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ALBANY

Awesome DiFranco calmer, still inspired at Egg

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
Now older and more family-centered, Ani DiFranco has calmed down slightly. Friday night, the sold-out crowd at The Egg’s Hart Theater probably wanted her wilder, but even at her tamest, she is still wild, and her show, the opening performance of her tour, was awesome.
 
Ani DiFranco concert at The Egg is sold out for very good reasons

Ani DiFranco concert at The Egg is sold out for very good reasons

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Ani DiFranco is a goddess and everybody should see her. Her show on Friday at The Egg is deservedly sold out, for the same reasons everyone should see her next time: She takes her music seriously, not herself.
 

Bonamassa displays power after acoustic opening set

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Joe Bonamassa opened his show at the Palace Theatre on Monday night with an acoustic set. With four other guys on stage, he played an hour of folk blues, a little bluegrass, some Irish-tinged ballads, and straight-ahead unplugged rock.
 
ALBANY

Linkin Park cancels Wednesday show

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
The Linkin Park/Rise Against concert set for Wednesday at Albany’s Times Union Center has been cancelled.
 
ALBANY

Review: Currie, ASO debut sensational percussion concerto

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
Review: Julia Wolfe’s sensational percussion concerto, “riSE and fLY,” with the equally sensational Scottish percussionist Colin Currie, got its U.S. premiere Saturday night with the Albany Symphony Orchestra at the Palace Theatre.
 

Phish's Anastasio joins Dead for July shows

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will join the four surviving members of The Grateful Dead for three shows in Chicago, July 3-5.
 
Percussionist will use body and found objects

Percussionist will use body and found objects

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Scottish percussionist Colin Currie had one stipulation when he asked composer Julia Wolfe to write him a new concerto.
 
Jukebox: One-man bands and some bigger ones

Jukebox: One-man bands and some bigger ones

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Like Jim Gaudet and His Railroad Boys last weekend, Sean Rowe — another Local 518/national attraction — has sold out Caffe Lena, this Sunday. Fortunately, Lena’s (47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs) has added a Monday afternoon show.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Dave Matthews Band coming to SPAC

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
The Dave Matthews Band will be at Saratoga Performing Arts Center for what has become a tradition: a two night fest around the Fourth of July.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Music review: Wax and Slezak, in duet, give good vibrations

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Can a donkey jawbone still sound good with missing teeth? The answer is yes, according to David Wax Museum’s Suz Slezak, who played the percussive jawbone instrument during a sold-out show at Caffè Lena on Friday night.
 
David Wax Museum mixes many elements

David Wax Museum mixes many elements

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
On Friday, the wonderfully named David Wax Museum plays at Caffe Lena. The group exhibits a surprising range of elements including, at the risk of going biblical here, the jawbone of an ass.
 
Berggren shares Adirondack stories, songs

Berggren shares Adirondack stories, songs

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Dan Berggren will share folk songs from the Adirondacks and beyond in Albany Friday.
 
Parnas sisters to solo with Schenectady Symphony
SCHENECTADY

Parnas sisters to solo with Schenectady Symphony

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
One of Schenectady Symphony Orchestra music director Charles Schneider’s favorite things is to spotlight local talent. For Sunday’s SSO concert, he invited the Parnas sisters — violinist Madalyn and cellist Cicely — to return as the featured soloists.
 
Arts winter/spring preview: Pop, rock & blues

Arts winter/spring preview: Pop, rock & blues

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
Shows we eagerly await in the winter/spring season.
 

Arts winter/spring preview: Jazz

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
Some jazz concerts you may want to circle on your calendar.
 
 

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