Got jazz? You can open the 2012 Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival

Saturday, Sept. 8, will also be the date of the free Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, from noon to 9 p.m. at the city’s Riverfront Park. But, as with last year, the festivities really get started the night before. From 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, jazz bands will compete at various downtown venues forContinue reading “Got jazz? You can open the 2012 Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival”

Blue Man Group returns to Proctors for three shows

[nggallery id=6383] Blue Man Group is coming back to Proctors theater in Schenectady for three performances: 8 p.m. July 21, and 1 and 5 p.m. July 22. This is a return engagement of the show that played at Proctors last year, which critic Michael Eck called “wickedly subversive” and “hugely, satisfyingly fun.” Tickets (priced atContinue reading “Blue Man Group returns to Proctors for three shows”

Phish returns to SPAC for three-night run

[nggallery id=6152] Phish won’t be in any hurry to leave once they roll their summer tour into town this week. The seminal Vermont-based jam band is set to spend three nights at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, their longest stint at the amphitheater. Phish has played SPAC 11 times since 1992, most recently on JuneContinue reading “Phish returns to SPAC for three-night run”

Share your first concert experience

The Psychedelic Furs’  concert on Saturday, June 2, at The Egg in Albany has got me thinking about my first concert experience. This was in the early 1980s in Pittsburgh, where I grew up. I was 14 at the time, and the P-Furs post-punk pop had an edge to it that my mother didn’t understand.Continue reading “Share your first concert experience”

No service fees today at SPAC box office for Live Nation shows

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center box office opens for the season at noon today (May 15, 2012). Today only, Live Nation is offering tickets to LiveNation shows at SPAC with no service charges during normal business hours — noon to 6 p.m. The SPAC box office is at the venue on Route 50 in SaratogaContinue reading “No service fees today at SPAC box office for Live Nation shows”

From the archive: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band @ Times Union Center, 4/16/12

  Albany Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s concert Monday night at Times Union Center started nearly an hour late, but all was forgiven once the 16 musicians took the stage and gave the packed house a night of power, emotion and showmanship. Highlights included a video tribute to saxman Clarence Clemons, who diedContinue reading “From the archive: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band @ Times Union Center, 4/16/12”

Martin Sexton, Joan Osborne, Daughtry and more coming to region

Martin & Joan at The Egg The Egg in Albany has two new concerts from artists about to release new albums – imagine that. First up on Saturday, March 3, Syracuse native Martin Sexton takes the stage solo and acoustic. If you’ve already seen him, you know the singer-songwriter’s voice can go from a bluesContinue reading “Martin Sexton, Joan Osborne, Daughtry and more coming to region”