a new motor-lodge in North Adams.

George Benson
Austin Hargrave

George Benson's career spans five decades, more than 30 recordings as a leader and ten Grammy Awards. NEA Jazz Master, Benson, has used his jazz roots as the foundation for an engaging mix of pop, R&B and other shades that add up to a style that appeals to a broad mainstream audience. Along the way, he has also established himself as a formidable jazz singer, one whose biggest career hits have showcased his vocals as well as his guitar chops. In short, this guitar man is the complete package.

He'll headline the Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC on Saturday, June 29.

Erin McKeown
Joanna Chattman

Musician, writer, producer  - and one of our favorite guests - Erin McKeown will return to the stage at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs, New York tomorrow night for a LGBTQ Pride Night concert with opener Crystal Rose.

McKeown is a singer-songwriter, composer, and producer. Her albums encompass pop, swing, rock, and folk. In 2018 her first musical, "Miss You Like Hell," opened Off-Broadway at The Public Theater earning 5 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Lyrics, Best Music and Best Orchestration. The Wall Street Journal named it Best Musical of 2018. She is working on a new musical entitled "Terrarium Behavior" and a new singer-songwriter album.

Mahaiwe marquee
mahaiwe.org

This summer, The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA will present world class music, dance, theatre, film screenings, and comedy with performances from Momix, Buddy Guy, Patti LuPone, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, David Sedaris, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Natalie Merchant, Savion Glover, John Mulaney, and more!

Beryl Jolly is the Executive Director of The Mahaiwe and she joins us.

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: "Dark Phoenix"

Upcoming:

  • Travie McCoy, Stellar Young - Alive at 5, Corning Preserve Boat Launch (rain site), Albany, Thursday 6/13, 5 PM
  • Heather Maloney - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 6/13, 7 PM
  • Show People - Pine Hills Film Series, Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany, Friday 6/14, 7 PM
  • Peter Asher & Jeremy Clyde - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Friday 6/14, 7 PM
  • "Being John Malkovich" (Being in the Body Films Series/presented by Clark Art Institute) - Images Cinema, Williamstown, Mass., Saturday 6/15, 2 PM
  • "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 6/15, 7 PM
  • The Allman Betts Band, Jane Lee Hooker - Stanley Center for the Performing Arts, Utica, Saturday 6/15, 7:30 PM
  • Red Molly, Ellis Paul - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 6/15, 8 PM
  • Bombino - MASS MoCA, Courtyard C or Hunter Center, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 6/15, 8 PM
  • Buika - SPAC, Amphitheatre, Saratoga Springs, Wednesday 6/19, 8 PM

New movies: "Late Night," "The Dead Don’t Die," "American Woman," "Men in Black: International," "Shaft"

  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: "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," "Booksmart"

Upcoming:

  • Art On Lark - Lark Street, Albany, Saturday 6/8, 11 AM-6 PM
  • Close Encounters With Music: Antoniv Dvorak & Josef Suk, featuring pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, violinists Irina Muresanu & Peter Zazofsky, violist Michael Strauss, cellist Yehuda Hanani - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 6/8, 6 PM
  • The Sun Still Burns Here: Kate Wallich + The YC Perfume Genius - MASS MoCA, Hunter Center, Northampton, Mass., Saturday 6/8, 8 PM
  • Margaret Glaspy - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 6/8, 8 PM
  • Todd Rundgren: The Individualist - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 6/9, 7 PM
  • Fishbone - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Sunday 6/9, 8 PM
  • "Waitress" - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, opens Tuesday 6/11 at 7:30 PM, through June 16

New movies: "The Secret Life of Pets 2," "Dark Phoenix," "All Is True," "The Tomorrow Man," "The Souvenir"

This summer, The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will present perennial favorites such as Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival, the New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Opera Saratoga, plus exciting new programming.

SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol joins us with a preview of the season.

The Newburgh Illuminated Festival is an event designed to celebrate the diversity and dynamism of the city with a day of music, art, dance, poetry, food, and more. It brings people and families together to shine a light on the City of Newburgh to bring new people to the area, increased tourism, attract new businesses and have a positive effect on our regional perception.

The brainchild of Newburgh mayor Judy Kennedy, the event will be held this year on June 1 on Broadway near Liberty and Grand Streets from noon until 10pm. Four outdoor performance stages will be featured throughout the day along with the annual Colorfest, activities especially for children on the lawn of Washington Headquarters, musical guests at the Wherehouse, a dance and performing arts stage, a fashion show and much more.

To tell us more, we welcome Festival Board Chairman, Paul Ernenwein.

The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow has new music their ready to play and they will do so on Barrington Stage Company’s Mainstage in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on June 1.

The collaborative of five Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters have recorded a new album entitled “Band Together” which is forthcoming. The release date isn’t set, but we get to preview a few of the tracks in this interview. The album was recorded at the Stationery Factory in Dalton, Massachusetts, produced by Johnny Irion, and features special guests Steve Gorman, Pat Sansone, and Arlo Guthrie.

The members of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow are Tory Hanna, Chris Merenda, Greg Smith, David Tanklefsky, and Billy Keane - who joins us.

The Albany Symphony’s 2019 American Music Festival, Sing Out! New York, is a two-weekend festival and regional tour of musical performances and new art happenings.

Sing Out! New York kicks off on Thursday, May 30 with First Draughts Reading Session & Beer Tasting and runs through Sunday, June 2 in Troy, then embarks on a four-concert tour of the greater Capital Region on Thursday, June 6. Two milestone anniversaries frame the festival: the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

Sing Out! New York draws inspiration from both these events, and celebrates New York’s leading role in championing equal rights, through innovative concerts, close encounters with today’s most adventurous artists and composers, interactive workshops, collaborative community events, film screenings, and artistic happenings.

The festival is curated by GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor and Albany Symphony Music Director David Alan Miller who joined us along with ASO Executive Director Anna Kuwabara.

  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: "Hail Satan?"

Upcoming:

  • Fence 2019 - Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, opens Friday 5/17 through June 7
  • Citizen Cope - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Friday 5/17, 8 PM
  • Black Violin - The Egg, Albany, Friday 5/17, 7:30 PM
  • Dave Attell - Funny Bone Comedy Club, Guilderland, Friday-Saturday 5/17-18, various times
  • Close Encounters With Music: The Escher String Quartet - music of Mozart, Schubert, Barber Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 5/18, 6 PM
  • Jonathan Dely - The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., Saturday 5/18, 7 PM
  • Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 5/18, 8 PM
  • Soul Science Lab - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 5/18, 8 PM
  • I Am Cuba (Out After Midnite film series) - Capital Arts Complex, Rome, Saturday 5/18, 9:30 PM
  • Judas Priest, Uriah Heep - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday-Sunday 5/18-19, 7:30 PM

New movies: "John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum," "Meeting Gorbachev," "The Sun Is Also a Star," "A Dog’s Journey"

The great Pete Seeger would have been 100 years old tomorrow, were we lucky enough to still have him with us. WAMC is hosting a celebration of Pete with folk musician Happy Traum. The concert will be at The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany, New York tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. Happy will perform songs he learned from Pete - traditional folk ballads, songs of love and protest, and some of Pete’s iconic compositions.

Tickets are available for a $100 pledge to WAMC and the event proceeds will support WAMC's June Locked Box.

Two anonymous donors have made up to 15 tickets available for those who can't afford the pledge. Please call 800 323 9262 to claim one of those tickets while supplies last. 

  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: "Avengers: Endgame"

Upcoming:

  • "Avenue Q" (Park Playhouse production) - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Thursday 5/2 at 8 PM through Sunday 5/5 at 2 PM
  • Hippo Campus - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Friday 5/3, 8 PM
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra: "Star Wars & More, A Salute to John Williams" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 5/4, 7:30 PM
  • Lula Wiles - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 5/5, 7 PM
  • Ian Berg Subject:Matter - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 5/4, 8 PM
  • Albany Pro Musica/Orchestra Pro Musica: Mozart Mass in C Minor, Ola Gjeilo World Premiere - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Sunday 5/5, 3 PM
  • Maceo Parker - Massry Center for the Arts @ College of Saint Rose, Albany, Sunday 5/5, 7:30 PM
  • Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 5/5, 7:30 PM
  • Caroline Rose - The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, Tuesday 5/7, 9 PM

New Movies: "Long Shot," "Intruder," "Ugly Dolls," "Sunset"

What if you had the chance to listen to living Holocaust survivors?

SageArts local songwriters and creative arts facilitators met with local survivors and their caregivers to compose songs and craft meaningful pieces of art – including masks, collages, prints and paintings – based on the themes that emerged from their conversations. This spring, they'll share these powerful pieces in an event that highlights the healing power of the arts.

“Honoring Holocaust Survivors: A Concert of Resilience and Hope” will be held on May 5th at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. The entire Hudson Valley community is invited to join Jewish Family Service of Orange County in honoring survivors.

To tell us more we welcome: Elise Gold, Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of Orange County; Julie Last, Musical Director of SageArts; and Jude Roberts, Songwriter of SageArts.

This morning we learn about the Battenkill Chorale’s 2019 Spring Concert: Te Deum: New American Songs of Nature and Praise taking place this weekend.

The program features joyful and uplifting music of Dan Forrest, Jake Runestad and Donald McCullough. While Founding Artistic Director, Janet McGhee, recently announced her retirement from the Battenkill Chorale. Guest conductor, Noah Palmer, will direct the spring performance.

Palmer, a fine pianist, is currently Assistant Director of Albany Pro Musica, Assistant Conductor of the Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra and Music Director at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church in Lenox. He has also directed the Northern Berkshire Chorale and conducted the Skidmore College Opera Workshop.

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: "Diane"

Upcoming:

  • "Godzilla Kaiju Battle 2019" - GE Theatre at Proctors, Friday 4/19, 7 PM
  • Sondorgo - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 4/19, 8 PM
  • Buckethead - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Friday 4/19, 8:30 PM - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Saturday 4/20, 7 PM
  • Jeremy Piven - Funny Bone Comedy Club, Guilderland, Friday 4/19 at 7:30, 10 PM; Saturday 4/20 at 7, 10 PM
  • "Rock of Ages: 10th Anniversary Tour" - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Friday 4/19 at 8 PM; Saturday 4/20 at 2 and 8 PM
  • "Monty Python’s The Life of Brian" (40th Anniversary Screening) - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 4/20, 7 PM
  • Adrian Belew - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 4/20, 8 PM
  • "Barefoot in the Park" - Home Made Theater, Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 4/20 at 7:30 PM, through May 5
  • Family Fun Day: "Mary Poppins" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Wednesday 4/24, 1 PM (door/kids’ activities at noon)

New movies: "Amazing Grace," "Teen Spirit," "High Life," "Peterloo," "The Curse of La Llorona," "Penguins"

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