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.

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"

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"

a portion of The Colosseum in Rome
Sarah LaDuke

The High Peaks Music Festival brings internationally acclaimed musicians and stars of tomorrow to the Berkshires. "The Grand Italian Tour" is the theme of the tenth edition of the festival which runs from July 23rd - August 2nd presented by Close Encounters With Music and hosted by the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

The ten-day festival, directed by internationally acclaimed cellist Yehuda Hanani, offers a combination of concerts, lectures and master classes, open to the public and featuring distinguished faculty artists and outstanding young musicians from around the world.

Yehuda Hanani and Michael Wise joined us.

Yidstock 2019

Jul 9, 2019

Now in its eighth 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 11-14. 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.

Rhett Miller is the frontman for rock band Old 97′s, a solo singer-songwriter, an essayist and a podcaster. And he’s also a father of two, which indirectly led to his newest gig of picture-book writer - his book is “No More Poems! A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse.”

He started writing poems to share with his kids on the phone while he was on tour so he could talk with them longer. He’d read the poems aloud and get their feedback (sometimes brutal feedback.)

Between albums with the band, Miller has squeezed in seven solo records—most recently last year’s "The Messenger." His latest offering is a new podcast, "Wheels Off," which finds him interviewing musicians, writers, artists, actors, and comedians about creativity. 

Music and musical acts with roots in India, London, Brazil, Ireland, Colombia, the Caribbean and the Congo are all part of the 30th Anniversary Music Haven Concert Series in Schenectady’s Central Park.

In addition to the music from around the world - this year’s schedule also features film screenings and theatrical events. The season kicks off on Sunday, July 7. Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Mona Golub joins us with a preview.

Bard SummerScape 2019

Jul 1, 2019

The 16th annual Bard SummerScape opened this past weekend and runs through August 18th. The festival features seven weeks of world-class opera, theater, dance, cabaret, film, and music, including the 30th annual Bard Music Festival, Korngold and His World.

This year the festival is presenting a modern, multi-media style opera, "Acquanetta," written by Catskill resident, librettist Deborah Artman who join us this morning. The opera’s music is by Michael Gordon and the production runs from July 11 through July 21.

We also welcome Nunally Kersh - the producer for the opera, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “The Miracle of Heliane” a new production & and a U.S. Premiere – running July 26th through August 4th.

Earth Wind & Fire

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."