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Joe Donahue and Annie Lennox at MASS MoCA
Jodi Joseph

Many people know Annie Lennox as the voice who has sold over 83 million records both as a solo artist and as one half of The Eurythmics, an Oscar and Grammy award winning artist and a tireless activist. Now, at Mass MoCA, she presents: "Annie Lennox: 'Now I Let You Go...,'" an exhibition comprised of hundreds of artifacts culled from her personal collection of memorabilia, found objects, and personal effects accrued throughout her lifetime and revealed within a large earthen mound.

The exhibition — part material diary, part art installation — is accompanied by a printed "field guide" in which Lennox annotates many of the objects on display; identifying the objects and adding recollections, personal stories, and provenance.

'Now I Let You Go…' opens June 1 at MASS MoCA as part of the museum’s 20th Anniversary celebration.

Ani DiFranco is a Grammy-winning musical artist and feminist icon recognized for her poetry and songwriting which pierces social convention and challenges the status quo, as well as for her social activism and political engagement. Her new book is No Walls and the Recurring Dream.

DiFranco’s coming of age story is defined by her ethos of fierce independence: from being an emancipated minor sleeping in a Buffalo bus station, to unwaveringly building a career through appearances at small clubs and festivals, to releasing her first album at the age of 18, to consciously rejecting the mainstream recording industry and creating her own label, Righteous Babe Records.

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"

According to author Mark Berger, Woodstock was the sixties condensed into seventy-two hours, and proof that peace and love could turn a potential disaster into a mythic celebration of life. Berger tells of that time in his memoir, "Something's Happening Here: A Sixties Odyssey from Brooklyn to Woodstock."

Arriving four days early, he helped set up kitchens and paths. During the festival, he worked to calm kids tripping out on bad acid, maneuvered a water truck through a sea of spectators, and fell in love, twice. After the festival, it’s decision time: Does he Berger drop out and move to a commune in New Mexico or return to Brooklyn and become a teacher? For Berger, at Woodstock it all comes together ― who he is, what he believes, and which path he has to take.

Berger will be reading from his book at The Book House in Albany, New York on May 16.

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"

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.

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