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Adam Goldberg on a bed
Adam Goldberg

You probably know Adam Goldberg from his acting career. He has appeared in films and TV shows like "Saving Private Ryan," "Dazed and Confused," "A Beautiful Mind," "The Hebrew Hammer," "Zodiac," "Fargo," "Taken" and many more. But Goldberg has also had a long career in music, recording albums and scoring films.  His latest is HOME: A Nice Place To Visit.

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 Death of Stalin"

Upcoming:

  • "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Thursday 4/5, 7 PM
  • "Little Shop of Horrors" - Park Playhouse production at Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, opens Thursday 4/5 at 8 PM, through April 15
  • An Evening with Buckethead - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Thursday 4/5, 8 PM
  • "Blithe Spirit" - Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, opens Friday 4/6 at 8 PM, through May 6
  • Daughtry - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 4/7, 8 PM
  • Bettye Lavette - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday 4/7, 9 PM
  • Rafal Blechacz, piano: Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin - Union College Concert Series, Schenectady, Sunday 4/8, 3 PM
  • Joan Shelley - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 4/8, 7 PM
  • Cowboy Junkies - Academy of Music, Northampton, Mass., Sunday 4/8, 7 PM
  • New Worlds: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, and Friends - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Monday 4/9, 7:30 PM

New movies: "The Leisure Seeker," "A Quiet Place," "Chappaquiddick," "Blockers"

Basilica Hudson in Hudson, New York is presenting two big events in April.

The first, taking place April 7 is the ONE Fair (presented with Virago Futures) which focuses on sustainability and how residents of the Hudson Valley can run their homes with renewable energy.

At the end of the month, the 24-Hour Drone is back. Basilica Hudson partners with Le Guess Who? Festival to present an immersive, all-encompassing event featuring an international roster of musicians and sound artists to create a full 24 hours of unbroken sound.

Basilica Hudson Co-Founder and Director Meslissa Auf der Maur 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: "Flower"

Upcoming:

  • Daughtry - Stanley Theatre, Utica, Thursday 3/29, 7 PM
  • Bread and Puppet Theater: Cantastorias from the Possibilitarian Arsenal - Time + Space Limited, Hudson, Thursday 3/29, 7:30 PM
  • Moscow Festival Ballet’s Swan Lake - Proctors, Schenectady, Thursday 3/29, 8 PM
  • An Evening With Cry Cry Cry: Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky - Calvin Theater, Northampton, Mass., Saturday 3/31, 8 PM
  • The Revelers - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday 3/31, 9 PM
  • Dyngus Day with Dennis Polisky & Maestro’s Men - Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Monday 4/2, 1 to 9 PM
  • L.A. Salami, Cat Clyde - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Monday 4/2, 7 PM
  • RUBBERBAND Dance Group - University at Albany Performing Arts Center, Albany, Tuesday 4/3, 7:30 PM
  • "Beauty and the Beast" - Family Fun Day - Palace Theatre, Albany, Wednesday 4/4, 1 PM

New movies: "Ready Player One," "The Death of Stalin," "Loveless"

Some world class musicians across the region are teaming up to present a new concert series highlighting classic albums performed by local artists. Capital Records Live debuts at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, March 23rd at the GE Theatre at Proctors.

Performing selections from The Beatles "White Album" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in its entirety, six unique acts: Bryan Brundige Collective, Clear Mind, Eastbound Jesus, Girl Blue, Let's Be Leonard and Wild Adriatic will come together on stage to celebrate the work of the Fab Four.

Jim Murphy, Director of Marketing and Publicity at Proctors, 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: "Game Night"

Upcoming:

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Composer and Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon presents his new choral work, Anonymous Man, performed by the 24-voice ensemble The Crossing on Thursday night at EMPAC in Troy.

The hour-long piece expands on Michael Gordon's architectural approach to composition, layering minimalistic swirls of vocal sounds on top of one another to create a hypnotic group incantation. 

Performing this tour de force is the Philadelphia-based choir The Crossing. Conducted by Donald Nally, The Crossing was formed in 2005 and has dedicated itself to expanding the contemporary choral music experience through commissions, collaborations, community, and performances that are characterized by a distinctive unity of sound and spirit.

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: "A Wrinkle In Time"

Upcoming:

  • Lunasa with special guest vocalist Natalie Merchant - The Egg, Albany, Thursday 3/15, 7:30 PM
  • "A Night at the Opera" - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Thursday 3/15, 7 PM
  • The 40th Annual Photo Regional: Effects That Aren’t Special - Opalka Gallery, Albany, Thursday 3/15 through April 21; opening reception Friday 3/16, 6 to 8 PM
  • Paramount’s Laser Spectacular presents The Music of Pink Floyd - Times Union Center, Albany, Friday 3/16, 7:30 PM
  • Thrash for McGrath - Pauly’s Hotel & The Low Beat, Albany, Saturday 3/17, 7 PM
  • Rolston String Quartet: Haydn, Debussy, Tchaikovsky - Friends of Chamber Music, Emma Willard School/Kiggins Hall, Troy, Saturday 3/17, 7:30 PM
  • Performing Artists in Residence Concert performing Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Robert Khan, Jules Massenet Edward Arron, cello; Jeewon Park, piano; Hyunah Yu, soprano; Jeffrey Multer, violin - The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass., Sunday 3/18, 2 PM
  • "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 3/19, 7 PM
  • The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba - Troy Chromatics Concerts/Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Monday 3/19, 7:30 PM
  • Restless NYC's "This Was the End" - Opening performance Monday 3/19, 7:30 PM; Installation Tuesday 3/20, 1 to 5 PM - EMPAC Studio 1—Goodman, Troy

New movies: "Tomb Raider," "Entebbe," "Love Simon"

Still from "A Fantastic Woman"
Sony Pictures Classics

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 Oscars, "Death Wish"

Upcoming:

  • Ellen Arkbro - EMPAC, Studio 1—Goodman, Troy, Thursday 3/8, 7:30 PM
  • An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Thursday 3/8, 7:30 PM
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass., Friday 3/9, 8 PM
  • Cedric The Entertainer - Funny Bone Comedy Club, Guilderland, Friday-Saturday 3/9-10, various times
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra: Kennedy Center Debut Preview Performance - Music of Joan Tower, Michael Daugherty, Dorothy Chang, Michael Torke - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 3/10, 7:30 PM
  • Eli Young Band - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Saturday 3/10, 8 PM
  • Chip Taylor - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 3/10, 8 PM
  • Dumpstaphunk - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday 3/10, 9 PM
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tashi Dorji - MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 3/10, 8 PM
  • The Chieftans - Proctors, Schenectady, Tuesday 3/13, 7:30 PM

New movies: "A Wrinkle in Time," "Gringo," "Thoroughbreds," "A Fantastic Woman"

Andrew Bird
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Andrew Bird is playing at The Egg in Albany, New York on Monday, March 5 and at UPAC in Kingston, New York on Wednesday, March 7.

The Chicago-born, LA-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist, master-whistler, and lyricist has been creating music for more than twenty years. Bird’s most recent release, “Echolocations: River,” was recorded as he stood ankle-deep in the Los Angeles River under The Hyperion Bridge. “Echolocations: Canyon” was released in 2015 and was recorded inside the Coyote Gulch canyons of Utah. The recordings are filmed by Tyler Manson.

He joined us to preview his upcoming shows and talk about the unique process he used to create the Echolocations albums.

Ray Padgett founded the blog Cover Me in 2007 and has run it ever since, growing it into the largest blog devoted to cover songs on the web, with 80,000 individual readers a month.

His new book, "Cover Me," is packed with insight, photography, and music history. Each of the chapters investigates the origins of a classic cover and uses it as a framework to tell the larger story of how cover songs have evolved over the decades. 

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: "Black Panther"

Upcoming:

  • Troy Night Out: The Amazing Race Trivia Night - Downtown Troy, Friday 2/23, 5-9 PM
  • Mile Twelve - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 2/23, 8 PM
  • Shemekia Copeland - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 2/23, 9 PM
  • Shelby Lynne, Teddy Thompson - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 2/24, 8 PM
  • Sinkane - MASS MoCA, Club B10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 2/24, 8 PM
  • Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show: Adrienne Iapalucci - Proctors, Schenectady, Saturday 2/24, 8 PM
  • Soovin Kim, violin; Paul Watkins, cello; Gloria Chen, piano - (Beethoven, Brahms, Pierre Jalbert) - Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, Sunday 2/25, 3 PM
  • Dropkick Murphys, Agnostic Front, Bim Skala Bim - Albany Capital Center, Albany, Sunday 2/25, 7:30 PM
  • "Casablanca" - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 2/26, 7 PM
  • Staatskapelle Weimar with pianist Sunwook Kim - (Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner, Richard Strauss) - Troy Chromatics Concerts, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Wednesday 2/28, 7:30 PM

New movies: "Annihilation," "Game Night," "Happy End," "Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool"

BJ Leiderman
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We’re about to talk to a person whose work is heard multiple times a day on WAMC — but rarely his voice. Until now. BJ Leiderman, the composer behind several public radio theme songs including those for Morning Edition, Marketplace, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, is out with his first album, called BJ. The album is both funny and serious, cheeky and earnest. And it even features Bela Fleck on banjo.

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: “Hostiles,” “Paddington 2”

Upcoming:

  • Time for Three - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Thursday 2/15, 7:30 PM
  • The Next Women of Country: Sara Evans featuring Raelynn & Kalie Shorr - Palace Theatre, Albany, Thursday 2/15, 8 PM
  • They Are Waiting for You: Laure Prouvost with Sam Belinfante & Pierre Droulers - EMPAC Theater, Troy, Friday 2/16, 8 PM
  • Bridgman Packer Dance - The Egg, Albany, Friday 2/16, 8 PM
  • Loudon Wainwright III - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 2/16, 8 PM
  • Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe - Proctors, Schenectady, Friday 2/16, 8 PM
  • Warren Miller’s Line of Descent - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 2/17, 7:30 PM
  • Eddie Izzard: Believe Me Tour - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 2/17, 8 PM
  • Bindlestiff Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret (Adult Oriented Show) - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday 2/17, 9 PM
  • “Looney Tunes”: “Bugs, The Beginning and Beyond” - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Monday 2/19-Saturday 2/24 at 3 PM; Saturday also at 7 PM

New movies: “The Insult,” “Black Panther,” “Early Man”

Jimmy Webb’s words have been sung to his music by a rich and deep roster of pop artists, including Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer and Linda Ronstadt. He’s the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration, and his chart-topping career has, so far, lasted fifty years, most recently with a Kanye West rap hit and a new classical nocturne.

He joined us to talk about his memoir, "The Cake and The Rain." 

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: "Phantom Thread"

Upcoming:

  • “The Hustler” - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Thursday 1/25, 7 PM
  • Configurations: Anne Francey - Please exit, doors are closing: Tatana Kellner - Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, opens Friday 1/26, 5-9 PM, through March 12
  • “Paris Time” - Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, Friday 1/26 through Feb. 18 (opening night Wed. 1/31)
  • Bill Staines - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 1/26, 8 PM
  • D.L. Hughley - Funny Bone Comedy Club, Guilderland, Friday 1/26 through Sunday 1/28, various times
  • Alicia Hall Moran - MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 1/27, 8 PM
  • Joey Alexander, piano - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 1/27, 7:30 PM
  • Donna McKechnie: Same Place, Another Time - Proctors, Schenectady, Saturday 1/27, 7:30 PM
  • State Ballet Theater of Russia’s Swan Lake - Palace Theatre, Albany, Tuesday 1/30, 7:30 PM

New movies: “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” “Hostiles”

  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 Post"

Upcoming:

  • Tracy Grammer: CD Release Show - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Thursday 1/18, 7 PM
  • Town of Great Barrington W.E.B. Du Bois 150th Festival Kickoff - Featuring the one-man play, “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man for All Times” - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Friday 1/19, 6 PM
  • Susan Werner - The Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady, Friday 1/19, 7:30 PM
  • "Love, B: The Letters of Lt. Basil Beebe Elmer" – Dramatic Reading - (related to the exhibit "A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War”) - New York State Museum Huxley Theater, Albany, Saturday 1/20, 1 PM
  • Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 1/20, 8 PM
  • Quindar (Mikael Jorgensen & James Merle Thomas) - MASS MoCA Hunter Center, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 1/20, 8 PM
  • Dust Bowl Faeries - Helsinki Hudson Ballroom Stage, Hudson, Sunday 1/21, 6 PM
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure - Palace Theatre, Albany, Monday 1/22, 7 PM
  • Ephraim Asili: Inheritance (Work in Progress) - EMPAC Theater, RPI, Troy, Tuesday 1/23, 7 PM

New movies: "Phantom Thread," "12 Strong," "Den of Thieves"

In this sweeping history of popular music in the United States, NPR’s acclaimed music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race.

In Good Booty, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America’s primary erotic art form. Powers takes us from nineteenth-century New Orleans through dance-crazed Jazz Age New York to the teen scream years of mid-twentieth century rock-and-roll to the cutting-edge adventures of today’s web-based pop stars. Drawing on her deep knowledge and insights on gender and sexuality, Powers recounts stories of forbidden lovers, wild shimmy-shakers, orgasmic gospel singers, countercultural perverts, soft-rock sensitivos, punk Puritans, and the cyborg known as Britney Spears to illuminate how eroticism—not merely sex, but love, bodily freedom, and liberating joy—became entwined within the rhythms and melodies of American song. This cohesion, she reveals, touches the heart of America's anxieties and hopes about race, feminism, marriage, youth, and freedom.

Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.

  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: "I, Tonya" and "The Shape of Water"

Upcoming:

  • Neko Case - The Academy of Music, Northampton, Mass., Thursday 1/11, 8 PM; The Egg, Albany, Monday 1/15, 7 PM
  • "Fit to Kill" - Curtain Call Theatre, Latham, preview Thursday 1/11 at 7:30 PM; opens Friday 1/12 at 8 PM; through February 10
  • The Elvis Birthday Bash with Mark Gamsjager & The Lustre Kings - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 1/12, 9 PM
  • Chris Smither - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday-Saturday 1/12-13 at 8 PM
  • All Stars: High School Artists in Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery Counties - Saratoga Arts, Main Gallery, Saratoga Springs, opens Saturday 1/13 reception 3-5 PM, through February 10
  • WAR - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 1/13, 8 PM
  • Schenectady Symphony Orchestra: Winter Dances - Featuring music of David Keen w/an original silent film; Georges Bizet; Edward Green - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Sunday 1/14, 3 PM
  • Kapwani Kiwanga’s Afrogalactica - EMPAC Theater, RPI, Troy, Tuesday 1/16, 7 PM
  • Walk the Moon - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Wednesday 1/17, 8 PM
  • David Brooks - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Wednesday 1/18, 7:30 PM

New movies: "Proud Mary," "The Commuter," "The Post," "Call Me By Your Name," "Paddington 2"

  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: "Darkest Hour," "All the Money in the World"

Upcoming:

  • Anders Parker and Cloud Badge - The Low Beat, Albany, Thursday 1/4, 8 PM
  • Slambovian Circus of Dreams - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 1/5, 8 PM
  • Josh Gondelman - The Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs, Friday 1/5 & Saturday 1/6 at 7:30, 9:30 PM
  • "Chicago: The Musical" - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Friday 1/5 through Sunday 1/7, various times
  • "Cinderella Tales" - Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany, Friday 1/5 at 7 PM; Saturday-Sunday 1/6-7 at 3 PM; thru Jan. 15
  • Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 1/6, 8 PM
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Fifth with Richard O’Neill, viola - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 1/6 at 7:30 PM, Sunday 1/7 at 3 PM
  • Black Label Society - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Sunday 1/7, 8 PM

New movies: "I, Tonya," "Molly’s Game," "Insidious: The Last Key"

Will Hermes is a writer and contributing editor for Rolling Stone, a frequent contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and author of “Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever.” His upcoming book is a biography of the late Lou Reed.

He joins us this time every year to share his picks for the best music released in the last 12 months.

The list of the songs played here is available on today's Roundtable playlist. You can listen to these songs and others he's chosen from 2017 on Will's year-end Spotify playlist.

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: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"

Upcoming:

  • NRBQ - The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy, Friday 12/29, 8 PM
  • Twiddle - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 12/30 at 7:30 PM; Sunday 12/31 at 8 PM
  • Berkshire Bach Ensemble: Bach at New Year’s - Academy of Music, Northampton, Mass., Saturday 12/30, 7:30 PM; Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 12/31, 6 PM; Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Monday 1/1, 3 PM
  • MOPCO’s New Year’s Eve Family Show & Ball Drop - MOPCO, Schenectady, Sunday 12/31, 7 PM
  • Byron Nilsson & Malcolm Kogut’s Songs to Amuse: It’s Lonely at the Top - Steamer NO. 10 Theatre, Albany, Sunday 12/31, 7 PM
  • New Year’s Eve with Mirk, The Late Shift - The Hollow, Albany, Sunday 12/31, 8 PM
  • Glenn David Andrews - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Sunday 12/31, 9 PM
  • First Night of Funny (Clean) - The Egg, Albany, Sunday 12/31, 9 PM
  • First Night of Funny (“Blue”, aka Uncensored) - Cohoes Music Hall, Sunday 12/31, 8 PM The Egg, Albany, Sunday 12/31, 8:30 PM
  • First Night of Funny (Unknown) - Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass., Sunday 12/31, 8 PM Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Sunday 12/31, 8 PM

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: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

Upcoming:
David Lynch’s Dune - Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday through Sunday, 11/30-12/3, various times

Other Uses 04: Beatriz Santiago Munoz - EMPAC Theater, Troy, Thursday 11/30, 7 PM

Sara Watkins - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 12/1, 9 PM

Albany Symphony Orchestra: The Magic of Christmas - Palace Theatre, Albany, Sunday 12/3, 3 PM

The Wynotte Sisters’ Holiday Concert - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 12/3, 7 PM

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Sunday 12/3, 7 PM

Hot Tuna (acoustic) - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Sunday 12/3, 8 PM

Spoon - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park,  Tuesday 12/5, 8 PM

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker - Palace Theatre, Albany, Wednesday 12/6, 7 PM

Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Wednesday 12/6, 7:30 PM

New Movies: "The Square," "Thelma"

Jamaican-born Everton Sylvester is a founding member of the Brooklyn Funk Essentials. He has been touring, writing, and recording with BFE for the past 25 years and half a dozen albums. Lead vocalist and/or writer on many of Funk Essentials’ most loved hits.

Everton’s spoken-word lyrics are set to deep Jamaican grooves by Searching for Banjo, lending the feel of a roots-reggae bash. Everton will be performing tracks from his just-released album “Trial Separation,” as well as some Brooklyn Funk Essentials classics when he performs on Sunday night at 7PM at Helsinki Hudson as part of The Rogovoy Salon series. 

Tony Levin
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Musician Tony Levin joins the show to discuss all things music. He's playing with King Crimson at The Egg in Albany, NY tonight at 8. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


  To mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in New York state and the re-opening of the state’s oldest surviving theater, Hudson Hall in partnership with The Millay Colony for the Arts commissioned a new production of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s rarely performed opera "The Mother of Us All." Performances take place November 11, 12, 15, 18, and 19 at 4 p.m.

 

Using real and imagined characters, "The Mother of Us All" is about Susan B. Anthony and the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Reimagined as musical theater pageant, performed by a vocal and instrumental ensemble of Hudson Valley residents, and starring the mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens in the lead role, "The Mother of Us All" is directed at Hudson Hall by R. B. Schlather.

 

Schlather is widely recognized as one of the most ambitious, creative, strong, end edgy opera directors working today - having professional relationships with Opera Philadelphia, National Stardust, Wolf Trap Opera, Bard Music Festival, Tanglewood, Glimmerglass and many others.

Listener Essay - Music At Last

Oct 31, 2017

Stephen Gerard Dietemann makes his living as an architect and musician in the Berkshires and beyond. He can be reached at sgddesign@gmail.com.

Music At Last

I can’t remember exactly how it started, but one day I knew I had to learn to play the bass guitar.  Perhaps it was a thought, long suppressed, that if there were reincarnation, I wanted to come back as a musician.  I had spent most of my life in creative fields – architecture is my day job, and the visual arts my avocation since adolescence – but something was still missing. At 55 the illusion of youth that time was unlimited was long gone and the sense that it’s now or never created an urgency previously unexperienced. 

On October 28th and 30th, Pakistan’s Sachal Ensemble will come to Proctors and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as part of their first United States tour.

The Sachal Jazz Ensemble was created by Izzat Majeed, a Pakistani investor and hedge fund manager turned philanthropist and music producer. Majeed had been deeply influenced by American Jazz. The Sachal Ensemble, based in the city of Lahore, caught a break when a video of them performing a version of Brubeck’s ‘Take Five’ went viral and caught the attention of trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. This resulted in a collaboration with Marsalis at Lincoln Center.

Their journey from Lahore to Lincoln Center was documented in the film Song of Lahore, which was created by Academy Award® winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Andy Schocken. It shows traditional musicians trying to survive under the oppression and brutality of modern day Pakistan.

The film Song of Lahore will be screened at Proctors on Tuesday, October 24 and Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, October 29.

Joining us today is Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and the President and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center Elizabeth Sobol.

Beowulf Sheehan


  Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell and Dar Williams have revived their celebrated folk-pop collaboration - Cry Cry Cry - for their first performances in nineteen years. Cry Cry Cry’s 1998 album was a collection of 12 mostly cover songs and was a sort of tribute to fellow singer-songwriters. Their tour will bring them to The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on October 27th.

Dubbed by the New Yorker as "one of America's very best singer-songwriters," Dar Williams has made her career not in stadiums, but touring America's small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and drunk in their bars. She has seen these communities struggle, but also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crises.

In her book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time, Williams muses on why some towns flourish while others fail, examining elements from the significance of history and nature to the uniting power of public spaces and food. Drawing on her own travels and the work of urban theorists, Williams offers real solutions to rebuild declining communities.

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